On Friday morning, September 2nd, Senator Robach attended, and spoke at, a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open The Crossroads Coffeehouse at the corner of Goodman Street and Clinton Avenue, at 752 South Goodman Street. Crossroads Coffeehouse offers free Wi-Fi, couches for lounging, a fireplace, and conference and meeting areas.
ONEONTA, 09/05/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today reminded residents and businesses in eligible counties to apply for federal disaster assistance. “Families and businesses in communities devastated by Irene are determined to rebuild and the federal disaster declaration is a helpful step in the ongoing recovery. I encourage those who have suffered damage to apply with FEMA as soon as possible to begin the assistance process,” said Senator Seward.
Those who have suffered damage are able to register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362). Registration forms and additional information can be found online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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/.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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."
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.