Advocacy: Press Releases

WNY Businesses Feel Deep Economic Impact from COVID-19

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership released the results of the WNY COVID-19 Business Impact Survey today with nearly every respondent reporting a loss of revenue due to the pandemic.  More than 1,600 businesses throughout Western New York – half of them deemed essential by New York State – participated in the survey.  The Partnership joined with the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls, the counties of Erie and Niagara, and nearly 20 local chambers and economic development organizations to launch the effort to better gauge the impacts of COVID-19 on WNY businesses and employers.

Buffalo Niagara Partnership Launches BNP Business Link

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is launching a new online information and connection platform for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. BNP Business Link will allow employers throughout Western New York to connect with the regional chamber of commerce and seek assistance on a variety of issues related to COVID-19 including information on federal loan programs, new government regulations, and best practice resources for managing employees working from home and reopening business operations. The Partnership’s team of subject matter experts will address questions confidentially and connect employers with the most relevant information as quickly as possible. 

Employers Optimistic About Local Business Climate; Far Less Positive About NYS

BUFFALO, N.Y – The Buffalo Niagara Partnership, the regional chamber of commerce, is releasing the findings of its annual advocacy and member survey for the first time.  The Member Pulse Report details how Buffalo Niagara employers view the local and state economy, and identifies employers’ pain points, areas of concern and obstacles to growth.

Buffalo Niagara Partnership Helping to Lead Push for Workers’ Compensation Reform

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is joining forces with more than 50 organizations all across New York in pushing for commonsense Workers’ Compensation reform.  In a letter to every member of the New York State Legislature, the Partnership and its allies outlined the need for Workers’ Compensation reform and the specific changes that should be made to lower employer costs without compromising care and compensation for injured workers.  New York State currently has the third highest Workers’ Compensation premium costs in the country, up from 19th highest back in 2008.

Statement on NYS Budget Agreement

Buffalo, NY – “With this State Budget deal, the Governor and members of the State Legislature 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.  And as bad as this budget is for employers, it could have been much worse if it were not for the aggressive and coordinated advocacy efforts of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Unshackle Upstate, the Minimum Wage Reality Check coalition and dozens of employer organizations who collectively stood up for New York’s job creators.”

Partnership, WNY Delegation Urge Albany to Reauthorize Brownfield Cleanup Program

WHO: Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, President & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership
Tom Kucharski, President & CEO of Buffalo Niagara Enterprise
Brian Sampson, Executive Director of Unshackle Upstate
Senator Mark Grisanti
Senator Tim Kennedy
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger
Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes
Assemblyman Sean Ryan
Assemblyman Mickey Kearns