Last week, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership (BNP) held its annual Lobby Day in Albany.  BNP employer members and Partnership staff met with key lawmakers in the State Capitol to discuss initiatives that will positively impact New York State’s business community.

Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, President & CEO, Buffalo Niagara Partnership, said:

“Sitting at the table with state elected officials in Albany provides us with the opportunity to push for changes that affect not only our member companies, but also the entire Buffalo Niagara region.  Furthermore, our Action Agenda advocacy efforts don’t end there. We’ll continue to monitor any issues that are brought to the floor throughout this legislative session which will have an impact –positive or negative – on our members and the community.”

You can read BNP’s 2015 State Legislative Session Action Agenda.  Many of their priorities are shared by Unshackle Upstate.

This session, the BNP’s top priority is ensuring that the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) is extended for at least ten years.  The BCP has been a critical tool for creating jobs, cleaning up contaminated properties, and getting them back on the tax rolls. We wholeheartedly agree that the program has been an important one for Upstate cities, and it must be continued.