Issues: Economic Development

Military Bases Vital to Communities

Senator Ortt recently sat down with City & State and spoke about how vital the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station is to the community. It’s vital to the economy.  That’s why Senator Ortt says he fought to secure $500,000 in this year’s state budget to establish an emergency hub at the Air Base. The hub would help prevent the Air Base from being closed. The article also touched on Fort Drum’s Army installation and West Point and their importance to the area. 

August 3, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC ATTENDS MID-HUDSON REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL WORKING MEETING

Senator  Bonacic, a voting member and Senate representative to the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, attended the Council’s working meeting today, at Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac, NY. The focus of the meeting dealt with the Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI), a program implemented by NY which would award $500 million to three upstate economic development regions, and centered around strategies that the Council could undertake to ensure that they are well positioned to receive that funding.

 

July 23, 2015
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NY1: Job Seekers Attend Career Fair at Queens Mall

As reported by NY1: 

Senator Jose Peralta sponsored the fifth annual job fair at the Queens Center Mall Thursday. 

Close to 40 employers lined up taking applications. 

July 16, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC ATTENDS 2ND ANNUAL SULLIVAN UNITED MID-SUMMER MIXER

(Middletown, NY)-Senator Bonacic joined local business and community leaders as well as elected officials last evening at the 2nd Annual Sullivan United Mid-Summer Mixer, where he delivered remarks. The event was held at the Monster Golf Course in the Town of Thompson.

July 16, 2015
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'Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council eyes $500M prize' ~ Also seeks public input on a proposed strategy to create jobs, economic growth, other opportunities across the Southern Tier region

The Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) has outlined its strategy to secure $500 million in state economic development funding that will be awarded later this year.

Read more in The Leader, "Southern Tier eyes $500M prize"

The Council is also seeking the public’s input on the strategy and have posted an online survey.

July 16, 2015
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Belleayre Resort Project Receives Go-Ahead

ONEONTA, 07/13/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today applauded the NYSDEC decision to issue permits associated with the The Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park: 

July 13, 2015
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Statement from Senator Young on funding for Alfred University and Alfred State College

Today’s announcement of funding for Alfred University and Alfred State College is exciting news for economic development in Allegany County. The Center for High-Temperature Characterization at Alfred University, and the Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center at Alfred State College’s Wellsville Campus, will provide students using these facilities with a world-class education in state-of-the-art practices for advanced manufacturing. Manufacturing remains an integral part of our economy in the Southern Tier, and preparing people of all ages for careers in fields where good-paying jobs are open immediately is an important step in jumpstarting our state’s economy.

 

July 9, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC ATTENDS MONTHLY ORANGE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBERSHIP BREAKFAST

Senator Bonacic  joined elected officials, as well as, local business and community leaders this morning at the Orange County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly membership breakfast at West Hills Country Club in the Town of Wallkill. The monthly breakfasts provide an opportunity for community leaders to come together, enjoy good food, and discuss issues facing Orange County.

July 9, 2015
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Kennedy Delivers: Critical Repairs to Major Lackawanna Roadways Underway After State Investment

After Rough Winter, Milling and Paving Processes Begin to Revive South Park Avenue and Ridge Road

$2.5 Million Grant Secured by Kennedy Will Repair One of Worst Stretches of Pothole-Riddled Roadways in Erie County

July 7, 2015
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Senator Sanders Hosts Community Development Day

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) hosted a free Community Development Day event on June 24 & June 25. The first day of classes was divided into two categories that ran simultaneously - small business and grant writing. The second day was devoted entirely to grant writing, but was specifically geared towards clergy and the faith-based community. 

July 6, 2015
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Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council Soliciting Ideas for the Upstate Revitalization Initiative

(Middletown, NY)- The Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) is a partnership with the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC's) and is an oppurtunity for the communities of upstate New York to address the economic challenges of their regions and work together in bringing jobs back upstate. The URI focuses on 7 upstate regions, including the Mid-Hudson Valley. The three regions that make the most compelling argument will be designated as "Best Plan Awardees" in the URI competition and will receive $500 million each that will go to projects identified by the REDC's

July 6, 2015
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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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