Issues: Small Business

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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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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Restaurant owner blasts city fines over single-gender ads

As reported by the NY Post:

The owner of an Upper East Side restaurant who read in The Post that a downtown eatery was fined $5,000 fine just for placing an ad for “waitresses” is issuing a call to arms against the gender-based penalties.

“This is an outrage, and more restaurants need to share their stories so this nonsense is stopped,” Giuseppe Bruno wrote to The Post.

“Someone needs to help these restaurants.”

State Sen. José Peralta (D-Queens) slammed the agency for targeting “unintentionally gendered language.”

“Of the 53 discrimination settlements reported by the commission in 2014, 18 — or more than a third of all settlements — are for this sort of case,” Peralta said

For full article, click here.

November 21, 2014
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SENATOR KLEIN & BRONX CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOST VETERANS JOB FAIR

Bronx H.I.R.E jobs program draws more than 100 former service men and women looking for work

BRONX, NY – Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), along with members of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, hosted a Bronx H.I.R.E. job fair at Hutchinson Metro Center Wednesday afternoon aimed at helping veterans secure employment. The job fair drew more than 100 job seekers. The event followed the Bronx Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Veterans Luncheon at F & J Pine Tavern in Bronxdale.

November 19, 2014
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Annual Banquet Dinner of Indian American Tri-State Chamber of Commerce

(White Plains - November 16th) Senator Stewart-Cousins at the Annual Banquet Dinner of Indian American Tri-State Chamber of Commerce joined President Thomas Koshay and Vice-President Harry Singh along with members of the Indian business community. The Senator is also pictured with Rockland County Legislator Aney Paul and New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson.

November 17, 2014
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Greece Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards Luncheon

Congratulations Tim Anne and the team at North Greece Physical Therapy for winning the Greece Chamber of Commerce Microenterprise of the Year Award at the Chamber's annual Small Business of the Year Awards luncheon! Tim and his dedicated staff provide great service and care to all of their patients, keep up the good work!

 

November 7, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF ANDREA’S BAKE SHOPPE & CAFÉ IN WILLISTON PARK

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently attended the grand opening celebration of Andrea’s Bake Shoppe & Café in Williston Park (638 Willis Avenue). Senator Martins congratulated owners Andrea DiGinoti and Tony DiGrigoli and wished them many years of success.

     Senator Martins is pictured with owners Andrea DiGinoti and Tony DiGrigoli at the grand opening of Andrea’s Bake Shoppe & Café.

 

November 3, 2014
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MTA & Kawasaki MWBE Supplier Outreach Event

(Yonkers - October 30th) Democratic Conference Leader, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins welcomed suppliers to a Minority and Women-Owned Businesses event for Kawasaki Rail Car Inc in Yonkers. Kawasaki is a major employer in her district, and is manufacturing rail and subway cars for the MTA's Metro-North and Long Island Railroad. The Senator explained why it is so important to increase the level of MWBE participation in competitive state contracts, like this one. The state has now raised the bar for MWBE participation from 20% to 30%, and she encouraged contractors to learn about the opportunities that are being made available.

October 30, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Attends the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development 20th Anniversary Celebration

Senator Bonacic joined the celebration for the Sullivan County Partnership's 20th anniversary held on Thursday, October 9, 2014. "It was a great evening, and I enjoyed meeting up with some good friends," said the Senator.  Here is the Senator with Harris and Judy Alport from A.Alport and Sons.

     

October 10, 2014
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Rising Star Award Ceremony Hosted by Junior League of Orange County and Leadership Orange

Senator Bonacic congratulated honorees at the Rising Star Award Dinner hosted by the Junior League of Orange County and Leadership Orange.  Here is the Senator with Brian Powers of Judelson, Giorgano & Siegel, and Lisa Kelly of Focus Media.

October 10, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #35: Help For Existing Businesses, Not Just New Ones

New York has the dubious distinction of ranking dead last among the 50 states in a survey of business tax climates. The governor’s initiative, START-UP NY, represented an out-of-the-box approach to lure jobs here.

However, we simply cannot earmark all of our tax breaks, credits and incentives for new businesses. The strength of an economy comes from existing business, and reducing their competitiveness to new companies can result in too many good jobs being lost.

October 9, 2014
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Independence Car Care Center Opens on West Ridge Road

Congratulations to Jeffrey Klipfel and the team at Independence Car Care Center for opening at 507 West Ridge Road. I applaud Jeff for his entrepreneurship and dedication to starting his own business. Best wishes to everyone at Independence Car Care Center for continued success!

Click here to see more pictures of Independence Car Care Center.

September 29, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN DISCUSSES AGRICULTURE AT NYSAC

ATTENDS BLUE RIBBON TASK FORCE ON THE FUTURE OF FARMING

 

September 23, 2014
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Senator Gallivan Announces 2014 B&B Guide for the 59th Senate District

Western New York has so much to offer and with fall weather in the air, now is the perfect time to enjoy some quality time in our own backyard.  There are dozens of bed & breakfast opportunities across the 59th Senate District, waiting to welcome you.  I invite you to use this guide to plan your near-by get away and support these small, local businesses.

September 18, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Visits Orange County Chamber's 22nd Business Expo

The Orange County Chamber of Commerce hosted their 22nd Business Expo at Anthony's Pier 9 on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.  Small businesses are the backbone of job creation in New York.  Here, Senator Bonacic and Nan Hayworth congratulate new Chamber President Lynn Cione.  

September 12, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS WELCOMES DUNKIN DONUTS TO ROSLYN HEIGHTS

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola, pictured third left), along with Town of North Hempstead Councilman Peter Zuckerman (pictured left center) and Village of East Hills Mayor Michael Koblenz (pictured right center), recently welcomed Dunkin Donuts to its new location on Roslyn Road in Roslyn Heights. 

     Senator Martins, Councilman Zuckerman, and Mayor Koblenz participated in the store’s official grand opening and extended their best wishes to the staff for many years of success.

September 2, 2014
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Nu-Look Collision Opens 13th Location

I was pleased to join the Gates community in helping Nu-Look Collision open its 13th location in the Rochester area. Nu-Look provides exceptional quality service, as is evidenced by its continued expansion and success. Best wishes on your "Nu-est" location. 

August 29, 2014
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Seward Tops NFIB Legislative Scorecard

ONEONTA, 08/22/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) has received top marks from leading small business advocacy group, the National Federation of International Business (NFIB).

“Small businesses are among New York’s top employers and to keep them on top it is crucial that state government partner with these job creators,” said Senator Seward.  “I am committed to advancing legislation that helps create an atmosphere conducive to job creation – cutting business taxes, lowering energy costs, and eliminating unnecessary government regulations.” 

August 22, 2014
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Unshackle Upstate Gives Griffo Its Third Highest Senate Score

ALBANY – Unshackle Upstate, a bipartisan coalition of business and trade organizations representing more than 700,000 companies, has given Sen. Joseph A. Griffo its third highest grade for his votes in the Senate supporting businesses and taxpayers this legislative session.

Griffo scored a 88 out of 100 possible points by the pro-business group. The organization gave the senator favorable marks for his ‘yes’ votes on a series of bills aimed at reducing regulations on businesses. In addition, the group applauded his support of the on-time state budget, as well as his sponsorship of two bills that would limit new taxes and protect businesses from illegitimate unemployment claims.

August 20, 2014
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