Issues: Small Business

Senator Kevin Parker brings Sankofa Global Project's "Tinker Days" to the 21st District!

In Partnership with Time Warner Cable, Senator Kevin Parker brings Sankofa Global Project's "Tinker Days" to the 21st District! Bringing this S.T.E.A.M. initiative to P.S. 198, students were able to build "Mini Racers" supported by their teachers and parents! Great job Kids!

July 3, 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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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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Statement: Senator Rob Ortt Sums up Session as it Comes to a Close

“I’ve seen the best and the worst of government throughout my first legislative session. There have been true victories for the people of New York. We prioritized Upstate through billion dollar investments in education, infrastructure, economic development programs, energy, and agriculture. We increased critical services to veterans returning from combat, children without adequate health care, women subjected to rape and domestic violence, victims of mental illness, and individuals and families affected by disabilities. Stricter measures against drug dealers and sex offenders will keep our families and communities safe.

June 18, 2015
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Ortt Passes Bill Requiring State to Maintain Lift Bridges

Senator Ortt's bill, which passed in the Senate during the last week of session, would close loopholes in the canal law and hold New York State responsible for maintaining and repairing canal infrastructure before lift bridges fall into disrepair. Read the full article in the Orleans Hub

June 18, 2015
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SENATOR AMEDORE PASSES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT NEW YORK WINE RETAILERS

The State Senate passed a bill today (S.4446A), co-sponsored by Senator George Amedore, that would limit the authority of the State Liquor Authority to use a vague regulatory provision to penalize New York State wine retailers.

 

June 17, 2015
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Murphy passes bill to protect businesses from job-killing regulations

ALBANY, NY - The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S4319), sponsored by Senator Terrence Murphy, to protect businesses from over-zealous state regulations that could hurt the continued growth of the economy. The bill would require the state to conduct a more thorough examination of the impact proposed regulations may have on jobs and employment opportunities, Murphy noted.

June 16, 2015
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Ortt’s Bill Seeks to Hold State Accountable for Bridge Repairs

Senator Ortt Passes Bill to Close Loopholes for State Maintenance of Canal Lift Bridges

Legislation sponsored by State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) would close unreasonable loopholes in the canal law and hold New York State responsible for maintaining and repairing canal infrastructure before lift bridges fall into disrepair. The bill (S2658) passed today in the state Senate.

June 16, 2015
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‘CHECK OUT’ THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

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Five—that’s the number of books experts say students need to read over the summer to prevent what’s known as  “summer learning loss,” the loss of knowledge and skills that occurs during summer vacation.

Preventing learning loss is key to ensuring students are able to build upon what they’ve already been taught and be successful when they head back to the classroom in the fall.  That’s why I’m once again partnering with local libraries and taking part in the New York State Senate’s 2015 Summer Reading Program. The special program—which is hosted along with the New York State Library—helps children have fun as they continue to build their reading skills throughout the summer months. This year’s theme, “Every Hero Has a Story,” celebrates heroes in literature.

June 15, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS’ SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE LEGISLATION PASSED BY SENATE

Bill Would Allow Small Businesses to Create Tax Deferred Savings Accounts For Job Creation and Disaster Recovery

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to help businesses create or retain jobs during times of hardship.

June 12, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Announces Senate Passes GrowNY Program

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the Senate has passed legislation to create an economic gardening program to help stimulate New York’s economy by providing technical assistance to existing businesses looking to expand.  The bill, (S-73) introduced by Gallivan, would establish a pilot program known as ‘GrowNY.”

June 12, 2015
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Senator Farley Chats with Local Breweries

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with members of the New York State Brewers Association on June 9th in Albany. They discussed issues surrounding small businesses and breweries in New York State. Pictured (left to right) with Senator Farley are Shelby Schneider of Clifton Park’s Shmaltz Brewing Company, John Carr of Lake George’s Adirondack Brewery, Jeremy Cowan of Shmaltz, Neil Evans of Albany Pump Station and Kevin Mullen of Rare Form Brewing Company.

