Economy: Press Releases

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.”

John Zogby to Survey Upstate Employers on Economic Development

BUFFALO – The Buffalo Niagara Partnership today announced that internationally-known political pollster, author and Upstate New York native John Zogby will poll employers beginning next week to gauge their perspectives on the Upstate economy. He will present his findings in a keynote address at Accelerate Upstate 2.0, the Partnership’s economic development summit, on January 29 in Buffalo.

Buffalo Niagara Partnership to Host Accelerate Upstate 2.0

BUFFALO – The Buffalo Niagara Partnership today announced Accelerate Upstate 2.0, an economic development summit to gauge employers’ opinions on current and future initiatives to grow the Upstate New York economy. Stakeholders are encouraged to participate in person or online, as the event will be held Tuesday January 29th, 2013 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center and webcast via YNN outlets across New York State.  M&T Bank is the title sponsor of the event.

Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Unshackle Upstate Endorse Jack Quinn for State Senate

(BUFFALO, N.Y.) – The Buffalo Niagara Partnership together with Unshackle Upstate, the Business Council and NFIB today announced their endorsement of Assemblyman Jack Quinn for New York State’s 58th Senate District. Andrew Rudnick, President and CEO of the Partnership; Brian Sampson, Executive Director of Unshackle Upstate; Kenneth Adams, The Business Council President/CEO; and Mike Elmendorf, New York State director of NFIB joined Quinn to announce the endorsement at Redlinski Meats in Cheektowaga.