Issues: Small Business


Wage Theft Prevention Act Is A Mountain of Costly, Useless Paper

 The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.6063A), sponsored by Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, to repeal the notification provisions of the Wage Theft Prevention Act, a massive, costly mandate on every employer in the state. 

 “I fully support this legislation and hope that the Assembly sees fit to pass this bill immediately,” said Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson).  “It will give our businesses, particularly our small businesses, relief from this costly paperwork burden and will go a long way towards making New York more competitive when attracting new private sector jobs.”

February 29, 2012

Senate Passes Bill to Repeal Massive Mandate on Business

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.6063A), sponsored by Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, to repeal the notification provisions of the Wage Theft Prevention Act, a massive, costly mandate on every employer in the state.   “Other than costing businesses to lose countless hours and waste millions of dollars, this mandate has done nothing to help employees or create new jobs,” Senator DeFrancisco said.  “We have to eliminate mandates like this to make New York more competitive so businesses can focus on growing and creating jobs rather than keeping track of more paper and paying fines if they don’t.”

February 29, 2012

Committee Meeting: Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Senator James S. Alesi, Chair 10:30 AM, Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Room 511 LOB

February 29, 10:30 AM - 10:32 AM


Letter to MTA Highlights Ideas To Protect North Brooklyn Small Businesses Following Meeting on Shutdowns’ Impact

Electeds: Commerce Along L Depends on Weekend Visitors

BROOKLYN – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assemblymember Joseph Lentol, and Councilmember Stephen Levin sent a letter (attached below) to the MTA urging action to mitigate the impact of weekend L train shutdowns on Williamsburg and Greenpoint small businesses.

Yesterday, Senator Squadron, his colleagues and the Northside Merchants Association hosted a meeting with over 30 North Brooklyn businesses who underscored the damaging impact of weekend L train shutdowns on their businesses and brainstormed suggestions that would protect their businesses while allowing necessary work along the line to continue.

February 17, 2012

Senator Carlucci Visits 16 Handles in New City for Special Tasting Event

Senator Carlucci recently visited 16 Handles in New City for a tasting preview prior to the Grand Opening on Saturday, February 25th.

February 16, 2012

FreshDirect leaving Long Island City for the Bronx

An article by the Queens Courier talks about the decision by the Queens based produce supplier, Fresh Direct, to stay in New York City. Although glad that Fresh Direct has decided to stay in the city and not move to New Jersey, Senator Gianaris is disappointed that they will most likely be relocating from Queens to the Bronx.

After flirting with a move to New Jersey, a Queens produce supplier has accepted a fresh offer – and will most likely relocate to the Bronx.


FreshDirect, an online fresh food grocer, will uproot from its operations in Long Island City and leave the borough for larger facilities, according to a joint statement from Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. on February 7.

February 14, 2012


Bill Will Allow Farm Wineries To Sell Wine At Roadside Farm Markets

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that the New York State Senate has passed Senate bill S.4241-A, which authorizes the sale of wine produced by farm or special wineries or micro-wineries at licensed roadside farm markets. 

February 13, 2012

Senator Martins Congratulates Winners of Port Washington BID's Shop Port Essay Contest

The Great Port Washington Business Improvement District hosted an awards ceremony at the Port Washington Library to honor winner of the BID’s 2011 Shop Port Student Holiday Essay Contest. Senator Martins congratulated each of the winners and presented them with a certificate.Winners included:

Noah White, Ryan Schwartz, Jillian Keyes, Naome Sajnani, Anthony Guzzello, Caleb Thomas, Yasmen Munoz, Sam Rothenberg, Epsy Cassidy, Bella Feigin, Christina Corbo, Stephen Jagard, Taehoon Kim, Ali Seltzer, Kieran Dennis, Madeline Fagen, Jonathan Lin, Helena Sanders, Claire Bumberg, William Lowe, Jonathan Nadolne, Christina Sanders, Will Popovich and Maximus Mongelli.

