Issues: Economic Development

Tourism Welcomes the Fall

O'Brien, tourism agency leaders tout efforts to maintain momentum from summer's record-breaking success

September 23, 2013
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Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund Meeting

Warsaw, 261 Driggs Ave., Greenpoint, Brooklyn

On September 25, Greenpointers will have the opportunity to learn more about local environmental improvement grants made available through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund and how the program is proposed to work. Furthermore, residents will have the opportunity to learn about similar environmental improvement projects, and offer their opinions on how best as a community we can implement similar improvements to Greenpoint.

As the result of a 2010 settlement between New York State and Exxon Mobil, the $19.5 million Fund was created to make new environmental investments in Greenpoint.

September 23, 2013
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Seward Lights Up Downtown Oneonta

ONEONTA, 09/20/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $250,000 legislative grant he secured will fund a major streetlight replacement project in downtown Oneonta. 

“The City of Oneonta is in the midst of a complete downtown renaissance – new merchants, new residents, new storefronts and new infrastructure,” said Senator Seward. “This legislative grant will assist in the redevelopment and translates to a greener downtown through energy efficiencies and cost savings.” 

September 20, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Listens to Testimony at a Public Forum on Regulatory Reform

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco served as a panelist at the Regulatory Reform Public Forum on manufacturing, held September 20, 2013, at Syracuse City Hall.  During this Senate-sponsored forum, various local business leaders testified on ways to help improve the business environment in New York State.  

September 20, 2013
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Forum/Town Hall: Small Business Regulatory Reform Forum

Senate Majority CoalitionSponsor: Senators Patrick Gallivan, David Valesky, Kathleen Marchione, David CarlucciPublic Meeting: Small Business Regulatory Reform ForumPlace: Nanuet Public Library, 149 Church Street, 2nd Floor Community Room,Nanuet, New YorkTime: 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.Contact: Keith Bryan (716) 656-8544Media Contact: Greg Biryla (716) 310-2062ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

October 7, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: Manufacturing Regulatory Reform Forum

Senate Majority CoalitionSponsor: Senators Patrick Gallivan, David Valesky, Kathleen Marchione, David CarlucciCo-Sponsor: Senator Thomas O’MaraPublic Meeting: Manufacturing Regulatory Reform ForumPlace: Corning Community College, 1 Academic Drive, Commons Building –Triangle Lounge, Corning, New YorkTime: 12:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.Contact: Keith Bryan (716) 656-8544Media Contact: Greg Biryla (716) 310-2062ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

October 9, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: Biotechnology Regulatory Reform Forum

Senate Majority CoalitionSponsor: Senators Patrick Gallivan, David Valesky, Kathleen Marchione, David CarlucciCo-Sponsor: Senator Joseph RobachPublic Meeting: Biotechnology Regulatory Reform ForumPlace: Monroe County Office Building, 39 West Main Street, LegislativeChamber – 4th Floor, Rochester, New YorkTime: 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.Contact: Keith Bryan (716) 656-8544Media Contact: Greg Biryla (716) 310-2062ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

October 15, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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RITCHIE HOSTS AG LEADERS AT REGULATORY REFORM FORUM

Second of 10 Events Aimed at Eliminating 1,000 Regulations Hurting Businesses Statewide

Agriculture leaders from across New York State shared their thoughts on how to cut red tape and expand their industry at a forum hosted by State Senator Patty Ritchie and her Senate colleagues Thursday in Watertown. 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO OF THE HEARING (02 HRS, 40 MINS)

The event—which also included Senator Patrick Gallivan, Senator David Valesky and Senator Kathleen Marchione—was the second in a series of industry-specific public forums on regulatory reform organized as part of the Senate Majority Coalition’s bipartisan effort to identify and eliminate at least 1,000 of the most costly government regulations that strangle business and job growth and drive up local taxes. 

September 19, 2013
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NEARLY 200 ATTEND RITCHIE’S ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY JOB FAIR

Nearly 200 job-seekers visited Ogdensburg’s Oddfellows Hall Wednesday for State Senator Patty Ritchie’s annual St. Lawrence County Job Fair. 

