Issues: Economic Development

Unshackle Upstate Gives Griffo Its Third Highest Senate Score

ALBANY – Unshackle Upstate, a bipartisan coalition of business and trade organizations representing more than 700,000 companies, has given Sen. Joseph A. Griffo its third highest grade for his votes in the Senate supporting businesses and taxpayers this legislative session.

Griffo scored a 88 out of 100 possible points by the pro-business group. The organization gave the senator favorable marks for his ‘yes’ votes on a series of bills aimed at reducing regulations on businesses. In addition, the group applauded his support of the on-time state budget, as well as his sponsorship of two bills that would limit new taxes and protect businesses from illegitimate unemployment claims.

August 20, 2014
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Seward Receives Perfect Score From Unshackle Upstate

ONEONTA, 08/19/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) has received top marks from leading business advocacy group, Unshackle Upstate.

“Improving the economic development climate in New York means jobs, it means careers, and it means future success for our families and young people,” said Senator Seward.  “Cutting unnecessary government red tape, improving our infrastructure, reducing taxes, and leveling the playing field for small businesses are just a few of the recent victories that will pay real dividends.”

August 19, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Helps Announce the 11th Round Grants for Growth Recipients

On August 18, 2014, at The Tech Garden in Syracuse, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped announce the nine new recipients of the Grants for Growth program.  A total of $474,944 was awarded in the program's 11th round. The new investment will leverage $919,207 in matching funds to support emerging regional companies.

Grants for Growth is made possible through state funding secured by Senator DeFrancisco. The program helps to stimulate the local economy and create jobs through the successful collaboration between private businesses and academic and research institutions throughout Central New York. 

August 18, 2014
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What’s Your Opinion on Hydrofracking Waste in New York?

Earlier this year, I held a public forum in Albany on the issue of hydrofracking waste disposal, focusing on the health and environmental risks posed by the byproducts of hydraulic fracturing.  Hydrofracking waste is being brought into New York from Pennsylvania, and we know that this waste contains toxins that can contaminate drinking water. Some of this waste is being disposed of in New York landfills – but  is not being regulated as hazardous waste. I will continue fighting to protect New Yorkers from the dangerous waste products of hydrofracking. 

I’d like to hear the views of my constituents on these important issues. Please take a moment to answer these opinion questions below. Thank you for your participation.

August 18, 2014
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Senator Gallivan issues 2014 Agritourism Guide

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, a pastoral setting to pick strawberries or ride horses, or scary twists and turns in a Halloween corn maze, it can all be found right here in your own backyard.

August 14, 2014
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Kennedy: $250,000 in Funding to Boost Buffalo’s Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission

Senator Tim Kennedy joined local and state leaders to highlight a $250,000 funding award for the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission. The corridor is a nationally and internationally recognized Buffalo neighborhood, serving as a focal point to residents and visitors learning about Buffalo’s rich and diverse history. The efforts will increase the ability of the corridor to serve as an anchor for tourism.

August 8, 2014
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Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship

Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and EntrepreneurshipChair: Senator Martin J. GoldenPublic Meeting: Follow up Roundtable to discuss Future in Computer and Video GameDevelopment in New YorkPlace: Marine Academic Center Rotunda, Kingsborough College,2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.Contact: Robert Herz (315) 243-6865Media Contact: Robert Herz (315) 243-6865

September 16, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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STAND UP FOR FORT DRUM

The Army is proposing troop cuts to levels not seen since the beginning of World War 2. Taken across the board, the reductions could mean significant cuts at Fort Drum, the North Country’s leading economic engine.

July 31, 2014
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Legislature Passes Bill Promoting Broadband Expansion

ALBANY – Streamlining the process to access federal grant funding to expand broadband in rural areas will open the doors to more economic opportunities, healthcare innovation, and educational investment.

A bill sponsored and passed by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, speeds up the process that certain broadband providers, called Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs), go through to access federal loans designated for broadband expansion. This legislation also was passed by the Assembly and is awaiting the Governor’s signature into law.

July 28, 2014
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Seward Grant Will Help Preserve Sherburne's History

SHERBURNE, 07/26/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined in the grand opening of the Sherburne Historic Park Society’s new museum building and announced a $50,000 state grant he secured to help with construction costs.

“The Town of Sherburne is a picture perfect example of upstate New York life with a rich history and traditions all its own,” said Senator Seward.  “This new museum will serve as a testament to Sherburne’s past while adding to the quality of life for residents and offering tourists another reason to visit Sherburne - a plus for our local businesses.” 

