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June 25, 2019

Media Advisory: Press Conference - 2019 Community Agenda Update

The Partnership for the Public Good (PPG) unites 295 community groups working for a better Buffalo Niagara. Each year, PPG leads a democratic process among its partners to determine the Community Agenda for the coming year—their top ten priorities for policy change in our …

March 2, 2019

Buffalo News: "Coalition wants to soften tax hikes so residents can 'stay in their homes'"

"Buffalo’s booming real estate market has been more than generous to many city-dwellers selling their homes over the past few years, with some receiving more than twice the amount of money they paid just a few years ago. Their good fortune is likely to translate into a cost to longtime …

February 19, 2019

Buffalo Law Journal: "Partnership for the Public Good outlines top issues for 2019"

Partnership for the Public Good recently released its annual agenda of issues it will advocate for reform this year, with expansion of voting rights and alternatives to arrest leading the way.  

February 13, 2019

Community Agenda Update: Winning Voting Rights and Working Toward a Complete Census Count

PPG and partners met to discuss and strategize around two topics from the 2019 Community Agenda: protecting and expanding voting rights and forming a Complete Count Committee for Buffalo-Niagara representation in Census 2020.

February 7, 2019

Buffalo News: "Erie County leaders draw closer to their first raise in 22 years"

Elected officials should not have to pay an undue price for their public service, said Andrea Súilleabháin, executive director of Partnership for the Public Good, a community-based think tank."A higher salary will encourage more and better candidates to run for office," she …

January 14, 2019

Community Groups to Unveil their Policy Agenda for 2019

The Partnership for the Public Good (PPG) unites 284 community groups working for a better Buffalo – ranging from large social service agencies like the YWCA to neighborhood groups like the Masten Block Club Coalition, and from arts organizations like El Museo to environmental advocates like …

December 26, 2018

Buffalo News: "Letter: State should address development tax break"

The Buffalo News published a letter by PPG policy analyst Sarah Wooton, calling on New York State to eliminate the 485-a exemption or change it to help small-time property owners to improve their properties, rather than doling out public money to wealthy developers for dubious projects.

September 29, 2018

Buffalo News: "Critics take aim at Benderson over city tax break — for one apartment"

"When the public invests money in things, it should yield a benefit for the community," Magavern said. "It should be providing affordable housing and quality jobs for city residents, not just padding the profit of wealthy developers."

September 17, 2018

The 501(c)(3) Advocacy Lab Follow Up

On Wednesday, September 12, 2018, Buffalo Commons, a joint collaboration between PPG and Cornell in Buffalo, hosted its first Lab in what will be a series of educational programs beginning this fall. It was free and open to the public. Sam Magavern, Executive Director of Partnership for the Public …

October 9, 2017

One Nation Under a Groove: Beauty and Democracy Reconsidered

Thank you to everyone who came out to help celebrate PPG's 10th Anniversary! We are excited to play a role in what the next 10 years of research, advocacy, support and change-making will look like in Buffalo.     Here is a link to Sam's remarks for the evening:  One Nation Under …

March 15, 2017

Congressional Management Foundation Releases Report Outlining the Most Effective Ways of Contacting Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) released a new report today outlining the degree of influence that citizens have on congressional decision-making. The research in "Citizen-Centric Advocacy: The Untapped Power of Constituent Engagement" is the most …