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Economic Revitalization through our Legislative Agenda
Public Policy Positions of the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce 2008 –2017

The Board of Directors of the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce has established an assertive and clearly defined Legislative Agenda. The foundation for our actions is evident through our focus on four main areas vital to economic revitalization within our region: State Budget Reform, Regionalization, Infrastructure, and Economic Development.

We advocate for our membership through our Legislative Agenda, recognizing that we are the unified voice of our business community. The Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce is concerned with New York’s current state of affairs and recognizes that many issues affecting business here in the Utica area are a result of policies being generated in Albany.

Since 2008, our Chamber has established Public Policy positions seeking reform; supporting or opposing measures being proposed by the local, regional, state, and federal government. Our Chamber is the only pro-business organization in Central New York with such an emphasis on its Legislative Agenda. 


Below is a listing of the most recent Public Policy Positions

April 11, 2017 Resolution in Support of a New Integrated Health Care Facility/Campus in Downtown Utica 

March 21, 2017 Resolution Opposing a Hotel Occupancy Tax in the City of Utica

March 21, 2017 Resolution Supporting the Utica City School District to Receive the Proper Funding They Deserve

March 21, 2017 Resolution Supporting Making Utica the Western Gateway to the Adirondacks

February 14, 2017 Resolution Honoring Two Local Businesses Celebrating Bicentennial Anniversaries

February 14, 2017 Resolution Supporting Public Notices to be Published in Local Newspapers

February 14, 2017 Resolution Supporting the Invitation by Local Officials to Invite Governor Cuomo to Visit the Greater Utica Area

November 1, 2016 Resolution in Opposition to the Proposed 2017 County Budget

April 12, 2016 Resolution in Support of Residential Development in Bagg's Square

April 12, 2016 Reaffirmation of the 2007 Resolution Regarding Term Limits on Leadership Positions in New York State (Reaffirmation)

April 12, 2016 Reaffirmation of Previously Established Public Policy Positions (Reaffirmation)

April 12, 2016 Resolution in Support of Brennan Center's Recommendations (Reaffirmation)

April 12, 2016 Resolution in Support of Broad-Based Tax Reform for New York State (Reaffirmation)

April 12, 2016 Resolution in Support of Open Government and a Business Friendly Environment (Reaffirmation)

April 12, 2016 Resolution in Support of the Rehabilitation of the Adirondack Railroad (Reaffirmation)

March 21, 2016 Resolution Against the Proposed New York State $15/Hour Minimum Wage

June 9, 2015 Resolution in Support of Brightwaters Farms Application to Grow Medical Marijuana Under the Compasionate Care NY

August 12, 2014 Resolution Supporting a Complete Investigation of the Moreland Commission As Well As Full Transparency From the Cuomo Administration

June 10, 2014 Resolution Supporting Reform of 'Triborough Amendment' Clause of New York Civil Service Law Article 14, or the Public Employee's Fair Employment Act (Taylor Law)

February 24, 2014 Resolution In Opposition to the Opening of a Second Charter School in the City of Utica At This Time

February 11, 2014 Resolution In Opposition to the Paid Sick Leave Act (NY S-2626/A-3894), Which Would Require All Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave to Employees

February 11, 2014 Resolution In Support of Broad-Based Tax Reform for New York State

February 11, 2014 Resolution In Support of Repealing the New York State Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2010

November 12, 2013 Resolution Against Lobbyists Receiveing New York State Pensions

November 12, 2013 Resolution Of Support For The New York State Proposed Law Establishing A Career and Technical Education (CTE) Diploma (A.8189/S.5966)

August 13, 2013 Resolution Urging Continued Public Comment Regarding 315 Area Code Relief for Central and Northern New York As Well As Further Postponement of a Recommended Decision

March 12, 2013 Resolution Reaffirming the Consolidation of Oneida County's 911 Emergency Call Centers and the Opposition to a Proposal to Increase Fees on Cell Phones Within Oneida County

February 12, 2013 Resolution in support of the rehabilitation of the Adirondack Railroad

February 12, 2013 Resolution in support of the Oneida County Board of Legislators Board reduction and redistricting

February 12, 2013 Resolution in support of open government and a business friendly environment

November 27, 2012 Resolution in support of the Marcy Nanocenter at SUNYIT Grant

September 4, 2012 Resolution calling for the resignation of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver as speaker

