Is Governor Cuomo Taking New York City For Granted?
You should know that on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Governor Andrew Cuomo awarded $715.9 million in Economic Development Funding through the third round of his Regional Economic Development Council initiative. A grand event to announce this multi-million dollar jackpot was held in Albany in the Hart Theatre at the Empire State Plaza. The Master of Ceremonies for this event was none other than Maria Bartiromo, the former television host of “CNBC’s Closing Bell.”
New York Daily News Article, December 12, 2013, author Jan Ransom. Senator Perkins continues to advocate for the fair treatment of the commercial tenants at 121 W 125 Street (site of the Urban League Project) and demands continued public discourse and engagement not more private meetings regarding the Urban League Project. To read the full story please click this link.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that OneTouch Direct, LLC (OTD), a marketing and call center partner to Fortune 500 companies across North America, will establish a customer service center in Western New York, creating 271 jobs. The company, which has more than $53 million in sales, will invest more than $1.5 million to build out and equip a facility in Orchard Park, New York.
Majority Coalition Leader, IDC Conference Leader and State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) will announce “Affordable NY,” a bold new set of legislative proposals aimed at making New York affordable for working families. Affordable NY will reinvest $1.75 billion into programs, services, and tax credits that directly benefit working families and retirees.
State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk said the five counties she represents will receive 57 awards totaling $28.9 million from the Governor’s Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) for a wide range of projects, programs and businesses.
Senator Tkaczyk said “I am very pleased that the counties I represent were such big winners. These grants will boost a wide range of industries, from small farms to state-of-the-art high-tech firms.”
Tkaczyk represents all of Greene and Montgomery counties, and parts of Albany, Schenectady and Ulster counties.
Elmira, N.Y., December 12— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that the state’s support for the creation of a Southern Tier Innovation Hot Spot and a Rochester-based Finger Lakes Innovation Hot Spot could “carry us a long way in securing a prominent place” in the modern, high-tech economy statewide, nationally and globally.
Nearly $716 million in grants, tax breaks and other incentives were awarded Wednesday as part of the state’s annual Regional Economic Development Council awards, with the Mid-Hudson region raking in about $59 million—the sixth-largest of 10 awards. Afterward, it was all smiles from state lawmakers, education officials and other council members, including Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers.
ALBANY, 12/11/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that 47 job creation projects in the 51st senate district will receive critically important state funds totaling more than $14.8 million through the third round of Regional Economic Development Council awards.
State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding nearly $150 million in new job-creating Regional Economic Development Council awards across Central and Northern New York.
Today’s announcement represents the third round of job creation awards. The North Country—which includes Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties and which once again was named a “top performer” in the Governor’s annual economic growth competition—will receive $81.3 million. The Central New York region, including Oswego County, is in line for $66.9 million in economic development investment by the state.
The new awards bring to a three-year total of $542.7 million in funding for the two regions—more than any other part of the state, representing what Albany views as the strong growth potential for the local economy.
“Throughout the past two years, the investments made through the Regional Economic Development Council Program have been a catalyst for new jobs and economic growth throughout Central and Northern New York, and today’s announcement proves that there’s even more potential and enthusiasm for the future,” said Senator Ritchie.
Joined by a broad spectrum of drug law reform advocates and fellow elected officials, State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) announced that she will be introducing the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) today. The legislation would legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana under state law along lines similar to the state’s current system regulating alcohol, and would represent a new approach for New York State after decades of costly, counterproductive policies that have produced racially discriminatory outcomes.
“Prohibition of marijuana is a policy that just hasn’t worked, no matter how you look at it, and it’s time to have an honest conversation about what we should do next,” said Sen. Krueger. “The illegal marijuana economy is alive and well, and our unjust laws are branding nonviolent New Yorkers, especially young adults, as criminals, creating a vicious cycle that ruins lives and needlessly wastes taxpayer dollars. Worst of all, this system has resulted in a civil rights disaster: African Americans are dramatically more likely to be arrested for pot possession than whites, despite similar rates of marijuana use among both groups.”
Albany, N.Y., December 11—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) welcomed today’s announcement that the Southern Tier region will be awarded $81.9 million and the Finger Lakes region $59.8 million under the third round of funding through the state’s Regional Economic Development Councils initiative.
O'Mara noted that the Southern Tier was recognized as a “Top Performer” in this year’s competition.
“I’m tremendously pleased by today’s announcement that New York is committing $163.7 million to important economic projects in the regions I represent. We truly have the best collaborators and leaders in economic development right here.
The Council remains impressed with the North Country, whose projects earned ‘top performer’ status for the third time in a row. These ‘firecracker’ projects, as the regional leaders call them, will enhance Northern New York’s status as a premier tourism destination and make the area more attractive to forward-thinking businesses, especially those in the biotechnology field.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, announced today (12/11/13) that $66.9 million has been awarded through Round Three of the Regional Economic Development Council Awards to help create and retain jobs in Central New York. For the second consecutive year, Senator DeFrancisco joined Governor Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for the REDC awards ceremony in Albany.
We are pleased that the Governor’s New York State Tax Relief Commission report incorporates key elements of a Senate Republican tax reform plan advanced by Senators DeFrancisco and Marcellino that focuses on cutting taxes to create new jobs, reforming our tax structure and giving hardworking taxpayers some much-needed relief.
It is encouraging that today’s report includes proposals to address issues related to achieving broad-based tax reductions for job creators, including reducing corporate tax rates, reducing taxes on manufacturers and accelerating the elimination of the 18-a energy surcharge, while also reducing the estate tax burden.
ONEONTA, 12/05/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced conceptual agreement on a blueprint for Otsego County’s economic development leadership with the county IDA set to oversee the renewed effort.
“After hosting last month’s economic development summit, I have been meeting with key elected officials and business leaders to capitalize on what we learned and take the next step,” said Senator Seward. “Now, a definite course is established and we are prepared to embark on a new path toward future economic growth and prosperity in Otsego County.”