Issues: Small Business

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

Important New Laws Taking Effect January 1, 2015

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) says with the arrival of the New Year, a number of new laws will be taking effect in New York State.  These include:

December 23, 2014

Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014

More than $2.6 Million Awarded to Tourism Projects in Madison County

Economic Development Resources Awarded in Fourth Round of Regional Council Initiative

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that $2,610,000 in economic and community development funding has been awarded to tourism-related entities in Madison County through Round IV of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative.

December 17, 2014

Forum/Town Hall: Future Farmers Event

Come learn about New York's New Farmers' Grant Fund created specifically for new and early stage farmers.  Senator Gallivan and a representative from Empire State Development will be on hand to answer your questions.  

December 17, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Restaurant owner blasts city fines over single-gender ads

As reported by the NY Post:

The owner of an Upper East Side restaurant who read in The Post that a downtown eatery was fined $5,000 fine just for placing an ad for “waitresses” is issuing a call to arms against the gender-based penalties.

“This is an outrage, and more restaurants need to share their stories so this nonsense is stopped,” Giuseppe Bruno wrote to The Post.

“Someone needs to help these restaurants.”

State Sen. José Peralta (D-Queens) slammed the agency for targeting “unintentionally gendered language.”

“Of the 53 discrimination settlements reported by the commission in 2014, 18 — or more than a third of all settlements — are for this sort of case,” Peralta said

For full article, click here.

November 21, 2014


Bronx H.I.R.E jobs program draws more than 100 former service men and women looking for work

BRONX, NY – Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), along with members of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, hosted a Bronx H.I.R.E. job fair at Hutchinson Metro Center Wednesday afternoon aimed at helping veterans secure employment. The job fair drew more than 100 job seekers. The event followed the Bronx Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Veterans Luncheon at F & J Pine Tavern in Bronxdale.

November 19, 2014

Annual Banquet Dinner of Indian American Tri-State Chamber of Commerce

(White Plains - November 16th) Senator Stewart-Cousins at the Annual Banquet Dinner of Indian American Tri-State Chamber of Commerce joined President Thomas Koshay and Vice-President Harry Singh along with members of the Indian business community. The Senator is also pictured with Rockland County Legislator Aney Paul and New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson.

November 17, 2014

Greece Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards Luncheon

Congratulations Tim Anne and the team at North Greece Physical Therapy for winning the Greece Chamber of Commerce Microenterprise of the Year Award at the Chamber's annual Small Business of the Year Awards luncheon! Tim and his dedicated staff provide great service and care to all of their patients, keep up the good work!


November 7, 2014


     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently attended the grand opening celebration of Andrea’s Bake Shoppe & Café in Williston Park (638 Willis Avenue). Senator Martins congratulated owners Andrea DiGinoti and Tony DiGrigoli and wished them many years of success.

     Senator Martins is pictured with owners Andrea DiGinoti and Tony DiGrigoli at the grand opening of Andrea’s Bake Shoppe & Café.


November 3, 2014

MTA & Kawasaki MWBE Supplier Outreach Event

(Yonkers - October 30th) Democratic Conference Leader, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins welcomed suppliers to a Minority and Women-Owned Businesses event for Kawasaki Rail Car Inc in Yonkers. Kawasaki is a major employer in her district, and is manufacturing rail and subway cars for the MTA's Metro-North and Long Island Railroad. The Senator explained why it is so important to increase the level of MWBE participation in competitive state contracts, like this one. The state has now raised the bar for MWBE participation from 20% to 30%, and she encouraged contractors to learn about the opportunities that are being made available.

October 30, 2014

Senator Bonacic Attends the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development 20th Anniversary Celebration

Senator Bonacic joined the celebration for the Sullivan County Partnership's 20th anniversary held on Thursday, October 9, 2014. "It was a great evening, and I enjoyed meeting up with some good friends," said the Senator.  Here is the Senator with Harris and Judy Alport from A.Alport and Sons.


October 10, 2014

Rising Star Award Ceremony Hosted by Junior League of Orange County and Leadership Orange

Senator Bonacic congratulated honorees at the Rising Star Award Dinner hosted by the Junior League of Orange County and Leadership Orange.  Here is the Senator with Brian Powers of Judelson, Giorgano & Siegel, and Lisa Kelly of Focus Media.

October 10, 2014

Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #35: Help For Existing Businesses, Not Just New Ones

New York has the dubious distinction of ranking dead last among the 50 states in a survey of business tax climates. The governor’s initiative, START-UP NY, represented an out-of-the-box approach to lure jobs here.

However, we simply cannot earmark all of our tax breaks, credits and incentives for new businesses. The strength of an economy comes from existing business, and reducing their competitiveness to new companies can result in too many good jobs being lost.

October 9, 2014

Independence Car Care Center Opens on West Ridge Road

Congratulations to Jeffrey Klipfel and the team at Independence Car Care Center for opening at 507 West Ridge Road. I applaud Jeff for his entrepreneurship and dedication to starting his own business. Best wishes to everyone at Independence Car Care Center for continued success!

Click here to see more pictures of Independence Car Care Center.

September 29, 2014
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