Issues: Economic Development


Well-known international hotel chain invests in Bronx County, expected to provide hundreds of good jobs for Bronxites in the process

BRONX, NY  - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by Bronx Chamber of Commerce members and Residence Inn by Marriott hotel representatives hosted the first job fair for the new Residence Inn by Marriott Bronx at Metro Center Atrium, expected to open in early 2015. The new hotel will be located at the Hutchinson Metro Center Atrium, 1776 Eastchester Road, Bronx, NY 10461.  The job fair was held in conjunction with Bronx H.I.R.E. - an innovative and targeted jobs program developed by the Office of Senator Klein and the Bronx Chamber of Commerce.

October 22, 2014

Welcome to College Town!

The University of Rochester celebrated a historic day today with the opening of College Town on Mount Hope Avenue. This mixed use development will not only benefit UR students and faculty, it will be a retail and dining destination for people from all over our region. College Town provides that small town college feeling in the City of Rochester and will be a major economic engine for our community.

Click here to see more pictures from the College Town celebration.

October 17, 2014

Grants For Young Farmers Now Available

ONEONTA, 10/16/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced grant applications are now available for two new programs to assist our next generation of farmers.  The programs are part of the “Young Farmers NY” initiative, a comprehensive plan, introduced by Seward and his senate colleagues earlier this year and enacted as part of the 2014-15 state budget. 

October 16, 2014


Request Comes As Governor Proposes Expansion of “Taste NY” Initiative 

As Governor Cuomo works to expand “Taste NY”—a program designed to highlight locally grown and produced food and products—Senator Ritchie is urging the placement of a Taste NY retail store at the now-closed Hastings rest area on I-81.

The request comes after the Governor this week proposed an expansion of Taste NY, setting goals to add Taste NY retail stores in strategic locations and triple gross sales of participating vendors in the coming year.  In her letter to Governor Cuomo, Senator Ritchie suggests reopening the rest area between exits 32 and 31, which has sat vacant since 2010 and adding a Taste NY retail location in an effort to welcome visitors and highlight local products. 

“Heavily traveled by local residents as well as a significant number of Canadian shoppers going to and from Syracuse, I-81 would be a great location for featuring items grown and produced locally including wine, craft beer, maple syrup, fresh produce such as apples and onions, dairy products and so much more,” said Senator Ritchie in her letter. 

October 16, 2014

Event offers new look at Kaufman Studios

Senator Gianaris was on hand as Kaufman Astoria Studios provided New Yorkers with a chance to experience the film industry firsthand at the "New York on Location" event. Read all about it in the Times Ledger

October 10, 2014


Includes Initiatives to Encourage Young People to Pursue Agriculture Careers 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced components of her “Young Farmers NY” program—a plan aimed at addressing issues related to the advancing average age of New York farmers and preserving the future of family farming—are being made available today.

Parts of the program launched today include more than $600,000 in grants as well as a loan forgiveness program, both aimed at helping young farmers overcome obstacles and giving them a greater opportunity for a successful career in agriculture.

“It’s hard to imagine a world without farmers,” said Senate Agriculture Chair State Senator Patty Ritchie.  “But it’s something that could become a reality if we don’t take proactive steps towards addressing the issue of our state’s aging farmer population.”

“The components of my Young Farmers NY program rolled out today will give those who are just starting out a real incentive for joining the ranks of our state’s hardworking farmers and more importantly, will serve to protect our state’s biggest industry for many years to come.”

October 10, 2014

Senator Bonacic Congratulates Orange County Rising Stars at Junior League/Leadership Orange 2014 Awards Dinner

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

October 9, 2014


Construction Plans Detailed in New Sign Adjacent to Pier 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the New York State Canal Corporation has laid out its plans for the reconstruction of Brewerton Pier; a plan that once completed, will help to increase tourism, grow jobs and create new recreational opportunities in the central New York area. 

Reconstruction of the pier—which was deemed unsafe for use by the state and closed following its collapse into the Oneida River in 2009—has been in the planning stage for several years.  Now, as a result of the advocacy of Senator Ritchie and other local leaders, plans are being put into motion for its rebuilding.  This week, at the request of Senator Ritchie, a sign detailing the reconstruction timeline was installed in the Town of Hastings. 

“In the years since the Brewerton Pier has been closed, the central New York region has missed out on recreational opportunities and the tourism dollars that come along with them,” said Senator Ritchie. 

