Advocacy: Press Releases

Broad-Based Coalition Urges Governor Cuomo to Include Reform to “Scaffold Law” in Upcoming Executive Budget

ALBANY, NY–The Buffalo Niagara Partnership today joined a coalition of over fifty advocacy groups representing small and large businesses, developers, insurers, builders, contractors, municipalities and taxpayers issued a joint letter to Governor Cuomo and his top budget staff urging for the inclusion of reform of New York’s “Scaffold Law” in the FY 2014-15 Executive Budget.

Small Business Day Promotes Six-Point Agenda

ALBANY, NY – Small business owners and business leaders from across the state assembled in Albany today to participate in Small Business Day. The effort, led by the National Federation of Independent Businesses of New York, focused on a six-point legislative agenda of the challenges faced by the state’s 2 million small businesses.

Buffalo Niagara Partnership Calls for Sunset of 18A Assessment

“A, if not the, top Albany priority this year is to keep the 18a utility assessment from being extended one second,” said Andrew Rudnick, President and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. “The Governor’s proposed five-year extension of this energy tax has a particularly negative impact on Upstate energy users, especially manufacturers. Thus, we strongly call for its sunset in 2014.”

Buffalo Niagara Partnership Statement Regarding Governor Cuomo’s 2013-14 Executive Budget

“Governor Cuomo’s 2013-14 Executive Budget proposal addresses two major impediments to employers in New York State, unemployment insurance and worker’s compensation. Much needed reforms to both of these important safeguards for employees will allow employers to operate their business under predictable, manageable costs while providing fair and practical safety nets for employees that lose their jobs or are injured while doing their job,” said Andrew Rudnick, President & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. “This budget proposal also includes another ‘installment’ of Governor Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion investment in Buffalo Niagara, including $75 million in capital funding and $25 million in tax credits. That, combined with the ‘Historic Commercial Properties Rehabilitation Credit’ proposal for developers of historic properties, reaffirms the Governor’s commitment to Buffalo Niagara and revitalizing our economy. However, the Governor’s proposed significant increase in the state minimum wage blunts the positive impact of these employer-friendly initiatives. In a state ranked 50th in business tax climate, a mandated wage hike is the exact opposite of Governor Cuomo’s ‘Open for Business’ effort and will have a negative impact on employment and job creation. Now is not the time for more employer mandates.”