Issues: Small Business

Senator Kennedy Proposes Limit on Food Truck Fees to Unleash Industry Growth

Inflated fees hold back business development and jeopardize local and statewide growth of the booming food truck industry

Food truck industry leaders from the Buffalo and Rochester markets endorse Kennedy’s proposal

Kennedy: New York State is Hungry for Small Business Growth, But Steep Fees Are Putting the Brakes on the Food Truck Industry

October 16, 2012
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Meeting with Gates Chamber of Commerce Members

Last week, I had to the honor to join for the Gates Chamber of Commerce for their monthly "Meet and Greet" breakfast. I was able to talk to members of the Gates business community and here their views on the issues facing the community.

October 16, 2012
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Senator Martins Visits Local Business - Westbury Boxing Gym

Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Westbury Boxing Gym, a local business located in Westbury. Senator Martins is a big supporter of small businesses, which are vital to the economy in our region.

October 11, 2012
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PRESS RELEASE: Senator Carlucci Announces 5-Point Jobs Plan to Put New Yorkers Back to Work

Senator Carlucci Announces 5-Point Jobs Plan to Put New Yorkers Back to Work

Small Businesses and Consumers Will Benefit from Targeted Tax Relief Measures and Regulatory Reform Proposals

Senator Carlucci: “We need tax and regulatory policies that will help make New York more competitive in the global economy”

ORANGEBURG, NYSenator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) today was joined by small business owners and local elected officials at Nice-Pak, Inc., to announce his 5-Point Jobs Plan, a comprehensive blueprint for action that will jumpstart the economy and create jobs here in the Hudson Valley. 

October 4, 2012
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Rochester Silver Works Celebrate (88+) 1 Year Anniversary

On Wednesday, I had the privilege to speak at the (88+) 1 Year Anniversary celebration at Rochester Silver Works, LLC. RSW, formerly an Eastman Kodak company manufacturing department, became a private company as of October, 2011. RSW retained ALL 55 highly skilled former Kodak employees, along with their expertise, the manufacturing site and all equipment. The facility covers over 10 square acres of land with full capabilities to collect, refine and manufacture silver scrap to high purity silver and silver based chemicals. For more information, visit www.rochestersilverworks.com.

October 4, 2012
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Senator Martins Attends Mineola Street Fair

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended the 4th Annual Mineola Street Fair. Merchants, community leaders and residents were out in full force as the village's downtown was busy and alive with music. The fair was sponsored by the Mineola Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Mineola.

While at the fair, Senator Martins met up with Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss and Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira. The fair began four years ago when Senator Martins was serving as the Mayor of the Village of Mineola as a way to promote the downtown area and its businesses as well as the many worthwhile community organizations the village is blessed to have.

October 2, 2012
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HUNDREDS ATTEND RITCHIE'S FULTON JOB FAIR

Second Annual Event Seeks to Connect Oswego County Job Seekers With Jobs Now

September 26, 2012
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SENATE LOOKS TO ‘POWER’ UPSTATE JOBS

Energy Committee Seeks Ways to Create a 21st Century Energy System to Fuel Growth

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined fellow Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee members in Western New York Tuesday at a public hearing aimed at finding ways the state can improve its current energy infrastructure and create jobs.

September 25, 2012
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Grand Opening of Patient's Pharmacy and Whisper's Boutique

Senator Young joins Diane Matthews and Donald Nash, Jr, independent and local owners of Patient’s Pharmacy, for the grand opening of their new retail pharmacy at 320 North Main Street in Jamestown. The event included a ribbon-cutting for the pharmacy as well as Whisper’s Boutique, a shop which will serve breast cancer survivors and their families.

September 19, 2012
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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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