“Once the pier is made usable again, central New York will see the benefits of improved recreational opportunities, increased tourism and new jobs.  I would like to thank the Canal Corporation for turning its focus to the rebuilding of the pier, as well as the local leaders and community members who advocated for its reconstruction.”

October 9, 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

Mohawk Valley Legislative Delegation Pledges Support for Remington Arms, Ilion Workforce

ALBANY- State legislators representing the Mohawk Valley have pledged their continued support to venerable Herkimer County manufacturer Remington Arms.  In light of the state’s adoption of strict new guns laws in 2013, recent out of state expansions, and the announcement of job layoffs in Ilion, the state elected officials publicly recommitted their unrelenting support for Remington and its employees.

In a letter to Remington Chairman and CEO George Kollitides, the legislators wrote:

October 8, 2014

Senator Griffo Unveils Major New Job Creation Plan: New Start NY

ORISKANY - Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today visited Fiber Instrument Sales to outline his new job creation proposal for the Empire State, which is designed to catalyze the innovation, design and manufacture of new products. The plan builds on the senator’s record of supporting job growth and helping to make a better business climate in New York by proposing additional tax relief and reforms.

October 6, 2014

Downtown Port Jervis to get another historic building renovated

Senator Bonacic  joined with Port Jervis Mayor Kelly Decker (far right) and The Ruby Group on Thursday, October 2 to announce the renovation of  a 1910-era building at 29-31 Front Street to create new commercial space on the first floor, and six apartments on the upper two floors.  The Ruby Group has already successfully completed a distressed building renovation at 19-23 Front Street. 

October 3, 2014

Albany Times-Union Op-Ed: Pathway through state's current job crisis

New York is in the midst of a middle-skills job crisis.

When you look at help-wanted listings across our state, the positions being advertised are for computer network specialists, electricians, machinists, welders and high-tech manufacturing workers. We often hear from employers who say many job applicants for skilled labor or high-tech positions lack the necessary skills to do the job. Additionally, we have a significant number of students who do not finish school, or who graduate without the skills to do well in college or the job market.

Providing a Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway to high school graduation helps solve this problem, but time to act is ticking.

September 26, 2014




September 23, 2014

Seward Throws Support Behind Howe Caverns Resort & Casino

ALBANY, 09/22/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today spoke in support of the Howe Caverns Resort and Casino proposal during the New York Gaming Facility Location Board public comment event in Albany: 

“Successful casino applications should meet certain criteria.  First and foremost is having broad economic impact in regions that are in great need of increased economic activity.  Obviously, revenues for both local governments and the state, speed to market - applications that can be built and up and running expeditiously so those benefits can be quickly realized, and finally strong local support for a casino.

September 22, 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 Valesky Takes on Locavore Challenge

Syracuse, NY – State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is taking part in the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York’s (NOFA-NY) Locavore Challenge, which it holds each September to inspire awareness and action in eating locally and organically through events and activities around the state and online.

“We are fortunate to live in an area with a strong agricultural base and where locally produced foods are so readily available,” Senator Valesky said. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of the abundance of produce at our farmers’ markets, to support restaurants that buy local food products and to take part in the Locavore Challenge themselves.”

September 17, 2014

Business Council gives O'Mara high grade on 2013-14 legislative rankings

Albany, N.Y., September 17—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has received a strong vote of confidence from the state’s largest business advocacy organization, The Business Council of New York State, for his commitment to a legislative agenda focused on “economic growth, good jobs and strong communities.”  

O’Mara’s 89% score is the third-highest ranking in the Senate.

September 17, 2014

Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council highlights its next round of priorities at the Capitol today ~ Watch the presentation live beginning at 2:30 p.m.

The state's 10 Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) are making their presentations for Round IV funding to the state's assessment team this week in Albany.

The Finger Lakes REDC made its presentation yesterday. Read more HERE.

The Southern Tier REDC's presentation is on tap today, beginning at 2:30 p.m.. Watch it at

September 16, 2014

The Daily Mail: Broadband, gas tax on business’ short list

By Audrey Matott Columbia-Greene Media

CATSKILL — The Greene County Chamber of Commerce along with State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk hosted a small business roundtable discussion at the Bridge Street Theater in Catskill on Monday. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the challenges small businesses face and to hear ideas on answers to those challenges.

September 16, 2014
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