Issues: Economic Development

BROOKLYN ELECTEDS STATEMENT ON BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK ANNOUNCEMENT

BROOKLYN – Today, State Senator Squadron, Congresswoman Velázquez, Assemblymember Simon, Councilmember Lander, and Councilmember Levin released the following joint statement regarding the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation's announcement:

July 2, 2015
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Senator Ortt's "End of Session" Week in Review

In late June, the state Legislature finished up a lengthy and unpredictable session in Albany with a broad overall agreement on many legislative issues. With such a diverse state, regionally and politically, Senator Ortt said it was challenging to get all parties to reach an agreement. Ortt said he's encouraged that the Senate was able to come to a settlement with the Governor and Assembly, while still fighting for Western New York. To learn more about these issues, take a moment to watch Senator Ortt's Week in Review.

July 2, 2015
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Funding From The Workforce Development Institute Will Keep Cattaraugus Community Action Serving Area Residents

Food for Thought Culinary Arts program provides job training for out-of-school youth and displaced adults

 

ALBANY – The highly successful Food for Thought Culinary Arts program, operated by Cattaraugus Community Action (CCA), will be able to continue providing a 15-week training program for low-income youth and displaced adults thanks to funding supplied by the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), a program championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).

 

July 2, 2015
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Senator Young Announces State Funding to Clean and Preserve Chautauqua Lake

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) has announced that she secured state assistance for invasive species prevention for Chautauqua Lake.

 

As part of this year’s state budget, Senator Young successfully obtained a $100,000 grant for the Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA), to support the organization’s ongoing battle against invasive aquatic species that can wreak havoc on the lake if not controlled.

 

July 1, 2015
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VisualDx Opens New Headquarters in Downtown Rochester

I was pleased to help Dr. Art Papier and VisualDx open its new headquarters in Downtown Rochester. Founded in 1999 by Dr. Papier, VisualDx is a team of physicians, educators, artists and computer scientists who have developed a web-based clinical decision support system to enhance diagnostic accucracy and improve patient safety. This new facility will allow VisualDx to continue to grow and expand in the Rochester region.

June 29, 2015
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Ortt Announces $500,000 for Niagara Falls Air Base

Senator Says Funds Will Help Procure Emergency Management Hub  

Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today announced $500,000 in state funding to establish an emergency management hub at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS). The funds were secured by Senator Ortt in the 2015-16 State Budget (Empire State Development Corporation, Aid to Localities, S. 2003-C) to help base retention efforts for NFARS. Ortt, flanked by local and county officials, believes the $500,000 will help retain the base while expanding emergency services across Western New  York.

June 29, 2015
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CULTIVATING CAREER CONNECTIONS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

When you’re looking for a job or trying to make a career change, connections matter.  In fact, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70 percent of all jobs are found through networking. 

June 26, 2015
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Progress Ahead for Former J.N. Adam Developmental Center

Recently-passed legislation directs the state to produce a report on the best uses for the property

 

ALBANY – The long-vacant J.N. Adam site could soon see progress toward development following action by the state Legislature.

 

June 24, 2015
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Spherical Block Gets a Boost With Support From The Workforce Development Institute

Funding will promote business growth, likely create eight new jobs in the next three years

 

ALBANY – Spherical Block, LLC, an Allegany County manufacturer, expects to see job growth and expanded operations as a result of funding assistance provided through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), a program championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).

 

As part of the 2015-16 State Budget, Senator Young personally advocated for the restoration of funding that supports the mission of the Workforce Development Institute following Governor Cuomo’s proposal to eliminate the program. The enacted budget restored $5 million in funding for the program.

 

June 23, 2015
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MORE THAN 400 ATTEND RITCHIE’S OSWEGO COUNTY JOB FAIR

Annual Event Featured Nearly 50 Employers 

More than 400 job seekers packed the Fulton Community Ice Arena Tuesday for State Senator Patty Ritchie’s 2015 Oswego County Job Fair. 

The annual event featured nearly 50 employers, many of which were looking to hire immediately.

