Seen as a champion for small businesses all across the state
ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) has received the “Guardian Award” from the New York Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB/NY). The award is a testament to the Senator’s pro-business attitudes in working to revitalize the upstate economy and bring jobs to her district and the state. Only 10 legislators in the entire state received this prestigious honor, according to NFIB/NY.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.
Highlights of the Executive Budget:
· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.
· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.
Assignments to important committee posts follow Leader Stewart-Cousins move to make Kennedy a part of her leadership team.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, today announced his committee assignments for the 2013 legislative session. Kennedy will retain his position as the ranking Democratic member on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business. He also earned a post on the Senate Finance Committee, which will give the Senator a larger influence on legislation that carries fiscal implications for the state.
Michael Gianaris points out the importance of local businesses in the revitalization of the economy and the creation of new jobs, but also expresses his delight of being one of the advocates of initiatives such as state's film tax credit, that boosted the economy of Western Queens.
Western Queens is home to a growing number of large and small businesses that have aided in our neighborhood’s economic recovery. I am proud to be an advocate for job creation in western Queens, whose diversity makes us one of the most welcoming neighborhoods in the country, as well as a hub for economic development
Today, Senator Stavisky visited Assemblyman Ron Kim’s office to meet with CACF Executive Director Wayne Ho and Health Policy Director Noilyn Abesamis-Mendoza to discuss legislation that would benefit the large Asian American population in their districts.
State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding $184 million in funding awarded to Central and Northern New York to help create jobs and jump-start the economy through Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council program.
Both Central and Northern New York were named “Top Performers;” taking home prizes of $93.8 million for 73 projects and $90.2 million for 82 projects respectively. To view a full list of projects, click here.
The awards were announced at a special ceremony, held Wednesday morning in Albany, attended by Senator Ritchie.
ONEONTA, 12/17/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the Thruway Authority’s announcement terminating plans to raise tolls on commercial vehicles:
“When the Thruway Authority floated a proposal to hike tolls on trucks and other commercial vehicles I was among a loud chorus of elected officials, business leaders and concerned citizens denouncing the plot.
“Abandoning this ill-conceived toll hike plan is the right thing to do. The Thruway Authority, like the rest of state government, needs to focus on cost saving measures to right the fiscal ship, instead of simply hiking the cost of doing business in New York.
On Friday I had the privilege to join with business owner Patrick Ralleo to cut the ribbon on the State Street Bakery and Eatery, located Downtown at 165 State St.
After seven years of planning, Patrick Ralleo opened the State Street Bakery and Eatery on Oct. 15, and has been offering fresh baked goods every morning, including croissants, Danish, cakes and breads. The State Street Bakery and Eatery also serves lunch specialty sandwiches, wraps and salads. Wedding cakes are also available for order.
Like so many other families across our state and nation, my family gathered together this Thanksgiving to celebrate and give thanks for all the blessings and gifts we have enjoyed over the past year.
I feel so very fortunate to have three beautiful children, a loving wife, a tight-knit family and parents who taught me the value of hard work and community service. I am also grateful for all of the support I’ve received throughout Western New York over the course of my first term in the State Senate. Thank you.
As the Holiday season continues, I look forward to more time spent with my family, and I wish you and your family many more happy, fulfilling and relaxing days together.
ONEONTA, 12/05/12 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today marked “Repeal Day” by visiting the under-construction Roots Brewing Company in Oneonta.
“Repeal Day” commemorates the passage of the Twenty-First Amendment to the United States Constitution on December 5th, 1933 ending prohibition.
“New York’s craft brewing industry is expanding statewide, with several growing breweries locally,” said Senator Seward. "Microbreweries and brewpubs, like Roots, meld together small business and agriculture while also expanding on the tourist trade - all mainstays of our local economy.”
This afternoon, I had the opportunity to speak at the grand opening ceremony for MediSked, LLC, located on University Avenue. MediSked, LLC was born out of a partnership between provider agency management and proven success with software engineering. The founders of MediSked started the company as a research innovation at RIT in Rochester, NY back in 2003. What started out as an exhaustive search for an existing agency management software solution specific for home and community based provider agencies, quickly turned into the creation of MediSked and its one of a kind software solution that manages the unique workflows and requirements of such agencies.
Merger of Canton and Michigan Based Firms Will Create New Opportunities
State Senator Patty Ritchie recently celebrated the merger of two engineering firms which will create a number of new jobs and opportunities in St. Lawrence County.
Burley-Guminiak & Associates, Consulting Engineers, P.L.L.C. of Canton will now operate under the Michigan-based firm C2AE and become “Capital Consultants Architecture and Engineering.” Officials say the merger will allow both to expand and enhance their services.
Senator Cathy Young and Senator Pat Gallivan visit with Jane Oakes, owner of Jane’s Pantry at 84 Main Street in Mount Morris, during a walking tour of downtown. Jane, whose expertise in specialty foods makes her the “Queen of Licorice," carries a vast variety of New York State-produced, delicious food products in her shop. Mount Morris has become a destination for tourists and shoppers because of its restaurants and unique stores in the newly-restored historic downtown. The Senators, who passed legislation to leverage private sector investment for downtown revitalization that has grown small businesses and jobs in Livingston County and around the state, saw firsthand the positive results from their initiative. Congratulations to Jane and all of the downtown merchants!
Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated Jamaica Bearings, located at 1700 Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park, for the Defense Logistics Vendor of Excellence award.
Jamaica Bearings is a family-owned business that was started 78 years ago by Frank Negri. Now, Jamaica Bearings stands as the preeminent supplier of bearings and related products to the aerospace, military and a host of major industries around the world.
Under the leadership Peter Negri, the company continues to pride itself on being a family-owned business that provides quality and reliability.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is informing the community that the New York Bankers Association (NYBA) and the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC) have agreed to establish a $10 million small business emergency loan fund to provide immediate financial assistance for businesses impacted by Storm Sandy.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is informing residents that a new $10 million emergency small business emergency loan fund has been created to provide financial assistance for businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Businesses will be able to apply for loans of up to $25,000 immediately by going to http://www.esd.ny.gov or calling 1-855-NYS-SANDY.
On Thursday afternoon, I had the privilege to attend, and speak at, the grand opening ceremony for WebTitle Agency's new corporate office, located in Brighton. WebTitle and partner companies Cascade Settlement Agency and Customized Lenders Services are now located at 500-A Canal View Boulevard. The new corporate headquarters occupies approximately 31,000 square feet with 37 separate offices, multiple training rooms with versatile conference space, Wi-Fi access and upwards of 200 parking spaces. This new facility will allow the staff of 160 to better integrate the three business units, further enhance the products/services offered to better serve the needs of their client partners and allow ample space for continued expansion.
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) and the Women’s Enterprise Development Center (WEDC) hosted a successful Small Business & Economic Development Forum on Tuesday, October 23rd at the White Plains Public Library. This was the Senator’s 21st small business conference, which has been co-sponsored for a number of years by WEDC with the generous support of Capital One Bank.
A capacity crowd filled the library auditorium to hear keynote speaker, Kris Ruby, President and Founder of Ruby Media Group, a premiere full service Public Relations and Social Media agency, discuss the state of social media and small business in today’s digital age. In a talk punctuated by sound, practical advice, Ms. Ruby encouraged small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to incorporate social media into their overall marketing and communications strategies. As a first step, small business owners should identify their objectives in using social media, whether it be to increase sales, improve customer service, increase traffic on the company’s website, public relations or search engine optimization.