Assemblyman Magee: New York Buy American Act Invests in U.S. Manufacturing
“Central New Yorkers know the importance of supporting local businesses. We visit our local farmers markets and frequent the mom-and-pop stores that line our busy street corners. The signing of the New York Buy American Act into law makes our local-first mentality state policy (Ch. 451 of 2017).
“This new law benefits both New York and U.S. manufacturers. By putting an emphasis on American-made products, we can create more job opportunities and put money in the pockets of working- and middle-class families.
“The measure requires that certain state agencies give preference to American-made steel and iron for road and bridge projects valued at over $1 million, providing a major boost to manufacturing. It also establishes a workgroup to keep track of the policy’s impact as well as look into expanding the provisions to include other American-made materials and products. By reinvesting in U.S. industries, we’re making sure taxpayer money makes a valuable impact right here at home.
“The New York Buy American Act is a step in the right direction for both New York State and our country as a whole. Keeping good-paying jobs and creating new ones is a top priority and I’ll keep fighting to ensure that Central New Yorkers have every opportunity to succeed.”