Legislative direction for 2017

We were very busy with a lot of committee meetings discussing our legislative direction for 2017.

Our Legislative Committee met on Tuesday to discuss our Legislative Agenda. After a long discussion, the committee approved their support of the agenda. We also discussed this committee being much more proactive on issues that arise which directly correlate to the Legislative Agenda. When issues come up, the committee will take a stand on those positions and submit them to the Government Affairs Committee. Also discussed was Governor Cuomo’s State of the State and some of its content.

Our Government Affairs Committee also discussed the Legislative Agency and noted that this agenda is more thorough than any past Legislative Agenda. After some discussion it was approved. The Legislative Agency will not be presented to the full Board of Directors for approval. The committee discussed Governor Cuomo’s proposed New York State budget and the deficit over $3 billion. Some programs will need to be cut and new revenue streams looked into. We also heard from George Phillips of Reclaim NY which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group looking to help New York residents realize where their tax dollars are going.

• We met with representatives from Upstate Venture Connect (UVC). UVC is an organization originally out of the Utica area that is helping to foster a entrepreneurial ecosystem in upstate NY. We met to discuss different ideas on how the Chamber can help entrepreneurs in the region find success. We are very excited about future endeavors!

• We met with a group from Ride with Me Henry to discuss passenger rail service in Broome County. We were informed that quite a few years ago, there were many discussions about connecting western NY to New York City, through Binghamton and Pennsylvania. Unfortunately this never came to fruition due to a number of extenuating circumstances. The Chamber is looking into different ways to potentially start this conversation once again.

• We had another ‘Breaking Down the Silo’s’ event at Fahs Construction. Over 100 people were in attendance to connect and discuss entrepreneurial growth in the Southern Tier. The Chamber partners with multiple community organizations on this event, and we heard from new start-up businesses. If you are interested in attending this next month, please check out our calendar for more information. Thank you to new members The Colonial for providing the great food!

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