Issues: Economic Development

GRANTS FOR GROWTH ANNOUNCES RECORD NUMBER OF AWARDEES IN ROUND 14

SYRACUSE, NY – On August 27, 2015, CenterState CEO announced $675,000 in awards to thirteen companies through its Grants for Growth program. Grants for Growth is a unique CenterState CEO seed program that supports innovative applied research projects between universities and industry to improve business competitiveness and create jobs. Over 14 rounds, Grants for Growth has invested nearly $3.8 million in small and emerging companies, thanks to direct support secured by New York State Senator John A. DeFrancisco.

August 27, 2015
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Statement from Senator Catharine Young on NRG Dunkirk Plant

“We have fought long and hard to repower the NRG Dunkirk plant because Dunkirk's future depends on it. Unfortunately, the repowering project has been delayed by the Entergy lawsuit. Our commitment is as strong as ever to move ahead, and we're working to find solutions. I've been in touch with the governor's office and the Public Service Commission to find a positive pathway forward. The specter of possible layoffs is a terrible hardship for affected workers, and our hearts go out to them and their families. We are hoping that layoffs at Dunkirk can be mitigated by action before the end of this year. I will not stop fighting for repowering. Our jobs, economy, tax base, school system and quality of life are at stake.”

August 25, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN PRESENTS AWARD CERTIFICATES TO GRADUATES OF THE 'CALL FOR CADDIES' PROGRAM

Senator Jeff Klein presents award certificates to graduates of the ‘Call for Caddies’ summer jobs initiative at the Throggs Neck Houses on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

August 24, 2015
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GRIFFO: NEW JOBS, INVESTMENT IN NANO UTICA MEANS POTENTIAL 'ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION' FOR MOHAWK VALLEY

This week, the Mohawk Valley embraced its next step in the future of nanotechnology and the potential for the kind of economic transformation that we’ve all been striving for.

August 21, 2015
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News & Views with Senator Joe Robach

In the latest edition of News & Views, I talk about potential game-changers in economic development and job creation for the Rochester region. 

August 19, 2015
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Bridge on Interstate 86 Will Serve As Tribute To The Project's Champion

Dedication will serve as lasting reminder of Susan Foster Myers’ service to Allegany County

 

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) and Assemblyman Joseph Giglio (R,C,I- Gowanda) announced today that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed their legislation to name the bridge that crosses Interstate 86 over State Route 275 in honor of the late Susan Foster Myers.

 

Mrs. Myers, a former Friendship Town Councilwoman and Allegany County Legislator, will be posthumously honored for her efforts to improve life in Allegany County and her personal crusade to have Route 17 designated as an interstate highway.

 

August 17, 2015
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Flight of Five Project Moves Forward with Second Phase

Governor Cuomo Announces Funding For Restoration of Lockport Locks 

August 17, 2015
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Senator Young Announces State Funding To Clean and Preserve Allegany County's Lakes and Rivers

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced today she has secured state assistance for necessary dredging and invasive species prevention in Allegany County’s major lakes, streams and creeks.

 

As part of this year’s state budget, Senator Young successfully obtained a $100,000 grant to cover the cost of dredging Cuba Lake. The Senator also secured a $25,000 grant for the installation of a boat washing station at Rushford Lake as part of the lake’s ongoing battle against invasive aquatic species, and $30,000 for dredging and debris removal in streams and creeks across the county.

 

August 14, 2015
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Ortt Announces $47,340 in State Aid for Three Niagara County Libraries

Public Libraries in Niagara Falls, Lockport and Wilson Awarded Construction Grants

Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today announced more than $47,000 in state funding has been awarded to three public libraries in Niagara County in need of upgrades. The money was secured in the 2014-15 State Budget as part of the $14 million capital funding program for construction and renovation of public libraries and public library systems in New York State.

The Niagara Falls Public Library LaSalle Branch, the Lockport Public Library and the Wilson Free Library are receiving a combined total of $47, 340 in state aid.

August 14, 2015
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Murphy, local officials, announce big changes to JV Mall, Route 6

JEFFERSON VALLEY, NY - A cadre of state and local officials broke ground today on Phase I of renovations of the Jefferson Valley ("JV") Mall, following years of planning and approvals at the town and state level. State Senator Terrence Murphy, who six years ago, kick-started the process as a town councilman in Yorktown, celebrated today's activities with Yorktown Town Supervisor Michael Grace, and Council members Greg Bernard and Tom Diana, who have been at the forefront of the campaign to upgrade the mall.

