Partnership Brings Buffalo Niagara to Albany


Partnership Brings Buffalo Niagara to Albany

Upstate’s voice heard during Executive Budget deliberations

BUFFALO–The Buffalo Niagara Partnership this week convened business leaders for three days in Albany to voice their opinions on Governor Cuomo’s 2014-15 Executive Budget. Regional priorities were: Brownfield Cleanup program extension, Scaffold Law reform, broad-based tax reform and mandate relief to reduce the tax burden for NYS employers and taxpayers. The three days included Buffalo Niagara Night in Albany and subsequent Lobby Day, hosted by the Partnership. Partnership members also participated in NFIB’s Small Business Day.

“It is important to give our members a seat at the table with state elected officials,” said Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, President and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. “We continuously represent the region’s business community while working with Governor Cuomo and the Legislature, so we are pleased to grow Upstate’s presence in Albany by giving business leaders the opportunity to speak directly with New York State’s leadership.”

Buffalo Niagara Night in Albany More than 100 attendees enjoyed authentic Buffalo food and drink while analyzing the 2014-15 State Executive Budget at “Buffalo Niagara Night in Albany,” held at the Merry Monk in downtown Albany on the eve of Lobby Day. The Budget Analysis was presented by Brian Sampson, Executive Director of Unshackle Upstate, summarized below.

Lobby Day at the Capitol Tuesday, March 11, the Partnership brought its employer members to the State Capitol to discuss initiatives that positively impact the state’s business community. Resources used for lobbying are available at and below:

• 2014 State Legislative Agenda
• Regional Agenda
• Transportation Agenda
• Smart Growth & Redevelopment Agenda
• Unshackle Upstate 2014 Policy Agenda

Small Business Day
Partnership members joined business leaders from across the state today to boost job growth and strengthen New York State’s economy. The event was hosted by the National Federation of Independent Businesses of New York and featured a ten-point agenda:

• Wage Theft Prevention
• Unfunded Mandate Relief
• Scaffold Law
• Fairness in Contracts
• Out-of-Network Coverage

• Estate Tax
• 18-a Energy Assessment
• Manufacturers’ Credit
• Minimum Wage Increase
• Paid Sick Leave

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is the area’s regional chamber of commerce and privately-funded economic development organization. Partnership members employ more than a quarter of a million people in the Buffalo Niagara region. By mobilizing members and strategic partners around common goals, the Partnership grows private investment and jobs in Buffalo Niagara through advocacy, business development, and convening.

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