Issues: Economic Development

RITCHIE MEETS WITH NORTH COUNTRY LAWMAKERS ON PSYCH CENTER LANDS, ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY WINE TRAIL

State Senator Patty Ritchie met with North Country lawmakers Wednesday in Albany to discuss her plan to return unused land at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center back to the community to be used for economic development and job creation. 

From the Senate, attendees included Senator Betty Little and a representative for Senator Joe Griffo.  From the Assembly, attending the meeting were Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush, Assemblyman Marc Butler, Assemblywoman Addie Russell and a representative for Assemblywoman Janet Duprey.

February 27, 2014
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Senator O'Brien celebrates RIT role in Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Today, Senator Ted O'Brien was proud to congratulate the Rochester Institute of Technology on its leading role in the newly announced Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, organized under the umbrella of the Department of Defense and announced in a White House press conference this afternoon.

February 25, 2014
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SUPPORT GROWS FOR RITCHIE PLAN TO RENEW ABANDONED PSYCH CENTER LANDS

Local, State Leaders Getting on Board to Return Unused Parcels to Help Create Jobs

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced growing support for her proposal to return 160 acres of unused land at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center back to the community to be used for economic development and to create jobs.

The Senator’s bill, S.6661, was formally introduced in the Legislature today. All three Senators representing St. Lawrence County, including Senator Ritchie, Senator Joe Griffo and Senator Betty Little have signed on as cosponsors.

On Monday night, Senator Ritchie’s plan, which was developed collaboratively with Ogdensburg Mayor Bill Nelson, as well as Ogdensburg’s City manager and City Planner, was officially endorsed by a unanimous City Council.

Members of the St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators also unanimously voiced their support during a meeting of that body’s Finance Committee Monday.

February 25, 2014
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Senator Young Discusses Lake Shore Hospital on “Your Voice”

Senator Young recently appeared on the Senate TV program “Your Voice” to discuss her efforts to save Lake Shore Hospital, protect access to quality community healthcare, and restore our state’s economy.

Last month, more than 1,200 people came out to the Rally to Save Lake Shore and raise their voices in support of keeping the hospital open.  They were heard all the way to Albany as we delivered a strong, unified message in support of protecting emergency care, ensuring access to vital health services, and preserving the hundreds of jobs provided by Lake Shore.

February 21, 2014
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RITCHIE, CITY HALL UNVEIL PLAN TO CREATE JOBS AND OPPORTUNITY AT PSYCH CENTER CAMPUS

'Land Transfer' Bill Aims to Get Unused Land Back on the Tax Rolls, Help Community Grow

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced she will be introducing legislation next week to transfer 160 vacant acres of surplus land at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center to the City of Ogdensburg as part of a long-term comprehensive program to redevelop the campus.

Senator Ritchie has been working with Ogdensburg Mayor William Nelson and City Manager John Pinkerton over the past two months to develop a plan to transform blighted properties at the 125-year-old Psychiatric Center into economic development assets to create opportunities for new jobs and growth.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION ON THE SLPC CAMPUS PLAN

The proposal was endorsed by the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Task Force on Thursday.  The Ogdensburg City Council will consider a proposal to endorse the plan Monday.

Senator Ritchie will present the legislation to members of State Assembly and State Senate delegation representing St. Lawrence County in the state legislature on Wednesday to seek their support. Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell has announced her support for the plan.

February 21, 2014
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Who’s got the coolest small town? Berlin, Md., and Cazenovia mayors make a friendly wager

By Jason Emerson February 17, 2014 10:34 a.m.

Cazenovia — With barely one week left to go in the Budget Travel “Coolest Small Town in America” contest, the mayors of the top two vote-getting towns — Berlin, Md., and Cazenovia — have made a friendly wager on who will win.

The prize for the victor: craft beer from their hometown brewery.

“They have a local craft brewery there in Berlin that’s very popular, so the winner will receive a growler of beer — for them it’s Burly Oak Brewery, for us it’s Empire Brewing Company,” said Cazenovia Mayor Kurt Wheeler. “We thought this would be simple and inexpensive, but symbolic of both towns’ economies and hospitality industries.”

February 20, 2014
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NYS senators from Syracuse ask why New York awards so much tax money to movies

By Michelle Breidenbach | mbreidenbach@syracuse.com 

on February 10, 2014 at 3:28 PM, updated February 10, 2014 at 3:37 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Sen. John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, wants to know why New York state lavishes $420 million in tax credits on the movie industry - hundreds of millions more than other industries combined.

"Why is this so disproportionate in our state when there are so many other industries?" DeFrancisco asked. "I don't get it."

DeFrancisco, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, asked the question of NY Economic Development Commissioner Ken Adams during hearings Monday on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2014 proposed budget.

February 20, 2014
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South Salina Street is being rebuilt as South Side’s financial hub

Backing Business

Posted on January 31st, 2014 by Bryan Rubin in Hometown News, More News

City officials, including Common Councilor Khalid Bey, want to see Syracuse develop a business corridor on South Salina Street. Bey, who represents the council’s 4th District, said he believes that the growth of small businesses along the street would boost Syracuse’s tax base, as South Side residents spend their dollars locally. Armed with a $1 million state grant to improve such business districts, city workers already have begun improvements to the street to make it more attractive.

