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3.31.22 Advocacy Alert: State Budget to be Late

New York State is poised to miss its budget deadline. The budget is due when the state’s fiscal year begins at midnight tonight. However, lawmakers are returning home tonight without a deal, and they plan to reconvene in Albany on Monday.   Over the weekend, Gov. Hochul and legislative leaders will

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3.28.22 Advocacy Alert: Bills to Remain in WNY for Next 30 Years

Today, the Buffalo Bills, Governor Kathy Hochul, and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced an agreement to finance the construction of a new stadium and to keep the Bills in Buffalo for decades to come.   According to the Buffalo News, the Pegulas will spend at least $350 million on the

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3.21.22 COVID Bulletin: State Reverses Course on HERO Act

Without fanfare, the New York State Department of Labor updated its website to announce the relaxation of some NY HERO Act provisions. Employers can now forego enforcing their workplace safety plans.   Private-sector employers are no longer required to implement their workforce safety plans. However, employers are still required to have

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3.15.22 Advocacy Alert: NY Legislators Release Budget Proposals

Advocacy Alert: NY Legislators Release Budget Proposals  This weekend, the state Senate and Assembly released their one-house budget proposals. These proposals are symbolic documents the chambers use to highlight their priorities as they take their marks before a two-week sprint of budget negotiations.   Governor Hochul’s proposal, released in January, serves

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3.2.22 Advocacy Alert: Takeaways from State of the Union

Last night, President Joe Biden delivered his State of the Union address. The speech, which outlined his agenda for the upcoming year, is available here.  Among the top issues:  Inflation. The President said that addressing soaring costs is his top priority. Biden intimated that businesses’ reliance on foreign supply chains

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3.1.22 Advocacy Alert: Employer Considerations During Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized Russian forces to invade Ukraine, greatly escalating tensions between Russia and the West. Although 5,000 miles separate Buffalo from Kyiv, there are considerations employers in our region should review during this conflict. Consider Russian divestment. To sanction Russia, there have been calls to

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1.18.22 Advocacy Alert: Hochul Releases Executive Budget

On January 18, Governor Kathy Hochul released her first Executive Budget proposal, available here. She announced the proposal in a brief speech that largely mirrored her State of the State address.    Hochul noted the state’s strong financial position, made possible by a windfall of federal aid and, as of last

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