Assemblyman Magee: New York Buy American Act Invests in U.S. Manufacturing

December 20, 2017

“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.”