Issues: Small Business

Senate Republicans Continue Commitment to Support NY Farmers

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan joins Senator Patty Ritchie, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and members of the Senate Republican Conference in unveiling their new “Grown in New York” multi-part plan to help meet consumers’ demands for locally-grown food, support local farmers in their efforts to provide quality, fresh food, and strengthen rural communities.

"From dairy products to fruits and vegetables, New York's hardworking farmers produce fresh, quality food that we all depend on," said Gallivan.  "The Grown in New York program is designed to support and expand the state's vibrant agriculture industry and provide families throughout New York and the country with the best in locally grown and farm-made products."

March 5, 2015

West Seneca Bee: Gallivan hosts small-business summit

East Aurora Editor

February 19, 2015


In an effort to highlight and promote the small businesses that are the backbone of so many communities throughout the 46th Senate District, Senator George Amedore today announced a “Spotlight on Small Business” program.“Small businesses play such an important role in our communities – not only for what they contribute to our local economies, but also for what they give back in other ways,” said Senator Amedore. “Throughout the five counties that make up my Senate district, there are so many great small businesses doing great things, and I want to highlight them and recognize them.”

February 13, 2015

Business Council Says Upstate Lags Behind in Business Growth

The Business Council of New York pointed out a handful of major challenges facing upstate businesses during a presentation hosted by USA Niagara. As a way to spark business development and create jobs in Western New York, Senator Ortt suggested extending the state’s brownfield remediation tax credit program, which expires at the end of this year. Read more online at Lockport Union-Sun & Journal’s website.  

February 13, 2015

Senator Gallivan Re-Appointed Chair of Committee on Crime Victims, Crime & Corrections

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has been re-appointed to serve as Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections. The former New York State Trooper and Sheriff of Erie County has chaired the committee since 2013.  

February 6, 2015


"For the City and EDC to award $13.2 million in Madelaine Chocolate is to invest in the future of Rockaway. Its an investment in the recovery of one of the most hardest hit communities in the city by Superstorm Sandy. Its an investment in additonal jobs for one of the largest employers in the Rockaways, a peninsula with a high unemployment rate. I appreciate the award granted to Madelaine Chocolate."

January 30, 2015

Senator Robert Ortt introduces legislation requiring state to maintain canal lift bridges without loopholes

New York State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I-North  Tonawanda) has introduced legislation to amend the current canal law that’s meant to preserve and rehabilitate canal infrastructure.

By law, New York State is required to maintain canal lift bridges, however certain loopholes in the law often result in the deterioration and closure of the bridges. As the law currently stands, the state can choose whether or not to repair a canal lift bridge as long as there is an alternate transportation route. Many times, rundown lift bridges are restricted to vehicles, including tractor trailers, school buses, and other large trucks exceeding a certain weight limit.   

January 29, 2015

Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning Opens New Headquarters

I was pleased to help Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning open its new headquarters on Holleder Parkway in the City of Rochester. This 70,000 square foot facility will better accommodate the Isaac employees, and allow them to better serve their customers. Congratulations to everyone at Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning, I wish you continued success!

Click here for more pictures from this great event!

January 29, 2015
February 9, 1:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Senator Venditto Attends Ribbon Cutting for Ben's General Contracting Corp.

New York State Senator Michael Venditto (R, C, I- Massapequa), recently attended the Freeport Chamber of Commerce's ribbon cutting for Ben's General Contracting Corp. He is pictured here with owners Ben and Tony Jackson. Senator Venditto was also able to take a tour of the new office and shop with owner Ben Jackson to see firsthand how our local economy is growing. 

January 23, 2015

Your Voice with Sen. Ortt

January 21, 2015 - Senator Robert Ortt was invited by Congressman Chris Collins to attend President Obama’s State of the Union address. He compares the President’s message with his own ideas. Senator Ortt also discusses how his budget priorities measure up with what Governor Cuomo proposes.

January 21, 2015

Seward Named Guardian Of Small Business

ONEONTA, 01/20/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) was recently honored as a recipient of the “Guardian of Small Business” award from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), New York’s leading small business association.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy,” said Senator Seward.  “I have consistently partnered with small businesses - advancing legislation to meet the needs of these vital job creators and economic engines.”

The NFIB “Guardian of Small Business” award recognizes state legislators who have, through their voting record, demonstrated strong support for our state’s small businesses and NFIB’s position on key issues facing them.   

January 20, 2015


This morning, Governor Cuomo announced a proposal to cut the tax rate for small business who file under the corporate franchise tax, and the creation of NY Business Express to help navigate the onerous red tape that stifles economic growth.

While I am encouraged by this first step, if we truly want to make New York State more competitive, we need to do more to ease the tax burden on all small businesses, including those who file under the PIT. And, in order to improve the business climate, tax relief needs to go hand-in-hand with a reduction and overhaul of the more than 750,000 over-reaching regulations and fees that discourage the growth and success of the private sector.

January 18, 2015

Ranzenhofer Named Guardian of Small Business

Albany, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has been recognized by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) as a recipient of the “Guardian Award.”  The award is NFIB’s highest honor for elected officials who vote and stand up consistently in the interest of New York small business owners.  


NFIB/NY State Director Mike Durant presented the award to Senator Ranzenhofer.


January 15, 2015

Wage Theft Act Defanged

On January 12, Senator Dilan voted against a measure (S.1319) that severely weakens the ability to investigate and prosecute existing and future complaints of wage theft.Last year amendments to the Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2010 were signed into law by Governor Cuomo. The legislation established increased penalties, required reporting of violations, and gave the Commissioner of Labor the ability and resources to investigate complaints spanning the newly adopted six-year statute of limitations.

January 13, 2015

Forum/Town Hall: Presentation on the report Bio/Med Breakthroughs: Advancing New York’s Innovation Economy industry by MedTech, the trade association for bioscience and medical technology companies in New York

Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship
Chair: Senator Martin J. Golden
Public Meeting: Presentation on the report Bio/Med Breakthroughs: Advancing New
York’s Innovation Economy industry by MedTech, the trade association
for bioscience and medical technology companies in New York
Place: Room 409, Legislative Office Building, Albany, New York
Time: 12:30 P.M.
Contact: Robert Herz (518) 455-2730
Media Contact: Robert Herz (518) 455-2730

January 12, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

The Buffalo News: Business park project at Bethlehem Steel site tops wish list for regional agenda

Former Bethlehem acreage among leaders’ initiatives

By  | News Business Reporter

January 9, 2015

Senator Bonacic At the Orange County Chamber NYS Legislators Briefing and Breakfast - Jan. 8, 2015

Senator Bonacic meets up with Louis Heimbach, chairman of the OC Trust, and Lucy Joyce, Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension at the Orange County Chamber of Commerce's NYS Legislators Briefing and Breakfast.  

January 8, 2015

Senator Bonacic Speaks at Orange County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Briefing and Breakfast - January 8, 2015

Senator John Bonacic attended the first Orange County Chamber of Commerce’s NYS Legislators Briefing on January 8, 2015. This was the chamber’s first general membership breakfast of the year.  The Senator spoke on issues of concern to the chamber, and also took questions from the audience.  Pictured are: Orange County Chamber president, Lynn Allen Cione; and local Assembly members, James Skoufis, Aileen Gunther, and Karl Brabenec.

January 8, 2015
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