Issues: Economic Development

Yonkers Library Lofts Ribbon Cutting

The ribbon cutting at the Library Lofts in downtown Yonkers took place on Wednesday, July 23rd. The former library building has been transformed into 23 rental apartments and a retail store. The city got a $3.5 million RestoreNY grant plus several million dollars to also reveal the Saw Mill River covered over by pavement just behind the building. This is a public-private partnership involving Fidelco Realty Group, Empire State Development and the City of Yonkers, and is located in her district.

July 24, 2014
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Hired On The Spot At Job Fair

As reported by Queens Gazette:

Thirty-five employers conducted more than 800 interviews, hired 16 applicants on the spot and scheduled close to another 200 meetings with candidates they met at a job fair July 10 in Elmhurst sponsored by state Senator Jose Peralta in conjunction with Queens Center.

“We were able to help some people still struggling to make ends meet on the heels of the Great Recession,” said Peralta. “From past experience, I expect that a number of others will also end up getting offers in the near future as a result of the interviews they scheduled and contacts they made at the job fair.”

For full article, click here.

July 22, 2014
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Geva Theatre Announces Agreement with Woodbury Place

I was pleased to join my colleagues in government and representatives from Geva Theatre this morning to announce Geva's agreement with Woodbury Place. Formerly Merkel Donohue warehouse, this building will be re-purposed to house actors and actresses performing at Geva Theatre. Located just steps away from Geva Theatre in the Washington Square neighborhood, this project enhance the revitalization of Downtown Rochester. 

To see more photos from this event, click here

July 22, 2014
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GOVERNOR SIGNS RITCHIE BILL TO CREATE ST. LAWRENCE WINE TRAIL

Legislation Will Boost Tourism, Create Jobs by Putting Local Wineries on the Map

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced her legislation to put North Country wineries on the map, create jobs and boost the economy has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

Ritchie’s bill (S.6321-A) creates the “St. Lawrence Wine Trail,” highlighting for tourists and residents the increasing number of wines being produced locally. 

“In recent years a significant number of new wineries have popped up across New York State—and that includes a number of new establishments that are right here in our backyard,” said Senator  Ritchie. 

“The creation of the St. Lawrence Wine Trail is a chance for the North Country to capitalize on the fast-growing wine industry.  By putting these local businesses on the map, we can boost tourism, create jobs, encourage more people to shop local as well as strengthen current wineries and encourage more new businesses to open.”

July 22, 2014
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Announces Approval of State Grant for Kawasaki Rail Car Toward Purchase of Manufacturing Site, Keeping the Company and 375 Jobs in Yonkers

Yonkers, NY - Democratic Conference Leader, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, was joined by Empire State Development President and CEO Kenneth Adams, and the President of Kawasaki Rail Car Inc., Hiroki Iwasaki, to announce final approval of a $500,000 state grant to keep the company and 375 employees in Yonkers.

July 22, 2014
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PROJECT COMPLETED ON BUFFALO’S OUTER HARBOR

Officials Hail Completion of the Tifft Street Pier and Boardwalk.

Senator Tim Kennedy today joined New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Regional Director Darrell Kaminski, Congressman Brian Higgins, Mayor Byron Brown and other local leaders at a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the Tifft Street Pier and Boardwalk along the Outer Harbor in the city of Buffalo.

July 18, 2014
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RITCHIE HEARS JOB FAIR SUCCESS STORY

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited a crew from CNY Roofers Local 195 recently at a construction site just south of Oswego County.  Among those working was Patrick Yonker, a veteran who landed his job at a recent job fair hosted by Senator Ritchie. 

July 18, 2014
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New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium

I joined my colleagues in State government to announce the newly created New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium. This consortium will create thousands of jobs across New York, including 500 here in Rochester, and will focus on developing and manufacturing the next generation of materials used on semiconductors. This is a great example of public-private partnership that will benefit the entire community by creating new jobs and investing in our region.

July 16, 2014
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On-The-Spot Hiring At Queens Job Fair

Thirty-five employers conducted more than 800 interviews, hired 16 applicants on the spot and scheduled close to another 200 meetings with candidates they met at a job fair Thursday in Elmhurst sponsored by State Senator Jose Peralta in conjunction with Queens Center.

“We were able to help some people still struggling to make ends meet on the heels of the Great Recession,” said Senator Peralta.  “From past experience, I expect that a number of others will also end up getting offers in the near future as a result of the interviews they scheduled and contacts they made at the job fair.”

