Issues: Small Business

Senator Perkins Advocates For Pioneering Small, Local Businesses On 125th Street

During the debate concerning the FY 2014-15 New York State Budget, Senator Perkins took to the floor to tell the story of several longstanding local businesses on 125th Street who are being displaced from the very soil that they enriched and cultivated through years of hard work. 

His remarks read, in part:

April 16, 2014
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Despite lower penalties, fines are set to rise

As reported by Crain's New York Business: 

Mayor Bill de Blasio campaigned on a promise to lower fines against small businesses, criticizing what he deemed the punitive, "revenue-focused" enforcement of city laws.

But his preliminary budget indicates that his administration plans to collect even more in levies than city agencies did under Michael Bloomberg last year.

Revenue from fines soared 72% during the Bloomberg administration, to $799 million in 2013 from $467 million in 2002. The initial de Blasio budget unveiled last month indicates that fine revenue will grow to $807.5 million this year. That's just $5 million less than the Bloomberg administration had projected for 2014.

"There was a sigh of relief among small business owners when this mayor was elected," said Queens state Sen. Jose Peralta. "There hasn't been much to show so far, though, and a lot of business owners are getting nervous. You have to give the mayor time to breathe and soak it all in, but it's now time to tackle this in a positive way."

A day after Mr. de Blasio signed the legislation, the City Council issued rules putting into effect a law signed by Mr. Bloomberg to reduce fines against restaurants. Those changes are part of a wider overhaul of the city's letter-grading system for eateries and the suspected quota system that has led to an outcry from inspectors and restaurateurs. 

In the meantime, Mr. Peralta has called on the mayor to adopt an amnesty program under which proprietors can seek to have fines incurred during the Bloomberg administration dismissed by the new mayor.

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April 9, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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4th CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME BALANCED STATE BUDGET PASSED

March 31, 2014

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kara Cumoletti (518) 455-3570 

cumolett@nysenate.gov

 

4th CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME BALANCED STATE BUDGET PASSED

ALBANY—Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I—Shirley) today commented on the passage of the 4th consecutive on-time balanced budget, noting the inclusion of several key initiatives for which he championed.

March 31, 2014
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Senator Patrick M. Gallivan’s Springville Small Business Summit & Seminar

Dear Business Owner, 

As a member of the Western New York small business community, you know that guiding and growing a small business in today’s economy can be a daunting task with seemingly few resources dedicated to helping you – the business owner. 

With that challenge in mind, I am teaming up with the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce and area leaders in business development to bring a free small business summit to Erie County and you’re invited! 

May 2, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
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Senator Patrick M. Gallivan’s West Seneca Small Business Summit & Seminar

Dear Business Owner, 

As a member of the Western New York small business community, you know that guiding and growing a small business in today’s economy can be a daunting task with seemingly few resources dedicated to helping you – the business owner. 

With that challenge in mind, I am teaming up with the West Seneca Chamber of Commerce and area leaders in business development to bring a free small business summit to Erie County and you’re invited! 

May 16, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
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Senator Valesky’s Grow: Pride of New York legislation passes Senate

ALBANY, N.Y.—The State Senate unanimously passed legislation (S.5064) sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will help consumers find garden centers, nurseries, Christmas tree farms and other horticulture dealers that sell New York state products. The Grow: Pride of New York program creates a designation for such businesses and allows them to use marketing materials that promote their locally sourced products.

March 27, 2014
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March 26, 7:00 PM - 7:05 PM
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RITCHIE TO HOST ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY JOB FAIR

Dozens of Ready-to-Hire Businesses Featured at April 3rd Event

 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is asking all those looking for work to mark their calendars for her annual St. Lawrence County Job Fair.  Taking place on April 3rd, the free event will feature dozens of businesses looking to hire as well as opportunities for individuals to access tools to make their job search easier.

“It’s no secret that there are a significant number of people in our region who are looking for work,” said Senator Ritchie. 

“One of my top priorities is creating jobs, but that’s just part of the puzzle.  Getting our economy back on track also depends on matching people with employers who are looking for talented, hardworking individuals who can make a difference, and that’s what this event does.”

March 24, 2014
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March 20, 11:30 AM - 11:34 AM
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March 17, 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
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Press Release: Statement From Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Regarding DBE Participation on the New NY Bridge

"The Tappan Zee Bridge is the largest infrastructure project in the nation and will be a key driver of our region's economic growth. With a goal of 10% disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation - or $314 million - there are ample opportunities for local small businesses, including those owned by minorities and women, to work on the New NY Bridge. It is critical to make sure disadvantaged businesses get a foot in the door with so much economic opportunity at the doorstep," said Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF - 35th District).

March 12, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES MINEOLA BUSINESS ON 100TH ANNIVERSARY

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) recently congratulated Interboro Insurance Company, a Mineola business, on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. 

     Senator Martins visited the business to congratulate the staff and present a copy of a legislative resolution he sponsored in the Senate commemorating Interboro’s centennial anniversary.

     Senator Martins (left) is pictured presenting a copy of the legislative resolution he sponsored to Interboro Insurance Company CEO David Nichols (right).

March 10, 2014
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With Electricity Bills Soaring, Senator Kennedy Pushes for Independent Watchdog to Protect Western New York Utility Consumers

Residential utility customers in New York pay some of the highest electricity rates in the nation – over 50 percent higher than the national average.

Kennedy pushes legislation that will ensure homeowners and small businesses have a strong voice and forceful advocate fighting for them during rate-setting proceedings.

Kennedy: As electricity bills surge ever higher, New York needs a Utility Consumer Advocate fighting hard every day to protect the interests of working families, senior citizens and small businesses.

March 8, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #10: Maple Weekend Is Coming

Mark your calendars for March 22-23 and March 29-30. Maple Weekend is almost upon us!

This is your chance to get a first-hand look at how maple products are made, from the tree tap to the table. New York is the nation's second largest maple producer, producing a whopping 18 percent of America's entire output.

March 6, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS WELCOMES TD BANK TO WILLISTON PARK

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola, pictured left), along with Town of North Hempstead Councilman Angelo Ferrara (pictured left center) and Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar (pictured second left), recently welcomed TD Bank to its new location in Williston Park.

March 5, 2014
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Chelsy's Place Opens in the City of Rochester

Congratulations to Jose and Wendy Navedo, and everyone at Chelsy's Place on their grand opening over the weekend. Chelsy's offers Spanish and American cuisine, and is open from 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. 7 days a week! The Navedo's put a lot of sweat and equity in to making this a great restaurant for all to enjoy. Once again, congratulations and best of luck.  

March 4, 2014
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GALLIVAN INVITES ERIE COUNTY AREA BUSINESS OWNERS AND ENTREPRENEURS TO TAKE PART IN SMALL BUSINESS SUMMIT IN SPRINGVILLE

ERIE COUNTY - New York State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Elma), Deputy Republican Conference Leader for Economic Development, announced today that he is partnering with the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce to host a Small Business Summit for business owners, not-for-profits and entrepreneurs in the southern Erie County area.

The seminar will take place on Friday, May 2nd from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM at Springville Country Club on Cascade Drive in Springville.

The program will feature an update on small business and economic growth initiatives being undertaken by Senator Gallivan in Albany and a presentation by professional business development consultant Frank Swiatek entitled “What Businesses Can Do For Themselves.”

March 2, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Meeting with the Business Council of Westchester

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, along with Senator George Latimer, met with members of the Business Council of Westchester to discuss the 2014 budget and the Council's legislative priorities. The meeting also focused on economic development and growth of small businesses in Westchester and statewide.

February 28, 2014
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