Issues: Economic Development

SENATOR MARTINS: REBUILDING LONG ISLAND STARTS NOW

There’s a lot of excitement here in Nassau County. Last week’s announcement regarding the redevelopment of Nassau Coliseum has also shined the spotlight once again on what I believe is the single, greatest economic development opportunity Long Island has seen in many years.

That opportunity is Belmont Park.

As you are probably well aware, I have been at the forefront of the redevelopment process at Belmont and I am thrilled with the mixed-use proposal submitted to the state by the New York Cosmos. This breathtaking plan calls for a world-class soccer stadium for the Cosmos team but also includes a hotel, shopping venues, seven restaurants, new community parks, and even a new Long Island Railroad Station.

August 21, 2013
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Ribbon cutting for Mohawk Valley CollectiveTourism Information Center in Canajoharie

On August 10, I helped cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening of the new Mohawk Valley Collective (MVC) Tourism Information Center in Canajoharie.

I joined Congressman Paul Tonko, Tolga Morawski, founder of the MVC, Amsterdam Mayor Ann Thane, Canajoharie Mayor Francis Avery, Fort Plain Mayor Guy Barton, Montgomery County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Thayer, Minden Supervisor Thomas Quackenbush, Hein Kraak, president of Historic West Hill School; Mark Kilmer, president of the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, Brian Stratton, director of the Canal Corporation and others to celebrate the event and raise money for flood relief.

August 13, 2013
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Funding Announced For Cortland Repertory Theatre

CORTLAND, 08/13/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a recently adopted senate resolution includes, at his insistence, $250,000 to provide assist with the “Cortland Repertory Theatre Downtown” project. 

August 13, 2013
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Senator Marchione Clears Red Tape for Schuylerville Library

The Schuylerville Library’s board of trustees was concerned about having to raise property taxes over the 2% property tax cap due to a regulatory requirement that a master’s certified librarian be employed at the facility.

The current librarian is in the process of obtaining her master’s degree but State Education Department mandates that a certified librarian be employed at state chartered libraries. The Department had issued a temporary waiver that trustees believed was about to expire.

August 9, 2013
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Senator Zeldin Attends Ground Breaking for Tri-Hamlet Gateway Town Square

On August 6, 2013, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) attended a ground breaking ceremony for the Tri-Hamlet Gateway Town Square hosted by Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning.

The town square will feature a new, beautified landscape design and a statue of William Floyd.

Senator Zeldin said, “The building of the town square will serve to reinforce the historical foundation of the community and is a positive step for the Tri-Hamlet. I congratulate Legislator Browning, Pat Matthews and the William Floyd Community Summit for making this project a reality.”

August 8, 2013
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Port of Rochester Marina Press Conference

This morning, I joined Mayor Tom Richards and members of the Rochester Building and Construction Trades Council at the Port of Rochester to announce that the City is now seeking a firm to begin construction on the exciting Marina project.

August 7, 2013
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Senator Marchione Named to Burger Style Commission to Eliminate Unnecessary Regulations

Senator Marchione, Chairman of the Senate’s Administrative Regulations Review Commission (ARRC), and members of the Senate Majority Coalition announced that they will begin an unprecedented initiative to identify and eliminate approximately a thousand costly and unnecessary government regulations that strangle business and job growth and drive up municipal and school property taxes.

August 2, 2013
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Senator Kathleen Marchione Named New Co-chair of Senate Regulatory Commission

Senator Kathleen Marchione, in her freshman year as a state lawmaker, has been given the difficult job of Co-chair for the Senate's Administrative Regulations Review Commission (ARRC).  With this responsibility, Senator Marchione is charged with implementing the often complex State Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA) and the review of all state agency regulations for the Legislature.

August 2, 2013
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GOVERNOR SIGNS GALLIVAN’S BILL TO EASE COST BURDEN ON HIGH-TECH AGRICULTURE

Clarifications To Tax Law Will Ensure Farm-Based Anaerobic Digesters Qualify For Existing Agriculture Property Tax Benefits

Wyoming County Is Currently Home To Six Digesters

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced today that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation (S 4770-A –Gallivan) to ensure that anaerobic digesters, or bio-digesters, are properly classified as agricultural facilities for property tax assessment purposes.

August 2, 2013
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Senator O'Brien discusses development of wine tourism industry

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien was today joined by representatives of local wineries and tourism organizations to call for increased state efforts to support the growing wine and wine tourism industries in the Finger Lakes region. The Senator noted that these industries provide essential jobs and economic growth for upstate New York.

“The wine tourism industry has an enormous impact on our state economy, providing almost $4 billion a year and bringing approximately 5 million visitors a year to our communities,” Senator O’Brien said. “State government must continue its efforts to expand this industry and help these innovative companies do what they do best, grow and put New Yorkers back to work.”

