Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican conference today announced a bold and sweeping job creation plan to improve New York’s business climate so it not only keeps up with other states, but surpasses them.
On March 2nd, I had the privilege to attend the 30th Anniversary of The Battery, located in Gates. A small family owned and run business, The Battery is proud to have contributed to make reality the dreams of thousands of young people. We are proud of the Battery students who through the years have signed with Division 1 colleges and universities; proud of those who signed professional contracts , and proud to have a Battery-trained student in the major leagues.
(Long Island City, NY) Senator Michael Gianaris this morning joined a crowded room of Long Island City small business owners, entrepreneurs, and community leaders at the LIC Partnership Elected Officials Breakfast in Long Island City. Senator Gianaris provided attendees with an update on legislative happenings in Albany and spoke about the particular laws and developments that help make Long Island City the vibrant, expanding neighborhood it is today.
“The collection of business leaders here today is a demonstration of the continuing economic vitality of New York’s most exciting up and coming neighborhood”, said Senator Gianaris.
The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently joined with members of the Baldwin Chamber of Commerce in celebrating the grand opening of Benny B’s Restaurant. Benny B’s is located at 2092 Grand Avenue in Baldwin.
Recently, Senator Young stopped by the grand opening of Olean’s newest downtown shop, BelleRuche Bridal Boutique.
The store specializes in wedding gowns and prom dresses, but also has bridesmaid dresses, mother dresses and accessories. The boutique is located at 119 N. Union Street in Olean and is a wonderful addition to our ever-growing downtown.
Pictured with Senator Young are owners Bonnie Vena, Susan Austin and Vic Vena. Vic was just elected as President of the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
We wish them and all their downtown neighbors nothing but the best!
Legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will build upon a statewide burgeoning “Buy Local” movement by creating a program to recognize restaurants that feature local products passed the Senate Agriculture Committee today.
New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (60th District) and the Buffalo State College Small Business Development Center will host “Facebook Tips For Small Business” on Tuesday, February 19 in the Bulger Communications Building on the Buffalo State campus.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma) joined with fellow members of the Senate Republican Conference and leaders of statewide business organizations to urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget. The 18-a surcharge, which has increased utility bills for every ratepayer in the state, is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014.
“Extending this surcharge will cost ratepayers almost $3 billion. Small businesses, working families and seniors, all struggling to keep up with high energy costs, cannot afford this burdensome utility tax any longer,” said Senator Gallivan. “Allowing the 18-a assessment surcharge to expire will also help to create jobs and make New York more economically competitive.”
ALBANY, N.Y. – Seeking new and effective ways to spur job creation and address perennially high unemployment rates among New York’s returning combat veterans, Senator David Valesky (D-Oneida) is co-sponsoring legislation (S.3043) to provide major tax credits to private employers hiring veterans discharged after 9/11. The legislation is named “Jobs for Heroes.”
This afternoon Senator George Maziarz addressed the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce Annual Legislative Luncheon. The event, held at Tillman's Village Inn in Childs, brings local business leaders together to learn about current state issues and ask questions of their representatives.
Albany, NY- On January 24, 2013, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) was presented with the National Federation of Independent Business' “Guardian of Small Business” Award by NFIB New York State Director, Mike Durant, and Assistant Director, Erin DeSantis. Senator Zeldin was honored for his work on behalf of small businesses across the state.
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.