Partnership Hosts Forum on Green Code Implementation

On Wednesday, February 22, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Development Advisory Council hosted officials from the City of Buffalo for an informational forum on the recently approved Green Code zoning legislation. This forum focused upon the new approvals processes that projects within the City must navigate under the code. It featured presentations from staff from the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning as well as the City’s implementation consulting team.

Why we say no to a biometric system at the U.S. Canadian border

The debate over President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration has put the possibility of implementing biometric tests at Buffalo Niagara’s international border crossings back in the news.  The President’s Executive Order calls for the expedited completion of the Biometric Entry-Exit Tracking System.  While the collection of biometric information – fingerprints, facial images, and iris scans – was first discussed post-September 11th as a way to collect more information on foreign travelers, it wasn’t until 2004 that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began collecting this information at select ports of entry.  As recently as September 2016, DHS stated its goal to introduce fingerprint scanning at 20 of the busiest airports by 2018.