Governor Cuomo

Our Position on Healthcare Costs – 2018 Advocacy Defined Series

Buffalo Niagara employers are committed to providing their employees with affordable healthcare, but the cost of doing so continues to climb. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership supports comprehensive access to coverage without imposing new regulations and fines on employers. Last year, 75% of Buffalo Niagara Partnership members who participated in our annual survey indicated that they experienced healthcare cost increases. That is why advocating for lower healthcare costs is one of the Partnership’s 2018 Advocacy Agenda priorities.

Our Position on TAP Funding – 2018 Advocacy Defined Series

Higher education remains one of New York State’s most significant economic sectors.  A strong percentage of that activity happens right here in Buffalo Niagara as our region is home to a robust offering of first-class public and independent colleges and universities.  The Buffalo Niagara Partnership outlined our support for fully funding the state’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) in our 2018 Advocacy Agenda as one way to best position our economy to benefit from the impact of local higher education.

Cuomo’s Plan to Sunset 18-a Will Provide Relief for Manufacturers

Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposal contains an item critical to bringing down the cost of electricity for local manufacturers. The Governor’s plan calls for the scheduled sunset of the 18-a Utility Tax on March 31, 2017. A mandated tax on the end user’s utility bill, 18-a hits manufacturers and other high demand users the hardest and puts them at a competitive disadvantage.

Proposed Budget a Mixed Bag for Employers

Once again this year, Governor Cuomo broke with tradition and combined the annual State of the State with the Executive Budget Address and delivered one speech to the New York State Legislature.  And once again this year, the Governor’s proposals are a mixed bag for Buffalo Niagara employers.

NYS Legislative Session comes to an end

The 2015 New York State Legislative session is one for the history books – but not for what was accomplished legislatively.

This tumultuous session, which saw the leaders of both the Senate and Assembly resign their leadership posts in scandal, ended more than a week later than scheduled and with very little legislative activity.

Opposing another hike in minimum wage

We strongly oppose yet another hike in New York State’s minimum wage. 

New York already pays one of the highest minimum wage rates in the country, with a scheduled increase to $9.00/hour set for the end of this year. Attempts to raise the minimum wage again – to levels that would put New York’s rate well above the vast majority for the country – will do nothing but further disadvantage our state which is already well known as a high-tax, overly regulated, and unfriendly place for business,” said our President & CEO, Dottie Gallagher-Cohen.