Issues: Economic Development

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.

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April 9, 2014
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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
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NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW YORKERS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

 

April 7, 2014
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Seward Delivers Funding To Protect Owasco Lake

OWASCO, 04/03/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that the new  2014-15 state budget includes, at his insistence, $200,000 to implement the Dutch Hollow Brook Watershed Restoration Project.

“This grant protects Cayuga County’s natural resources and is a cost-effective down payment on our future,” said Senator Seward.  “Owasco Lake provides drinking water to 50,000 residents. Additionally, it is the central feature of the local landscape and economy.  We need to ensure its viability and vitality today and for generations to come.”

April 3, 2014
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MORE THAN 250 ATTEND RITCHIE’S ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY JOB FAIR

More than 250 people looking for work attended State Senator Patty Ritchie’s St. Lawrence County Job Fair, held today at the Oddfellow’s Hall in Ogdensburg.

The free event featured more than 65 employers—many which are looking to hire immediately.

April 3, 2014
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SENATOR JOHN BONACIC SECURES $250,000 GRANT FOR THE TOWN OF ROSENDALE

MONIES TO HELP FUND NEW POOL PROJECT, INCREASES QUALITY OF LIFE FOR COMMUNITY

Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope) announces that he has secured $250,000 in funding from the New York State Economic Development Program for the Town of Rosendale, Ulster County. The monies will be used to replace the current pool which has been deemed unsafe to operate due to deterioration of its exterior shell, plumbing and piping, and high levels of water leakage. The pool’s bathhouse will also see improvements in its showers and toilet facilities, which will be open and available to those visiting the nearby rail trails.

April 2, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Outlines New Tax Relief to Strengthen Manufacturing Industry in State Budget

State budget reduces taxes for manufacturing industry to boost job growth.

Kennedy pushed for tax relief for manufacturers to improve the economic competitiveness of Upstate New York.

Kennedy: WNY’s economy supports more than 50,000 manufacturing jobs, and with this new budget, we will spur the creation of even more good-paying jobs.

April 2, 2014
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REMINDER: RITCHIE’S ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY JOB FAIR TO TAKE PLACE THURSDAY

Event Will Feature 65 Employers

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding those who are looking for work that her St. Lawrence County Job Fair will take place on Thursday April 3rd. 

The event will feature 65 employers—many that are looking to hire immediately—as well as opportunities to access job tools to make their job search easier. Click here to see a full list of participating employers.  

“Getting people back to work is so vital to reenergizing our economy in Upstate New York.  This event will be a one-stop-shop of sorts for anyone who is looking for a job or needs tips on how to make yourself marketable,” said Senator Ritchie.

“I’m thrilled to once again be able to host this job fair and would like to thank the featured businesses and organizations for taking the time to let the people of our community know what opportunities are out there.”

April 2, 2014
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Rally Against Willets West Shopping Mall on Public Parkland

Video of full speakers' statements at last Saturday's rally opposing the "Willets West" mall on parkland. 

April 1, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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Senator LaValle Touts Successful Inclusion Of $65 Million In The State Budget to Drive Economic Development in the Region

March 31, 2014 – State Senator Ken LaValle is pleased to report he was able to secure state funding for two projects that will drive economic expansion for the region.  Senator LaValle said $60 Million will be provided for the Innovation and Discovery

April 1, 2014
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4th CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME BALANCED STATE BUDGET PASSED

March 31, 2014

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kara Cumoletti (518) 455-3570 

cumolett@nysenate.gov

 

4th CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME BALANCED STATE BUDGET PASSED

ALBANY—Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I—Shirley) today commented on the passage of the 4th consecutive on-time balanced budget, noting the inclusion of several key initiatives for which he championed.

March 31, 2014
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2014-15 State Budget Cuts Taxes to Create New Job Opportunities for All New Yorkers

The 2014-15 State Budget, approved today by the State Senate, includes significant tax relief to businesses to encourage them to grow and create new job opportunities for New Yorkers.  Senator John DeFrancisco (R-C-I, Syracuse), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee,  said: “This is the fourth consecutive state budget that has reduced the tax burden on large and small businesses in an effort to encourage growth and job creation.  This budget includes more tax relief so small businesses and manufacturers can succeed, grow and create new economic opportunities.”

March 31, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces $680 Million Appropriation to Fulfill State’s Buffalo Billion Commitment

In 2014-15 budget, New York State appropriates the remaining $680 million of the Buffalo Billion to fulfill state’s commitment.

Kennedy: Buffalo is a city on the move, and the state’s billion-dollar investment is driving us forward even faster.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, announced the state will fulfill its commitment to provide $1 billion to rebuild the economy of Buffalo and Western New York in this year’s budget. In the 2014-15 budget, the state will appropriate $680 million in capital funds which will complete the state’s $1 billion commitment to Buffalo and Western New York for local economic development projects.

March 31, 2014
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PSYCH CENTER LAND TRANSFER INCLUDED IN STATE BUDGET

Ritchie Plan Would Transform Unused Parcel to Create Jobs

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that the new State Budget will authorize the transfer of 45 acres of vacant land at the St. Lawrence Psych Center to the City of Ogdensburg as part of a broad plan to redevelop unused parcels at the site to create jobs.

“Hundreds of acres of prime real estate are sitting unused for decades at the Psych Center, and could be transformed to help stimulate our economy and create jobs,” Senator Ritchie said. “By authorizing this transfer, we are taking the first step to realizing the dream of returning this vacant land to the community, getting it back on the tax rolls and into productive reuse.”

The parcel, which abuts Route 37, between the OBPA industrial park and the Children and Youth Facility, is one of four eyed by the city for redevelopment. Working with Senator Ritchie, city officials have presented a plan to reclaim a total of 160 acres of the Psych Center campus and market it for commercial, industrial and residential development.

March 31, 2014
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Senator Patrick M. Gallivan’s Springville Small Business Summit & Seminar

Dear Business Owner, 

As a member of the Western New York small business community, you know that guiding and growing a small business in today’s economy can be a daunting task with seemingly few resources dedicated to helping you – the business owner. 

With that challenge in mind, I am teaming up with the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce and area leaders in business development to bring a free small business summit to Erie County and you’re invited! 

May 2, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
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Senator Patrick M. Gallivan’s West Seneca Small Business Summit & Seminar

Dear Business Owner, 

As a member of the Western New York small business community, you know that guiding and growing a small business in today’s economy can be a daunting task with seemingly few resources dedicated to helping you – the business owner. 

With that challenge in mind, I am teaming up with the West Seneca Chamber of Commerce and area leaders in business development to bring a free small business summit to Erie County and you’re invited! 

May 16, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
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Senator Valesky’s Grow: Pride of New York legislation passes Senate

ALBANY, N.Y.—The State Senate unanimously passed legislation (S.5064) sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will help consumers find garden centers, nurseries, Christmas tree farms and other horticulture dealers that sell New York state products. The Grow: Pride of New York program creates a designation for such businesses and allows them to use marketing materials that promote their locally sourced products.

March 27, 2014
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Buffalo, Rochester Senators Renew Call for Upstate Manufacturing Tax Relief

After Senate and Assembly proposed changes to the Governor’s proposals, Kennedy and O’Brien join Buffalo Niagara Partnership and Rochester Business Alliance to renew their call for enhanced state support to boost manufacturing in Upstate New York.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senators Tim Kennedy of Buffalo and Ted O’Brien of Rochester renewed their call today to keep the upstate manufacturers’ tax relief plan, which Governor Cuomo proposed in his executive budget, specifically targeted to manufacturing businesses in Upstate New York, rather than overextending the tax break to downstate.

March 27, 2014
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