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5.4.22 Advocacy Alert: Who is NY’s New Lt. Gov? 

How did we get here?  When former Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned last summer, his Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was elevated to the Executive Mansion. Hochul then appointed Brian Benjamin, a Harlem state senator, to backfill her vacant Lt. Governor seat.   Benjamin’s honeymoon was short-lived. Benjamin was arrested last month on

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4.28.2022 Advocacy Alert: NYS on Verge of Banning Natural Gas

A state plan to ban natural gas and tax carbon is being finalized, and you do not have much time left to weigh in.   Yesterday, the BNP voiced its concerns with the NYS Climate Action Council’s Draft Scoping Plan. The BNP offered testimony at the Council’s Buffalo public hearing and

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11.15.21 Advocacy Alert: BIDEN SIGNS INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT BILL

Historic Bill Signed On November 15th, 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,

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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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10.13.21 Advocacy Alert: Canadian Border to Open in November

Late last night, U.S. officials announced plans to reopen the U.S. border to vaccinated, non-essential travelers from Canada and Mexico beginning in early November. The administration told reporters last night that it does not plan to require vaccinated travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test, a notable difference from Canada’s

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10.6.21 Advocacy Alert: Comptroller’s Report Warns of UI Rate Increases

Unless the state swiftly acts, New York employers may soon face significant unemployment insurance rate increases. New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli recently released a report detailing the dire financial status of the state’s UI system, confirming concerns that the BNP raised this summer. Use the BNP’s one-click tool to

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