Buffalo Niagara employers operate in one of the most highly taxed and overly regulated economic environments anywhere in the country. The Tax Foundation once again ranked New York State has having the second worst business tax climate in the country. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership outlined our priorities for tax relief in our recently released 2018 Advocacy Agenda.
Any significant redevelopment effort usually includes asbestos remediation.
Seeing as how asbestos remediation is very tedious and very expensive work, and is often a deterrent to moving forward with a redevelopment plan, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership has long advocated for a state incentive program to encourage asbestos remediation.
Back in 2010, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership kicked off the “Remember in November” campaign – an effort to “flip” control of the NYS Senate from Democrat to Republican.
We made that choice not because of partisan politics, but because of geographic struggles that our state continues to deal with: Upstate versus Downstate.
Tomorrow (Tuesday, September 9, 2014) is Primary Day for New York State elections, and Buffalo Niagara is privy to two hotly contested legislative races in the 60th Senate District and in the 141st Assembly District.
Generally, the Partnership does not engage in primary races (read more about our engagement policies here) – but two candidates are on the ballot tomorrow who we’ve identified as deserving of our early support: Senator Mark Grisanti and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes.