Issues: Economic Development

February 9, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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WORKING TO BUILD A BETTER NEW YORK

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

January 26, 2015
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RITCHIE REAPPOINTED SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE CHAIR

Also Selected to Serve On Other Key Committees, Including Finance and Transportation 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has been reappointed as Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and in addition, was named to the powerful Finance and Transportation Committees. 

“In recent years we’ve made great progress to grow the agriculture industry, increasing funding for critical programs and making investments in initiatives that support our state’s hardworking farmers,” said Senator Ritchie.  "I am thrilled to once again be named as Chair of the Agriculture Committee and am looking forward to working alongside my colleagues and New York’s farmers to help the industry continue to grow.”

Since first being appointed Senate Agriculture Committee Chair in 2011, Senator Ritchie has led the charge to increase funding for critical agriculture programs by more than $21 million above the Executive’s recommendation, repeal costly mandates affecting farmers, launch new initiatives including the innovative “Young Farmers NY”—a program that aims to protect the future of agriculture by attracting young people to careers in the industry—and leading the fight against deadly diseases like EEE and rabies. 

January 23, 2015
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Breakaway Senate Dems unveil 'Invest New York' policy agenda

BY KEN LOVETT, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, January 19, 2015, 1:48 PM

The breakaway group of five Senate Democrats on Monday unveiled a 15-point policy agenda for the new legislative session that includes a call to give localities like New York City the power to set their own minimum wage rates.

Other proposals in the "Invest New York" package would be the creation of an education investment tax credit that private and parochial schools have been pushing for years, a $400 million school construction trust fund, and various housing initiatives.

January 23, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Respondes to State of the State Address & Budget Presentation

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) was in Albany for today’s State of the State Address and budget presentation by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  This was the fifth State of the State message Senator Gallivan has received since taking office.

January 22, 2015
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BUDGET MUST REFLECT THE ECONOMIC CHALLENGES FACING MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES

Statement from Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State Address and Executive Budget Proposal:

 

“We need to keep our eye on the ball, and the primary focus during budget negotiations should be jobs, jobs and more jobs. I was happy to hear the Governor speak about small business tax relief and expansion of broadband in rural areas because both of the initiatives will bring us more opportunities. Distribution of economic development funds must benefit rural areas to ensure that every region of the state gets the attention it needs and deserves. There shouldn’t be winners and losers when it comes to job growth.

 

January 21, 2015
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR PATTY RITCHIE ON GOVERNOR’S 2015-16 BUDGET PRESENTATION

I was pleased to hear Governor Cuomo emphasize issues that are priorities for me—making critical investments in our education system, supporting small business owners, creating jobs and keeping more money in the pockets of hardworking New Yorkers.

January 21, 2015
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Your Voice with Sen. Ortt

January 21, 2015 - Senator Robert Ortt was invited by Congressman Chris Collins to attend President Obama’s State of the Union address. He compares the President’s message with his own ideas. Senator Ortt also discusses how his budget priorities measure up with what Governor Cuomo proposes.

January 21, 2015
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Seward Named Guardian Of Small Business

ONEONTA, 01/20/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) was recently honored as a recipient of the “Guardian of Small Business” award from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), New York’s leading small business association.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy,” said Senator Seward.  “I have consistently partnered with small businesses - advancing legislation to meet the needs of these vital job creators and economic engines.”

The NFIB “Guardian of Small Business” award recognizes state legislators who have, through their voting record, demonstrated strong support for our state’s small businesses and NFIB’s position on key issues facing them.   

January 20, 2015
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Independent Democratic Conference Launches 2015 Policy Agenda

“INVEST NEW YORK”

IDC Unveils 15 Innovative Investments that will Create Long Term Stability, Security and Sustainability for all New Yorkers

Proposals Invest in New York Workers, Students, Seniors and Families and Support a Significant Expansion in New York State Schools, Housing, and Communities

January 20, 2015
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INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE LAUNCHES 2015 POLICY AGENDA “INVEST NEW YORK”

IDC Unveils 15 Innovative Investments that will Create Long Term Stability, Security and Sustainability for all New Yorkers

Proposals Invest in New York Workers, Students, Seniors and Families and Support a Significant Expansion in New York State Schools, Housing, and Communities

January 19, 2015
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR GEORGE AMEDORE

This morning, Governor Cuomo announced a proposal to cut the tax rate for small business who file under the corporate franchise tax, and the creation of NY Business Express to help navigate the onerous red tape that stifles economic growth.

While I am encouraged by this first step, if we truly want to make New York State more competitive, we need to do more to ease the tax burden on all small businesses, including those who file under the PIT. And, in order to improve the business climate, tax relief needs to go hand-in-hand with a reduction and overhaul of the more than 750,000 over-reaching regulations and fees that discourage the growth and success of the private sector.

January 18, 2015
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Sen. Ortt Celebrates Lockport's First Sports Tournament in Nearly Three Decades

LOCKPORT – Senator Robert Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) along with Assemblywoman Jane Corwin (R,C,I – Clarence) were on hand to help kick off hockey tournaments at Cornerstone CFCU Arena in the City of Lockport on Friday Jan. 16.

The City of Lockport’s governing body and Cornerstone CFCU Arena recognized the value of a first class skating arena. After 30 years, the rink revives tournaments & competitions while also breathing life back into the area.

The Lockport Express Junior “A” Hockey Team sponsored the “Showcase Tournament” Jan. 16-18. The arena features two NHL-sized ice rinks, a training center, a pro shop and seating for hundreds of spectators.

January 16, 4:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Cuomo pits Upstate regions against each other in competition for economic development aid ~ O'Mara, others say much more needs to be done to turn around Upstate

In Rochester yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced an Upstate economic development competition that will pit seven Upstate regions against each other.  Under the governor's plan, three regions will ultimately share $1.5 billion in state assistance.

Senator O'Mara and other local and statewide leaders expressed some reservations in response to the Cuomo plan and pointed to the need to do much more to turn around the Upstate economy.

January 16, 2015
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Forum/Town Hall: Presentation on the report Bio/Med Breakthroughs: Advancing New York’s Innovation Economy industry by MedTech, the trade association for bioscience and medical technology companies in New York

Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship
Chair: Senator Martin J. Golden
Public Meeting: Presentation on the report Bio/Med Breakthroughs: Advancing New
York’s Innovation Economy industry by MedTech, the trade association
for bioscience and medical technology companies in New York
Place: Room 409, Legislative Office Building, Albany, New York
Time: 12:30 P.M.
Contact: Robert Herz (518) 455-2730
Media Contact: Robert Herz (518) 455-2730

January 12, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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The Buffalo News: Business park project at Bethlehem Steel site tops wish list for regional agenda

Former Bethlehem acreage among leaders’ initiatives

By  | News Business Reporter

January 9, 2015
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Chautauqua County Manufacturers Receive A Boost Through Workforce Development Institute

Funding will help Water Street Brass and Stuart Tool & Die improve operations

 

Two Chautauqua County manufacturers will see an increase in productivity and potential expansion of operations as a result of training assistance provided through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), a program championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) in last year’s state budget. Water Street Brass Corporation, of Lakewood, and Stuart Tool & Die, of Falconer, were both recently approved by WDI to send employees to training that will help both manufacturers improve efficiency and operations.

 

January 7, 2015
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Important New Laws Taking Effect January 1, 2015

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) says with the arrival of the New Year, a number of new laws will be taking effect in New York State.  These include:

December 23, 2014
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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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