Issues: Economic Development

Keep WNY's Post Offices Open! Sign the Petition!

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Citing the damage it would do to the Western New York economy, Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, is urging the United States Postal Service to reverse its course as it considers shutting down operations at the William Street Post Office in Buffalo. Senator Kennedy is also encouraging the Western New York community to sign an online petition that calls on the USPS to “Keep WNY’s Post Office Open”. Individuals signing the petition will have their names added to an opposition letter that will be sent to Postmaster General.

September 15, 2011
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Governor Cuomo Announces Household Appliance Grant Program for Storm Recovery

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched an $8 million appliance grant program for those who sustained property damage as a result of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The program will help New Yorkers cover the costs of replacing vital household appliances, such as refrigerators, boilers washing machines and furnaces, damaged by the recent flooding. Grants will be a fixed amount for different appliances and could cover up to 100 percent of the costs of a purchase. If the cost of the appliance exceeds the cap, the program will pay a portion of the total costs up to the cap.

September 14, 2011
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CWC Grants Will Help Rebuild Main Streets

ONEONTA, 09/13/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commended the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) for approving a special grant program for small businesses devastated by recent storms and flooding.

“As I toured communities ravaged by Tropical Storms Irene and Lee and met with business owners who have lost their livelihoods, each indicated the desire to rebuild but many lacked the means,” said Senator Seward.  “One of my first calls was to the Catskill Watershed Corporation seeking their assistance and I am pleased to learn of their swift and generous response.”

September 13, 2011
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Independent Democratic Conference Unveils ThoughtRaiser Initiative

 

The Independent Democratic Conference today announced the launch of its “ThoughtRaiser Initiative,” the IDC's effort to have the issues dominating Albany mirror what's most important to New York State residents.

These Thoughtraiser will focus on residents, community stakeholders, and local groups, and will be held across New York state. Each forum will be small by design in order to foster real discussion on how government can best help.

September 12, 2011
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Senator Oppenheimer's Small Business & Economic Development Forum

PUTTING SMALL BUSINESS FIRST IN NEW YORK

 Come hear about the State’s efforts to support small businesses,

advance women and minority-owned businesses (MWBEs),

facilitate access to capital and create jobs.

 Keynote speaker:  Steve Cohen, Senior VP and Deputy Commissioner

Empire State Development

 

October 18, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Senator Robach's Legislative Update September 2011

Senator Robach was a guest on Legislative Update on Wednesday, September 7th. During the broadcast, Senator Robach discussed job development and previewed the upcoming Greentopia Festival in Rochester.

September 7, 2011
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New Coffee Shop Open in Highland Park Area

On Friday morning, September 2nd, Senator Robach attended, and spoke at, a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open The Crossroads Coffeehouse at the corner of Goodman Street and Clinton Avenue, at 752 South Goodman Street. Crossroads Coffeehouse offers free Wi-Fi, couches for lounging, a fireplace, and conference and meeting areas.

September 7, 2011
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GIANARIS LAUDS FILM/TV PROGRAM JOBS

Queens Gazette wrote about the thousands of jobs the film industry, aided by the film tax credit which was championed  by Senator Gianaris, has brought to New York. 

State Senator Michael Gianaris (D–Astoria) had high praise and satisfaction for a program he supported which has created many jobs in his district and elsewhere in New York state.

Gianaris pointed out that the New York State Film Production Credit, which rewards companies that produce films and TV shows in the state with a tax credit, also creates jobs. Gianaris was a lead supporter when the legislation was created and later expanded.

September 7, 2011
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SENATE AG CHAIR RITCHIE TOURS IRENE-DAMAGED FARMS

Devastation is ‘numbing,’ says Ag Committee Chair

September 7, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE: BIOMASS COULD FUEL 140,000 UPSTATE JOBS

Attends hearing on proposals to grow energy jobs

September 6, 2011
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Area Counties Included In Federal Disaster Declaration

ONEONTA, 09/05/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today reminded residents and businesses in eligible counties to apply for federal disaster assistance. “Families and businesses in communities devastated by Irene are determined to rebuild and the federal disaster declaration is a helpful step in the ongoing recovery.  I encourage those who have suffered damage to apply with FEMA as soon as possible to begin the assistance process,” said Senator Seward.

Those who have suffered damage are able to register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362).  Registration forms and additional information can be found online at www.disasterassistance.gov.

September 6, 2011
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DNA Info: Shows Like 'Pan Am' Give Lift to City Economy

By Della Hasselle

MANHATTAN - The television industry in New York has reached an all-time high and is becoming a an entertainment force to rival Hollywood, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other officials announced Monday.

September 1, 2011
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Patch: "Pan Am" Takes Flight at Steiner Studios

By Paul Leonard

Brooklyn, it seems, is more than ready for its close-up.

With city centers of film production humming, Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined other elected officials on a tour Monday morning of the Brooklyn set of the ABC period drama, "Pan Am"—one of a record 23 primetime TV series filmed across the five boroughs this pilot season. 

September 1, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE TALKS JOBS WITH "GREEN" ENERGY PLANT DEVELOPERS

Plans for $50 Million Private Sector Investment Will Create 150 Jobs

September 1, 2011
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Associated Press: New board to oversee creation of WTC arts center

Associated Press

NEW YORK — As the city looks past the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, community members and officials say a future performing arts center is vital to the continued rebirth of the World Trade Center site and downtown area.

"Between now and the 10th anniversary, the focus will be on getting the memorial open and preparing for the anniversary, but as we get to this fall, everyone's going to say, 'What is the next step?' and 'How do you fully round out the site?'" said state Sen. Daniel Squadron, whose district includes lower Manhattan.

September 1, 2011
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State Senator Peralta, Elmcor Sponsor Job Fair

Some 50 employers will be accepting résumés and talking to job seekers at a September 22 job fair sponsored by State Senator Jose R. Peralta and Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities, Inc.

The fair will be held at the Elmcor Recreation Center, located at 107-20 Northern Blvd. in Corona, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Some of the employers that will be on hand include the Council for Airport Opportunities, AFLAC, Macy’s, PSCH Inc., the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a variety of city and state agencies, as well as several unions with apprenticeship opportunities available.

August 31, 2011
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USAN Board of directors Approve Boundary Revision in NF

USA Niagara Development Corporation (USAN) Board of Directors today met and approved expanded boundaries for the USAN Development District, helping facilitate a cultural district as proposed in the City of Niagara Falls’ Comprehensive Plan.  The revised boundaries will now include nearly 22 acres north of Main Street, including the area surrounding the Aquarium of Niagara, improving USAN’s ability to fulfill its long-term vision for a cultural destination that is integral component of local economic development and revitalization plans.

August 30, 2011
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