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12.3.21 Advocacy Alert: NYS Agencies Will Add Small Biz Liaisons

Governor Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation that will create “small business liaisons” at five key state agencies.   The position will be created within the Departments of:  Agriculture and Markets  Environmental Conservation  Labor  Transportation  Taxation and Finance  The liaisons, who must be existing agency employees, are tasked with:  Serving as a direct point of contact for small businesses  Providing

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11.24.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: Biden to Mandate Vaccine for Nonresident Essential Border Crossers

The Biden administration plans to mandate that by January 22, essential non-American travelers entering the U.S. by land must be vaccinated, the Associated Press reports.   The U.S. already requires vaccination for non-essential travelers – people coming to America for vacation, shopping, or other personal affairs. However, throughout the pandemic, essential travelers have not had a vaccine requirement, provided that they

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11.23.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: Erie DOH Releases Details on New Mask Mandates 

Erie County Health Commissioner Gale Burstein just released a detailed order with new pandemic protocols, clarifying the County Executive’s announcement yesterday.  Anyone over two (2) must wear a mask in all indoor public settings, regardless of their vaccination status. Any indoor employees must wear a mask when interacting with patrons. Anyone using public transit or other

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11.22.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: Poloncarz Reinstates Indoor Mask Mandate

This afternoon, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced he will mandate the wearing of face coverings in all indoor public places, including private businesses. This includes bars, restaurants, stores, theaters, barbershops, salons, gyms, entertainment and sport venues, hotels, banks, and all other places open to the public.   This mandate takes effect tomorrow (Tuesday, November 23) at 6:00 am.

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11.18.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: OSHA’s Vax/Test Mandate Paused Amid Legal Limbo

Citing ongoing litigation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it is pausing implementation and enforcement of its COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard.  Per OSHA’s website: “On November 12, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted a motion to stay OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard,

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11.15.21 Advocacy Alert: BIDEN SIGNS INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT BILL

Historic Bill Signed This afternoon, President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law. The BNP advocated for this important legislation, which will make critical investments in our roads, bridges, water infrastructure, electric grid, and broadband while allowing our community to pursue landmark projects. Importantly, the

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11.8.21 Advocacy Alert: House Passes Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

This weekend, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan infrastructure bill, known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The bill’s passing is a significant milestone after months of contentious negotiations.  The bill would invest in roads, bridges, water and wastewater systems, airports, broadband, and the electric grid. It would also enable our region

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10.22.21 Advocacy Alert: Hochul Signs Parolee Employment Legislation

Today, Governor Kathy Hochul signed S.2803/A.5707 into law. This legislation reduces barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated individuals. Curfews are commonly included in probation or conditional discharge sentences. These restrictions can prevent the formerly incarcerated from working second- and third-shift jobs, limiting their job prospects. This is one of many

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