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Town Hall meeting to address upstate economy

The Rochester Business Alliance Inc. and the Unshackle Upstate coalition have organized a Sept. 16 town hall-style forum in Rochester to allow members to express concerns to state lawmakers about Upstate New York’s economic challenges.

Town Hall meeting to address upstate economy

The Rochester Business Alliance Inc. and the Unshackle Upstate coalition have organized a Sept. 16 town hall-style forum in Rochester to allow members to express concerns to state lawmakers about Upstate New York’s economic challenges.
The forum is from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Dryden Theatre on East Avenue. State Assembly representatives Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, and Brian Kolb, R-Canandaigua, are scheduled to attend.
The event is open to the public. Seating is limited. Registration is required at the events calendar at www.RochesterBusinessAlliance.com.
Members of chambers of commerce in the Rochester region have been invited to participate. The public is invited to submit written testimony describing how the state’s business climate—including tax, assessment and fee structures—are negatively impacting their business, organizers said.
Similar meetings are scheduled for Buffalo, Syracuse, Binghamton and Plattsburgh.
“This past year has been especially troublesome for the taxpayers of New York, who have had to shoulder massive tax, fee and assessment increases, witness a record increase in the amount of state spending, and watch a dysfunctional and secretive legislative and budgetary process,” said Brian Sampson, the Rochester-based executive director of Unshackle Upstate, in a statement.
“Add to it a failing state economy and it’s clear that Upstate New York’s businesses and families have been devastated.
All 212 seats in the state Legislature are up for election in 2010, as are the offices of governor, attorney general and controller.
“We must use every opportunity we can to insist that our elected officials act in our best interests by lowering taxes and improving the dismal state of New York’s business environment,” RBA President and CEO Sandra Parker said.

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Town Hall meeting to address upstate economy

The Rochester Business Alliance Inc. and the Unshackle Upstate coalition have organized a Sept. 16 town hall-style forum in Rochester to allow members to express concerns to state lawmakers about Upstate New York’s economic challenges.

The forum is from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Dryden Theatre on East Avenue. State Assembly representatives Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, and Brian Kolb, R-Canandaigua, are scheduled to attend.

The event is open to the public. Seating is limited. Registration is required at the events calendar at www.RochesterBusinessAlliance.com.

Members of chambers of commerce in the Rochester region have been invited to participate. The public is invited to submit written testimony describing how the state’s business climate—including tax, assessment and fee structures—are negatively impacting their business, organizers said.

Similar meetings are scheduled for Buffalo, Syracuse, Binghamton and Plattsburgh.

“This past year has been especially troublesome for the taxpayers of New York, who have had to shoulder massive tax, fee and assessment increases, witness a record increase in the amount of state spending, and watch a dysfunctional and secretive legislative and budgetary process,” said Brian Sampson, the Rochester-based executive director of Unshackle Upstate, in a statement.

“Add to it a failing state economy and it’s clear that Upstate New York’s businesses and families have been devastated.

All 212 seats in the state Legislature are up for election in 2010, as are the offices of governor, attorney general and controller.

“We must use every opportunity we can to insist that our elected officials act in our best interests by lowering taxes and improving the dismal state of New York’s business environment,” RBA President and CEO Sandra Parker said.
 

(c) 2009 Rochester Business Journal. Obtain permission to reprint this article.

 

 

 

 

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