Issues: Small Business


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

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

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

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

As reported by AM-NY:


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


(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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Forum/Town Hall: Legislation related to issues of privacy, data breach, and appropriate penalties for violations

Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation, and Entrepreneurship
Sponsor: Senator Martin J. Golden, Chair
Co-Sponsor: Senator Richard Funke, Vice-Chair
Meeting: Legislation related to issues of privacy, data breach, and appropriate penalties for violations
Place: Room 711-A, Legislative Office Building, 7th Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 12:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Contact: Robert Herz (518) 455-2730
Media Contact: Robert Herz (518) 455-2730

May 27, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Albany lawmakers propose health letter grades for street food vendors

As reported by Daily News:

ALBANY — Health Department letter grades for street food vendors could be on the menu if two Democratic state lawmakers succeed in creating a commission to oversee city snack carts.

 The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens) and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx), is designed to address many of the tensions and issues between regular stores and food cart vendors as well as a black market food business that has grown over the years.

"This has been a problem for a while,” Peralta said.

For full article, click here.

April 27, 2015

Senator Gallivan to Host Small Business Summit in Springville

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) is once again teaming up with the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce and leaders in business development to present a small business summit to be held at the Colden Mill Restaurant and Banquet Facility on May 7, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will focus on sales and business development. 

April 27, 2015


Senator Bonacic joined local business leaders and elected officials this morning for a chilly, but enthusiastic ground breaking ceremony for Piller USA, Inc’s new facility in the Town of Wallkill. Currently, Piller operates a facility in the Town, but this new location will help better serve the needs of their customers and the employees of the company. Piller is a global electric equipment manufacturer, and the Town of Wallkill is their only location in the United States.

April 24, 2015

State sheds 57 anti-business fees, heeding Murphy's calls for less red tape

YORKTOWN, NY - Earlier today State Senator Terrence P. Murphy joined Governor Cuomo in announcing the repeal of 57 so-called "nuisance fees" as part of the 2015-16 State Budget. By eliminating these fees, the State has taken an important step toward cutting the red tape which keeps New York ranked as the least business friendly state in the nation, they said. "As a small business owner I have been nickeled and dimed by the State time and again," Senator Murphy said. "If we are serious about growing successful businesses New York State cannot reasonably expect new enterprises to be able to afford unnecessary fees. These repeals are an important first step for businesses here in the Hudson Valley and across the State to be able to survive and thrive."

April 14, 2015

Sign up for Small Business Regulatory Watch

As your Senator,  I would like enhance the ability of small business owners to participate more meaningfully in the State and federal rule making process. Small Business Regulatory Watch is designed to alert small businesses within the 40th Senate District of regulations being newly proposed by both State and federal agencies. 

April 10, 2015

Murphy announces Small Business Regulatory Watch

YORKTOWN, NY - Last month the Tax Foundation once again ranked New York near the bottom of its State Business Tax Climate Index, at 49th overall. The Chairman of the State Administrative Rules and Regulations Commission (ARRC), Senator Terrence P. Murphy, says this ranking is due in large part to administrative rules and regulations which are being handed down from the state and federal government. Today, Murphy, who is a small businesses owner himself, said he is launching a small business regulatory watch to make his fellow business owners aware of those rules which could adversely impact small businesses. As ARRC chair, he is charged with reviewing many of these rules and regulations.

April 7, 2015

Senator Gallivan to Sponsor A.G. Schneiderman's Payroll Card Act

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle and Senator Patrick Gallivan will sponsor the Attorney General’s program bill regulating the use of payroll cards to increase protections for workers, clarify ambiguities in the law, and ensure that payroll cards offer a convenient and beneficial method for workers to access their pay.

April 7, 2015

Senators Gallivan and Young Secure Funding to Replace "Old Route 219 Bridge”

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) and Senator Catharine Young (R, C, I- Olean) announce they have secured $20 million to build a state of the art bridge to replace the existing span over Cattaraugus Creek along “old Route 219.”  In addition, they have inserted $300,000 in the state budget to be deposited in an escrow account that will cover Erie and Cattaraugus counties’ costs for maintaining the structure for the first 22 years.  

April 2, 2015
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