The event included nearly 60 employers offering opportunities for networking, resume-writing tips, job searching tools and more to people looking for work or seeking a career change. 

“Along with creating jobs, events like this that help put people back to work are a critical component when it comes to revitalizing our economy in Upstate New York,” said Senator Ritchie. 

“This Job Fair is truly a one stop shop for people who are looking for employment here in the North Country and I’m confident that through today’s event, people will have made the connections they need to reenter the workforce and utilize their talents in ways that benefit our region.”

September 18, 2013
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RITCHIE TO HOST AG INDUSTRY LEADERS AT PUBLIC FORUM THURSDAY

Agriculture leaders from throughout New York State will share insights on regulations and mandates affecting their industry at a public forum being held Thursday in Watertown. 

The event is one of a series of industry-specific public forums on regulatory reform, being held in a bipartisan effort to identify and eliminate costly government regulations. 

Those in attendance will share their opinions with Senator Ritchie, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, as well as Senator Patrick Gallivan, Senator David Valesky and Senator Kathleen Marchione.

September 18, 2013
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GALLIVAN ANNOUNCES MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN ERIE COUNTY MOVING FORWARD

Routes 219 and 400 Will Undergo Significant Improvements

ERIE COUNTY - State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), a member of the Senate's transportation committee, today announced nearly $21 million in improvement investments for key highway construction projects across southern Erie County. The investment will be funded through the New York Works State Highway and Bridge Project Acceleration Program, which was approved as part of this year's enacted state budget.

Specifically, the state will invest $9.6 million toward removing and replacing 14 miles of Route 219’s road surface stretching from Route 391 in the Town of Boston to Route 39 in the Town of Concord.

September 18, 2013
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Forum/Town Hall: Agriculture Regulatory Reform – To learn from businesses and industry experts which regulations are the least useful, least cost effective and therefore should be eliminated

Senate Majority CoalitionSponsors: Senators Patrick M. Gallivan, David J. Valesky, Kathleen A. Marchione, and David CarlucciCo-Sponsor: Senator Patty RitchiePublic Meeting: Agriculture Regulatory Reform – To learn from businesses and industry experts which regulations are the least useful, least cost effective and therefore should be eliminatedPlace: Conference Room 3, Dulles State Office Building, 11th Floor,317 Washington Street, Watertown, New YorkTime: 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.Contact: Keith Bryan (716) 656-8544Media Contact: Greg Biryla (716) 310-2062ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

September 19, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: Manufacturing Regulatory Reform – To learn from businesses and industry experts which regulations are the least useful, least cost effective and therefore should be eliminated

Senate Majority CoalitionSponsors: Senators Patrick M. Gallivan, David J. Valesky, Kathleen A. Marchione, and David CarlucciCo-Sponsor: Senator John A. DeFranciscoPublic Meeting: Manufacturing Regulatory Reform – To learn from businesses and industry experts which regulations are the least useful, least cost effective and therefore should be eliminatedPlace: Common Council Chambers, Syracuse City Hall, 3rd Floor,233 East Washington Street, Syracuse, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.Contact: Keith Bryan (716) 656-8544Media Contact: Greg Biryla (716) 310-2062ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

September 20, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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RITCHIE CROSSES THE BORDER TO FIND WAYS TO STRENGTHEN TIES AND GROW NORTH COUNTRY ECONOMY

Building Ties with our Neighbor as a Way to Create Jobs Back Home

State Senator Patty Ritchie took her International Border Legislative Caucus initiative on the road Friday, and travelled to Brockville, Ontario, to discuss tourism, economic development and cultural opportunities with Canada’s leaders.

Senator Ritchie met with Canadian federal and provincial representatives who are members of the Caucus she co-founded in 2011 with Senator Joe Griffo, at the shorefront Bud’s on the Bay restaurant in downtown Brockville, for a far-ranging discussion that included topics like promoting locally produced wines and agricultural products,  fishing and outdoor opportunities, and finding solutions to extended wait times at border check points.

