Last Tuesday, the halls of the Capitol and Legislative Office Building had a distinctly Western New York feel as the Buffalo Niagara Partnership (BNP) held its annual Albany Lobby Day.

Among the issues that BNP members and staff lobbied on were supporting additional reforms to the state’s workers’ compensation program to reduce costs for businesses, opposing increasing the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, and making energy more affordable as the state makes significant changes to its energy regulatory system. (Read BNP’s 2016 Advocacy Agenda.)

We cannot stress enough how impactful it is when real people take the time and effort to come to Albany and speak to their lawmakers face to face. We commend the efforts of the BNP, and look forward to continuing to work with them to achieve their goals.