September 4, 2012 Resolution of support on a proposed three district school consolidation

July 11, 2012 Resolution in opposition to the fee assessment by the City of Utica of business owners on Varick Street for public safety

June 12, 2012 Resolution in opposition to proposed New York State Thruway Authority Toll increase for three or more axle trucks

May 8, 2012 Resolution urging New York State to consolidate mental health operations at Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center (MVPC) in Utica, New York

April 4, 2012 Resolution in opposition to the proposed New York State Legislation mandating firearms micro-stamping

April 4, 2012 Resolution calling on the New Hartford Town Board to approve the proposed Mixed use Zoning Changes in the New Hartford Business Park

February 14, 2012 Reaffirmation urging legislators to establish an Independent, Non-partisan Citizen’s Reapportionment Commission

February 8, 2012 Resolution calling on the Oneida County Board of Legislators to reduce the size of the Board

January 10, 2012 Resolution in support of the proposal to replace the North South Arterial viaduct and upgrade the Arterial Corridor

November 16, 2011 Resolution in support of the MVREDC Strategic Plan

September 13, 2011 Resolution in support of the Utica Wireless Network Initiative

May 12, 2011 Reaffirmation of Public Policy position seeking the Establishment of an Independent, Non-partisan Citizen’s Reapportionment Commission in New York State

May 11, 2011 Mohawk Valley Chamber urges Legislators to establish an Independent, Non-partisan Citizens Reapportionment

April 12, 2011 Support H.R. 1235: Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act (Small BREW Act)

March 8, 2011 Reaffirmation of Public Policy Position Seeking Independent Citizen Reapportionment Commission

March 8, 2011 Oppose the establishment of a law within the City of Utica requiring all secondhand dealers to purchase and hold a license as a dealer in secondhand articles

September 14, 2010 Supporting Legislation to Maintain and Make Permanent the Current Rate of Taxation on Capital Gains and Dividends, Estate Tax, and Marriage Tax

July 13, 2010 Independent Citizen Reapportionment Commission to review existing congressional and state Legislative district boundaries

April 13, 2010 Reaffirmation of resolutions calling for: True Budget Reform, No Confidence in NYS Government and Call for Constitutional Convention in New York State

March 9, 2010 Resolution supporting the Consolidation of 911 Call Centers in Oneida County

March 9, 2010 Resolution opposing any delays in New York State taxpayer refunds

March 9, 2010 Reaffirmation of resolution opposing Wine sales in grocery stores

December 8, 2009 Resolution opposing IDA Reform Legislation

November 10, 2009 Resolution opposing New License Plate Mandate

November 10, 2009 Senator Monserrate Ethics resolution

July 14, 2009 Mohawk Valley Chamber Calls for Constitutional Convention to fix problems plaguing New York State

June 18, 2009 Reaffirmation of resolution of no confidence in New York State Government

June 9, 2009 Opposition to fire code inspection fees on properties within the City of Utica

April 7, 2009 Resolution supporting the collection of sales taxes on sales to non-Indians at Oneida Indian Nation owned enterprises

March 10, 2009 Resolution opposing the New York State proposal to allow the sale of wine in grocery stores and all outlets where beer is presently sold

March 10, 2009 Resolution in opposition of health insurance tax increases in the proposed executive budget

March 10, 2009 Resolution in support of Brennan Centers’ recommendations for reform of legislative process at state capital in Albany and appointment of an Independent Ethics Panel

March 10, 2009 Resolution in opposition of the proposed executive budget as presented

February 10, 2009 Resolution in opposition of H.B. 800, The “Employee Free Choice Act”

August 12, 2008 Resolution supporting Property Tax Cap proposal in New York State

August 12, 2008 Resolution supporting the privatization of Fixed Based Operations (FBO) at the Oneida County Airport

August 12, 2008 Resolution of support for Marcy Nanocenter at SUNYIT

May 14, 2008 Resolution calling on NYS to oppose the proposed legislative changes to the Family Medical Leave Act

March 10, 2008 Resolution calling on Herkimer County Legislature to open up caucuses to the public

February 5, 2008 Resolution reaffirming the resolution to halt any consideration for state lawmakers’ pay raises

February 5, 2008 Resolution reaffirming the Chamber’s support of True Budget Reform For NY State

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