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Chamber Experiences Success with 2011 Legislative Agenda
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Chamber Experiences Success with 2011 Legislative Agenda

In January of this year, the Amherst Chamber of Commerce released its 2011 Legislative Agenda with public policy positions on a variety of issues at each level of government (federal, state, regional and local).  The Chamber is proud to announce that this year’s agenda was a resounding success, specifically on the State level.

All five issues presented as important from the business community to the Western New York Delegation and Governor Cuomo saw movement, with four having legislation passed.  UB2020 (now NY2020), a Property Tax Cap, Power for Jobs (now Recharge NY) and legislation on Reverse Vending Machines in retail stores all saw positive action in line with the Chamber’s position and have been, or will be, signed into law by Governor Cuomo.  The fifth item, the Marcellus Shale, has also seen movement and positive steps toward allowing hydraulic fracturing to occur, providing a boost to New York’s flagging economy.

At the regional level, much growth and new building can be seen at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.  Locally, the Chamber has reached out to the Town of Amherst to begin work to re-develop portions of Maple Road near Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital into a new medical overlay district.

The Chamber is extremely proud of the positive impact its legislative agenda has had on policy at all levels of government.  It will continue to hold Western New York’s elected officials accountable for their actions through the publishing of a quarterly electronic Status Report.  Archived copies of this report are visible at www.amherst.org/status-report.

Each year, the Legislative Agenda is crafted by the Amherst Chamber’s Public Affairs Council.  Items for the Agenda are chosen based on input from the Chamber’s over 2,500 members and issues which are included cover concerns from a wide variety of industries and business sizes.  For more information on the Chamber’s 2011 Legislative Agenda or Public Affairs Council, please visit www.amherst.org or call 716.632.6905.

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