Issues: Economic Development

Senator Ortt's Week in Review

Sen. Ortt discusses what he's been doing throughout his district. 

April 23, 2015
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Sen. Ortt Announces $12.5 million for the Learning Commons Project at NCCC

In the New York State budget, Sen. Ortt helped secure $12.5 million dollars for NCCC that will be used to transform the library area into the advanced learning commons area. This is a short clip of the press conference. 

April 23, 2015
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In Honor Of Earth Week, Senate Passes Senator Young's Legislation To Protect And Preserve Our Environment

Comprehensive legislative package passed to protect natural resources, promote energy conservation, create green jobs, and increase ecotourism

 

ALBANY – Two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) to protect and preserve our natural environment were included in a comprehensive package of bills that passed the state Senate this week in honor of Earth Week.

 

April 22, 2015
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Senator O'Mara pays tribute to Watkins Glen International

Albany, N.Y., April 21— Both houses of the Legislature will act this week on a joint Legislative Resolution sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to proclaim April 19-25, 2015, as “Motorsports Appreciation Week” in New York State.

April 21, 2015
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Seward Delivers $300k To Boost Tourism, Local Economy

COOPERSTOWN, 04/20/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the 2015-2016 state budget includes, at his insistence, $300,000 to assist The Glimmerglass Festival with a significant multi-year renovation project in Cooperstown. 

April 20, 2015
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to Travel to Cuba as Part of State Delegation to Consider Trade Options

Yonkers, NY - On Monday, April 20th, Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, at the invitation of Governor Andrew Cuomo, will be a member of the New York State delegation traveling to Cuba to consider trade options. The trip was made possible in the wake of President Obama’s initiative to chart a new course of diplomatic relations with the island nation located 90 miles from U.S. shores. 

April 20, 2015
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Memorial Medical Center Breaks Ground on Golisano Center

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center officially broke ground on the new Golisano Center for Community Health. Once completed in 2016, the center will provide comprehensive health care services to adults with special needs, including intellectual and developmental disabilities, and to their families. 

April 17, 2015
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Ortt: Funding for NCCC Will Make it More Competitive

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) is set to get a major facelift following Sen. Rob Ortt’s announcement of securing $12.5 million in this year’s state budget. The money will be used to create the “Learning Commons,” which will redesign and upgrade the library and other facilities. Sen. Ortt said NCCC is an economic engine, and this money will help make the college even more competitive going forward.

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April 17, 2015
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Sen. Ortt Supports a Nik Wallenda Attraction

Sen Ortt was asked by a reporter about the possibility of opening a permanent attraction in Niagara Falls that would, in some way, include daredevil Nik Wallenda. Sen. Ortt said he would support a Wallenda exhibit or attraction and plans to have more discussion about it in the near future. Read the full article by WGRZ

April 17, 2015
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SENATOR AMEDORE ANNOUNCES TASK FORCE ON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT TO HOLD PUBLIC FORUM APRIL 17TH

Senator George Amedore (R-46th Senate District), and Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District), Co-Chairs of the Senate’s Task Force on Workforce Development, announced that the Task Force will hold its first public forum this Friday, April 17th. The forum will be held at the State Office Building, located at 250 Broadway in Manhattan, at 10 a.m.

April 15, 2015
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State sheds 57 anti-business fees, heeding Murphy's calls for less red tape

YORKTOWN, NY - Earlier today State Senator Terrence P. Murphy joined Governor Cuomo in announcing the repeal of 57 so-called "nuisance fees" as part of the 2015-16 State Budget. By eliminating these fees, the State has taken an important step toward cutting the red tape which keeps New York ranked as the least business friendly state in the nation, they said. "As a small business owner I have been nickeled and dimed by the State time and again," Senator Murphy said. "If we are serious about growing successful businesses New York State cannot reasonably expect new enterprises to be able to afford unnecessary fees. These repeals are an important first step for businesses here in the Hudson Valley and across the State to be able to survive and thrive."

