Advocacy

Where We Stand

The Chamber is the lead advocate for its membership and the business community in the Greater Binghamton region. Our objective is to influence public policy in a manner that generates a climate of economic growth, lowers operational expenses for business, and fosters new investment.

Legislative Agenda

Through direct feedback from our membership, the efforts of our committees, and approval by our Board of Directors, the Legislative Agenda is our guiding force behind the Chamber’s Legislative priorities.

2017 Agenda

Recent Wins

  • Upstate/Downstate divide on Minimum Wage rates created
  • Southern Tier REDC winning $60M in 2016
  • Southern Tier REDC winning $500 in the Upstate Revitalization Initiative
  • Rejection of a Project Labor Agreement for the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment Facility
  • Extension of Property Tax Cap
  • Long-term Extension of the Brownfield Cleanup Program
  • Eliminating Annual Wage Notification Requirements

Policy Positions

  • Support Bringing Ride Sharing Services to Upstate NY
  • Oppose the MTA being able to shift construction costs to utility companies
  • Supported the passage of the “Brunch Bill” that creates a permit for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages before noon on Sunday
  • Oppose NYS using $10M of the Workers’ Compensation fund to pay for Paid Family Leave set-up costs