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January 13, 2022

Buffalo News: "11 ideas Buffalo's Partnership for Public Good is pitching to improve the city"

By: Matt Glynn | January 13, 2022 The city of Buffalo should make more-productive use of the vacant lots it owns, said Jeanette Koncikowski, executive director of Grassroots Gardens WNY. "While the city has long evaluated repurposing ideas for its 8,000-plus vacant lots, they continue to …

November 15, 2021

Letter to Governor Hochul: Adopt the Transportation and Climate Initiative in New York State

PPG and many of our partners wrote to Governor Hochul to request that she sign the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI). This would create a funding stream that could be used to improve our public transportation system, making transportation more equitable in our region.

November 9, 2021

Letter to Governor Hochul: Stop Plans for Outer Harbor Amphitheater, Create a World-Class State Park

For these reasons, we ask that you halt the implementation of the General Project Plan, especially the amphitheater, order a full environmental review, and begin the process of making the Outer Harbor a world-class state park.

July 2, 2021

WBFO: "Sean Ryan, local groups call for public hearings on proposed Outer Harbor amphitheater"

By Thomas O'Neil-White | July 2, 2021 State Senator Sean Ryan joined citizen and environmental groups Thursday calling on the Erie Canal Harbor Development Group to hold in-person public hearings on a proposed 8,000 capacity amphitheater at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor.

June 24, 2021

Planning for Personal Electric Vehicles - Public Comment on the Redesign of Route 198

The Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council is leading the Region Central process to reimagine the Scajaquada Corridor and redesign Route 198 (the Scajaquada Expressway). PPG Policy Fellow Dan Cadzow submitted the following public comment, highlighting the need to plan for …

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 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 …