Issues: Small Business

Senator Michael Gianaris Joins Long Island City Community and Business Leaders at LIC Partnership Elected Officials Breakfast

(Long Island City, NY) Senator Michael Gianaris this morning joined a crowded room of Long Island City small business owners, entrepreneurs, and community leaders at the LIC Partnership Elected Officials Breakfast in Long Island City. Senator Gianaris provided attendees with an update on legislative happenings in Albany and spoke about the particular laws and developments that help make Long Island City the vibrant, expanding neighborhood it is today.

“The collection of business leaders here today is a demonstration of the continuing economic vitality of New York’s most exciting up and coming neighborhood”, said Senator Gianaris.

March 1, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO JOINS BALDWIN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN CELEBRATING THE GRAND OPENING OF BENNY B’S RESTAURANT

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently joined with members of the Baldwin Chamber of Commerce in celebrating the grand opening of Benny B’s Restaurant.  Benny B’s is located at 2092 Grand Avenue in Baldwin.

February 25, 2013
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Senator Young attends the grand opening of Olean’s newest downtown shop, BelleRuche Bridal Boutique

Recently, Senator Young stopped by the grand opening of Olean’s newest downtown shop, BelleRuche Bridal Boutique.

The store specializes in wedding gowns and prom dresses, but also has bridesmaid dresses, mother dresses and accessories. The boutique is located at 119 N. Union Street in Olean and is a wonderful addition to our ever-growing downtown.

Pictured with Senator Young are owners Bonnie Vena, Susan Austin and Vic Vena. Vic was just elected as President of the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

We wish them and all their downtown neighbors nothing but the best!

February 14, 2013
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Senator Valesky’s Legislation to Promote Buying New York Products Passes Senate Agriculture Committee

Legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will build upon a statewide burgeoning “Buy Local” movement by creating a program to recognize restaurants that feature local products passed the Senate Agriculture Committee today. 

February 12, 2013
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Senator Grisanti to Host Small Business Seminar on Social Media Marketing

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (60th District) and the Buffalo State College Small Business Development Center will host “Facebook Tips For Small Business” on Tuesday, February 19 in the Bulger Communications Building on the Buffalo State campus.

February 12, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Senator David J. Valesky, Chair 10:30 AM, Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Room 511 LOB

February 12, 10:30 AM - 10:35 AM
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GALLIVAN URGES GOVERNOR TO NIX UTILITY TAX SURCHARGE EXTENSION FROM BUDGET

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma) joined with fellow members of the Senate Republican Conference and leaders of statewide business organizations to urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget. The 18-a surcharge, which has increased utility bills for every ratepayer in the state,  is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014.  

“Extending this surcharge will cost ratepayers almost $3 billion. Small businesses, working families and seniors, all struggling to keep up with high energy costs, cannot afford this burdensome utility tax any longer,” said Senator Gallivan. “Allowing the 18-a assessment surcharge to expire will also help to create jobs and make New York more economically competitive.”

February 5, 2013
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O'Brien receives committee assignments

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Sen. O’Brien received his committee assignments today, including the position of ranking Democratic member of the Banks Committee.

O’Brien will also serve on Insurance; Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business; Health; Codes; Cultural Affairs, Tourism and Parks and Recreation; and Local Government.

January 29, 2013
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Senator David Valesky Co-sponsors Legislation to Enact Veterans Hiring Tax Credit to Boost Statewide Economy and Reduce High Unemployment Rate Among Young Returning Veterans

ALBANY, N.Y. – Seeking new and effective ways to spur job creation and address perennially high unemployment rates among New York’s returning combat veterans, Senator David Valesky (D-Oneida) is co-sponsoring legislation  (S.3043) to provide major tax credits to private employers hiring veterans discharged after 9/11. The legislation is named “Jobs for Heroes.” 

January 29, 2013
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Senator Maziarz meets with Orleans County business leaders

This afternoon Senator George Maziarz addressed the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce Annual Legislative Luncheon.  The event, held at Tillman's Village Inn in Childs, brings local business leaders together to learn about current state issues and ask questions of their representatives.

January 25, 2013
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SENATOR DAVID VALESKY NAMED CHAIRMAN OF SENATE COMMERCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE

ALBANY, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky, Deputy Leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, was named Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee. 

January 25, 2013
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State Senator Lee M. Zeldin Receives “Guardian of Small Business” Award

Albany, NY- On January 24, 2013, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) was presented with the National Federation of Independent Business' “Guardian of Small Business” Award by NFIB New York State Director, Mike Durant, and Assistant Director, Erin DeSantis. Senator Zeldin was honored for his work on behalf of small businesses across the state.

January 24, 2013
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Senator Klein Meets with the Business Council of Westchester

Senator Klein meets with the Business Council of Westchester,

January 23, 2013
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Senator Young Receives Award from NFIB/NY for Pro-Small Business Track Record

Seen as a champion for small businesses all across the state

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) has received the “Guardian Award” from the New York Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB/NY). The award is a testament to the Senator’s pro-business attitudes in working to revitalize the upstate economy and bring jobs to her district and the state. Only 10 legislators in the entire state received this prestigious honor, according to NFIB/NY.

January 23, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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Kennedy Remains Top Ranking Democrat on Economic Development Committee, Earns Place on Finance Committee

Assignments to important committee posts follow Leader Stewart-Cousins move to make Kennedy a part of her leadership team. 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, today announced his committee assignments for the 2013 legislative session. Kennedy will retain his position as the ranking Democratic member on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business. He also earned a post on the Senate Finance Committee, which will give the Senator a larger influence on legislation that carries fiscal implications for the state.

January 22, 2013
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Op-Ed: Western Queens business growth fuels our economy

Michael Gianaris points out the importance of local businesses in the revitalization of the economy and the creation of new jobs, but also expresses his delight of being one of the advocates of initiatives such as state's film tax credit, that boosted the economy of Western Queens.

Western Queens is home to a growing number of large and small businesses that have aided in our neighborhood’s economic recovery. I am proud to be an advocate for job creation in western Queens, whose diversity makes us one of the most welcoming neighborhoods in the country, as well as a hub for economic development

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January 9, 2013
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State Senator Stavisky and Assemblyman Ron Kim Meet with The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF)

 

Today, Senator Stavisky visited Assemblyman Ron Kim’s office to meet with CACF Executive Director Wayne Ho and Health Policy Director Noilyn Abesamis-Mendoza to discuss legislation that would benefit the large Asian American population in their districts.

 

January 4, 2013
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