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Chamber CEO attends White House meeting with other local leaders to discuss impact of Biden-Harris Administration policies on New York

Thursday, December 14, 2023

WASHINGTON D.C.—Today, an invited delegation of New York elected officials, business leaders, and community advocates will visit the White House for a half-day forum to discuss the impact that Biden-Harris Administration policies have had on the state. Attendees will include Manhattan Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jessica Walker; AARP State Director of New York Beth Finkel; United Way of New York City President and CEO Grace Bonilla; Hunger Free America CEO Joel Berg; Mayor of New Rochelle Noam Bramson; New York State Assembly members William Magnarelli and Grace Lee; New York State Senator Iwen Chu; Monroe County Executive Adam Bello; New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Executive Director Rebecca Fischer; WNY Women's Foundation CEO Sheri Scavone; YWCAs of New York State President Stephanie Stevens; and approximately 40 others.

The visit is part of “Communities in Action,” an ongoing event series the White House is hosting for each of the 50 states to highlight the Biden-Harris Administration’s investments and impacts in communities across the nation and to hear from local elected officials and community leaders working to create opportunities and improve people’s everyday lives.

During the event, Administration officials are expected to underscore the impact of the Biden economic plan – including the American Rescue Plan, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Inflation Reduction Act, and the CHIPS and Science Act. Anticipated participants from the Administration include: Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs Tom Perez; Senior Advisor and Director of the Office of Public Engagement Stephen Benjamin; White House Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu; White House American Rescue Plan Coordinator Gene Sperling; Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough; Deputy Secretary of Transportation Polly Trottenberg; and representatives from the Department of Homeland Security and the White House Office of Gun Prevention, among other officials.

There is no question that the Biden-Harris Administration helped New York weather the pandemic and get back on its feet,” said Jessica Walker, President and CEO of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. “At this White House meeting I look forward to acknowledging all that has been achieved for our state -- from job creation to infrastructure improvements -- while also pointing out ongoing challenges that require increased attention, such as the influx of asylum seekers in major U.S. cities.”