Issues: Small Business

Low-Interest Loans Now Available For Those Impacted By The July Flooding

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) announced today that Governor Cuomo has signed the necessary paperwork allowing qualified Chautauqua County residents and small-businesses devastated by the recent flooding to avail themselves of federal low-interest loans.

 

The loan program, offered through the U.S. Small Business Administration, provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses, non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters. The loans can be used to make repairs or replace items damaged or destroyed during last month’s flooding, including: real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, inventory and business assets.

 

August 17, 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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STATEMENT: Senator Ortt Questions Cuomo Wage Hike

Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today issued the following statement regarding the minimum wage increase for employees of fast-food restaurants.   

July 22, 2015
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Ortt, Hawley Call on Assembly Majority to Pass Legislation to Prevent Canal Bridge Closures

Legislation to Close Loopholes in Canal Law and Hold State Accountable, Held up in Assembly

KNOWLESVILLE – Standing in front of the heavily traveled Knowlesville lift bridge in Orleans County, New York State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) and New York State Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I – Batavia) today urged the Assembly Majority to pass a bill that would prevent further closure of bridges over the Erie Canal and other canals within New York State. Bridges include lift or movable, highway and pedestrian.   

July 20, 2015
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Ortt Announces Farm-to-Seniors Initiative Underway

Program Allows Seniors to Access Fresh Produce From Local Farmers Markets for Free

Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today announced coupon booklets are available for low-income Niagara County seniors to buy fresh fruits, vegetables and other products at local Farmers Markets. The Farm-to-Seniors initiative promotes nutrition and healthy eating while also supporting the local farming and business community. A total of $2 million was included in this year’s state budget to support the initiative across New York.    

July 16, 2015
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On-the spot hiring during Senator Jose Peralta’s fifth annual job fair

More than 50 job seekers were hired on the spot during a job fair sponsored by State Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), Queens Center and Woodside on the Move. A total of 45 employers conducted 2,140 interviews with candidates on site and scheduled another 1,145 interviews to be later conducted with applicants. About 1,200 job seekers participated in the job fair, which was held Thursday, July 9th, at Queens Center. In addition to the employers, several organizations provided career counseling and résumé preparation to job seekers.

July 16, 2015
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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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