April 16, 2017
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
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Buffalo, NY - After consistently being ignored for the most part by the mainstream media, not just one, but three representatives of Western New York’s Labor Movement are on Buffalo’s business newspaper’s 2017 list of the region’s 250 Most Influential People.
Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF) President Richard Lipsitz, Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 1 Director Deb Hayes and Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) President Phil Rumore ranked 82nd, 119th and 206th, respectively.
Business First, Buffalo’s weekly business newspaper, “has for the past (33) years observed and covered the people who run Western New York business,” so said Managing Editor Donna Collins. The list and ranking comes from a newsroom consensus, she said, after three months of research, reporting and debate.
“We concede there is no formula for computing power and influence,” Collins wrote in the publication that recognizes Buffalo’s Most Influential. “Influence means different things to different people, but most of us will agree to this: We know power and influence when we see it. We take into consideration the way a person wields that power. What matters is they get things done. We believe (those named to the 2017 list) carry a huge burden of responsibility for the future of Western New York.”
The Power 250 List featured an array of individuals, from Terry and Kim Pegula, owners of the National Football League (NFL) Buffalo Bills and the National Hockey League (NHL) Buffalo Sabres – who ranked Number One, to business owners, politicians and CEOs from the Health Care Industry to Banking to Economic Development and Legal, to name just a few.