Statement from Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, President & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, on Governor Cuomo’s 2017 State of the State Address
“The Buffalo Niagara Partnership applauds Governor Cuomo’s ongoing commitment to Upstate, especially Buffalo Niagara and the creation of Buffalo Billion2. This plan will continue the undeniable momentum created under the original Buffalo Billion and provide strategic investment throughout our region for several key projects and initiatives. We are most excited about a commitment to the expansion of metro-rail service, the creation of an industrial park at the former Bethlehem Steel site, and plans to boost the economic impact of Buffalo Niagara’s tourism draw.
We also commend the Governor for his commitment to ridesharing and remain optimistic state leaders can hammer out an agreement as soon as possible to ensure that ridesharing is available for all New Yorkers, not just those in New York City. This is an issue of job creation, road safety and economic fairness for Upstate New York.
While the Partnership applauds the Governor’s ongoing commitment to Buffalo Niagara, specifically the creation of the Buffalo Billion2 and call to lower property taxes, we believe strongly that our state leaders cannot lose sight of some basic facts. New York continues to be one of the most highly taxed and overly regulated places to own and operate a business. The Governor and State Legislature must commit to working together on behalf of all New Yorkers to address the root problems that continue to plague New York’s economy and its ability to retain and attract employers.”
ABOUT THE BUFFALO NIAGARA PARTNERSHIP
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is the region’s private sector economic development organization and regional chamber of commerce, representing nearly a quarter of a million employees in the Buffalo Niagara region. The Partnership’s work has three main focuses: advocacy, business development and convening. By mobilizing members and strategic partners around common goals, the Partnership grows private investment and jobs in Buffalo Niagara.