Issues: Economic Development

Cuomo's Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing Will Perpetuate Rural Poverty

For Release: Immediate, December 17, 2014

Statement from Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C- Olean) following todays announcement by Governor Cuomo:

Governor Cuomo’s decision to ban exploration of our natural gas resources is a punch in the gut to the Southern Tier. The governor has a moral obligation to explain to the people of our region how he will alleviate rural poverty. Families desperately need jobs and economic opportunity, not government handouts. Our young people are leaving in droves because they feel they don’t have a future here. Our rural communities are dying a slow, painful, poverty-stricken death and hope is scarce.

December 17, 2014
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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More than $2.6 Million Awarded to Tourism Projects in Madison County

Economic Development Resources Awarded in Fourth Round of Regional Council Initiative

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that $2,610,000 in economic and community development funding has been awarded to tourism-related entities in Madison County through Round IV of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative.

December 17, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Announces $82.8 Million in Regional Economic Development Awards For Mid-Hudson

Funding Will Boost Over One Hundred Local Businesses, Educational Programs, and Municipal Projects

Senator John Bonacic (Mt. Hope – R/C/I) has announced that a total of $82.8 million was awarded to 118 projects throughout the Mid-Hudson Region. The Mid-Hudson Region was granted “top performer” status  and received the most funding of any region in the state. 

December 16, 2014
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Press Release: State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Announces 2014 Regional Economic Development Council Awards in the 35th State Senate District

Yonkers, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate Democratic Conference Leader, is pleased to announce that major funding for several key projects in the 35th District are part of the grant awards announced Thursday through the Regional Economic Development Councils. The Saw Mill River Daylighting, Phase III in downtown Yonkers, a major art exhibition in White Plains, and a pedestrian/cycle bridge over Andre Brook in Tarrytown are among the numerous projects receiving state economic development dollars in the Mid-Hudson Region. This seven county region that includes Westchester is considered a “Top Performer,” and will receive $82.8 million this year.

December 12, 2014
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RITCHIE JOINS STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS FOR REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AWARDS

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined state and local leaders for the Regional Economic Development Council Awards held Thursday in Albany.

December 12, 2014
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RITCHIE JOINS STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS FOR REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AWARDS

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined state and local leaders for the Regional Economic Development Council Awards held Thursday in Albany. 

December 12, 2014
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Regional Economic Development Council Awards Inject Over $6 Million into Local Economy

For Release: Immediate, December 11, 2014

Sen. Young applauds WNY Regional Economic Development Council for efforts to promote economic revitalization

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) applauded today’s announcement from the Regional Economic Development Council that more than $6 million will be injected into economic development projects across Livingston, Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. Highlights from today’s announcement include $500,000 for the Livingston County Development Corporation to assist with renovation of mixed-use buildings across the county, $100,000 for Allegany County Community Opportunities and Rural Development (ACCORD) for sustainable employment training, $400,000 for Olean Business Institute, and $1,500,000 for the National Comedy Center in Jamestown.

December 11, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES $81.9 MILLION IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDING FOR LONG ISLAND

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District), Chairman of the Senate’s Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business Committee, announced that Long Island will receive $81.9 million in state funding for nearly 100 economic development projects. The funding was awarded as part of the fourth round of Regional Economic Development Council funding, which Senator Martins supported as part of this year’s state budget. 

December 11, 2014
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Griffo Statement on Regional Economic Development Council Awards for Mohawk Valley & Northern New York

ALBANY – State Senator Joseph A. Griffo offered the following statement regarding the allocation of $709.2 million in state funding through the fourth round of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

“I am very pleased to learn that New York is committing $123 million to initiatives in the Mohawk Valley ($59.6 million) and Northern New York ($63.4 million) that will spur job creation and investment and help our businesses expand their global footprint.

December 11, 2014
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SENATOR KLEIN CONGRATULATES BRONX REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WINNERS ON $1.3 MILLION FUNDING AWARD

BRONX, NY – At the Regional Economic Development Awards, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced the allocation of $1.3 million in funding for community-based organizations and non-profits in the 34th Senate District. The four winners included: the North Riverdale Merchant Business Association, the New York Botanical Garden, the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Bronx River Alliance.

December 11, 2014
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RITCHIE APPLAUDS NEARLY $144 MILLION IN JOB-CREATING INVESTMENTS FOR CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NY

Funding Awarded Through Regional Economic Development Council Awards

***CLICK HERE FOR FULL LIST OF PROJECTS IN CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NY***

State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding nearly $144 million in new,  job-creating Regional Economic Development Council (REDC)  investments awarded to projects across Central and Northern New York.

