Statements re: Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address


Statements re: Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address

Quotes attributed to Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, President & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Transmission Infrastructure

“Modernizing New York’s energy infrastructure is critical to the resurgence of our regional and state economy. Governor Cuomo’s bold initiatives to streamline project approvals for transmission projects in existing rights of way dovetail with his Energy Highway blueprint to stimulate the investment that is necessary to develop an energy infrastructure for the 21st Century.”

Tax Relief

“The Partnership has long advocated for addressing New York State’s high tax burden, and Governor Cuomo’s focus on reducing our tax burden with START-UP NY and the Tax Commission should be commended. We are especially pleased with the Governor’s plan for a reduction of corporate tax rate for manufacturing to zero and the previously mentioned phase out of the 18A energy assessment, which has been a longstanding priority for Buffalo Niagara’s business community. Unfortunately, the circuit breaker only provide limited property tax relief for some; we need structural tax and mandate relief for all. The Partnership will continue to urge Governor Cuomo and the Legislature for permanent, broad-based solutions and mandate relief to reduce the tax burden for NYS employers and taxpayers.”

Genomic Research Facility

“Governor Cuomo’s continued commitment to Buffalo Niagara through the Buffalo Billion is applauded by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, and the latest investment of $100 million for a genomic research facility on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is an exciting proposal. Linking the work done at Roswell Park, the Medical Campus, and the University at Buffalo to research being done across New York State can lead to economic development while putting New York on the forefront of life-saving technology.”


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.

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