Partner Voices Blog: Greg Biryla, Executive Director Unshackle Upstate
2015-2016 Annual Report to Members Event
On June 22, we presented our Annual Report to more than 300 member company representatives and community members. A main theme of our presentation was the realignment of our staff, our council work, and our policy development to ensure we efficiently and effectively advance the region. Through this realignment, we focused our advocacy efforts, grew our role within workforce development, and celebrated a public private partnership to advance downtown Buffalo.
The Governor and State Legislature have reached an agreement on the State Budget and, in doing so, have turned their backs on New York employers and doubled down on the state’s well-earned reputation as the most unfriendly place in the country to own and operate a business. The employer mandates contained in this budget are unprecedented and will continue to hold back the Upstate economy.
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.
Some state lawmakers are pushing legislation to create the State Office of the Utility Consumer Advocate.
On the surface, who could object to having an advocate in place to represent the interests of residential utility customers across New York State?
As the Governor and State Legislature work to finalize a State Budget before the April 1 deadline, the future of both Design-Build and IDA ‘reform’ in New York is becoming clearer.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership and our partner organization, Unshackle Upstate, have long advocated for a permanent Design-Build program in New York.