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March 25, 2021

WKBW: "Know your rights: Buffalo residents can negotiate their water bill payments, says Water Board Chair"

By Ashley Rowe | March 25, 2021 Buffalo residents who are financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are allowed to negotiate their Buffalo Water bill until June 30th, the Buffalo Water Board Chairman Oluwole McFoy tells 7 Eyewitness News. But that customer right is not explicitly written …

March 24, 2021

Buffalo Organizations Join Statewide Call to Strengthen Water and Utilities Shutoff Moratorium

Together with a statewide coalition, local organizations PPG, WNY Law Center, Center for Elder Law and Justice, PUSH Buffalo, and Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper call on the state legislature to strengthen the existing water and essential utilities shutoff moratorium. The letter below outlines nine …

March 17, 2021

New York Focus: "Records Reveal New York’s Growing Mountain of Water Debt"

By Julia Rock | March 17, 2021 On October 25, 2019, two days before her quarterly bill was due, Marie, 54, woke up to find that no water was coming out of her faucets.  She had known she was about $800 behind on water bill payments, but hadn’t realized that her water would be shut off. …

January 27, 2021

Good Food Buffalo Coalition Hosts Farmers & Legislators Forum

The Good Food Buffalo Coalition is working to bring institutional market opportunities to small farmers in New York State. 

January 6, 2021

PPG's Comments on the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation General Project Plan

The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation is accepting comments on the General Project Plan (GPP) for the Outer Harbor until Friday, January 8, 2021. To submit comments, email Landgprojectcomments@esd.ny.gov. Read on for Partnership for the Public Good's comments and recommendations on the …

November 17, 2020

PPG's Comments on Proposed Proactive Rental Inspection Legislation in the City of Buffalo

On November 17, 2020, the Buffalo Common Council Legislation Committee discussed ordinance amendments that would create proactive interior rental inspections in the City of Buffalo. PPG Community Researcher Sarah Wooton shared the following remarks during the session.

May 6, 2020

Policy Solutions for COVID-19 Response and Recovery in Buffalo-Niagara

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures. On Thursday, April 30, Partnership for the Public Good and the Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab, in collaboration with ANCHOR, hosted a Buffalo Commons Community Conversation on policy solutions for COVID-19 response and recovery. The discussion …

April 3, 2020

Already ‘a Crisis Before the Pandemic,’ Access to Water Should Be Top Priority

While access to water is increasingly recognized as a basic human right, “access to and affordability of clean, healthy water was a national crisis before the COVID-19 pandemic, including right here in Western New York,” said Rahwa Ghirmatzion, Executive Director of PUSH Buffalo. This …

April 3, 2020

Read the Full Transcript: Press Conference on Water Access During COVID-19

This transcript is from the 4/2/2020 10am press conference urging the City of Buffalo to proactively restore water services to Buffalo residents amidst the COVID-19 crisis.  Speakers include: Rahwa Ghirmatzion (Executive Director, PUSH Buffalo), Andrea Ó Súilleabháin …

April 2, 2020

WBFO: "City, Water Board urged to restore shut off water service during pandemic"

By Michael Mroziak | April 2, 2020 Dozens of local community advocacy agencies and individuals are uniting in a call to the City of Buffalo and the city’s Water Board, urging them to restore service amidst the pandemic to those whose water has been shut off.

April 2, 2020

WBEN: "City of Buffalo asked to restore water to those without it"

By Mike Baggerman | April 2, 2020 BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – After a stroke two years ago caused a Buffalo man named “Mike” be to laid off from his job, he said his water was turned off because he could no longer make payments and had to prioritize where whatever …

April 1, 2020

Community Groups call on the City of Buffalo and Buffalo Water to Restore Services to Combat COVID-19 in Buffalo

Help us call on the City of Buffalo and Buffalo Water to restore services to households without water. For almost two weeks, community and legal services organizations have pressed the City to do two things: communicate more widely and effectively about how people can get …