Broome County business leaders are preparing for the 2020 legislative session in Albany by taking stock of how policies over the past year and the elections have impacted their operations.

Kathy Whyte/ Kyle Davis-Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce
Kathy Whyte/ Kyle Davis-Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce

Government Relations and Public Policy specialist for the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce, Kyle Davis is on the weekly, local public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up this weekend to talk about the impacts of the last legislation session and what lies ahead.

Davis says the November election had a profound impact on representation in the New York State government for any area outside of New York City and Long Island.  Davis says, in essence, "upstate" has little pull in the upcoming session when it comes to everything from pay to potholes

Davis explains how practically every part of the local economy was touched in the last session.  Supporting the needs of farmers, energy consumers, healthcare, land lords and tenants specific to the difference of the upstate needs to New York City concerns will be a challenge with stronger voices coming from the Hudson Valley and areas to the south.

Davis says the bottom line is for local residents and businesses to contact leaders with their concerns in the upcoming legislative session.

Southern Tier Close Up is heard Saturdays at 12:10 p.m. on News Radio 1290 WNBF.

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