Issues: Small Business

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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Garbin Graphics and Print Opens in Greece

Recently, I had the opportunity to welcome Garbin Graphics and Print to Greece. The business opened their new office on West Ridge Road. Best wishes to Tom and your entire team for continued success! For more information about Garbin Graphics, visit their website, http://www.garbingraphics.com/home.html.

June 4, 2012
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June 1, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Blasts Thruway Authority's Plan To Hike Tolls On Truckers

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) spoke out today against the New York State Thruway Authority’s recently announced plan to increase Thruway tolls 45 percent on commercial vehicles with three or more axles.

June 1, 2012
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Senate Passes Legislation to Protect Disabled-Veteran-Owned Businesses from Criminal Impersonation

Kennedy-sponsored legislation approved to stop impersonators who try to cheat the system and steal from veterans

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, passed legislation through the State Senate to crackdown on the impersonation of disabled veteran vendors. Under this bill, offenders who defraud veterans and the public by pretending to be service-disabled-veteran business owners can be punished with time behind bars.

This legislation (S.4726), which Senator Kennedy sponsored, will make criminal impersonation of a disabled-veteran vendor a class A misdemeanor. If convicted, offenders could spend up to one year in prison.

May 31, 2012
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STATE SENATE PASSES “NEW JOBS-NY” JOB CREATION PLAN

$129 million in tax relief for small businesses; $495 million for manufacturers
Creates new incentives for business to hire
Accelerates repeal of 500% energy tax hike

 

Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Senate has passed the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan.  The plan delivers tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers and reduces energy costs to make New York State more economically competitive.

May 31, 2012
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Video: "New Jobs-NY" Job Creation Plan

Senator Ranzenhofer makes comments on the floor of the State Senate regarding the "New Jobs-NY" Job Creation plan. The plan passed the State Senate on May 30. The bills have been sent to the State Assembly.

 

May 31, 2012
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