Public Policy

The Public Policy Council regularly reviews issues of commonality with the business community and, after careful vetting, takes a position if appropriate.

Goals and Objectives

  • To interface with the membership to solicit policy issues at all levels of government for our consideration.
  • To host Public Officials Briefings with our elected officials, on both sides of the aisle at all levels of government, for the purpose of nurturing relationships and communicating our positions.
  • To develop an Annual Public Policy Agenda that identifies the issues we will be supporting.

2017 Public Policy Council

Bobby Mills
Co-Chair
Daemen College

Michael Anderson
KeyBank

Lisa Blair
Inspire Dental Group

Barbara Campagna
Campagna

Byron DeLuke
TM Montante

Ed Damico
National Fuel

Rick Glogowski
Keller Williams Realty

Ellie Grenauer
Park Tavern

Michael Pietkiewicz
Co-Chair
Erie Community College

Joseph Heins
Lippes, Mathias, Wexler, Friedman, LLP

Kevin Horrigan
People Inc.

Michael Hughes
Kaleida Health

Donald Ingalls
BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York

Kevin Kennedy
National Grid

Jeff Lehrbach
McGuire Development Co., LLC

Barbara Olsafsky
Blou Designs

Roberta Rifkin
Independent Health

Joan Seamens
Short Street Photographers

Suzie Rivo Solender
Solender Services, LLC

Jennifer Tuttle
e3communications

AJ Wright
HealthNow New York, Inc.

Laura Zaepfel
Uniland Development Company

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