Issues: Small Business

Senate Passes Bill to Boost State Funding for Small Businesses

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to direct more state economic development funding to small businesses so they can become more economically competitive, grow, and create more jobs. The bill (S1530), sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), would require state agencies that award economic development assistance to give preference to small businesses and entrepreneurs because they are most in need of assistance and are significant job creators.

May 7, 2014
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Senator Parker features New York State Empire State Development President/CEO and Commissioner Ken Adams on 'Legislative Report with Senator Kevin Parker'

Senator Parker welcomed New York State Empire State Development President/CEO and Commissioner Ken Adams as his guest on his weekly 'Legislative Report with Senator Kevin Parker' cable show, Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency. The mission of Empire State Development is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies.

May 7, 2014
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Abode Furniture Opens in the Southwedge

Located at 289 Gregory Street, Abode Furniture held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of their new store in the Southwedge area of the City of Rochester. Abode offers a variety of affordable household items from local, national and vintage designers.

April 25, 2014
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Public Hearing: Presentation by Kevin Younis, Deputy Commissioner, Empire State Development Corporation, on START-UP NY Program

Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship 
Chair: Senator Martin Golden 
Public Meeting: Presentation by Kevin Younis, Deputy Commissioner, Empire State Development Corporation, on START-UP NY Program 
Place: Room 410, Legislative Office Building, Albany, New York 
Time: 4:00 P.M. 
Contact: Meg Brown (518) 455-2730 
Media Contact: John Quaglione (718) 238-6044 

 

April 28, 4:00 PM - 4:48 PM
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Local Merchants Discuss New Regulations at Queens Forum

As reported by NY1 News:

State Senator Jose Peralta hosted a forum for restaurateurs and small business owners to learn about proposed changes to the restaurant letter-grade and fine system, the new paid sick leave law and securing access to capital.

For full video, click here.

April 23, 2014
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Senate passes set asides for disabled vets who own businesses

State lawmakers have passed legislation to guarantee state contracts for disabled veterans who own businesses.

The state Senate Monday passed the measure Monday. The Assembly took it up the next day and approved it. Both of Oneida County's senators were cosponsors of the measure. In the Assembly, it was cosponsored by Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi, D-119, Utica.

The action follows Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's last week that he and legislative leaders had reached an agreement on the preference. The bill would set aside 6 percent of state contracts for small businesses owned by veterans disabled during their service.

April 17, 2014
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Senator Perkins Advocates For Pioneering Small, Local Businesses On 125th Street

During the debate concerning the FY 2014-15 New York State Budget, Senator Perkins took to the floor to tell the story of several longstanding local businesses on 125th Street who are being displaced from the very soil that they enriched and cultivated through years of hard work. 

His remarks read, in part:

April 16, 2014
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Despite lower penalties, fines are set to rise

As reported by Crain's New York Business: 

Mayor Bill de Blasio campaigned on a promise to lower fines against small businesses, criticizing what he deemed the punitive, "revenue-focused" enforcement of city laws.

But his preliminary budget indicates that his administration plans to collect even more in levies than city agencies did under Michael Bloomberg last year.

Revenue from fines soared 72% during the Bloomberg administration, to $799 million in 2013 from $467 million in 2002. The initial de Blasio budget unveiled last month indicates that fine revenue will grow to $807.5 million this year. That's just $5 million less than the Bloomberg administration had projected for 2014.

"There was a sigh of relief among small business owners when this mayor was elected," said Queens state Sen. Jose Peralta. "There hasn't been much to show so far, though, and a lot of business owners are getting nervous. You have to give the mayor time to breathe and soak it all in, but it's now time to tackle this in a positive way."

A day after Mr. de Blasio signed the legislation, the City Council issued rules putting into effect a law signed by Mr. Bloomberg to reduce fines against restaurants. Those changes are part of a wider overhaul of the city's letter-grading system for eateries and the suspected quota system that has led to an outcry from inspectors and restaurateurs. 

In the meantime, Mr. Peralta has called on the mayor to adopt an amnesty program under which proprietors can seek to have fines incurred during the Bloomberg administration dismissed by the new mayor.

