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2017 Public Policy Committee



Public Policy Committee

An important aspect of being a leadership organization for business interests is having the influence to impact public policy, especially on issues that potentially can negatively or positively impact business operations.  Therefore, the Amherst Chamber of Commerce's Public Policy Committee works to maintain an active and positive dialogue with elected officials at all levels of government.  While we may not always be in agreement, we review each issue with one thing in mind - how it contributes to creating a positive climate for business growth and economic development locally, nationally and globally.




2017 Public Policy Agenda


2017 Public Policy Committee


Robert Mills

Co -Chair

Daemen College 

Michael Pietkiewicz


Erie Community College 

Colleen DiPirro


Amherst Chamber 

 Lisa Blair

Inspire Dental 

Jack Colocousis

Corporate Training Services 

Ed Damico

National Fuel Gas 

Byron DeLuke

TM Montante

Rick Glogowski

Keller Williams Realty Buffalo Northtowns

Jonathan Hager

The Home Depot 

Joseph Heins

Lippes, Mathias, Wexler and Freidman

Kevin Horrigan

People Inc.

Michael Hughes

Kaleida Health

Don Ingalls

BlueCross BlueShield of
Western New York 

Kevin Kennedy

National Grid


Jeffrey Lehrbach

McGuire Development Co., LLC 

Mark Meyerhofer

Charter Communications 

Roberta Rifkin

Independent Health

Suzie Rivo Solender

Solender Services


AJ Wright

HealthNow NY 

Laura Zaepfel

Uniland Development Co


For more information on the council, please contact Colleen DiPirro at 716.632.6905 or by email at


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