August 14, 2015
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Delaware County Tax Bills Signed Into Law

ALBANY, 08/14/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) and Assemblyman Clifford Crouch (R-Guilford) today announced legislation they sponsored, allowing Delaware County to enact a “bed tax” on hotel and motel room rentals has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.  The bill (S.5075/A.7316) follows a home rule request from the Delaware County Board of Supervisors and is now Chapter 205 of the laws of 2015

August 14, 2015
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AMEDORE BILL TO ASSIST FARM-BASED DISTILLERIES SIGNED INTO LAW

Senator George Amedore today announced that his legislation (S.4800) to allow farm-based distilleries to sell gift merchandise has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.  Under New York State law, there are four farm-based licenses: cideries, wineries, breweries, and distilleries, with distilleries being the only license that was not explicitly allowed to sell gift merchandise on premises.

August 14, 2015
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Ortt Meets With Steering Committee and Tours Site for Proposed WNY First Response & Preparedness Center

Emergency Management Hub Will Quicken Response Time & Help Secure Niagara Falls Air Base

August 13, 2015
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Cargill Salt installs natural gas boiler, replacing coal at Watkins Glen operation ~ O’Mara applauds investment in local economy, environment

Watkins Glen, N.Y., August 13—Cargill Salt has invested nearly $7 million to install a boiler fueled by natural gas, replacing a system that was fired by coal.

"The team here did a great job of managing the coal boilers over the years, but natural gas has dramatically reduced greenhouse gas emissions,” said Keith Klug, plant manager.  

State Sen. Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) welcomed Cargill’s investment. 

August 13, 2015
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Congratulations! ~ I.D. Booth, Inc. of Elmira celebrates 140th Anniversary

Congratulations on 140 successful years to Irving D. Booth, Inc. -- one of NY's great family-run companies.

Read and watch more on WENY-TV, "Local Business Celebrates Big Birthday"

And on WETM-TV, "Local Business Celebrates 140 Years in Our Community"

August 13, 2015
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Senator Jesse Hamilton Hosts Small Business Advisory Committee Meeting

(Brooklyn, NY - August 12, 2015) This evening, Senator Jesse Hamilton hosted more than two dozen business owners from across central Brooklyn for a Small Business Advisory Committee meeting at the District Office. Senator Hamilton spoke about the need to include small businesses in the policy-making and implementation processes. Senator Hamilton highlighted the importance of their feedback in helping focus attention and taking action to solve the problems that face small business. Topics of discussion included, greater coordination, connecting small businesses to needed information, M/WBE outreach efforts, RFPs and inclusion in the RFP process.

August 12, 2015
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YWCA of Niagara & Housing Visions Transform Niagara Falls Neighborhood

Progress can be seen along Walnut Avenue in Niagara Falls thanks to the partnership of the YWCA of Niagara and Housing Visions. Senator Ortt took a walking tour of the latest project that’ll stabilize and revitalize the neighborhood. Construction is underway on seven new buildings and renovations are ongoing for a vacant school administrative building that’ll serve as quality, affordable housing for low and moderate-income families in Niagara Falls. Ortt said the Walnut Avenue Homes project will not only transform the neighborhood, but also the quality of life for our residents.  

August 11, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC ATTENDS SULLIVAN RENAISSANCE AWARDS RECEPTION AT BETHEL WOODS CENTER FOR THE ARTS

(Middletown, NY)-Senator Bonacic  was pleased to join friends and community leaders last evening at the Sullivan Renaissance Awards Reception which was held at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. The program provides communities in Sullivan County with seed money for beautification projects.

August 11, 2015
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Senator Murphy, Assemblyman Buchwald, pass landmark legislation to cleanup Westchester waterways

VALHALLA, NY - Flooding and watershed concerns have plagued Westchester County for years but today Senator Terrence Murphy and Assemblyman David Buchwald announced the signing of measures which will provide crucial funding for local municipalities to address these environmental needs. The legislation, which was signed by Governor Cuomo, adds the first tributaries in Westchester County to New York's list of inland waterways.

August 5, 2015
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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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