July 27, 2014
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Yonkers Library Lofts Ribbon Cutting

The ribbon cutting at the Library Lofts in downtown Yonkers took place on Wednesday, July 23rd. The former library building has been transformed into 23 rental apartments and a retail store. The city got a $3.5 million RestoreNY grant plus several million dollars to also reveal the Saw Mill River covered over by pavement just behind the building. This is a public-private partnership involving Fidelco Realty Group, Empire State Development and the City of Yonkers, and is located in her district.

July 24, 2014
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Hired On The Spot At Job Fair

As reported by Queens Gazette:

Thirty-five employers conducted more than 800 interviews, hired 16 applicants on the spot and scheduled close to another 200 meetings with candidates they met at a job fair July 10 in Elmhurst sponsored by state Senator Jose Peralta in conjunction with Queens Center.

“We were able to help some people still struggling to make ends meet on the heels of the Great Recession,” said Peralta. “From past experience, I expect that a number of others will also end up getting offers in the near future as a result of the interviews they scheduled and contacts they made at the job fair.”

For full article, click here.

July 22, 2014
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Geva Theatre Announces Agreement with Woodbury Place

I was pleased to join my colleagues in government and representatives from Geva Theatre this morning to announce Geva's agreement with Woodbury Place. Formerly Merkel Donohue warehouse, this building will be re-purposed to house actors and actresses performing at Geva Theatre. Located just steps away from Geva Theatre in the Washington Square neighborhood, this project enhance the revitalization of Downtown Rochester. 

To see more photos from this event, click here

July 22, 2014
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GOVERNOR SIGNS RITCHIE BILL TO CREATE ST. LAWRENCE WINE TRAIL

Legislation Will Boost Tourism, Create Jobs by Putting Local Wineries on the Map

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced her legislation to put North Country wineries on the map, create jobs and boost the economy has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

Ritchie’s bill (S.6321-A) creates the “St. Lawrence Wine Trail,” highlighting for tourists and residents the increasing number of wines being produced locally. 

“In recent years a significant number of new wineries have popped up across New York State—and that includes a number of new establishments that are right here in our backyard,” said Senator  Ritchie. 

“The creation of the St. Lawrence Wine Trail is a chance for the North Country to capitalize on the fast-growing wine industry.  By putting these local businesses on the map, we can boost tourism, create jobs, encourage more people to shop local as well as strengthen current wineries and encourage more new businesses to open.”

July 22, 2014
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Announces Approval of State Grant for Kawasaki Rail Car Toward Purchase of Manufacturing Site, Keeping the Company and 375 Jobs in Yonkers

Yonkers, NY - Democratic Conference Leader, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, was joined by Empire State Development President and CEO Kenneth Adams, and the President of Kawasaki Rail Car Inc., Hiroki Iwasaki, to announce final approval of a $500,000 state grant to keep the company and 375 employees in Yonkers.

July 22, 2014
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PROJECT COMPLETED ON BUFFALO’S OUTER HARBOR

Officials Hail Completion of the Tifft Street Pier and Boardwalk.

Senator Tim Kennedy today joined New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Regional Director Darrell Kaminski, Congressman Brian Higgins, Mayor Byron Brown and other local leaders at a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the Tifft Street Pier and Boardwalk along the Outer Harbor in the city of Buffalo.

July 18, 2014
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RITCHIE HEARS JOB FAIR SUCCESS STORY

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited a crew from CNY Roofers Local 195 recently at a construction site just south of Oswego County.  Among those working was Patrick Yonker, a veteran who landed his job at a recent job fair hosted by Senator Ritchie. 

July 18, 2014
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New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium

I joined my colleagues in State government to announce the newly created New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium. This consortium will create thousands of jobs across New York, including 500 here in Rochester, and will focus on developing and manufacturing the next generation of materials used on semiconductors. This is a great example of public-private partnership that will benefit the entire community by creating new jobs and investing in our region.

July 16, 2014
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On-The-Spot Hiring At Queens Job Fair

Thirty-five employers conducted more than 800 interviews, hired 16 applicants on the spot and scheduled close to another 200 meetings with candidates they met at a job fair Thursday in Elmhurst sponsored by State Senator Jose Peralta in conjunction with Queens Center.

“We were able to help some people still struggling to make ends meet on the heels of the Great Recession,” said Senator Peralta.  “From past experience, I expect that a number of others will also end up getting offers in the near future as a result of the interviews they scheduled and contacts they made at the job fair.”

More than 1,000 job seekers turned out for the fair, held at the Queens Center.  In addition to employers such as the Coca Cola Company, Time Warner Cable and United Parcel Service, the New York State Department of Labor and non-profit organizations were on hand to provide career counseling, as well résumé writing and interview preparation advice.

The fair was held at the Food Court, located on the lower level of the JC Penney wing of the Queens Center.

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July 14, 2014
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