February 10, 2014
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Economic Development Joint Legislative Budget Hearing Slated for Feb. 10th

The 11th Joint Legislative Hearing in a series of 13 hearings will be held on Monday, February 10th.

During the Economic Development Hearing, which is part of the legislative process to review the 2014-2015 Executive Budget, testimony will be taken by the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees from Empire State Development and representatives of economic development advocacy organizations.

These joint legislative hearings will continue through Tuesday, February 11th, and are available for live viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites, but will be preempted when the houses are in Session. At the conclusion of the legislative deliberations, live televised coverage of the hearings will resume.

February 7, 2014
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SENATE PASSES GALLIVAN BILL TO ELIMINATE “BACK TAG” REQUIREMENT FOR NEW YORK HUNTERS

Senator Also Applauds Governor For Supporting Crossbow Legalization

February 4, 2014
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SENATOR PATRICK M. GALLIVAN PRESSURES GOV. CUOMO ON FLOOD ASSISTANCE FOR WEST SENECA

In a letter sent over the weekend, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Elma) urged Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D-New York) to use existing state disaster relief funds to provide direct relief to homeowners and residents affected earlier this month when the Buffalo Creek flooded in the Town of West Seneca. Specifically, Gallivan is requesting the Governor use funds from a $200 million appropriation  contained in the 2013-14 State Operations Budget that is intended to assist localities that have suffered from a natural or man-made disaster.

February 3, 2014
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Popeyes/Burger King Restaurant Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On Friday, January 31st, a joint Popeyes-Burger King restaurant opened up across from Yonkers City Hall in the heart of downtown Yonkers. The franchise hired a staff of 70+ people and is in a prime location for what was a long-time a defunct eyesore of a closed diner. At this ribbon cutting ceremony, Senator Stewart-Cousins talked about the importance of stimulating the local economy, and how the opening of this restaurant will do just that to the Yonkers community.

February 3, 2014
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Bipartisan Federal, State and Local Leaders Commend First Step in Establishing Newburgh Port

 Newburgh City Council Votes 6-0 to Approve Conceptual Plan for Port in Newburgh

 Port Would Create Local Jobs, Invest in Newburgh 

January 31, 2014
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CAPITAL: New York’s forgotten high-speed rail study

By Dana Rubinstein

On Tuesday, following months of delays, the Federal Railroad Administration quietly posted to its website a New York State study study outlining five different options for "high speed rail" connecting New York City to Niagara Falls.

The study was supposed to have been released in June, after it was reviewed by the federal government, and as recently as this morning, New York State's transportation commissioner was apparently still unaware that the review was complete.

January 30, 2014
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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 4, 2014 Room 511 LOB

February 4, 10:41 AM - 10:45 AM
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Mohawk Valley Jobs On The Rise

FRANKFORT, 01/30/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $250,000 economic development grant he secured is assisting with equipment purchases and job creation at DeIorio’s in Frankfort.

“DeIorio’s is a Mohawk Valley staple and the continued growth of this manufacturing pioneer here at home is tremendous news,” said Senator Seward. “This legislative grant is a key ingredient that is helping put DeIorio’s dough in more ovens, while preserving and adding jobs that could have gone out of state without this and other state grants.”

January 30, 2014
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GOVERNOR CUOMO UNVEILS DETAILS OF ONONDAGA LAKE REVITALIZATION PROGRAM

$30 Million in State Funding Will Support Economic Development and Infrastructure Improvements in Communities Surrounding Onondaga Lake

January 29, 2014
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CUTTING RED TAPE TO CREATE JOBS

CUTTING RED TAPE TO CREATE JOBS

We all know that one of the keys to a booming economy is creating jobs.  But what’s the driving force behind allowing businesses to expand and grow employment opportunities?  Cutting red tape.  For years, New York has been known for its high taxes and regulations.  As state senator, it’s a top priority for me to not only cut taxes, but also to do away with burdensome regulations that hinder the growth of businesses in the Central and Northern New York region. 

Recently, I was pleased to be part of an effort to collect ideas from small businesses, farmers, manufacturers and other employers on ways to cut red tape.  That effort identified 2,219 specific rules, regulations and practices that employers believe puts New York at a competitive disadvantage for attracting and creating jobs.

Part of this initiative included industry-specific public forums that took place throughout New York State.  I hosted one of the first of these sessions in Watertown, focusing on agriculture.

January 27, 2014
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Legislative Report - property and energy tax relief, unfunded mandates, closing the skills gap and ethics reform

Senator Ted O'Brien sat down to discuss some top priorities he will be working on this session.  These include implementing additional tax relief, working to pass his Unfunded Mandate Reform Act, striving to improve availability of job and skills training programs that help match unemployed people up with positions that are open now and fighting to tighten restrictions on how campaigns are financed and more effectively deal with those who flout the rules.

January 27, 2014
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Senators Say 2,219 Regulations Are Too Many

by Rick Karlin, Albany Times Union, January 13, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Surrounded by posters urging a cutting of Red Tape and a pile of regulation books on a nearby table, a group of Senate Republicans and IDC members earlier Monday rolled out a plan to cut the regulatory burdens they say impede the state’s business community.

January 22, 2014
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