In addition to Senator Ritchie, participants at the meeting included Canadian Senator Robert Runciman, who is the Canadian co-chair of the Caucus; Gordon Brown, a member of Canada’s Parliament, from Brockville, Steve Clark, a member of Ontario’s Provincial Parliament, representing Leeds-Grenville, Clayton Supervisor Justin Taylor, Ogdensburg City Manager John Pinkerton and St. Lawrence County Legislator Joseph Lightfoot.

September 13, 2013
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY JOB FAIR

More than 50 Employers to be Featured at September 18th Event 

Those looking for employment opportunities or seeking a career change are encouraged to attend State Senator Patty Ritchie’s St. Lawrence County Job Fair, an event being held Wednesday  September 18th from 1 to 4 p.m.

The free event will take place at the Ogdensburg Oddfellows Hall, located at 1111 Linden St. (corner of Route 37) and will feature more than 50 employers looking to hire. To view a full list of participating employers, click here

“It’s often said that looking for a new job is just as much work as actually having a job,” said Senator Ritchie.  “That’s why it’s so important to have the connections, skills and tools to make that search not only easier but also more successful.”

September 13, 2013
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Senator Robach & NYS Senate Majority Coalition to Host Public Hearing on Regulatory Reform & Biotechnology

Senator Robach & NYS Senate Majority Coalition to Host Public Hearing on Regulatory Reform & BiotechnologyRobach Seeks Bioscience Experts & Business Leaders to Testify at Hearing 

New York State Senator Joseph Robach and the members of the Senate Majority Coalition announced today that they will be hosting a public hearing on regulatory reform and biotechnology on Tuesday, October 15 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. This hearing will be held at the Monroe County Office Building Legislative Chambers (4th floor, Rm. 406), 39 West Main Street, Rochester, NY 14614.

September 12, 2013
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GALLIVAN LEADS FIRST BIPARTISAN FORUM ON STATE REGULATORY REFORM

Panel Will Hear Input From Leaders In WNY’s Healthcare And Medical Sciences Industries

BUFFALO - A statewide series of industry-specific bipartisan forum’s intended to identify and help eliminate up to 1,000 burdensome and duplicitous state regulations that impede job creation and economic growth will kick-off in Downtown Buffalo on Wednesday at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, where the chairs of the statewide effort – Sens. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Erie County), David Valesky (D-Onondaga County), Kathleen Marchione (R-Saratoga County) and David Carlucci (D-Rockland County) – will hear testimony from leaders in Western New York’s healthcare and medical sciences industries.

September 9, 2013
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Seward Helps Historic Hyde Hall Face The Future

COOPERSTOWN, 09/06/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $250,000 legislative grant he secured will assist with restoration and preservation at Hyde Hall in Cooperstown. 

September 6, 2013
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Forum/Town Hall: Regulatory Reform Forum – To learn from businesses and industry experts which regulations are the least useful, least cost effective and therefore should be eliminated

Senate Majority CoalitionSponsors: Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, Senator David J. Valesky, Senator David Carlucci and Senator Kathleen MarchionePublic Forum: Regulatory Reform Forum – To learn from businesses and industry experts which regulations are the least useful, least cost effective and therefore should be eliminatedPlace: Roswell Park Research Studies Center, Gaylord-Cary Meeting Room, (Corner of Elm St. and Carlton St.), Buffalo, New YorkTime: 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.Contact: Keith Bryan (716) 656-8544Media Contact: Greg Biryla (716) 310-2062ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

September 11, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Downtown Rochester Academy Building Ribbon Cutting

Yesterday afternoon, I joined Mayor Tom Richards, County Executive Maggie Brooks and other local officials at the ribbon cutting of the newly renovated Academy Building. Originally built in 1873, the Academy Building was once home to the City's first school. Renovated by Traikos Real Estate Group, this historic Downtown Rochester building will now be home to residential apartments and commercial space.

I was pleased to be able to support this project through Round 2 of the Restore New York Program.

September 6, 2013
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