Latest News

January 16, 2020

Media Release: Community Groups Announce their Policy Agenda for 2020

Media Release: Community Groups Announce their Policy Agenda for 2020 January 16, 2020 “This is a collective vision of a more just and vibrant Buffalo,” said Partnership for the Public Good Executive Director Andrea Ó Súilleabháin, as the group unveiled its 2020 …

January 2, 2020

Buffalo News: "Sweeping changes arrive in criminal justice system"

At the murder suspect's indictment hearing, Assistant District Attorney Stephen C. Earnhart read for the judge a long list of evidence he was turning over to defense attorneys. A thumb drive of video. A CD of a 911 call. The dead wife's autopsy report. Copies of grand jury subpoenas. Emails between …

December 16, 2019

Buffalo News: "As fears of an undercount loom, local officials race to prepare for 2020 census"

The 2020 national census doesn’t officially kick off until March. But with the specter of past undercounts hanging over them, a coalition of local governments and nonprofit organizations are mobilizing early to “get out the count.” Some are distributing census pledge cards. Others …

December 12, 2019

WBFO: "Bail reforms celebrated by advocates, opposed by law enforcement"

Starting Jan. 1, cash bail and pre-trial detention will be eliminated for most misdemeanors and non-violent felonies in New York State. That change has left local criminal justice reform advocates rejoicing and law enforcement officials crying foul.    

December 3, 2019

Buffalo News: "Bail reform advocates push back against calls for moratorium"

After law enforcement leaders held simultaneous news conferences across the state last week, calling for a moratorium on new bail laws set to go into effect Jan. 1,  Buffalo advocates for criminal justice reform countered "misconceptions" about those new laws. The new laws will end the use of …

November 18, 2019

Changes to the Buffalo In-Rem Auction: Kate Lockhart from the WNY Law Center on The Public Good Radio Show

On October 29th, PPG’s Executive Director, Andrea Ó Súilleabháin sat down with Kate Lockhart, Director of the Vacant and Abandoned Properties program at the Western New York Law Center. They discussed the Buffalo Tax Foreclosure Auction (Oct 29-31), recent changes to the …

September 23, 2019

WBFO: "Group calls for expansion of state park at Outer Harbor"

"Expand the Outer Harbor into a full State Park is the message coming from the Partnership for the Public Good and a dozen other local groups who make up the Our Harbor Coalition. The Partnership released a report Monday, detailing a full analysis of the why a state park is best for the …

September 23, 2019

Buffalo News: "'Not any old lakeshore': Report urges Outer Harbor become state park"

"A new report backed by a coalition of groups urges that the Outer Harbor be turned into a state park. The report, released today by the Partnership for the Public Good, said an analysis of the land's assets and challenges led to a conclusion that a state park would be the best way to protect the …

September 23, 2019

Report Calls for Expanded State Park on Outer Harbor

A new report calls for New York State to greatly expand its park on the Outer Harbor. “We have an amazing opportunity,” said the report’s author, Sam Magavern, from the Partnership for the Public Good.” “There’s nothing like our Outer Harbor on the Great …

September 9, 2019

Buffalo News: "Coalition wants protections from Buffalo's rising home values"

"Every neighborhood in Buffalo has increased in value, according to the city's recently completed 2020 citywide property tax revaluation of 93,000 residential and commercial properties. The city's total projected value is $17.4 billion, up 63 percent from last year's tax roll, with a projected …

September 5, 2019

WKBW Buffalo: "Sticker shock with new Buffalo property assessments"

All Buffalo neighborhoods have gone up in value - but will mean more taxes for some.  

September 1, 2019

Buffalo News: "Buffalo's tax assessments to finally catch up with booming housing values"

"The majority of Buffalo homeowners will see their property assessments spike later this month when the city completes its first large-scale reassessment since the boom in home sale prices. Housing prices have soared in neighborhoods from Allentown to Hertel. Buyers regularly face off in bidding …