Issues: Small Business

Grand Opening of Whisper's Boutique

Senator Young and Carolyn Murray at Whisper’s Boutique during the grand opening celebration of Patient’s Pharmacy and Whisper’s Boutique. Carolyn is a licensed practical nurse and a lymphedema therapist. She will run Whisper’s Boutique which specializes in providing breast cancer survivors and their families with a variety of products and services.

 

September 19, 2012
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REMINDER: RITCHIE TO HOST JOB AND CAREER FAIR WEDNESDAY

Event to Feature More than 60 Employers

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that 64 employers have signed-on for her Job and Career Fair, which will be held on Wednesday September 19th in Ogdensburg at the Odd Fellows Hall on Linden Street from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

September 17, 2012
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RITCHIE LOOKS TO THE FUTURE IN SPEECH TO OSWEGO BUSINESS LEADERS

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently attended the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce’s State of the Art Region Breakfast, held on the SUNY Oswego campus.

At the event, Senator Ritchie joined other local leaders to discuss community challenges and opportunities in the upcoming year, as well as the area’s accomplishments of the past year. 

September 15, 2012
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Senator Catharine Young Receives Award and High Ratings from National Federation of Independent Business - New York

ALBANY – State Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) has been selected as one of NFIB-New York’s 2012 “Guardians of Small Business.”

The Guardian Award is the highest honor that NFIB bestows upon legislators. It was given in recognition of her voting record and support for small business issues during the legislative session.

“Small business is the life blood of our communities. They provide vital employment, services and goods on which we all rely. In a challenging economy it is especially important to pay close attention to legislation affecting small businesses,” said Senator Young.

September 13, 2012
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO NAMED “GUARDIAN OF SMALL BUSINESS”

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has named Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) a 2012 Guardian of Small Business for his consistent support on issues that affect small businesses.  Senator DeFrancisco is one of ten, out of 212, legislators to receive this designation.

Senator DeFrancisco was honored for his “commitment to reducing business costs, reducing taxes and improving New York’s economy for small businesses,” said NFIB’s New York State Director, Mike Durant in a statement. Out of more than 100 pieces of legislation monitored, seven bills were examined in NFIB’s Voting Record, including votes on the property-tax cap last year and pension reform.

September 13, 2012
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GALLIVAN RECEIVES TOP HONOR FROM SMALL BUSINESS GROUP

One of Only Ten Lawmakers in State to be Named "Guardian of Small Business"

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), New York State’s leading small business advocacy organization, named Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma) a “Guardian of Small Business” today for his record of supporting and advocating on behalf of New York State’s small businesses.

September 12, 2012
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Jacko’s ice cream parlor is a real ‘old-fashioned’ treat

Senator Betty Little is pictured with Kay Tomasi at the counter of Jacko’s Corner, an old-fashioned soda fountain located on the corner of Main Street and East Broadway in Salem, Washington County.  Pictured behind the counter are operators Justin and Theresa Rushinski who worked with Kay to restore the soda fountain back to its former glory.

September 6, 2012
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LARKIN SENDS LETTER TO GOVERNOR CUOMO REGARDING SURCHARGE ON EMPLOYERS

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today sent a letter to Governor Cuomo requesting that the state pick up a $102 million tab hitting employers across the state.

The New York State Department of Labor is currently billing employers statewide $12.75 for each person they employ.  Due in September, this "Interest Assessment Surcharge" is being collected so New York can make an interest payment on a $4 billion loan it took out from the federal government to cover unemployment benefits. 

In his letter to Governor Cuomo, Senator Larkin suggested that rather than bill employers, New York should pick up the cost using a portion of the $340 million in settlement payments the state is set to receive from the Standard Charter Bank investigation.

September 6, 2012
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SENATOR LARKIN RECOGNIZED AS “PRO-JOBS SUPPORTER” BY STATE BUSINESS COUNCIL

In recognition of his commitment to promoting fiscal reform and improving the state’s economic climate, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) received a 90% pro-jobs rating as part of the Business Council of New York State’s 2012 Voters’ Guide.

The Business Council of New York State recently released its 2012 Voters’ Guide, which measures New York State Legislators’ commitment to improving the state’s economic climate and performance by scoring their support for key business legislation during the 2012 Legislative Session. 

September 6, 2012
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Cortland County Bridge Project Can Wait Until After Fall Harvest

CORTLAND, 09/05/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) and Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R/C/I – Springport) are calling on the New York State Department of Transportation to delay the start of bridge construction on State Route 281  in Homer.