“While creating jobs is a big part of boosting our economy, matching people seeking work with employers who are looking for talented individuals to join their team is a big part of the equation too,” said Senator Ritchie. 

June 23, 2015
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Just Ahead - Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway

ALBANY, 06/23/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced final legislative approval of a bill he sponsored establishing the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway.  Senator Seward’s bill (S.5687) adds portions of New York State Routes 28, 42, and 214 in Delaware and Ulster counties to the New York State Scenic Byways System.

June 23, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation to Support Family Farms

Agriculture remains one of the top industries in New York State, and there is more demand than ever for fresh, locally-grown products both at home and in restaurants.

June 19, 2015
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Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway Set to Expand into Cattaraugus County

Expansion of the byway will promote economic development and community pride

 

ALBANY – The Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway (WNYSSB), which currently runs through the Towns of Aurora, Boston, Colden, Concord, East Aurora, Orchard Park and Springville, will soon be expanding into Cattaraugus County. Another 37 miles of roadway will be added to the existing byway corridor, bring added attention to northern Cattaraugus County’s resources, thus increasing community pride and boosting the local economy by promoting cultural, historic, and recreational tourism.

 

June 18, 2015
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Statement: Senator Rob Ortt Sums up Session as it Comes to a Close

“I’ve seen the best and the worst of government throughout my first legislative session. There have been true victories for the people of New York. We prioritized Upstate through billion dollar investments in education, infrastructure, economic development programs, energy, and agriculture. We increased critical services to veterans returning from combat, children without adequate health care, women subjected to rape and domestic violence, victims of mental illness, and individuals and families affected by disabilities. Stricter measures against drug dealers and sex offenders will keep our families and communities safe.

June 18, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS VISION LONG ISLAND’S SMART GROWTH AWARDS CEREMONY

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently attended Vision Long Island’s Smart Growth Awards Ceremony. Senator Martins is a past recipient of Vision Long Island’s Smart Growth award, which he earned as Mayor of Mineola for developing the Village’s first ever comprehensive master plan.

     Senator Martins thanked the members for supporting legislation he sponsored that would help small businesses create and retain jobs during times of hardship. The legislation was recently passed by the New York State Senate.

     Senator Martins is pictured speaking at Vision Long Island’s Smart Growth Awards Ceremony.

June 17, 2015
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Senate Advances Seward Bill Dubbing Herkimer Diamond The Official State Mineral

ALBANY, 06/17/15 – The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.5866) that would designate the Herkimer Diamond as the official state mineral.  The legislation, sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta), celebrates the distinctive quartz crystals from the Mohawk Valley.

June 17, 2015
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SENATE OKs RITCHIE BILL TO LET OGDENSBURG AIRPORT SOAR

Simple Legal Fix Boosts Plan for Low-Cost Flights from ‘OGS’ to Florida and Beyond

June 17, 2015
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SENATE PASSES GRIFFO BILL LEGALIZING MIXED MARTIAL ARTS (MMA) IN NEW YORK

ALBANY – The New York State Senate on Tuesday passed Senator Joseph Griffo’s legislation that would legalize mixed martial arts in the state and ensure vital protections for fighters in combative sports.

Since 2010, Griffo and the Senate have led bipartisan efforts to bring mixed martial arts (MMA) to New York by passing legislation each year that would remove a statewide ban on the sport. This bill (S5949A) would authorize professional competitions in the state, while also allowing the State Athletic Commission the jurisdiction to regulate professional MMA promotions, participants, bouts and exhibitions.

June 17, 2015
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SENATOR AMEDORE PASSES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT NEW YORK WINE RETAILERS

The State Senate passed a bill today (S.4446A), co-sponsored by Senator George Amedore, that would limit the authority of the State Liquor Authority to use a vague regulatory provision to penalize New York State wine retailers.

 

June 17, 2015
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Chautauqua County Manufacturers Receive Funding Through Workforce Development Institute

Funding will promote job and business growth, employee retention and promotion

 

ALBANY – Two Chautauqua County manufacturers will be able to retain and promote existing employees, and potentially expand operations, as a result of funding provided through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), a program championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).

 

June 16, 2015
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