Issues: Small Business

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




September 23, 2014

Senator Gallivan Announces 2014 B&B Guide for the 59th Senate District

Western New York has so much to offer and with fall weather in the air, now is the perfect time to enjoy some quality time in our own backyard.  There are dozens of bed & breakfast opportunities across the 59th Senate District, waiting to welcome you.  I invite you to use this guide to plan your near-by get away and support these small, local businesses.

September 18, 2014

Senator Bonacic Visits Orange County Chamber's 22nd Business Expo

The Orange County Chamber of Commerce hosted their 22nd Business Expo at Anthony's Pier 9 on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.  Small businesses are the backbone of job creation in New York.  Here, Senator Bonacic and Nan Hayworth congratulate new Chamber President Lynn Cione.  

September 12, 2014


     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola, pictured third left), along with Town of North Hempstead Councilman Peter Zuckerman (pictured left center) and Village of East Hills Mayor Michael Koblenz (pictured right center), recently welcomed Dunkin Donuts to its new location on Roslyn Road in Roslyn Heights. 

     Senator Martins, Councilman Zuckerman, and Mayor Koblenz participated in the store’s official grand opening and extended their best wishes to the staff for many years of success.

September 2, 2014

Nu-Look Collision Opens 13th Location

I was pleased to join the Gates community in helping Nu-Look Collision open its 13th location in the Rochester area. Nu-Look provides exceptional quality service, as is evidenced by its continued expansion and success. Best wishes on your "Nu-est" location. 

August 29, 2014

Seward Tops NFIB Legislative Scorecard

ONEONTA, 08/22/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) has received top marks from leading small business advocacy group, the National Federation of International Business (NFIB).

“Small businesses are among New York’s top employers and to keep them on top it is crucial that state government partner with these job creators,” said Senator Seward.  “I am committed to advancing legislation that helps create an atmosphere conducive to job creation – cutting business taxes, lowering energy costs, and eliminating unnecessary government regulations.” 

August 22, 2014

Unshackle Upstate Gives Griffo Its Third Highest Senate Score

ALBANY – Unshackle Upstate, a bipartisan coalition of business and trade organizations representing more than 700,000 companies, has given Sen. Joseph A. Griffo its third highest grade for his votes in the Senate supporting businesses and taxpayers this legislative session.

Griffo scored a 88 out of 100 possible points by the pro-business group. The organization gave the senator favorable marks for his ‘yes’ votes on a series of bills aimed at reducing regulations on businesses. In addition, the group applauded his support of the on-time state budget, as well as his sponsorship of two bills that would limit new taxes and protect businesses from illegitimate unemployment claims.

August 20, 2014

149th Street Bridge On Schedule for December 2015 Re-Opening

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) and Council Member Peter Koo (D-Flushing) met with Department of Transportation Queens Borough Commissioner Dalila Hall at the 149th Street bridge for a site visit to discuss the project’s progress.


August 20, 2014

Seward Receives Perfect Score From Unshackle Upstate

ONEONTA, 08/19/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) has received top marks from leading business advocacy group, Unshackle Upstate.

“Improving the economic development climate in New York means jobs, it means careers, and it means future success for our families and young people,” said Senator Seward.  “Cutting unnecessary government red tape, improving our infrastructure, reducing taxes, and leveling the playing field for small businesses are just a few of the recent victories that will pay real dividends.”

August 19, 2014

Hart's Local Grocers Grand Opening

I was pleased to join the Rochester community this morning for the grand opening of Hart's Local Grocers on Winthrop Street in downtown Rochester. This great store offers local products and will fill a need in downtown Rochester, further helping its revitalization. Congratulations to Glenn Kellogg and the entire team at Hart's!

August 15, 2014

Senator Gallivan issues 2014 Agritourism Guide

Farms and businesses across Western New York are opening their doors, issuing a heartfelt invitation to sample the abundant bounty and natural beauty found in New York's growing venture - agritourism.  Agritourism is the intersection of agriculture and tourism, a heady mix of farms, markets, people, livestock and the culture of growing food, guaranteed to entertain people of all ages.  Whether you're looking for an authentic farm experience, a pastoral setting to pick strawberries or ride horses, or scary twists and turns in a Halloween corn maze, it can all be found right here in your own backyard.

August 14, 2014

Kneads & Wants Bakery Opens in Charlotte

I was pleased to join City of Rochester officials and the Charlotte community for the ribbon cutting of Kneads & Wants Bakery on Lake Avenue. It's always great to see new, local business open in my hometown community of Charlotte. Congratulations to Tracy Burgio and everyone at Kneads & Wants!

August 8, 2014

Park Ave Welcomes Sweet Sammie Jane's

This afternoon I joined City of Rochester officials and the Park Ave Neighborhood in welcoming Sweet Sammie Jane's Catering and Bake Shop to 701 Park Avenue. Congratulations to Kathie and Angela Marmo, and their entire family, on this exciting endeavor.

July 30, 2014

Upstate Sports & Spine Opens in Brighton

Congratulations to Ryan Uribe and the entire team at Upstate Sports & Spine on the opening of their new office in the Town of Brighton! Upstate Sports & Spine specializes in treating a variety of ailments, from back and neck pain to joint issues and much more! Welcome to the Brighton community!

July 30, 2014

City Hall to create task force to lower small-biz fines

As reported by Crain’s:

The de Blasio administration plans to announce on Friday the creation of Small Business First, a cross-departmental initiative helmed by the Mayor's Office of Operations and the Department of Small Business Services, aimed at reducing the amount of fines levied against the city's small businesses. As Crain's reported in March, many small business were concerned that the mayor would fail to deliver on his promise to reduce the burdensome environment of confusing levies left behind by the Bloomberg administration.

The new initiative closely resembles a package of reforms that Mr. de Blasio proposed during his tenure as public advocate. It does not include a mechanism for appealing fines levied during the previous administration, something that many Bloomberg critics called on Mr. de Blasio to implement.

One critic was Queens state Sen. Jose Peralta. "Many small business owners started to feel like ATMs," he said. "Fortunately, Mayor de Blasio is hitting the reset button," he said.

For full article, click here.

July 28, 2014

Comprehensive Mold Management Opens in Gates!

Congratulations to Paul Wagner and the entire team at Comprehensive Mold Management on their new office location in the Town of Gates. A family-owned and operated small business, CMM is one of the region's leaders in mold remediation and other in-home services. Visit their website at for more info!

July 23, 2014

Klein, Bronx Chamber of Commerce Launch Bronx H.I.R.E. Program to Combat Borough Unemployment

BRONX, NY – Senator Klein, along with the Bronx Chamber of Commerce and local elected officials, announced Bronx H.I.R.E., a new program aimed at connecting Bronx workers with real jobs through a comprehensive, direct approach. The Bronx H.I.R.E.

July 9, 2014

Seward Churns Up Funding For Mohawk Valley Small Business

ILION, 07/02/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $50,000 economic development grant he secured will assist with equipment purchases and job creation at Herkimer Foods in Ilion. 

“Herkimer Foods is a true success story and the continued growth of this family-run business here in the Mohawk Valley is tremendous news,” said Senator Seward.  “This economic development grant is a key ingredient that will help introduce more people to Original Herkimer Cheese while adding a facelift and new jobs at the Ilion home of this storied product and its’ tasty successors.”

July 2, 2014
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