Skip to Content
Author: The BCW

Leave a Comment

BCW Heading to Albany to Push 2017 Legislative Agenda

The Business Council of Westchester will make its annual trip to Albany next week with its 2017 Legislative Agenda in hand. Among the business community’s top priorities are a long list of items from fiscal reform to housing, economic development, energy and healthcare and others.

“Every year, legislative bills that are passed or not passed in local, state and federal legislatures have a powerful impact on the Westchester business community’s ability to serve its stakeholders,’’ said John Ravitz, Executive Vice President and COO of the Business Council of Westchester. “In order to make our voices heard, the BCW creates a legislative agenda each year and communicates this to our representatives at all levels of government.”

This year’s Legislative Agenda revisits priorities from year’s past, as well as adds new ones. Among them are proposals to help solve the state’s fiscal problems by adopting reforms and new initiatives to enhance tax credits; make the state pension system more affordable, and reduce the cost of doing business in New York by enacting mandate and regulatory relief. Support for the state’s gaming and biotech/life science industries and higher educational institutions are also at the top of the list.

The closing of Indian Point power plants starting in 2020 will figure prominently in the conversation as the state will have to answer many questions about replacement power, rising energy bills and the loss of tax dollars.

For the Legislative Lobby Day on March 14, BCW members will meet with key legislative leaders, state commissioners, state-wide policymakers and members of the press corps. The day ends with cocktails and dinner at Jack’s, one of Albany’s oldest and finest restaurants. A chartered bus will leave from the BCW offices at 800 Westchester Avenue at 7 am and return by 11:30 pm. Spaces are limited. For more information, contact John Ravitz, jravitz@thebcw.org or call 948-2110.

Click here to read the 2017 Legislative Agenda

Similar News Items

The Business Council of Westchester released its 2024 Legislative Agenda and called on state lawmakers to embrace policies that support a sustainable economy and job creation. The BCW produces the Annual Legislative Agenda each year for federal, state and local representatives on behalf of the business community. Among the recommendations in its 44-page report, the […]

Read Article

The Business Council of Westchester is among 43 business organizations representing tens of thousands of businesses of all sectors and sizes across New York urging the Senate and Assembly to allocate funding in the Fiscal Year 2025 budget to address the unemployment insurance debt; as well as support the Governor’s proposals to sunset the state’s […]

Read Article

Congratulations to the Burn Center at Westchester Medical Center on being verified by the American Burn Association (ABA) as an Adult and Pediatric Burn Center. The verification was made after a rigorous and thorough review of Westchester Medical Center’s burn care program. With this verification, BCW Member Westchester Medical Center is now home to the […]

Read Article

Become A Member

Join the county’s largest and most influential business organization today.

JOIN NOW!
The Business Council of Westchester is committed to helping businesses market, learn, advocate, and grow. Over 80 events and programs are offered every year, giving our members ample opportunity to connect and meet with businesses representatives in the Westchester community and beyond.
Back to top