July 31, 2013
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Kennedy, Higgins Address Damaging Impact of Climate Change on Buffalo Waterfront and Great Lakes Ecosystem

Canalside event highlights importance of President Obama’s call for climate action

BUFFALO, NY – Today, New York State Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins, BFLO Harbor Kayak Founder and Owner Jason Schwinger, and several other waterfront enthusiasts gathered for a press event on the Central Wharf at Canalside to highlight the severe impacts of extreme weather and climate change on the Great Lakes and New York’s many inland waterways. Today’s press event comes on the heels of President Barack Obama’s historic action on climate change.

July 30, 2013
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Tkaczyk Rural Broadband Expansion Bill Passes Senate

Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk to expand access to broadband in rural areas of the State passed the Senate today. Senator Tkaczyk has been an outspoken proponent of expanding broadband service in her district and earlier this year held several press conferences on the issue.

“Broadband is an absolutely crucial component of our modern-day business infrastructure. It is essential for job creation and economic growth,” Senator Tkaczyk said. “Unfortunately, it is not readily available at an affordable price in many portions of Upstate New York, particularly in rural areas. My bill would encourage broadband service providers to invest in rural areas that are currently underserved.”

July 30, 2013
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Tkaczyk’s Mountain Cloves Scenic Byway Measure Passes Assembly

Measure Would Increase Tourism, Boost Local Economy

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk’s bill to designate a 41 mile corridor in Greene County as “The Mountain Cloves Scenic Byway” has passed the State Assembly and will go Governor Cuomo for his signature.

The designation will promote tourism in Greene County and open the door to transportation funding for the County.

Senator Tkaczyk said, “State Scenic Byways are an important tool for economic development. They increase tourism and recreational opportunities and also help secure federal funding for road improvements and preservation.”

July 30, 2013
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NYSDOT Answers Call For Route 8 Traffic Study

ONEONTA, 07/26/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has initiated a full study of traffic issues along New York State Route 8 in Chenango County approaching the Chobani plant. 

July 29, 2013
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NY STATE POLICE TO OFFER EXAM FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FIVE YEARS

Ritchie Encourages Job Seekers to Apply

State Senator Patty Ritchie is urging those looking to enter the law enforcement field to mark their calendars for the NY State Police Exam; which will be offered this Fall for the first time in five years. 

“Since its establishment in 1917, members of the New York State Police have been known for facing any challenge—big or small—with courage, integrity and efficiency,” said Senator Ritchie.   

“This exam represents a great opportunity for brave men and women who are not only looking for work, but also looking to make a difference.”

The exam will be offered in a total of 19 cities and communities including the following:

July 24, 2013
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NASSAU: NY COSMOS COULD NET MILLIONS - FROM NEWSDAY

From Newsday - July 24, 2013

By Richard Brodsky

The return of the New York Cosmos soccer team to Long Island next month could generate up to $19 million in new annual revenue for restaurants, hotels, retail stores and other businesses, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos said Tuesday.

The Cosmos, a prominent professional team in the 1970s and 1980s, will play 14 home games at Hofstra's 15,000-seat James M. Shuart Stadium beginning Aug. 3.

The games would generate $18.9 million in annual economic activity if the team attracts capacity crowds to the stadium, Maragos said in a report. That figure would drop to $9.4 million if the stadium were half filled, and $4.7 million at 25 percent capacity.

July 24, 2013
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2013 WNY AGRI-TOURISM GUIDE IS HERE

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, or scary twists and turns in a Halloween corn maze, it can all be found right here in your own backyard.  

July 18, 2013
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Flood Recovery Aid Headed To Mohawk Valley

HERKIMER, 07/17/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) joined Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and other state officials today to announce the state is launching the $16 million Mohawk Valley and 2013 Upstate Flood Recovery Program to assist homeowners, small businesses and farms in areas of the state hardest hit by recent flooding.

July 17, 2013
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Rochester Regional Community Design Center Fund Program

Earlier this week, I joined Joni Monroe, Executive Director of the Rochester Regional Community Design Center, to announce the first two grant recipients of their development & design fund program. This program provides grants to non-profits seeking to implement physical improvement projects in the City's northeast neighborhoods, and is funded by the generous Farash and Wolk Foundations.

Congratulations to the Dazzle School of Visual & Performing Arts, which is relocating to a building on Webster Avenue, and the Joseph Avenue Business Association, which is opening the Joseph Avenue Museum of History & Religion at 692 Joseph Avenue.

July 12, 2013
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STATEMENT ON ST. LAWRENCE PSYCH CENTER PLAN

 

The no-layoff plan unveiled by the Office of Mental Health assures a continued role for the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in the delivery of mental health services to the North County community, and protects hundreds of jobs that are vital to the economy of this region. That much is known.

July 10, 2013
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