June 10, 2015
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E-bikes should be legalized for businesses, say NY state lawmakers

As reported by AM-NY:

By IVAN PEREIRA & SHEILA ANNE FEENEY

May 27, 2015

Electric bikes, popular among messengers but a nuisance for many New Yorkers who have to dodge them on the street, may get legalized by Albany.

The so-called e-bikes, which have been banned in the city since 2004, would be permitted for businesses and regulated under a bills proposed by state Sen. Jose Peralta and state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, both of Queens.

June 9, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF MASON’S MARKETPLACE IN NEW HAMPTON

(Albany, NY)- Senator Bonacic joined members of the local community and representatives from the Orange County Chamber of Commerce at the grand opening celebration of Mason’s Marketplace in New Hampton this past Friday. Mason’s Marketplace is a family owned and operated deli, grocery store and restaurant, and is located in a 150 year old building that served as a stagecoach stop in the 19th century.

 

June 8, 2015
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Senator Valesky Hosts Community Resources Fair

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is hosting a Community Resources Fair on Thursday, June 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to raise awareness of the many community services available through various governmental and nonprofit organizations. The agencies listed below will have tables at the fair and provide important information on health care and health insurance, financial planning for college, emergency preparedness and fire safety, family planning, housing, voting, small business development, veterans services, and more, as well as offer giveaways. A representative from the Office of the State Comptroller will assist attendees with Unclaimed Funds searches.

May 28, 2015
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Senator Jose Peralta introduces a bill urging for the regulation of scooters used for commercial purposes

Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and Assemblymember Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) introduced corresponding bills in the State Senate and the Assembly to regulate the operation of motor-driven cycles only for commercial purposes. The legislation (S.4814/A.7360) requires the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to maintain a registry of this particular kind of vehicle and to establish regulations pertaining to their safe operation and relative minimum liability insurance.

The bill would also require drivers of the motor-driven cycles (delivery scooters) to register them with the DMV.

May 26, 2015
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Uniting Employers With Well-Trained Workers

ALBANY, 05/15/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) recently took part in a public hearing hosted by the Senate Task Force on Workforce Development which included testimony from key employment leaders in the state.

May 15, 2015
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Legislators Call for Passage of Bill to Rein in State Liquor Authority Overreach and Protect New York Wine Retailers

A bipartisan group of elected officials from both chambers of the New York State Legislature came together today to call for the passage of S4446/A5920, a bill that would protect local New York State businesses from regulatory overreach by the New York State Liquor Authority (NYSLA). The bill, which is gaining sponsors and momentum in both houses, recently advanced out of committee in the Assembly, and would limit the NYSLA’s use of its vague, anti-business “improper conduct” clause in certain cases. 

May 12, 2015
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O'Mara honors local small business owner as a Senate 2015 'Woman of Distinction' ~ Wellsburg Diner owner and operator Linda Thomas represents 58th District in last night's statewide tribute ~ Event coincides with weeklong celebration of local job creators

Albany, N.Y., May 6—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) last night paid tribute to Linda Thomas, longtime owner and operator of the Wellsburg Diner in the village of Wellsburg, New York (Chemung County), as his 2015 “Woman of Distinction” at an awards ceremony in Albany.

Thomas represented O’Mara’s 58th District at the Senate’s 18th Annual “Women of Distinction” tribute in the Legislative Office Building.  She was recognized along with more than 60 other honorees representing senatorial districts from across New York.

May 6, 2015
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Bonacic Congratulates Pride of Sullivan County Award Recipients

The best of Sullivan County was on display this past Sunday as the Chamber of Commerce hosted the twenty-fourth annual Pride of Sullivan County Awards. Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) was pleased to attend and congratulate the award recipients on their contributions to the economic vitality to the County.

May 4, 2015
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