April 14, 2015
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Spend $28 million to create 76 jobs? ~ Under Start-Up NY, that's $368,000 per job ~ Read more

from the April 12th New York Post:

You’ve seen Andrew Cuomo’s TV commercials, the ones that say, “The new New York is open. Open to innovation. Open to ambition. Open to bold ideas.” 

The spot is promoting the Start-Up NY program.

Now the results are starting to come in: 76 jobs so far.

In the entire state. From a program that has spent $28 million advertising its own existence.

April 13, 2015
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Cortland Line To Remain In Hometown

CORTLAND, 04/09/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined Cortland County economic development leaders in crediting a $200,000 economic development package for helping keep Cortland Line Company and its 22 employees in Cortland County.

Cortland Line was on the verge of being sold to an Australian distribution company that would have moved the manufacturing offshore. Incentives offered by local and state agencies were enough, however, to convince new owners to step in and commit to keeping the company home.

April 9, 2015
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Sen. Ortt Fully Supports Low-Cost Hydropower for Economic Growth

A bill introduced by Senator Ortt would make low-cost hydropower automatically available to municipal housing authorities and hospitals throughout Niagara and Orleans counties. In turn, this would help spur economic growth and ensure the viability of businesses. The Senator supports making hydropower easily assessable for entities that are not eligible for the power allotment.  Canada-based Pride Pak recently received hydropower at a 40 percent discount compared to the region’s wholesale electricity market. The Senator would like that same opportunity offered for hospitals and housing authorities in his district. Read the full article from The Daily News.

April 8, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JEFF KLEIN HOSTS FIRST EVER BRONX H.I.R.E. CERTIFICATION FAIR TO COMBAT UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE BRONX

Klein Secures Additional $200,000 in Funding for Bronx H.I.R.E.

500 Training Opportunities & Certificate Program Slots Available To Bronxites At No Cost

April 8, 2015
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BUDGET DELIVERS $2.5 MILLION IN EXTRA LOCAL ROAD AID TO CNY, NNY

Boost in ‘CHIPs’ Funds to Help With Much-Needed Repair, Rebuilding After Long Winter

April 2, 2015
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Senators Gallivan and Young Secure Funding to Replace "Old Route 219 Bridge”

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) and Senator Catharine Young (R, C, I- Olean) announce they have secured $20 million to build a state of the art bridge to replace the existing span over Cattaraugus Creek along “old Route 219.”  In addition, they have inserted $300,000 in the state budget to be deposited in an escrow account that will cover Erie and Cattaraugus counties’ costs for maintaining the structure for the first 22 years.  

April 2, 2015
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Senators Young and Gallivan Secure Funding to Replace "Old Route 219 Bridge"

State of the art span will link Erie and Cattaraugus Counties

 

Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) and Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced today they have secured $20 million to build a state of the art bridge to replace the existing span over Cattaraugus Creek along “old Route 219.” In addition, they have inserted $300,000 in the state budget to be deposited in an escrow account that will cover Cattaraugus and Erie counties’ costs for maintaining the structure for the first 22 years.

 

April 2, 2015
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2015-16 State Budget Supports Important Programs

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) says the $142-billion 2015-16 state budget provides critical funding to important state programs while controlling the size and cost of government.  The state’s fifth consecutive on-time budget keeps spending within a two-percent cap, increases aid to education, rejects tax increases and provides property tax relief for homeowners.  The spending plan also includes funding for regional assets such as Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the NFTA and Shea’s Performing Arts Center.

April 1, 2015
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Senator Young Secures Economic Development Funding For Her Region

Budget includes $1.5 billion for the Upstate Revitalization Program, $400 million for transformative investment programs, $500 million to support the expansion of broadband availability and $5 million for the Workforce Development Institute

 

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) announced today that communities across her region will have access to economic development funding included in this year’s state budget.

 

Among the positive investments included in the final budget were $1.5 billion for the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, $400 million for transformative investment programs, $500 million to support the statewide expansion of broadband access, and $5 million for the Workforce Development Institute.

 

April 1, 2015
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