“It’s a substantial threat to the ECIDA’s ability to be part of the renaissance,” Gallagher-Cohen said. “It’s not any one of these policies. It’s a death by 1,000 cuts.”

“It could be harming the very thing we’re trying to do, which is to create jobs in Erie County,” Rath said.

Carl J. Montante, the president of Uniland Development Co., said he knows of two companies, which he did not identify, that no longer are interested in potential locations within Buffalo because of the IDA’s new policies.