Business leaders from New York City to Buffalo and Binghamton to the Capitol Region convened in Albany on May 9 for NYSSBC’s 3rd annual Albany Sustainable Business Summit, a non-stop day of briefings, legislative visits and networking. It was the first time many of the attendees had ever been to the Capitol buildings.
Our agenda was packed with NYSSBC’s priority issues for 2016: clean energy, safer chemicals, GMO labeling, rural economic development, worker-owned cooperatives, and campaign finance reform. We were inspired by the successful New York Paid Leave Coalition; well-fed thanks to lunch sponsor Clean and Healthy NY; and well-recycled and composted by Zero to Go.
NYSSBC partnered with NY-GEO to highlight two bills that would provide tax parity for geothermal energy by creating a sales tax exemption (S6250A/A9128A) and tax credit (S6249/A9925). Our work on GMO labeling (S485/A617) was enriched by our collaboration with Food and Water Watch and the NY GMO Labeling Coalition. We advocated for the updating of the Industrial Hemp Pilot (S6960/A9310A), designed to spur rural economic development especially in the Southern Tier, and educated legislators on the needs of incentives and support for worker-owned cooperatives (A9618). The business perspective on overturning Citizens United was presented to encourage New York to become the 17th state to pass a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to limit special interest money in elections.
Attendees were provided a folder with summaries of the policies and their current status, a schedule of legislative meetings and legislator bios, and talking points memos on the various issues.
NYSSBC will continue to monitor these issues and update our business community on opportunities to participate and support them. Sign up for our newsletter (on the right) to stay in the loop!
A special thanks to:
Our lunch sponsor
Our waste manager
Our promotional partners