Issues: Economic Development

Fresh Direct Ponders Move

The Queens Gazette wrote an article that talks about New York City's push to keep the online grocer Fresh Direct from making a move to New Jersey. Senator Gianaris believes that it is crucial to remain welcoming to local businesses, like Fresh Direct, in order to keep jobs in our neighborhood.

Fresh Direct, an online grocer that delivers to residences and offices in the New York City metropolitan area and one of the largest employers in Long Island City and Queens as a whole, has become a prize in a bidding war between New York City and New Jersey. The business, which bowed in New York City in 2002, is rapidly expanding and expects to outgrow its Long Island City facility in a few years.

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January 20, 2012
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SENATOR RITCHIE SPEAKS TO CNY BUSINESS LEADERS


'New York State Has Begun To Turn Corner'

Senator Patty Ritchie told a group of Central New York’s business leaders that the Empire State has begun to turn the corner after years of “overtaxing, overspending and overregulation.”

January 20, 2012
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Queens Officials Protest New Strip Club

NY1 posted a video of protesters gathered outside the Gypsy Rose Cabaret, rallying against the opening of a new strip club in Long Island City. Senator Gianaris attended the protest and believes the effects of the strip club on the neighborhood would be detrimental. 

Watch the video here

January 20, 2012
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Over 150 Small Businesses Participate in MWBE Training Sponsored by Senator Adriano Espaillat and Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez

Businesses assisted on various fronts including MWBE certification, license/permits, workers’ compensation, and doing business with the state

(New York, NY) – Over 150 small businesses, representing a cross-section of local economic activity in Manhattan and the Bronx, participated in an important training for Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) organized by State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, and other local officials.

January 19, 2012
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IDC Releases Small Business Action Plan

Roadmap to Help Main Street Stems From ThoughtRaiser Initiative 

The Independent Democratic Conference today released a multi-pronged plan of action aimed at strengthening New York’s economy by helping small businesses across the state.

January 19, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Senator James S. Alesi, Chair 12 Noon, Monday, January 30, 2012 Room 511 LOB

January 30, 12:00 PM - 12:02 PM
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SEN. RITCHIE, CANTON COLLEGE PRESIDENT ARE THE 'TALK OF OUR TOWNS'

State Senator Patty Ritchie and SUNY Canton President Joseph Kennedy discussed how four universities and colleges in Central and Northern New York are helping to stimulate the local economy and create jobs, the impact of the Governor's budget proposals on higher education and other issues on this edition of the New York State Senate program, "Talk of Our Towns."

SUNY Canton has witnessed phenomenal growth in recent years, adding students and new construction that created hundreds of local jobs.

January 19, 2012
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Forum/Town Hall: Senator Espaillat, Council Member Rodriguez Host Northern Manhattan Small Businesses for Important Event Featuring Top-Level Representatives from NY State

Businesses will be assisted on various fronts including MWBE certification, licenese/permits, and doing business with the state

January 19, 9:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Cuomo's State Address May Touch On Budget Gap, Expanded Gambling

This NY1 video includes comments from Senator Gianaris on how Senate Republicans are attempting to submit an unconstitutional plan to add a 63rd Senate seat. 

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January 18, 2012
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Legislature prepares for session with elections looming

The Ithaca Journal wrote an article that highlights the Senate Republicans rejection of the formation of an independent redistricting task force, which was proposed by Senate Democrats. Senator Gianaris believes that redistricting reform is an urgent matter and that Senate Republicans have abandoned their promise to fix it.

Lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have spent recent months touting their legislative accomplishments in 2011: an on-time budget, a 2 percent property tax cap, a revamped income tax code and a sense of renewed collegiality in a Capitol long known for its partisanship.

That doesn't mean, however, that there isn't plenty on the table for 2012.

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January 18, 2012
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Ambitious residential and commercial project proposed for Astoria waterfront

The New York Daily News wrote an article about a new development proposal that would bring significant change to Astoria’s waterfront.

An isolated swath of Astoria that has largely been ignored by developers and businesses could soon undergo a major facelift under a proposal to erect seven waterfront residential towers and a supermarket.

The Lincoln Equities Group wants to create a project dubbed Hallets Point, with roughly 2,300 units of housing and a waterfront park along the East River near the Astoria Houses.

The public review process is expected to begin next year, city officials said.

January 18, 2012
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Senator Seward Comments On Governor's Budget Proposal

ALBANY, 01/17/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal:

“The governor’s budget proposal is a sound continuation of last year’s effort to rein in state spending without raising taxes or resorting to new borrowing.  I believe the plan hits close to the mark on a number of my key priorities and provides a solid starting point for this year’s budget discussion.

January 17, 2012
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ASTORIA LEADERS FIGHT TO PROTECT RATEPAYERS

Queens, NY – Continuing their efforts to protect energy ratepayers, Senator Michael Gianaris and Council Member Peter F. Vallone, Jr. are pushing a federal judge to reject the proposed settlement for an illegal price-fixing case involving Morgan Stanley and two western Queens power plants that caused ratepayers to lose nearly $300 million in two years.

January 17, 2012
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RITCHIE HELPS SUNY CANTON WIN OK TO GROW

 College to Add New Degree to Meet Demand

January 13, 2012
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RITCHIE WANTS PORTS' INPUT ON NEW IJC PLAN

Encouraged by New Compromise on Long-Delayed Plan

January 13, 2012
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Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic "Economic Development"

Joint Legislative Public Hearing Notice and Testimonies for Economic Development

January 31, 9:30 AM - 12:47 PM
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Senator Gianaris speaks at a rally opposing the granting of a liquor license to the Gypsy Rose gentlemen's club

Senator Gianaris speaking at a rally opposing the granting of a liquor license to the Gypsy Rose strip club in LIC, a flourishing, family-oriented neighborhood where a strip club does not belong.

January 13, 2012
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