Issues: Economic Development

Senate Passes Bill to Boost State Funding for Small Businesses

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to direct more state economic development funding to small businesses so they can become more economically competitive, grow, and create more jobs. The bill (S1530), sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), would require state agencies that award economic development assistance to give preference to small businesses and entrepreneurs because they are most in need of assistance and are significant job creators.

May 7, 2014

Senator Parker features New York State Empire State Development President/CEO and Commissioner Ken Adams on 'Legislative Report with Senator Kevin Parker'

Senator Parker welcomed New York State Empire State Development President/CEO and Commissioner Ken Adams as his guest on his weekly 'Legislative Report with Senator Kevin Parker' cable show, Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency. The mission of Empire State Development is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies.

May 7, 2014

Schoharie County Farmer Takes Helm As State Ag Commissioner

ALBANY, 05/06/14-- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today congratulated Richard A. Ball following his unanimous confirmation by the New York Senate as commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

“Today is a proud day for Schoharie County and a great day for New York agriculture,” said Senator Seward.  “As a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, it was my pleasure to move the nomination of Richard Ball as commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and help usher the nomination through full senate confirmation.”

May 6, 2014

Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #18: Growing Our Economy With Good Jobs

We’ve committed hundreds of millions of dollars to projects that will make our area a more attractive place to live and work – and we’re not done yet.

Nano Utica is our most exciting development. It’s an emerging hub for research and development in the field of nanotechnology, which is rapidly improving the computers, tablets and laptops we use for everything from hospital patient records to 3-D gaming.

We put $180 million in this year’s state budget for purchasing new equipment for the Computer Chip Commercialization Center currently being constructed on the SUNYIT campus in Marcy. When completed, the $125 million facility will include cleanrooms, laboratories, workforce training facilities, and space for hands-on education.

May 1, 2014

Senate Approves Bill Dubbing Herkimer Diamond Official State Mineral

ALBANY, 04/29/14 – The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.3051) that would designate the Herkimer Diamond as the official state mineral.  The legislation, sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta), celebrates the distinctive quartz crystals from the Mohawk Valley.

April 29, 2014

From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins- The Power Washer Approach

     So I somehow blew up my brother-in-law’s power washer last week. I don’t know how it happened, but you know the feeling. You try never to borrow anything but when you finally do, not 20 minutes in, the otherwise indestructible machinery that’s been well-used for 15 years suddenly and inexplicably starts sputtering and belching smoke like a wounded Godzilla. 

April 29, 2014

Abode Furniture Opens in the Southwedge

Located at 289 Gregory Street, Abode Furniture held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of their new store in the Southwedge area of the City of Rochester. Abode offers a variety of affordable household items from local, national and vintage designers.

April 25, 2014

Public Hearing: Presentation by Kevin Younis, Deputy Commissioner, Empire State Development Corporation, on START-UP NY Program

Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship 
Chair: Senator Martin Golden 
Public Meeting: Presentation by Kevin Younis, Deputy Commissioner, Empire State Development Corporation, on START-UP NY Program 
Place: Room 410, Legislative Office Building, Albany, New York 
Time: 4:00 P.M. 
Contact: Meg Brown (518) 455-2730 
Media Contact: John Quaglione (718) 238-6044 


April 28, 4:00 PM - 4:48 PM

Committee Meeting: Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 10:30 AM, Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Room 945 LOB

April 29, 10:30 AM - 10:34 AM

The Leader Herald: Tech Talk Forum participants say area ready to bring in businesses

April 23, 2014

By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - With the recent surge in high-tech industries and associated educational opportunities, the Mohawk Valley Technology Forum participants said the area is ready to host more companies and jobs.

"We have a rare opportunity to establish the Mohawk Valley as a leader in high-tech economic development and a center for technological innovation and job creation," said state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, who led the forum on the Fulton-Montgomery Community College campus. "I envision a high-tech corridor along the Thruway, from SUNY's College of Nanoscale and Engineering in Albany to the SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica."

April 24, 2014

Nano Utica Job Fair - April 29th

ONEONTA, 04/23/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today encouraged area job seekers to attend the upcoming Nano Utica Job Fair to be held April 29 in Utica.

“Residents from Herkimer County, northern Otsego County and beyond, who live in close proximity to Utica should take advantage of this opportunity to get in on the ground floor of an exciting new venture,” said Senator Seward. “Nano Utica is set to transform our state’s economy and will help position New York as a new high-tech hotbed.”

April 23, 2014

The Recorder: Tech forum focuses on the educational need

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


April 23, 2014

Local Merchants Discuss New Regulations at Queens Forum

As reported by NY1 News:

State Senator Jose Peralta hosted a forum for restaurateurs and small business owners to learn about proposed changes to the restaurant letter-grade and fine system, the new paid sick leave law and securing access to capital.

For full video, click here.

April 23, 2014

Manufacturing Investment in New York State

Friday, April 04, 2014 12:00 AM | Written by Staff

TCAD President Michael Stamm joined others for a press conference in Albany to announce the result of a new study, 'Manufacturing Executives: Attitudes, Operations, Expectations & Opportunities.' The results indicate that while the manufacturing sector still finds the economic climate to be challenging, they continue to invest in capital and operation in New York State.

April 17, 2014

Senate passes set asides for disabled vets who own businesses

State lawmakers have passed legislation to guarantee state contracts for disabled veterans who own businesses.

The state Senate Monday passed the measure Monday. The Assembly took it up the next day and approved it. Both of Oneida County's senators were cosponsors of the measure. In the Assembly, it was cosponsored by Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi, D-119, Utica.

The action follows Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's last week that he and legislative leaders had reached an agreement on the preference. The bill would set aside 6 percent of state contracts for small businesses owned by veterans disabled during their service.

April 17, 2014

Despite lower penalties, fines are set to rise

As reported by Crain's New York Business: 

Mayor Bill de Blasio campaigned on a promise to lower fines against small businesses, criticizing what he deemed the punitive, "revenue-focused" enforcement of city laws.

But his preliminary budget indicates that his administration plans to collect even more in levies than city agencies did under Michael Bloomberg last year.

Revenue from fines soared 72% during the Bloomberg administration, to $799 million in 2013 from $467 million in 2002. The initial de Blasio budget unveiled last month indicates that fine revenue will grow to $807.5 million this year. That's just $5 million less than the Bloomberg administration had projected for 2014.

"There was a sigh of relief among small business owners when this mayor was elected," said Queens state Sen. Jose Peralta. "There hasn't been much to show so far, though, and a lot of business owners are getting nervous. You have to give the mayor time to breathe and soak it all in, but it's now time to tackle this in a positive way."

A day after Mr. de Blasio signed the legislation, the City Council issued rules putting into effect a law signed by Mr. Bloomberg to reduce fines against restaurants. Those changes are part of a wider overhaul of the city's letter-grading system for eateries and the suspected quota system that has led to an outcry from inspectors and restaurateurs. 

In the meantime, Mr. Peralta has called on the mayor to adopt an amnesty program under which proprietors can seek to have fines incurred during the Bloomberg administration dismissed by the new mayor.

For full article, click here.

April 9, 2014

Senator Bonacic at the Sullivan Renaissance Local Market & Expo, Ferndale

Senator Bonacic addressed audience members at the recent Sullivan Renaissance Local Market and Expo held at the CVI Center in Ferndale.  He expressed pride in being a part of great team of leaders, business owners and residents, all working together to promote Sullivan's shops and markets, and to congratulate everyone involved on a terrific event.


(photo credit: Michael Bloom)

April 8, 2014


Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column


April 7, 2014
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