Issues: Economic Development

Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Talks About Education Aid, Ethics Reform, and Minimum Wage on Your Voice

March 30, 2015 - On this Your Voice cable program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses ethics reform, school funding, teacher evaluations, education tax credits, and minimum wage in New York state.

 

March 30, 2015
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Senator Leroy Comrie Joins Senators Marc Panepinto and Jesse Hamilton in Calling for an Immediate Minimum Wage Increase

Upstate and Downstate Senators Find Common Ground in Fight to Raise the Minimum Wage as State Budget Deadline Looms

ALBANY, N.Y. – With the State Budget Deadline looming, freshman Senators Leroy Comrie (D-Queens), Marc Panepinto (D-Buffalo) and Jesse Hamilton (D-Brooklyn) stood together on Wednesday, March 25th 2015 and called for an immediate minimum wage increase to be put back on the table. The Senators emphasized that raising the minimum wage to a living wage not only provides direct economic relief to New York’s lowest earners but also spurs economic growth by enhancing purchasing power and injecting an estimated $3.4 billion back into our local economies.

March 30, 2015
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Senator Jose Peralta calls for a Street Vendor Policy Commission

Coexistence between street vendors and brick-and-mortar retailers is critical to the social and economic development of our neighborhoods and communities. This is why State Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) introduced a bill in the Senate calling for the creation of a street vendor policy commission to modernize the regulation that govern street vending.

“Street vendors and mom-and-pop stores sustain families and are a established fixture and essential parts of our communities,” Senator Peralta said. “I strongly believe street vendors and brick-and-mortar businesses can peacefully coexist. My bill calls for a revamped Street Vendor Review Panel that includes all stakeholders to study the problems and provide recommendations.”

Senator Peralta noted, “Nobody is happy with the current system. Local residents complain, street vendors complain, small retailers complain. The system is in disarray. A decade of inaction on issues surrounding street vendors has highlighted the urgent need for reform.”

Senator Peralta said the commission to regulate street vending would be composed of nine members: five representing relevant city agencies (director of the Department of City Planning or designee; commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs or designee; commissioner Department of Transportation or designee; commissioner of the Department of Small Business services or designee; and the commissioner of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene or designee), two members representing street vendors’ interests, and two members representing the interests of small business owners.

The street vendor policy commission would evaluate and make recommendations, among other subjects, on the following:

Lifting the caps on street vendor permits;

Establishing a mechanism to rescind licenses of those who illegally rent out credentials;

Creating zoning regulations and structures to reduce sidewalk and street congestion;

Create a letter grading system for the street vendors similar to that of the restaurants;

Reducing fines for minor violations and focus on serious health, safety, traffic and sanitation violations; and

Establishing a mediation process in which street vendors and business owners can resolve conflicts.

“Leaving the system as is will only lead to more frustration. Inaction is not an option, and establishing a street vendor policy commission with a clear mandate would go a long way to regulate the system,” Senator Peralta said. The Senator’s district includes Roosevelt Avenue from 75th to 114th streets, a stretch filled with mom-and-pop operations, streets vendors, and vehicle and foot traffic.

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March 30, 2015
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STATE BUDGET INCLUDES RECORD FUNDING FOR AGRICULTURE

Restores Spending Cuts and New Funding  to Help Boost Products “Grown in NY”

March 30, 2015
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Senator Serino's Week in Review

Senator Sue Serino provides a regular update to residents of the 41st District.  This week’s review features an important announcement regarding workforce development, a spotlight on raising awareness for senior hunger and touches on education initiatives. 

March 26, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business  Senator Philip Boyle, Chair  10:30 AM, Monday, March 30, 2015  124 CAP

March 30, 10:30 AM - 11:26 AM
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More Movie Productions for WNY

A California movie crew brought the bright lights of Hollywood to East Aurora recently, realizing what residents here already know; despite the snow and the cold, Western New York is a warm and friendly place.

March 26, 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 – Four Chautauqua County manufacturers will see business growth, employee retention and promotion, and potential expansion of their operations as a result of training assistance through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), a program championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).

 

As part of the 2014-15 State Budget, Senator Young directly helped secure an additional $3 million for WDI, funding she is again fighting for this year. With Senator Young’s support, a total of $7 million of funding was included last year to support the mission and work of WDI.

