Issues: Small Business

Ranzenhofer urges Congress to waive business tax

Calls for repeal of $95 million unemployment surcharge

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has written to Western New York’s Congressional representatives, requesting the passage of legislation to repeal a federal tax of $95 million imposed on New York businesses to cover unemployment costs.

“Since Congress has failed to act on legislation that would extend this much needed relief, now businesses in New York have had to fork over another $95 million in tax payments to their government,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.  “That is why I am urging our representatives in the House and Senate to pass this legislation immediately so that these dollars can have a better purpose – for reinvestment in businesses and the creation of jobs.”

September 1, 2011
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Senator Martins Celebrates Magnet Lounge Opening in Elmont

A new sports lounge had their official opening in Elmont this past week where community members were invited to cut the ribbon at "Magnet" Sports and Entertainment Lounge. The opening was attended by community leaders and family members of owners Michael Mullings, Roger Williams and Barry White. State Senator Jack Martins was invited to the opening in commemoration of his support of the new business and revitalization efforts in the Elmont community.

September 1, 2011
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Next Steps To A Stronger Economy

ONEONTA, 08/25/11 – In a new video statement, State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) announces the launch of a new online survey, “The Next Steps to a Stronger Economy,” designed to gather public input on economic development initiatives to further private sector job growth. 

Senator Seward says this year’s on-time state budget which cut spending, held the line on taxes and put forward job creating incentives was a positive start.  He says further steps need to be taken to build on the successes of the legislative session.

August 25, 2011
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New Online Survey Seeks Job Growth Ideas

ONEONTA, 08/25/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced the launch of a new online survey, “The Next Steps to a Stronger Economy,” designed to gather public input on economic development initiatives to further private sector job growth. 

August 25, 2011
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The Swedge Shop Opens in the South Wedge

Recently, Senator Robach had the opportunity to speak at, and take part, in a ceremony to officially open The Swedge Shop. The store, located at 732 South Ave, is in the heart of the South Wedge community and is an information center and retail shop. People can come to get coffee mugs, T-shirts, maps, books, pub glasses, water bottles and other Wedge artifacts, learn a little of the history of the community and about upcoming events. For more information on the South Wedge neighborhood, you can visit http://southwedge.com/.

August 24, 2011
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Nola's New 'Sky Deck' Opens

Recently, Senator Robach had the opportunity to speak at, and take part in, a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Nola's BBQ in Charlotte. Nola's expanded to include a new 'sky deck' to serve customers. Following the ceremony, two local students were each presented with a $500 scholarship for their college education.

August 23, 2011
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Weider's Pro Paint and Hardware Opens in Brighton

On Thursday, August 11th, Senator Robach spoke at, and attended, a board cutting ceremony to mark the opening of Weider's Pro Pain and Hardware in Brighton. The new store is located at the corner of Rhinecliff and Monroe Avenue, at the former Lilac Restaurant. This is the second location for Weider's, which also has a store in Honeoye Falls.

August 16, 2011
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Senator Gallivan Looks To Build On This Year’s Accomplish​ments

Senator Gallivan reflects on the the achievements of this year's legislative sessions, a session being hailed as the most productive in 25 years.

August 11, 2011
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Visiting with small business owners

 

Visiting with small business owners in Central Square--and their four-legged clients.

August 5, 2011
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Small Business Leaders meet with Ranzenhofer

Hosts business roundtable at GCC BEST Center

 

Batavia, N.Y. – Today, State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer hosted a Small Business Roundtable at Genesee Community College’s BEST Center with small business leaders to offer an update of issues addressed in the 2011 Legislative Session and receive input on State government policies and regulations affecting small business.

August 4, 2011
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Unicell to Expand Operations in Buffalo

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, joined by Senator Tim Kennedy, announced that Unicell, a national and international leader in the designing and manufacturing of bodies for commercial trucks and vans will invest $3.46 million to expand its Howard Street facilities in Buffalo. On the strength of a $175,000 investment package from Empire State Development, Unicell will increase its manufacturing capacity to retain and create over 50 local jobs as part of a green initiative to assemble a cutting edge body for an electric truck.

August 3, 2011
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Statement from Senator Gallivan regarding the creation of the Western New York and Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Councils

“For too long New York has lacked a comprehensive economic development strategy that reflects our state’s true economic and regional diversity. The newly created “regional economic development councils” will bring stakeholders from across the Western New York and Finger Lakes regions together to provide local expertise, insight, and know-how to the process -- ensuring that the residents of Erie, Wyoming, Livingston and Ontario Counties will have a strong voice in the discussion about the future of our community.

I applaud each of the Council’s appointees, and look forward to working hand-in-hand with them to attract jobs, grow our economy, and improve the region’s quality of life."

July 26, 2011
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Grand Opening of Atlantic Volkswagen in West Islip

State and local officials joined in the celebratory Ribbon Cutting Ceremony that took place at Atlantic Volkswagen’s Grand Opening on June 3, 2011 at 555 Sunrise Highway in West Islip.

July 15, 2011
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SENATOR MONTGOMERY HONORS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT DOROTHY BURNHAM, A BROOKLYN “RENAISSANCE WOMAN”

The lifetime achievements of Brooklyn native Dorothy Burnham were recognized and lauded by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) during the reading of a Senate resolution, which was unanimously passed by the full Senate during the final days of the 2011 Legislative Session. The resolution paid tribute to Dorothy Burnham’s many notable contributions to our public education system, the advancement of civil rights, and to the promotion of racial and economic equality. Ms. Burnham was also honored for her designation as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Friends of the People's World. “Dorothy Burnham is a Renaissance Woman,” said Senator Montgomery.

July 11, 2011
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Small Business Spotlight: O'Brien's Farm Fresh Meats and Smokehouse

Senator Kennedy's Small Business Spotlight: O'Brien's Farm Fresh Meats and Smokehouse

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June 30, 2011
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June 30, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Squadron Bill to Bring Benefit Corps to New York Unanimously Passes Senate

 

Senator Squadron: New Type of Corporation Will Unlock Billions in Investments for New York

Bill Would Make New York Largest State With B-Corps, Creating 'Silicon Valley' of Mission-Driven Companies

June 20, 2011
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SENATE ANNOUNCES ACTION ON MTA PAYROLL TAX REPEAL Removing Payroll Tax Burden Will Help Businesses Create Jobs

    The New York State Senate will act today on legislation (S.5596A/ A.8193A) to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax, easing an enormous financial burden that has caused job losses and hurt businesses across the downstate  region.  The bill, which has strong support from business organizations including the Business Council of New York State and the National Federation of Independent Businesses,  is sponsored by Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) and other Senators representing the 12-county MTA region.   

June 15, 2011
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ADDABBO CO-SPONSORS BILL TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES GET VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDING

Queens, NY, June 14, 2011 – NYS Senator Joseph P.

June 14, 2011
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