For full article, click here.

April 9, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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4th CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME BALANCED STATE BUDGET PASSED

March 31, 2014

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kara Cumoletti (518) 455-3570 

cumolett@nysenate.gov

 

4th CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME BALANCED STATE BUDGET PASSED

ALBANY—Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I—Shirley) today commented on the passage of the 4th consecutive on-time balanced budget, noting the inclusion of several key initiatives for which he championed.

March 31, 2014
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Senator Patrick M. Gallivan’s Springville Small Business Summit & Seminar

Dear Business Owner, 

As a member of the Western New York small business community, you know that guiding and growing a small business in today’s economy can be a daunting task with seemingly few resources dedicated to helping you – the business owner. 

With that challenge in mind, I am teaming up with the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce and area leaders in business development to bring a free small business summit to Erie County and you’re invited! 

May 2, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
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Senator Patrick M. Gallivan’s West Seneca Small Business Summit & Seminar

Dear Business Owner, 

As a member of the Western New York small business community, you know that guiding and growing a small business in today’s economy can be a daunting task with seemingly few resources dedicated to helping you – the business owner. 

With that challenge in mind, I am teaming up with the West Seneca Chamber of Commerce and area leaders in business development to bring a free small business summit to Erie County and you’re invited! 

May 16, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
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Senator Valesky’s Grow: Pride of New York legislation passes Senate

ALBANY, N.Y.—The State Senate unanimously passed legislation (S.5064) sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will help consumers find garden centers, nurseries, Christmas tree farms and other horticulture dealers that sell New York state products. The Grow: Pride of New York program creates a designation for such businesses and allows them to use marketing materials that promote their locally sourced products.

March 27, 2014
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March 26, 7:00 PM - 7:05 PM
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RITCHIE TO HOST ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY JOB FAIR

Dozens of Ready-to-Hire Businesses Featured at April 3rd Event

 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is asking all those looking for work to mark their calendars for her annual St. Lawrence County Job Fair.  Taking place on April 3rd, the free event will feature dozens of businesses looking to hire as well as opportunities for individuals to access tools to make their job search easier.

“It’s no secret that there are a significant number of people in our region who are looking for work,” said Senator Ritchie. 

“One of my top priorities is creating jobs, but that’s just part of the puzzle.  Getting our economy back on track also depends on matching people with employers who are looking for talented, hardworking individuals who can make a difference, and that’s what this event does.”

March 24, 2014
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March 20, 11:30 AM - 11:34 AM
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March 17, 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
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Press Release: Statement From Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Regarding DBE Participation on the New NY Bridge

"The Tappan Zee Bridge is the largest infrastructure project in the nation and will be a key driver of our region's economic growth. With a goal of 10% disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation - or $314 million - there are ample opportunities for local small businesses, including those owned by minorities and women, to work on the New NY Bridge. It is critical to make sure disadvantaged businesses get a foot in the door with so much economic opportunity at the doorstep," said Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF - 35th District).

March 12, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES MINEOLA BUSINESS ON 100TH ANNIVERSARY

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) recently congratulated Interboro Insurance Company, a Mineola business, on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. 

     Senator Martins visited the business to congratulate the staff and present a copy of a legislative resolution he sponsored in the Senate commemorating Interboro’s centennial anniversary.

     Senator Martins (left) is pictured presenting a copy of the legislative resolution he sponsored to Interboro Insurance Company CEO David Nichols (right).

March 10, 2014
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With Electricity Bills Soaring, Senator Kennedy Pushes for Independent Watchdog to Protect Western New York Utility Consumers

Residential utility customers in New York pay some of the highest electricity rates in the nation – over 50 percent higher than the national average.

Kennedy pushes legislation that will ensure homeowners and small businesses have a strong voice and forceful advocate fighting for them during rate-setting proceedings.

Kennedy: As electricity bills surge ever higher, New York needs a Utility Consumer Advocate fighting hard every day to protect the interests of working families, senior citizens and small businesses.

March 8, 2014
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