More than 1,000 job seekers turned out for the fair, held at the Queens Center.  In addition to employers such as the Coca Cola Company, Time Warner Cable and United Parcel Service, the New York State Department of Labor and non-profit organizations were on hand to provide career counseling, as well résumé writing and interview preparation advice.

The fair was held at the Food Court, located on the lower level of the JC Penney wing of the Queens Center.

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July 14, 2014
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Klein, Bronx Chamber of Commerce Launch Bronx H.I.R.E. Program to Combat Borough Unemployment

BRONX, NY – Senator Klein, along with the Bronx Chamber of Commerce and local elected officials, announced Bronx H.I.R.E., a new program aimed at connecting Bronx workers with real jobs through a comprehensive, direct approach. The Bronx H.I.R.E.

July 9, 2014
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RITCHIE GRANT WILL HELP BRING BUSINESS, JOBS TO OGDENSBURG PORT

Senator Patty Ritchie announced a special $200,000 state grant to help kickstart a long-needed dredging of the Ogdensburg Port. Decades of sediment buildup are making it more difficult for ships to enter the port, driving up costs and making  the facility less attractive to shippers.

Read more about the grant and project by clicking here.

 

July 7, 2014
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Seward Churns Up Funding For Mohawk Valley Small Business

ILION, 07/02/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $50,000 economic development grant he secured will assist with equipment purchases and job creation at Herkimer Foods in Ilion. 

“Herkimer Foods is a true success story and the continued growth of this family-run business here in the Mohawk Valley is tremendous news,” said Senator Seward.  “This economic development grant is a key ingredient that will help introduce more people to Original Herkimer Cheese while adding a facelift and new jobs at the Ilion home of this storied product and its’ tasty successors.”

July 2, 2014
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SENATOR RITCHIE DELIVERS FUNDING TO DREDGE OGDENSBURG PORT

$200,000 Kickstarts Project to Bring More Shipments, Jobs to the Facility 

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that she has secured $200,000 in special state grant funding to start dredging at the Port of Ogdensburg.

“The future of Ogdensburg’s deep water port is at risk from 30 years of silt build up that makes docking more difficult, dangerous and costly,” said Senator Ritchie. “This funding helps kickstart the dredging project, protects jobs and adds to the Port’s potential to increase shipping and work opportunities.”

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In addition to jobs created by the dredging and silt removal project, the Port itself supports 70 jobs and pumps more than $5 million into the local economy each year.

It was last dredged in 1984, and the rising river bottom from accumulated silt could sink recently expanded efforts to attract new business, and create more local jobs.

July 2, 2014
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Senator Parker Matches Employers with 250 Out of Work New Yorkers at Annual Job Fair

Brooklyn, NY- Yesterday, more than 250 out-of-work New Yorkers attended the 7th Annual Job Fair hosted by State Senator Kevin Parker and Councilmember Jumaane Williams at Brooklyn College’s Student Center. More than 20 organizations and companies – ranging from city and state agencies to independent retailers – connected with potential candidates to share current employment and training opportunities.

July 2, 2014
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Senator Griffo Statement on Clarkson University Being Selected For START-UP Initiative

"Clarkson University continues to be a real teammate in our ongoing efforts to revitalize the north country economy.

"First, its Shipley Center for Innovation was picked as the hub for information and resources for new businesses in the north country.

"Now the college’s creative pitch has won the approval of the START-UP NY board and is sure to attract new businesses in the fields of nanoscience, web development and sustainable technology – just to name a few.

July 1, 2014
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SENATORS TO NYPA: GET BACK TO THE TABLE

Trio Urges Power Agency to Restart Talks on Benefits to Local Communities

June 30, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Brownfield Cleanup Program Extension

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to a bill that extends a program to clean up potentially contaminated sites and put them back to productive use.

June 20, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces Short-Term Extension of Brownfield Cleanup Program

Senator Tim Kennedy, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Economic Development Committee, announced the State Legislature has approved a short-term extension of the Brownfield Cleanup Program. The sunset date of the Brownfield Cleanup Program was pushed back to March 31, 2017, from its current sunset date of December 31, 2015. This extension bill, which Senator Kennedy cosponsored, also appropriates $100 million to the state's hazardous waste cleanup account.

June 20, 2014
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