 

March 24, 2015
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SENATOR LARKIN TO SERVE ON NEW TASK FORCE FOCUSING ON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-On-Hudson) has been appointed by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to serve on a new Task Force that will focus on workforce development. The Task Force will identify ways to improve job readiness and employee training in an effort to create more jobs and grow the economy.

“Workforce development is a top priority,” said Senator Larkin. “I look forward to hearing from leaders in business, education, state and local governments, and other workforce experts in an effort to find feasible solutions to some of the problems our workforce faces today. We must do everything we can to ensure that individuals who want a job have every opportunity to obtain one.”

March 24, 2015
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Senator Young Appointed to Senate's Workforce Development Task Force

Senator, Task Force members, will develop ways to promote private sector job growth

 

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I–Olean) has been appointed to the Senate’s new Task Force on Workforce Development. Members of the task force will gather input from leaders in business, education, state and local governments, as well as workforce development experts, as they review existing state programs designed to support job seekers and explore new ways to boost private sector employment and create good-paying jobs.

 

March 24, 2015
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O'Mara named to to Senate's new Workforce Development Task Force

Albany, N.Y., March 24—State Senate leaders have appointed Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) as a member on the Senate Task Force on Workforce Development.

March 24, 2015
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Senator Comrie's remarks on the Senate Budget Resolution

Senator Comrie spoke on the Senate Floor in support of additional resources to assist Queens homeowners affected by the foreclosure crisis. Decrying insufficient funding diverted from the half a billion dollars the State won from the JP Morgan Chase settlement, Senator Comrie advocated that monies received from the settlement be used for those most affected by bad banking and lending practices.

March 20, 2015
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SENATOR AMEDORE NAMED CO-CHAIR OF NEW SENATE TASK FORCE ON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

The New York State Senate has created a Task Force on Workforce Development, which will be co-chaired by Senator George Amedore and Senator Jack Martins of Long Island. The Task Force will review the state’s existing programs designed to train both job seekers and existing employees for current and prospective employment opportunities, as well as help develop new initiatives to improve employee readiness, meet the needs of private sector employers, and create well-paying jobs to grow New York’s economy.

March 20, 2015
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Statement from Sen. Krueger On EANY’s Brownfield Cleanup Program Analysis

New York -- Senator Liz Krueger issued the following statement today upon the release of an analysis by Environmental Advocates of New York of the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program, titled Ripe for Reform.  The analysis reveals that the current program p

March 19, 2015
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Senate Passes Bills to Require Review of State Rules & Regulations

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the Senate has approved legislation that would require the state to review existing rules, regulations and licensing procedures that apply to businesses and other entities throughout New York.  The bills (S.401 & S.406), which were introduced by Senator Gallivan, would establish a task force to examine the rulemaking process and require a five year review of all rules under the State Administrative Procedure Act.

March 19, 2015
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March 19, 2:15 PM - 2:18 PM
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GENERAL STEPHEN TOWNSEND ADDRESSES THE SENATE ON "FORT DRUM DAY" 2015

Army Major General Stephen J. Townsend delivers remarks in the historic New York State Senate Chamber on "10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day," the fourth annual event created by Senator Patty Ritchie to celebrate the post and its soldiers. Prior to his speech, Senator Ritchie and others heaped praise on Fort Drum and its soldiers, and urged Washington not to cut troop strength at the post, which is New York's largest single-site employer and the largest military installation in the Northeast.

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March 18, 2015
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Senator Hamilton a guest on Cablevision’s Meet the Leaders with Reverend Dr. Cheryl Anthony at Clara Barton High School

(Brooklyn – March 16, 2015) Senator Hamilton took questions with fellow guest Reverend  Dr. Cheryl Anthony (Judah International Christian Center) from Meet the Leaders host Kerry Donovan and dozens of Clara Barton High School students in a broadcast airing today at 8:30 pm on Optimum TV channel 118. Students posed questions on an array of topics including, education, more access to technology in schools, race and police-community relations, the treatment of immigrants, and youth civic engagement. Senator Hamilton and Dr. Anthony also discussed Women’s History Month and the important female leaders who inspired them in their personal and professional lives.

March 17, 2015
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Senate Republican Budget Plan Creates Property Tax Rebate & Eliminates GEA

The New York State Senate Republican Majority approved a budget plan Thursday that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, increases aid to education and eliminates the Gap Elimination Adjustment.  It also makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure.

March 16, 2015
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