Category Archives: Construction

NYC seeking developers to rebuild homes

Crain’s New York Business reports that the Bloomberg administration is looking for developers to help rebuild one- to four-family homes in New York City. More than six months after Sandy, hundreds of houses across the five boroughs still need to be rebuilt.  The city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development released a request for qualifications last week saying that the process of rebuilding will go faster with experts handling the process.


The Buffalo News: Training workers to meet the future of manufacturing

The Buffalo News LogoThe Business Council has long been focused on workforce development in New York State. Many of our manufacturing members have told us they have difficulty finding high-skilled workers. David Robinson of The Buffalo News wrote that “nearly one of every three [Western New York] factory jobs [are] expected to come open within the next seven years.” With that in mind, writes Robinson, the Western New York Economic Development Council has “endorsed a plan to create a workforce training center that will help teach local workers the skills needed in today’s more advanced factory work.”

Click here to read about the center which is expected to open next year.

Letter: Reforming Scaffold Law should be a top priority

Today’s Buffalo News has a letter to the editor from Thomas B. Stebbins, executive director of Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York calling for the state to reform Section 240 of the New York State Labor Law.  Also known as the Scaffold Law, Stebbins outlines how ultimately everyone, not just contractors, municipalities, schools and the state itself wind up paying.

Read the full letter to the editor on The Buffalo News website.

You can also join us and other businesses in Albany on April 17th for Small Business Lobby Day to tackle the issue.

New UB medical school is gateway to hospitals and neighborhoods

It’s “the glue” that will hold a downtown Buffalo neighborhood together, the University of Buffalo‘s new Medical School. Stephen Watson, staff reporter for The Buffalo News, wrote about the $375 million facility slated to open in 2016. It’s a grand design.

Take a look at the design unveiled Wednesday.

Click the logo to learn more about Made in New York, The Business Council’s website dedicated to showcasing those companies that make up the backbone of New York’s economy.

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Scaffold Law Reform

Small Business Day on April 17th is the opportunity for New York businesses to speak out on reforming the state’s Scaffold Law. The current law places an absolute liability standard on businesses making them responsible for worker injuries, even if a worker has not taken responsibility for their own safety. This has led to increased business costs for New York employers who oversee work on job sites, with general liability insurance costing between 300% and 1200% higher than in other states.

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Business Council Memo Supporting Scaffold Law Reform
Crain’s New York Business: Developers take aim at ‘outmoded’ law
New York Real Estate Journal: An attorney discusses labor law 240 and shareholder renovations

To register for Small Business Day contact Erin DeSantis Assistant State Director at NFIB for more information. 877.434.1262 or email Erin.DeSantis@NFIB.ORG.

Buffalo jumps back into top 40 in national economic rankings

On Numbers LogoBuffalo Business First projects editor , G. Scott Thomas, posted this good news story about Buffalo’s climb in the national economic rankings. That’s according to the On Numbers Economic Index.

Click here to read more.

Check out for great Made In NY products.  Buying New York products helps keep our economy going.

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Manufacturers urge lawmakers to help businesses grow

On The Hill’s blog, On The Money, Vicki Needham reported that “manufacturers say businesses are holding back on hiring because they are frustrated about the nation’s fiscal situation and its regulatory environment.” That from Chad Moutray, chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers.  His comments followed the release of the February jobs report which showed an addition of 14,000 in manufacturing. Good, but not good enough.

Click here to read Needham’s report.