Issues: Small Business

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

149th Street Bridge On Schedule for December 2015 Re-Opening

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) and Council Member Peter Koo (D-Flushing) met with Department of Transportation Queens Borough Commissioner Dalila Hall at the 149th Street bridge for a site visit to discuss the project’s progress.


August 20, 2014

Seward Receives Perfect Score From Unshackle Upstate

ONEONTA, 08/19/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) has received top marks from leading business advocacy group, Unshackle Upstate.

“Improving the economic development climate in New York means jobs, it means careers, and it means future success for our families and young people,” said Senator Seward.  “Cutting unnecessary government red tape, improving our infrastructure, reducing taxes, and leveling the playing field for small businesses are just a few of the recent victories that will pay real dividends.”

August 19, 2014

Hart's Local Grocers Grand Opening

I was pleased to join the Rochester community this morning for the grand opening of Hart's Local Grocers on Winthrop Street in downtown Rochester. This great store offers local products and will fill a need in downtown Rochester, further helping its revitalization. Congratulations to Glenn Kellogg and the entire team at Hart's!

August 15, 2014

Senator Gallivan issues 2014 Agritourism Guide

Farms and businesses across Western New York are opening their doors, issuing a heartfelt invitation to sample the abundant bounty and natural beauty found in New York's growing venture - agritourism.  Agritourism is the intersection of agriculture and tourism, a heady mix of farms, markets, people, livestock and the culture of growing food, guaranteed to entertain people of all ages.  Whether you're looking for an authentic farm experience, a pastoral setting to pick strawberries or ride horses, or scary twists and turns in a Halloween corn maze, it can all be found right here in your own backyard.

August 14, 2014

Kneads & Wants Bakery Opens in Charlotte

I was pleased to join City of Rochester officials and the Charlotte community for the ribbon cutting of Kneads & Wants Bakery on Lake Avenue. It's always great to see new, local business open in my hometown community of Charlotte. Congratulations to Tracy Burgio and everyone at Kneads & Wants!

August 8, 2014

Park Ave Welcomes Sweet Sammie Jane's

This afternoon I joined City of Rochester officials and the Park Ave Neighborhood in welcoming Sweet Sammie Jane's Catering and Bake Shop to 701 Park Avenue. Congratulations to Kathie and Angela Marmo, and their entire family, on this exciting endeavor.

July 30, 2014

Upstate Sports & Spine Opens in Brighton

Congratulations to Ryan Uribe and the entire team at Upstate Sports & Spine on the opening of their new office in the Town of Brighton! Upstate Sports & Spine specializes in treating a variety of ailments, from back and neck pain to joint issues and much more! Welcome to the Brighton community!

July 30, 2014

City Hall to create task force to lower small-biz fines

As reported by Crain’s:

The de Blasio administration plans to announce on Friday the creation of Small Business First, a cross-departmental initiative helmed by the Mayor's Office of Operations and the Department of Small Business Services, aimed at reducing the amount of fines levied against the city's small businesses. As Crain's reported in March, many small business were concerned that the mayor would fail to deliver on his promise to reduce the burdensome environment of confusing levies left behind by the Bloomberg administration.

The new initiative closely resembles a package of reforms that Mr. de Blasio proposed during his tenure as public advocate. It does not include a mechanism for appealing fines levied during the previous administration, something that many Bloomberg critics called on Mr. de Blasio to implement.

One critic was Queens state Sen. Jose Peralta. "Many small business owners started to feel like ATMs," he said. "Fortunately, Mayor de Blasio is hitting the reset button," he said.

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July 28, 2014

Comprehensive Mold Management Opens in Gates!

Congratulations to Paul Wagner and the entire team at Comprehensive Mold Management on their new office location in the Town of Gates. A family-owned and operated small business, CMM is one of the region's leaders in mold remediation and other in-home services. Visit their website at for more info!

July 23, 2014

Klein, Bronx Chamber of Commerce Launch Bronx H.I.R.E. Program to Combat Borough Unemployment

BRONX, NY – Senator Klein, along with the Bronx Chamber of Commerce and local elected officials, announced Bronx H.I.R.E., a new program aimed at connecting Bronx workers with real jobs through a comprehensive, direct approach. The Bronx H.I.R.E.

July 9, 2014

Seward Churns Up Funding For Mohawk Valley Small Business

ILION, 07/02/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $50,000 economic development grant he secured will assist with equipment purchases and job creation at Herkimer Foods in Ilion. 

“Herkimer Foods is a true success story and the continued growth of this family-run business here in the Mohawk Valley is tremendous news,” said Senator Seward.  “This economic development grant is a key ingredient that will help introduce more people to Original Herkimer Cheese while adding a facelift and new jobs at the Ilion home of this storied product and its’ tasty successors.”

July 2, 2014

Founders Cafe Opens in the Academy Building

I recently joined George Traikos and the Traikos family for the opening of the Founders Cafe in the Academy Building in Downtown Rochester. Located at 13 South Fitzhugh Street, the Founders Cafe offers a variety of sandwiches, wraps, salads and coffee. Many thanks to George and the entire Traikos family for their investment in Downtown Rochester!

June 26, 2014

Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014

Griffo, Brindisi, Lentol Team To Keep Small Business Jobs In New York

Legislature approves measure, now sent to the governor

ALBANY –  When small businesses in metro New York look to expand, legislators want them looking upstate – not out of state – for help.

Sen. Joseph A. Griffo and Assemblymen Anthony Brindisi and Joseph R. Lentol have sponsored a bill (S.7564/A.8308B) which would establish a cross-regional small business partnership program. This program would encourage natural relationships between urban and upstate business.

June 20, 2014


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

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola), Chairman of the Senate’s Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business Committee, announced that legislation to help businesses create jobs has been passed by the New York State Senate.

June 18, 2014

Senator Klein, Pelham Chamber of Commerce and Pelham Junior League Champion Wolfs Lane Park Capital Improvements

PELHAM, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined Pelham Village Trustee, Susan Mutti, Pelham Chamber of Commerce President, Sandy Waibel and Pelham Junior League President, Nancy Hawkins at the Chamber of Commerce Street Fair on Saturday to champion the continued effort to improve Wolfs Lane Park. Last year, Senator Klein announced a $646,271 capital grant he secured for improvements to Wolfs Lane Park.

June 9, 2014

Senator Flanagan Announces Legislation To Assist Small Businesses Passes State Senate

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed his legislation to direct more state economic development funding to small businesses enabling them to become more economically competitive, grow, and create more jobs.  The bill (S1530) would require state agencies that award economic development assistance to give preference to small businesses and entrepreneurs because they are most in need of assistance and are significant job creator

May 20, 2014

Senate Passes Valesky Legislation to Require State Agencies to Consider Impacts of New Rules on Businesses as Part of Larger Regulatory Relief Package

Albany, NY – Today, the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.2158) sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that strengthens the State Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA) to require consideration of potential  adverse impacts on existing and future jobs and employment opportunities in the rulemaking process for state agencies.

May 14, 2014

Senate Approves Bills to Cut Red Tape That Hurts Job Creation

The New York State Senate today approved a regulatory reform package of bills that would help spur job growth by cutting the red tape that hurts small businesses and strangles economic growth. The three bills address one of the more frequently cited roadblocks to job creation – overly burdensome, costly, and unnecessary state rules and regulations.

May 13, 2014
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