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BNP Advocacy Insider – January 2022

Hochul Releases Executive Budget Governor Kathy Hochul has released her first Executive Budget proposal, starting several weeks of negotiation between her administration and the State Legislature.  Read our Action Alert here. Session Preview: What We’re Watching The New York State Legislature just returned to Albany to kick off its 2022

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BNP Advocacy Insider – December 2021

BNP Urges Brownfield Program Renewal The state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program, which has been essential in cleaning & redeveloping our community, is set to expire in 2022. The BNP wrote to Governor Hochul urging her to include renewal in her upcoming Executive Budget. Partner organization Upstate United also wrote a similar

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BNP Advocacy Insider – November 2021

House Passes Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation  The U. S. House of Representatives recently passed a landmark bipartisan infrastructure bill. This legislation will invest in roads, bridges, water infrastructure, broadband, the electric grid, and airports. This monumental package could also help our region finance numerous priority projects.   The bill already passed the Senate and now heads

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Workforce & Labor Concerns Dominate BNP’s annual Member Pulse Report

The Partnership’s annual Advocacy & Member Survey is designed to identify pain points, areas of concern, and obstacles to growth. We have summarized the 2021 results in the Member Pulse Report. According to the survey, the top concern of Buffalo Niagara employers is their difficulty finding and retaining qualified talent.

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BNP Advocacy Insider – October 2021

Biden Mandates “Vax or Test” Requirement for Larger Employers  On September 9th, President Joe Biden announced a new mandate: all employers with 100 or more employees must ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or require weekly testing of unvaccinated workers. Biden announced he would also require contractors doing business with the federal government to be fully vaccinated.   The

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BNP Advocacy Insider – September 2021

Hochul Takes Oath, BNP Offers Recommendations for First 100 Days In the wake of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s resignation, Kathy Hochul became the 57th Governor of the State of New York. BNP President and CEO Dottie Gallagher sent Hochul a welcome letter to Governor Hochul and recommended actions Hochul should

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BNP Advocacy Insider – August 2021

NY HERO Act Requires Action Soon  Under the NY HERO Act, employers must adopt an Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan by August 5. Employers then have 30 days after adoption to distribute the plan to employees.   The BNP has many resources to help employers understand the HERO Act. In June,

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BNP Advocacy Insider – July 2021

Hero Act Standards Released New York State Department of Labor published its Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention standards as mandated by the NY HERO Act. All industry-specific standards can be found on our website.   The BNP recently hosted a webinar called “What Employers Need to Know About the NY HERO Act,” featuring expert advice

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BNP Advocacy Insider – June 2021

Advocacy Day 2021 a Success    The BNP recently hosted three virtual advocacy sessions with lawmakers. The BNP and various members met with Rep. Brian Higgins and Sen. Tim Kennedy to discuss infrastructure, with Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes to discuss workforce development, and with Assembly Member Bill Conrad to discuss energy. All

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BNP Advocacy Insider – May 2021

  Gov. Cuomo Signs HERO Act with Amendments Last night, Governor Cuomo signed the HERO Act (S.1034/A.2681) into law. This bill sets strict workplace disease prevention standards in an attempt to minimize the spread of any future airborne virus. As you know, the BNP opposed this legislation because it was

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