Testimony at the Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2014-2015 Executive Budget Proposal on Economic Development

On February 10, 2014, Andy Reynolds, CEJ’s Communications Organizer, delivered the testimony below at the Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2014-2015 Executive Budget Proposal on Economic Development: Good afternoon. I would like to thank the members of the Senate Finance …

2014 Annual Meeting Recap

CEJ held our 2014 Annual Meeting on January 22 at the Buffalo and Erie County United Way. We would like to thank everyone who attended and provided important feedback to guide our work for 2014 and beyond.

We have included the materials for the meeting for review. Please contact us with your comments or questions at


Regional Review: A Closer Look at New York’s $7 Billion Subsidy System

New York spends approximately $7 billion each year on subsidies to businesses across New York. Fifteen economic development programs, some with hundreds of local entities, issue subsidies such as tax exemptions, tax credits, grants, tax-exempt bonds, and discounted land to corporations, ostensibly in the name of job creation, economic growth and an improved quality of life for all New Yorkers. This report takes a closer look at the subsidy programs that report regional data, their job creation performance, and the most expensive projects funded in each program.

The Amherst IDA: The Case for Reform

Resource: Presentation on The Amherst IDA: The Case for Reform.

Our state and local government has a responsibility to build a better future for all by making smart investments that create good jobs, revitalize the economy, and meet the needs of our communities as a whole.

CEJ Summer 2013 Newsletter

CEJ Summer 2013 Newsletter In this issue of our newsletter, Just Work, you will find the Director’s Note by CEJ Executive Director Jenn Diagostino, POWER for All American Wrokers, Making Democracy Work in an Open Buffalo, What’s the Staff Reading?, …