February 13, 2012

Senator Montgomery Announces NYSABPRL's 41st Annual Legislative Conference Workshop & Event Schedule

The 41st Annual Legislative Conference of the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators will convene on Friday, February 17th and conclude on Sunday, February 19th, 2012. The theme of this year’s conference is “Open Doors to Employment, Opens Doors to Empowerment."

The Conference schedule of educational workshops and weekend-long events is included here in a pdf format that can be downloaded.  More information on the Legislative Conference may be obtained by visiting


February 9, 2012

IDC Releases Regulation Reform Plan

Some New & Outdated Agency Rules Threaten Key Industries, Tax Resources, Provide Little Public Protection,  IDC Finds

The Independent Democratic Conference today unveiled a plan to reform New York's regulatory process, putting safeguards in place that will protect businesses from overly burdensome regulations, protecting residents, and creating a more stable economic environment.

The reform plan came after an exhaustive review by the IDC that found a series outdated rules and proposed regulations that stifles economic growth, and, in some cases, could destroy key industries in New York without a corresponding public benefit.

February 7, 2012

West Islip Chamber of Commerce 2012 Installation Breakfast

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined members and guests of the West Islip Chamber of Commerce (WICC) for their 2012 Installation Breakfast on January 25, 2012 at the American Legion Post #1738 in West Islip.  Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci was the Honorary Guest Speaker to over 50 attendees.  WICC Officers were sworn in by Suffolk County Treasurer Angie Carpenter.  Dan Toomey of Atlantic Auto Malls was awarded "Merchant of the Year." 

February 7, 2012


        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsored to raise penalties for criminals who use “booster bags” and other anti-security devices to steal merchandise from store shelves.

January 31, 2012

Hedonist Artisan Chocolates Expands, Celebrates 5 Years

Recently, I had the privilege to speak at a ceremony marking the expansion and 5-year anniversary of Hedonist Artisan Chocolates on South Avenue. Hedonist Artisan Chocolates is owned and operated by Jennifer Posey and Zahra Langford. Best wishes to Jennifer and Zahra on your continued success! Visit their website here,

January 30, 2012

Burke & Bannayan Jewelers Opens New Location

On Thursday night, January 26th, I had the privilege to attend, and speak at, a grand opening ceremony for Burke & Bannayan Jewelers in Greece. They recently moved to their new location, 2465 West Ridge Road, which is behind Canandaigua National Bank and Trust. Best wishes to Vic, his family, and his entire staff on continued success.

January 27, 2012

Senator Seward Urges Small Businesses, Farmers, Non-Profits To Apply For Flood Assistance

ALBANY, 01/23/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that applications are now being accepted for the Hurricane Irene-Tropical Storm Lee Business Flood Recovery Grant Program. 

“Many small businesses, farms and non-profits damaged during Irene and Lee were already operating on a tight budget before the storms and are unable to afford costly repairs on their own,” said Senator Seward.  “This state grant program will help fill the gaps that private insurance, federal grants and other assistance programs haven’t covered.”

January 23, 2012

LIC employer Fresh Direct eyes N.J. move

The Times Ledger wrote an article that talks about Fresh Direct's potential move to New Jersey and New York's attempt to keep them in the city. Senator Gianaris agrees that it would be disappointing if the online grocer were to leave New York.

A Long Island City online grocery company has filed for a large tax incentive program in New Jersey, but New York state and city agencies are hoping that Fresh Direct stays — if not in Queens, then at least in the city.

“It would certainly be disappointing if they left,” said state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria). “I think it’s important that the business climate in New York continues to be welcoming.”

January 20, 2012

Fresh Direct Ponders Move

The Queens Gazette wrote an article that talks about New York City's push to keep the online grocer Fresh Direct from making a move to New Jersey. Senator Gianaris believes that it is crucial to remain welcoming to local businesses, like Fresh Direct, in order to keep jobs in our neighborhood.

Fresh Direct, an online grocer that delivers to residences and offices in the New York City metropolitan area and one of the largest employers in Long Island City and Queens as a whole, has become a prize in a bidding war between New York City and New Jersey. The business, which bowed in New York City in 2002, is rapidly expanding and expects to outgrow its Long Island City facility in a few years.


January 20, 2012
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