Awards were announced Thursday at a special event held at the Capitol. At the event, the North Country—which includes Jefferson and St. Lawrence County—was awarded $63.4 million.  The Central New York region, which includes Oswego County, was named a “Top Performer” and was awarded $80. 2 million through the annual economic growth competition.  The new investments bring the four-year total of REDC awards for the two regions to roughly $691.2 million.   

“Throughout the past four years, the Regional Economic Development Council awards have been a catalyst for tremendous growth in the regions I represent; giving key projects the support they need to get off the ground, create jobs and bolster their local economies,” said Senator Ritchie.

December 11, 2014
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O'Mara welcomes new round of state aid for regional economic development -- Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions recognized as 'Top Performers' (UPDATED)

Albany, N.Y., December 11—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) welcomed today’s announcement that the Southern Tier region will be awarded a total of $80.8 million and the Finger Lakes region $80.7 million under the fourth round of funding through the state’s Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) initiative.

O’Mara noted that both the Southern Tier and the Finger Lakes regions are among the five regions that are recognized as a “Top Performer” in this year’s competition.  The other Top Performers this year are Central New York, Mid-Hudson and Long Island.

December 11, 2014
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Ag Clips: Sen. Gallivan supports future farmers

The New Farmers Grant Fund was included in this year’s state budget
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December 10, 2014
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Senator Gallivan Included in “Circle of Friends” by NY Farm Bureau

 

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) is being honored by the New York Farm Bureau for his ongoing support of agriculture issues, including sponsorship of bills that the organization has either supported or opposed during the most recent legislative session.  The New York Farm Bureau included Gallivan in its distinguished “Circle of Friends.”

December 8, 2014
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Forum/Town Hall: Future Farmers Event

Come learn about New York's New Farmers' Grant Fund created specifically for new and early stage farmers.  Senator Gallivan and a representative from Empire State Development will be on hand to answer your questions.  

December 17, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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THIS SEASON, SHOP LOCAL

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

When it comes to the holiday shopping season, the couple weeks before Christmas can feel like crunch time.  While online retailers and big box stores can offer seemingly endless options, it often times can be a struggle to find the perfect gift.  As you continue to check items off your list, I encourage you to shop local this holiday season. 

December 8, 2014
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RITCHIE NAMED TO NY FARM BUREAU “CIRCLE OF FRIENDS”

Receives Nod for Fourth Consecutive Year for Support of Agriculture Industry 

In recognition of her strong support for our state’s agriculture industry, State Senator Patty Ritchie was named to the New York Farm Bureau’s “Circle of Friends” for the fourth consecutive year. 

“As New York’s leading industry, agriculture is vitally important to the economic success of our state.  Not only that, but in many families, farming is a tradition, passed down from generation to generation,” said Senator Ritchie, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee.

“As someone who grew up on a farm and the representative of a region that is largely rural, I am thrilled to once again receive this special recognition.  As the 2015 Legislative Session approaches, I am looking forward to continuing to work closely with the Farm Bureau in an effort to further expand the industry and provide a boost to our hardworking farm families.”

As Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee Senator Ritchie has led the charge to repeal costly mandates affecting farmers, restore budget cuts to programs utilized by those in the industry, launch new initiatives to protect the future of agriculture and cut red tape and to help ensure farming remains a viable profession in New York state. 

December 8, 2014
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The Apartments at 300 Alexander

It was an exciting day yesterday in downtown Rochester for the grand opening of 300 Alexander Street. This incredible project, developed by Mark IV Enterprises, has transformed a 1850s building into modern, state of the art apartments. Abandoned for too long, this building will now provide housing in the heart of East and Alexander. Once again, congratulations to the DiMarzo's and everyone at Mark IV Enterprises!

Click here to see more pictures of 300 Alexander!

December 4, 2014
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Bill Promoting Broadband Expansion Signed into Law

Senator Young sponsored bill to speed up access to federal funds for broadband expansion

ALBANY – A bill recently signed into law will open more opportunities for broadband expansion in rural areas, a necessity for greater economic expansion, healthcare innovation, and educational investment.

Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, sponsored the bill. It improves the process that certain broadband providers, called Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs), go through to access federal loans designated for broadband expansion.

November 26, 2014
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