Issues: Economic Development

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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High Falls Transformation Press Conference

This morning I joined Mayor Tom Richards to announce an exciting new project for the High Falls area in Downtown Rochester. I'm pleased to be able to secure state funding to help this new project that will upgrade the existing trail along the Genesee River and High Falls and help pay for new lighting of the falls.

We're so fortunate to have an attraction like High Falls in our community, this project will allow more people to experience all it has to offer.

September 5, 2013
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Senate continues tax reform hearings in Syracuse today, O'Mara says goal is bipartisan legislative tax-cutting agenda

 

Elmira, N.Y., September 5—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Committee on Investigations and Governmental Operations, today joined his committee colleagues in Syracuse to hear from regional business and economic development leaders on how New York’s tax policies can be reformed to reduce the state’s overall tax burden and encourage private-sector job growth.

The Senate hearings are aimed at developing a comprehensive tax reform agenda that O’Mara and his colleagues will make a priority during the 2014 legislative session. 

September 5, 2013
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State Senate's public hearings on tax reform get underway in Albany today ~ Watch live beginning at 10 a.m.

Albany, N.Y., September 3--The New York State Senate committees on Finance, and Investigations and Government Operations, kicks off a series of five statewide public hearings throughout September and October to hear testimony from regional and statewide business leaders on how state tax policies can be reformed to promote private-sector job growth.

September 4, 2013
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Windstream Ribbon Cutting

I was honored to join my colleagues in government at the ribbon cutting for the new Windstream building at the former Midtown Plaza site in Downtown Rochester. About 335 Windstream employees will be working out of this building on a daily basis, bringing more people and jobs to Downtown Rochester.

September 3, 2013
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O'Brien applauds innovative tax cut plan in Unshackle Upstate's "New Economic Revitalization Agenda"

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O'Brien expressed his support today for a broad range of tax relief proposals for Upstate New York detailed in Unshackle Upstate’s "New ERA" (Economical Revitalization Agenda) plan. The plan aims to energize the upstate economy and significantly relieve the tax burden on middle and working class families and small businesses.

September 3, 2013
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Flood Recovery Funds Delivered To Mohawk Valley

HERKIMER, 08/29/13 -  Senator James L. Seward today joined Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as he issued $13.6 million in state aid checks to 1,206 homeowners, renters, businesses and farmers affected by July flooding across the Mohawk Valley, Central New York and Niagara County.

August 29, 2013
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Peralta Proposes Initiatives To Expand Borough Tourism

As reported by The Gazette:  

State Senator Jose Peralta unveiled a bill that would give each borough a portion of the state hotel occupancy tax it collects to use to promote local tourism.

The city’s official tourism arm, NYC & Company, promotes travel and tourism opportunities throughout the city and allocates approximately $60,000 to each of the boroughs to promote local nonprofit destinations and activities.

Peralta’s bill would provide each borough four percent of the state hotel occupancy tax revenue it collects, up to a maximum of $300,000, in order to promote local tourism, including at for-profit venues, such as bars and restaurants. Convention and visitors bureaus throughout New York and the United States are typically funded with hotel occupancy tax revenues.

For full article, click here.

August 29, 2013
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Peralta Wants To Bring Tourism to Queens

As reported by the Queens Tribune:  

A new bill unveiled in front of Queens Borough Hall by State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) on Aug. 20 would give each borough a portion of the state hotel occupancy tax it collects to promote local tourism to the outer boroughs.

With this new bill, Peralta, along with supporters including Queens Borough President hopeful Melinda Katz, said “it will bring tourists from Manhattan to see hidden gems in Queens like the Louis Armstrong Museum in Corona.”

According to the new bill, each borough would receive up to $300,000 in funding to boost local tourism by allowing for-profit venues, like restaurants and bars, to place advertisements in weekly newspapers, local radio stations and cable shows.

For full article, click here. 

August 28, 2013
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Piden más dinero para turismo fuera de Manhattan

Según ha informado El Diario:

Nueva York — El senador estatal José Peralta presentó una legislación que busca conseguir hasta $300,000 anuales para promover el turismo en vecindarios exteriores, con fondos del impuesto de ocupación de hotel.

De acuerdo con cifras de la ciudad, el año pasado unos $55 billones se generaron por esa industria  en los cinco condados, el 90% en Manhattan. En cambio la NYC & Company, agencia oficial para promover el turismo en la ciudad, asignó solo unos $60,000 anual a cada condado para promocionar sus atractivos.

El proyecto plantea que el 4% ó menos, (dependiendo de lo que se genere al año) de los ingresos por el impuesto en la ciudad se destinen a cada zona para la promoción de nuevos destinos y establecimientos como restaurantes, hoteles y bares.

Para el artículo completo, haga clic aquí.

August 28, 2013
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New Bill Aims to Spread Tourism Dollars to Outer Boroughs

As reported by DNA Info:

QUEENS — A new bill proposed by a Queens lawmaker would give the outer boroughs a bigger chunk of the state's hotel tax, allowing local businesses to reap the benefits of large events like the upcoming US Open, he said.

State Sen. Jose Peralta’s bill, unveiled Tuesday, would provide each borough with 4 percent of the state hotel occupancy tax revenue each year — up to $300,000 apiece — to promote local tourism.

Tourism in the city is currently promoted by NYC & Company, and money is funneled to the boroughs through the NYC & Company Foundation, according to the Queens Economic Development Corporation.

For full article, click here. 

August 28, 2013
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Goodbye Times Square, Hello Queens – Officials Push to Bring Tourism to Borough

As reported by The Forum:

Move over, Manhattan – it’s Queens’ time to shine.

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) and other officials announced at Borough Hall on Tuesday that they are pushing for an initiative to expand tourism outside of Manhattan, particularly to spots that Queens residents already know and love – but which tourists may never catch a glimpse of during their visits to the city because of a Manhattan-centric approach to advertising.

In an attempt to draw tourists from the incessantly flashing lights of Times Square to places across the borough, from the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park to the Louis Armstrong Museum in Corona, Peralta unveiled a bill that would give each borough a portion of the state hotel occupancy tax it collects to promote local tourism.

For full article, click here. 

August 28, 2013
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To gather information for the development of policy on Growing Computer and Video Game Development in New York

Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and EntrepreneurshipChair: Senator Martin GoldenPublic Meeting: To gather information for the development of policy on GrowingComputer and Video Game Development in New YorkPlace: RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity(MAGIC), 1600 Student Innovation Hall, Bldg. 87, Rochester Instituteof Technology, 102 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, New YorkTime: 9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.Contact: Meg Brown (518) 455-2730Media Contact: Ray Riley (718) 238-6044ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

October 22, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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To gather information for the development of policy on Growing Computer and Video Game Development in New York

Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and EntrepreneurshipChair: Senator Martin GoldenPublic Meeting: To gather information for the development of policy on GrowingComputer and Video Game Development in New YorkPlace: Pfizer Auditorium, Dibner Building, 5 MetroTech Center,Brooklyn, New YorkTime: 9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.Contact: Meg Brown (518) 455-2730Media Contact: Ray Riley (718) 238-6044ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

September 20, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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