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July 17, 2023

PPG's Comments on Proposed Airbnb Tax in Erie County

On July 13, 2023, the Erie County Legislature held a public hearing on the proposed Occupancy Tax Modernization Act. PPG staff were not able to attend this hearing, but Director of Community Research, Sarah Wooton, submitted the following comments to the Erie County legislature.

July 6, 2023

Cornell High Road ’22 Fellow Wins Award and Funding for Western New York Law Center

Noah Berg won the Cornell University College of Human Ecology’s Community-Engaged Reflection Award for his work as a 2022 High Road Fellow with the Western New York Law Center (WNYLC).

May 17, 2023

Community Groups Call for Three Priorities in the City of Buffalo Budget

Partnership for the Public Good and its partner organizations gathered at Buffalo City Hall to call for three priorities to be included in the City of Buffalo 2023-2024 budget currently being negotiated. Video of the press conference is available here.

March 25, 2023

Buffalo News: "The Editorial Board: Buffalo needs some practical solutions to an affordable housing crisis that grows desperate"

News Editorial Board | March 25, 2023 Enough with the studies and the reports. It’s time for action. Buffalo has an affordable housing crisis that’s been building since well before the pandemic and is now at near-catastrophic proportions. Between late 2019 and late 2022, the median …

March 7, 2023

Partnership for the Public Good, Cornell in Buffalo, and Partners Advocate for Three Policies to Fight Inflation and Support Working Families

Elected officials, researchers, and community members gathered in Buffalo today to call on New York State to adopt three policies that would fight inflation costs and help working families struggling with rising costs.

February 7, 2023

Buffalo News: "New housing task force will tackle Buffalo's 'affordability crisis.' Will this one make a difference?"

Caitlin Dewey | February 7, 2023 What do you get when you put five advocates, two landlords, two lawyers and a housing official in a room together? A solution to the affordable housing crisis, hopes the Buffalo Common Council. On Tuesday, the council appointed 10 representatives to a new Affordable …

October 28, 2022

Residents Gather to Discuss Vacant Lot Concerns and Recommendations

On Thursday, October 6th, City of Buffalo residents came together to discuss their experiences with vacant lots. Residents were grouped by neighborhood and spoke about how they used the vacant lots, their concerns, and their visions for the vacant lots.

May 20, 2022

Food Access Data: How Many People Might Have Depended on Tops for Groceries?

We wanted to understand the scope of impact this tragedy had on food access in our city. To do this, we mapped the major grocery stores in the area and then calculated how many people lived closer to Tops on Jefferson Ave than to any other major grocery store nearby.

April 3, 2022

Buffalo News: "Advocates: No Bills stadium deal without strong community benefits agreement"

By: Sandra Tan | April 3, 2022 Community advocates are demanding that elected leaders refuse to approve any new Buffalo Bills stadium deal unless it's accompanied by a strong community benefits agreement to ensure that the Bills organization gives back to the people of Buffalo and Erie County.

March 29, 2022

Spectrum News: "Western New York community advocate groups pushing for CBA in Bills stadium contracts"

By: Brianne Roesser | March 29, 2022 Community advocates are pushing for a return on investment from the new Bills stadium that will directly impact Buffalo. State and local leaders announced Monday that the new Bills stadium will go in Orchard Park across from the current one and cost about $1.4 …

February 2, 2022

WBFO: "Coalition calls for community benefit agreement tied to new Bills stadium"

By: Thomas O'Neil-White| February 2, 2022 A Community Benefits Agreement, or CBA, attached to a large-scale development project is an agreement that spells out what contributions could come back to the community impacted by the project. In Erie County, talk of a new football stadium for the Buffalo …

February 2, 2022

WBEN: "Local coalition calls for community benefits agreement in Bills stadium deal"

By: Newsroom| February 2, 2022 A local coalition known as Partnership for the Public Good held a press conference at the steps of the Johnnie B. Wiley Pavilion in Buffalo on Wednesday calling for Erie County Legislators to insist on a robust community benefits agreement as part of …