Issues: Small Business

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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Benedettos Opens in Rochester's East End

Recently, I had the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, the grand opening ceremony for Benedettos Restaurant. Benedettos is located in the East End, on 289 Alexander Street. The restaurant offers casual Italian-American cuisine, and features two private dining areas across two floors and a first floor has a full bar with additional seating. Benedettos is open 7 days week, at 4:30 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays.

July 30, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Continues Outreach to Area Farmers at Hi-Land Farms in Middlebury

Senator Gallivan joins Greg Chamberlain and his family at their Wyoming County dairy farm, Hi-Land Farms. Dairy is one of New York State's leading industries and Wyoming County is New York's dairy capital. Senator Gallivan sits on the Senate's Agricultural Committee and has been recognized as one of the State's leading advocates for farmers and farming communities.

July 25, 2012
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Immigrants Connect 2012

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer is partnering with the NYS Department of Labor to host Immigrants Connect 2012, an information fair for immigrants and small businesses.  The event will feature government and community organizations that will provide individuals and small businesses with information on services and programs available to the State's vibrant immigrant population.

September 15, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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South Wedge Spirits & Wine Opens

Recently, I had the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, the grand opening ceremony for South Wedge Spirits and Wine. This is the newest small business to open in the South Wedge community.

July 24, 2012
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Senator Lanza Announces Small Business Outreach Initiative

Business Experts & State Officials will Visit Staten Island to Conduct Workshops for Small Businesses

July 23, 2012
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California Rollin' Expands at Village Gate

California Rollin', which has been at Village Gate since 1994, held a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday to unveil their newly expanded restaurant. The expanded restaurant now occupies space that was next to its previous location. The restaurant currently has one other location, at the Port Terminal in Charlotte. California Rollin' is set to open a third location later this year on Genesee Street.

July 19, 2012
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Senator Zeldin Votes to Repeal MTA Payroll Tax for Self-Employed Individuals

New York State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) speaks on the Senate Floor in support of Senate Bill 7165-A, sponsored by Senator Greg Ball, that will repeal the MTA Tax for self-employed individuals earning $250,000 a year or less. The bill passed the New York State Senate on June 20, 2012.

July 18, 2012
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Workers' Comp Rates To Drop

 

ONEONTA, 07/17/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the Department of Financial Services decision reducing workers’ compensation premium rates for New York employers:

“Reducing the cost of doing business in New York state has been a long held priority of mine. That’s why I helped pass the 2007 Workers’ Compensation Reform that delivered savings to employers and helped injured workers.  However, the failure by past governors to fully implement cost control measures mandated by the legislature meant the savings were short lived.  

July 17, 2012
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STATEMENT BY RPP SPONSOR SQUADRON ON DOT'S REJECTION OF PARKING PERMIT PILOT PROGRAM

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the Senate sponsor of legislation that would bring residential parking permits (RPP) to New York City communities that want the program, released the following statement in response to the Department of Transportation's rejection of an RPP pilot program in the neighborhoods surrounding the Barclays Center and Yankee Stadium:

"A permit system is long overdue in neighborhoods where residents spend hours circling for parking near their homes -- especially on the overcrowded streets surrounding New York City's stadiums and major business districts. That's why DOT's rejection of piloting RPP is particularly troubling. 

"I urge my colleagues in the legislature to quickly pass my bill to bring permits to neighborhoods that want it. Our legislation empowers communities while protecting small businesses, reducing congestion, and helping fund our subways and buses. It’s a win for our neighborhoods, a win for quality of life, and a win for a changing New York."

July 14, 2012
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SKELOS TAPS GALLIVAN AS NEW CHAIR OF COMMERCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE

Area Business Leaders Laud Choice of Western New York Senator  

ALBANY - Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-C-I, Rockville Centre) announced today that Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has been appointed Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business.

July 2, 2012
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Seward Legislation Part of Senate Job Creation Package

ALBANY, 06/18/12 – The New York State Senate today passed a series of job creation bills that will reduce the cost of doing business in New York and enhance economic development.

A bill, sponsored by Senator James L. Seward R/C/I-Oneonta), that would eliminate all business taxes on manufacturers (S.7663) was among those receiving approval.

“New York State has a proud manufacturing tradition, but that tradition has suffered in recent years,” said Senator Seward.  “Eliminating the manufacturing tax will breathe new life into this vital economic sector and help create good paying jobs.”

June 18, 2012
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Senate Passes Bills to Grow Craft Brewing Industry in New York

The state Senate today passed three bills to help grow and expand the craft beer industry in New York State.  The bills, which represent a three-way agreement among the Senate, Assembly and Governor Cuomo, will protect an important tax benefit for small breweries that produce beer in New York, create a Farm Brewery license that will allow craft brewers to expand their operations through opening restaurants or selling new products and will exempt breweries that produce small batches of beer from paying an annual State Liquor Authority fee.

June 18, 2012
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SENATE PASSES RITCHIE BILLS TO SUPPORT STATE’S CRAFT BREWERIES

Includes Measures to Increase Demand for Locally Grown Farm Products 

June 18, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Allow Brew-Pub Owners to Also Open Restaurants

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.7110), sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R, North Buffalo) that would allow a brew-pub owner to also open a restaurant.  “I applaud today’s passage of this legislation to allow an individual to own a license for both manufacturing of alcohol and an alcohol retail license, which will create the opportunity for one owner to operate a restaurant and a brew-pub facility,” said Senator Grisanti. “With brew-pubs springing up across the state, it is counterproductive and anti-business to limit entrepreneurs.”

June 12, 2012
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Regus Group Opens Downtown Office

Recently, I had the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, the grand opening ceremony for Regus Group. The Regus Business Center is designed for small business owners that want a presence downtown. It is 10,000 square feet which includes conferences rooms, a kitchen, and wi-fi access. Regus also provides administrative services. Regus has over 1,000 locations around the world.

June 11, 2012
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DNA Info: Second Avenue Businesses See Restaurant Week Boost

DNA Info's Jill Colvin sat down with Sen. Krueger, Borough President Scott Stringer, Assemblyman Dan Quart, and Community Board 8 Chair Nick Viest as they enjoyed dinner at Doppio Senso to support Second Avenue Restaurant Week:

Local officials, who gathered to show support for the effort with a meal at DoppioSenso Wednesday, said that, while the MTA has gotten better at minimizing its impact on the neighborhood, residents and businesses are still suffering.

 

June 8, 2012
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