Issues: Economic Development

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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August 21, 2013
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Queens lawmaker seeks more state funding to promote outer borough tourism

As reported by the Daily News:

A Queens lawmaker is trying to carve out more cash for promoting tourism in the outer boroughs.

State Sen. Jose Peralta introduced a bill that would take a chunk of the state’s hotel occupancy tax and redistribute it to local groups.

“What’s being promoted — outside of the big landmarks in Manhattan?” said Peralta (D-East Elmhurst).

Each borough’s allocation would cap at $300,000 and be distributed through the city’s official tourism arm, NYC & Company.

Organizations, such as the Queens Chamber of Commerce and Queens Economic Development Corp., would coordinate with NYC & Co. on advertising blitzes.

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August 21, 2013
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Queens Officials Want Cut Of Tourism Revenue To Help Attract Visitors

As reported by WCBS 800:

A Queens lawmaker has proposed giving the outer boroughs more money from the state hotel occupancy tax.

State Sen. Jose Peralta has unveiled legislation to send up to $300,000 a year from the hotel tax to the outer boroughs to promote tourism.

“People who come to New York also want to go elsewhere besides Manhattan,” Peralta told reporters including WCBS 880′s Ginny Kosola. “When you talk about Citi Field, when you talk about the Louis Armstrong Museum.”

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August 21, 2013
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Senator Launches Legislation To Boost Queens Tourism

As reported by NY1:

As part of an effort to attract more tourists to Queens, state Senator Jose Peralta unveiled legislation on Tuesday that would give up to 4 percent of the state's hotel occupancy back to the boroughs, money which would be used toward promoting unique attractions citywide.

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August 21, 2013
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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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