WBEN Buffalo Business Report - Wednesday, May 13th 2020

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In large part due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Western New York has seen a hefty drop in consumer spending.  Business First cites estimates from Massachusetts-based Opportunity Insights that Erie County consumer spending declined 23.5% between early January and late April.  The statewide figure for the period marking a decline of 23%.  Those figures were arrived at using data from credit-card companies, financial-services institutions, job-posting websites and payroll firms.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli also tracking some of the economic impact of the coronavirus.  Across New York State, local sales tax revenues were down 24.4% this April, when compared to the same month last year.  For the same month, Erie County experienced a drop off in tax collections from $60.5 million to just $45 million.  In Niagara County, tax collections fell from $9.5 million last year to $6.5 million this year.

Anchor Bar Amherst has partnered with the Amherst Police Foundation to donate 100 meals to the Amherst Police Department this week.