Issues: Small Business

The Second Avenue Subway Construction (Part 3)

On November 30, 2010 Chairman Bill Perkins and the Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commission hosted a public hearing at 250 Broadway in New York City. The subject of the hearing was construction of the Second Avenue Subway.

December 1, 2010

Fall 2010 Albany Update

Dear Friend,

In the last year, there has been a number of important developments in transportation, education, land use and housing in the 26th District that I want to make sure you are aware of. Additionally, in this newsletter, I have included some information about upcoming community events I am hosting, as well as opportunities for you and your family to get involved. I hope you find this information helpful.

Fall 2010 Neighborhood Update - Fall.pdf

November 30, 2010

Senator John DeFrancisco Named a Guardian of Small Business

Senator John DeFrancisco Named a Guardian of Small Business

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has named Senator John DeFrancisco a 2010 Guardian of Small Business for his consistent support on issues that affect small businesses.

November 30, 2010

Serrano Sponsors Intellectual Property Workshop

Over 40 people attended the first half of a two part intellectual property workshop on Tuesday, November 30th, at Hostos Community College. The event, titled “You Made It Now Protect It: Trademarks and Copyright for Artists, Nonprofit Organizations and Small Businesses,” provided a great deal of useful information regarding trademarks, copyrights, design patents, and work-for-hire agreements. An expert panel of intellectual property attorneys explained these concepts and how they can be put into practice.Senator Serrano sponsored the workshop along with the Bronx Council on the Arts and The Legal Aid Society.

November 30, 2010
November 29, 2010

Agricultural Innovation In Greene County

The Daily Mail

Athens, 11/16/10 - It was an opera house in the 19th century, and a bowling alley and a gym in the 20th century. For the 21st century, Athens old Brook’s Opera House has become an operating brewery, soon to be pub and restaurant and eventually a concert hall.

On Monday, Crossroads Brewery was a vortex of craft brewers and elected officials sampling beer and listening to the Grateful Dead. But what looked like a high time on the surface had quite serious implications for Greene County.

November 22, 2010

Public Hearing: The Second Avenue Subway Construction

       The Second Avenue Subway is being constructed to provide residents and commuters with additional access to mass transit. However, this endeavor has lead to numerous problems. Many businesses, residents, building owners, and commuters have been adversely affected by the construction which has eliminated parking, diminished sidewalks, and severely blocked access to local businesses. In addition, the scheduled dates of completion have been pushed back, and limited information has been disseminated to impacted businesses and residents.

November 30, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently honored Cathy O’Malley for being named Small Business Person of the Year by the Merrick Chamber of Commerce.

November 5, 2010

Public Hearing: NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: The State of the Latino Women Entrepreneurs

New York State Senate Puerto Rican and Latino CaucusChair: Senator Ruben DiazPublic Hearing: The State of the Latino Women EntrepreneursPlace: Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, 234 East 144th Street, Auditorium, Bronx, New YorkTime: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PMMedia Contact: Ralph Morales (718) 991-3161

December 1, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Mangia Cafe & Bakery sets up shop in Lewiston

With Rebecca Poletti (owner of Mangia Cafe & Bakery) and her son, Tony, are Senator George Maziarz, Niagara County Legislator and Assemblyman-Elect John Ceretto, Town Supervisor Steve Reiter, Village Mayor Terry Collesano.  Congratulations to this Lewiston business located at 621 Center Street!

November 3, 2010

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer named AIANYS Legislator of the Year

The American Institute of Architects New York State (AIANYS) has named Senator Suzi Oppenheimer as its “2010 Legislator of the Year”. The award recognizes outstanding contributions in advancing the legislative priorities of AIANYS. Senator Oppenheimer is receiving the award for her sponsorship of the Smart Growth Initiative, which was recently signed into law.

October 19, 2010

Environmental Groups, Community Advocates and Elected Officials Herald Enactment of New Smart Growth Law

Leading environmental advocates, elected officials and community groups joined together to celebrate enactment of the Smart Growth Infrastructure Policy Act (S.5560B/A.8011B). On August 30, 2010, Governor Paterson signed this important legislation into law, which establishes state smart growth infrastructure criteria and requires state agencies to review and consider these guidelines when allocating funds for public infrastructure projects.

The law requires the relevant state agencies to form smart growth advisory committees that will consult with residents, environmental groups, local officials and other stakeholders before approving state construction projects.

October 19, 2010

Press Conference to Announce the Signing of the Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act

On August 30, 2010, Governor David Paterson signed into law the State Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act. This groundbreaking new law will fundamentally change the way that state agencies fund public infrastructure projects by requiring the use of smart growth principles to combat sprawl and promote environmentally sound development. Passage of the law was a top legislative priority of environmental groups throughout the state.

October 18, 2010

Forum/Town Hall: ** Going Green is Good Business **

New York State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer and the Women’s Enterprise Development Center Inc. cordially invite you to a Small Business & Economic Development Forum. 

** Going Green is Good Business ** 

For More Information, Please Contact:

- Debra Lagapa: 914-934-5250              email:

- Kenya Ajose: 914-948-6098 x. 10       email:

October 19, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Assemblyman Joseph Saladino (R-Massapequa) recently served as guest speakers at a monthly meeting of the Chamber of Commerce of the Massapequas.

September 23, 2010

Senator Flanagan Given High Marks For Job Creation Efforts

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was recently given a top score on the job creation scorecard released by the Business Council of New York State.  The Business Council recognized Senator Flanagan for consistently voting to protect small businesses across the state from increased taxes and out of control state spending that were proposed and passed by Senate Democrats.

September 15, 2010

Stopping by the Orleans Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner

On September 11, after a full day of 9-11 remembrance ceremonies, Senator George Maziarz stopped by the annual awards dinner for the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce.  The well-attended gathering was held at White Birch Golf Course in Lyndonville.  Here he poses with Rob and Rachel Kaiser, owners/operators of Medina Wildwood KOA--the Business of the Year.

September 13, 2010

Forum/Town Hall: Small Business Forum: Surviving the Economic Downturn

Manhattan Community Board Three

Small Business Forum: Surviving the Economic Downturn

September 16, Thursday, 8 AM – 10 AM

Cooper Union, Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square (6th St. & 3rd Avenue)

● Learn about new and existing government programs, free business consulting and legal services, and financing for new and existing small business

● Opportunity for small business owners to discuss the challenges of surviving in this economy (high rents, lack of financing, property taxes, leases, etc.)

● Opportunity to speak directly to government agencies

September 16, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Mayor Feinstein Announces New Revenue Source to Lessen Property Tax Burden on Residents and Businesses


Joined by Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) and Assemblyman George Latimer (D-Rye), Mayor Joan Feinstein today announced passage of legislation that will allow the Village of Rye Brook to alleviate the property tax burden on businesses and families through a new revenue source – an occupancy charge on Rye Brook hotel rooms.

While property taxes have reached a breaking point in Westchester County, community needs for police, fire, sanitation and other local services, as well as infrastructure maintenance, remain essential.  Faced with declining state aid resulting from the economic downturn, villages, towns and municipalities have urgently sought alternatives to local property taxes to raise much needed revenues.

September 8, 2010
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