“The bridge reconstruction is vital but the timing is a major obstacle,” said Senator Seward.  “Our farmers deal with enough hardships without forcing them to navigate through a major, costly detour during the busy fall harvest season.”

September 5, 2012
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RITCHIE APPLAUDS AUTHORIZATION OF ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY HYDROPOWER CONTRACT

Will Help Support Economic Development, Job Growth in the North Country

State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding Governor Cuomo’s authorization of a low-cost power supply contract that will help business owners cut down on expenses, create jobs and support economic growth in St. Lawrence County.

August 28, 2012
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Senator Seward Scores Big With Business Leaders

 

ONEONTA, 08/22/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) has received top marks from a pair of leading business groups, the Business Council of New York State and Unshackle Upstate.

“Fostering private sector job growth, especially through the expansion of our small businesses, has been and will remain one of my top priorities,” said Senator Seward.  “I have worked hard to bring savings to our businesses by cutting government red tape, delivering meaningful tax cuts, and providing tax credits.  These initiatives, in turn, help businesses expand and mean more people are earning a paycheck.”

August 22, 2012
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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Business Council Voters' Guide

The Business Council's 2012 voters guide shows that Senate Republicans have been working successfully with Governor Cuomo to control spending, cut taxes and lay the foundation to create thousands of new jobs in New York.    These scores highlight the importance of a Senate Republican majority in moving this state forward, and is further proof that, if given the opportunity, Senate Democrats would increase spending, raise taxes, place obstacles in front of businesses and roll back all of the progress we've made over the last 19 months.

 

August 21, 2012
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RITCHIE APPLAUDS OGDENSBURG PEPSI—‘AMERICA’S TOP BOTTLER’


State Senator Patty Ritchie congratulated Ogdensburg Pepsi Cola Bottlers, the Wright family and the company’s employees for being chosen as the top North American distributor of the year.

“It’s a real tribute to a hard working North Country family that has built its success on a 70-year tradition of involvement and service to communities across St. Lawrence County,” Senator Ritchie said. “I am very pleased to see Ogdensburg Pepsi Cola Bottlers win a national honor, but everyone who knows this company recognizes that it’s owners and employees have played an important role for decades in the success of many community organizations, festivals and events.”

August 15, 2012
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GOING INSIDE “WHERE YOU WORK”

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

Over the past month, “going to work” has taken on a new meaning for me.  A bottling company, a manufacturer of paper products,  an organic dairy farm.  These are just a few of the places I have visited as part of my “Where You Work” tour; an effort to meet with local employers and seek ways to promote local job growth throughout Central and Northern New York.

August 13, 2012
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GALLIVAN CONTINUES TO PRESSURE THRUWAY AUTHORITY TO CUT COSTS RATHER THAN RAISE TOLLS ON TRUCKS

Chairman of the Senate's Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business Committee, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, formally requested that the New York State Thruway Authority consider cost saving measures before anything as drastic as a 45 percent toll hike on three-axled vehicles is considered.

In the letter to Thruway Authority Chairman, Howard Milstein, Senator Gallivan said that any such toll hike would have a serious impact on the western New York economy, area farms, and consumers.

August 10, 2012
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Governor Cuomo, Stop Fracking Around with Our Health

Friday, August 10, 2012 12:00 am

By -- STATE SEN. BILL PERKINS, New York Amsterdam News

I’m New York State Sen. Bill Perkins; I’m opposed to hydrofracking because it puts our children’s future at risk. New York City residents have a tremendous stake in whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo allows hydrofracking in New York. This dangerous method of natural gas drilling threatens our water, air, food and health. Along with a growing number of elected officials, local leaders and community organizations, I have come to the conclusion that fracking is not safe and should be banned statewide.

August 10, 2012
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SENATOR RITCHIE ANNOUNCES SECOND ANNUAL OSWEGO COUNTY JOB AND CAREER FAIR

JOB SEEKERS: CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER

State Senator Patty Ritchie will host her second annual career and job fair on Wednesday September 26th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Fulton War Memorial, located at 609 West Broadway St. in Fulton.

August 6, 2012
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Senator Bill Larkin Addresses the Orange County Chamber of Commerce

Senator Bill Larkin recently addressed the Orange County Chamber of Commerce on this year's legislative accomplishments.  Seated with Senator Larkin are Dr. John D'Ambrosio, President of the Chamber of Commerce, Scott Wohl from the Builders Association of the Hudson Valley, and Rick Struck from Orange and Rockland Utilities.

August 3, 2012
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