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Governor Cuomo Releases State Budget Proposal

Governor Cuomo unveiled his 2021-22 Executive Budget proposal today.  As he has for months, the Governor called on Washington, DC to fill New York’s $15 billion budget gap because of COVID-19. Cuomo is advancing two budget plans given the uncertainty of federal funding to NYS.  In his COVID-19 response plan, President-elect

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State Budget Includes New Mandatory Paid Sick Leave

UPDATE: 10/20/20 NYS Paid Sick Leave Program – The DOL has finally released official guidance and an FAQ doc to provide more clarity on the new mandate. New York State’s new paid sick leave program begins January 1, 2021, but employers were required to start to accruing time for employees

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BNP Poorly Timed Prevailing Wage Expansion

Poorly Timed Prevailing Wage Expansion

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, New York State added a major prevailing wage expansion into the enacted state budget. This decision, long opposed by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and statewide business leaders, will make it even more difficult to attract private sector investment to a state already burdened

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BNP NYS Budget Passes Amid Pandemic

New State Budget Passes Amid Pandemic

In unprecedented times, as the state continues to roil from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor and State Legislature did enact a new state budget for FY2021.  Given the events swirling around us, the fact that the budget was passed after the April first deadline seemed inconsequential. However, there are

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CEO Confidence Slips Across Upstate in 2020

Partner Voices Blog: Siena College Research Institute and The Business Council of NYS Business leaders across Upstate New York grew more pessimistic this year but a majority do not expect a recession.  CEOs in Buffalo expressed greater confidence in the business climate conditions improving in their area as compared to

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A Compounding Threat: NYS Trusted Traveler Program Removal

Every day the United States Department of Homeland Security’s removal of New York State from the Trusted Traveler Program (Global Entry, FAST, SENTRI, and NEXUS) continues to cost our region money and erode a hard-fought market confidence that took years to create. Since the removal’s announcement on February 6, 2020,

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The Latest Effort to Expand New York’s Costly Prevailing Wage Mandate

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Earlier this month, Governor Cuomo unveiled his 2020-2021 Executive Budget proposal, detailing his priorities and outlining his agenda for another legislative session in Albany. Resurrected in the Governor’s budget was a policy Unshackle Upstate, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and several of our advocacy partners around the state successfully defeated last

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Business issues are focus of Erie County Executive Candidates Forum

Government Affairs event brings important economic development topics to the forefront of the county executive race. With the 2019 general election just a month away, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership hosted an Erie County Executive Candidates Forum featuring incumbent Mark Poloncarz and challenger Lynne Dixon as part of our final Government

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