Issues: Economic Development

Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #24: My Priority Legislation

As the Senate regular session comes to a close, I have redoubled my efforts to get my priority legislation passed before then.

In total, I’ve gotten 47 of my 119 bills passed so far this session. The Assembly has also passed 23 of those 47 bills, and the governor has signed 16 of them into law. Five are awaiting his review. I thank my colleagues for helping me achieve the success I’ve enjoyed so far.

Here’s my thinking. First and foremost, a good state legislator is an advocate for his constituents. I’m occasionally asked by local government to help them enact special laws that would only apply to them – a good example is the regular reauthorization of a local sales tax rate, which can help ease the property tax burden.

June 12, 2014
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SENATE OKs RITCHIE BILL TO PUT ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY WINES ON THE MAP

Newest Wine Trail to Draw Tourists, Create Jobs

State Senator Patty Ritchie’s plan to create a “St. Lawrence Wine Trail,” highlighting for tourists and local residents the growing number of wineries and quality wines produced in the North Country, was approved by the Senate today. The bill (S.6321) now goes to the Governor for his signature.

June 12, 2014
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SENATE PASSES VALESKY LEGISLATION TO INCREASE NUMBER OF LAND BANKS IN NYS

ALBANY--Yesterday, the State Senate passed legislation (S.6731) sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) increasing the maximum number of land banks in the state to 20.

Land banks, entities that take control of problem properties and then redevelop or dispose of them in a manner consistent with the public’s interest, are a proven strategic tool for cities and counties where the number of vacant properties outpaces the private market’s ability to deal with them. Land banks are proving to be effective tools to reduce blight and advance community revitalization.

June 11, 2014
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STANDING UP FOR OSWEGO JOBS: RITCHIE WINS OK FOR NUKE TAX BILL

State Senator Patty Ritchie beat back a challenge by downstate nuclear power opponents and won final legislative passage of her bill allowing Oswego County to continue to negotiate tax agreements with the operators of three nuclear power plants, helping to stabilize local government finances and protect jobs at some of the region’s biggest employers.

June 11, 2014
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Senate Passes Three Griffo Sponsored Bills

ALBANY - Sen. Joseph A. Griffo was the lead sponsor of three bills that today passed the State Senate. 

June 10, 2014
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Senator Klein, Pelham Chamber of Commerce and Pelham Junior League Champion Wolfs Lane Park Capital Improvements

PELHAM, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined Pelham Village Trustee, Susan Mutti, Pelham Chamber of Commerce President, Sandy Waibel and Pelham Junior League President, Nancy Hawkins at the Chamber of Commerce Street Fair on Saturday to champion the continued effort to improve Wolfs Lane Park. Last year, Senator Klein announced a $646,271 capital grant he secured for improvements to Wolfs Lane Park.

June 9, 2014
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Buffalo, Rochester Senators Kennedy and O’Brien Call for Brownfield Cleanup Program to be Extended This Year

Brownfield Cleanup Program Has Proven Effective in Redeveloping Abandoned and Contaminated Industrial Properties to Revitalize Economies of Buffalo, Rochester, Cities across Upstate New York.

If Program is Allowed to Expire, Several Local Projects Would be Put at Risk – Kennedy and O’Brien want it extended this year to provide stability and certainty needed to get major remediation and redevelopment projects started.

Since 2008, over 40 projects in the Buffalo-Niagara region have participated in the Brownfield Cleanup Program, resulting more than $500 million in investment, according to the NYS Economic Development Council.

June 9, 2014
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Plan Moves Forward To Turn Over Old Psych Center Land

7 News' John Friot updates on Senator Ritchie's plan to breathe new life into unused loand and buildings at the St. Lawrence Psych Center to create North Country jobs and economic development.

June 6, 2014
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Land Purchase Could Bring Big Benefits to Ogdensburg

TWC News update on Senator Ritchie's plan to transform unused and decaying buildings at the St. Lawrence Psych Center to boost North Country jobs and economic development.

June 6, 2014
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NORTH COUNTRY LEADERS PEER INTO THE FUTURE AT PSYCH CENTER

Ritchie’s Land Transfer Plan Focus of Multiagency Tour

June 5, 2014
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MORE THAN 300 JOB SEEKERS ATTEND RITCHIE'S FULTON JOB FAIR

More than 300 people attended State Senator Patty Ritchie’s annual Oswego County Job Fair, held Wednesday at the Fulton War Memorial.

June 4, 2014
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START-UP NY Helps Attract Datto, Inc. to Rochester

Today, I joined Governor Cuomo, Lt. Governor Duffy and my partners in the New York State Legislature at RIT for an exciting announcement about the START-UP NY program. Datto, Inc., a technology leader and solutions innovator, is locating an office on the campus of RIT thanks to the innovative START-UP NY program. I am proud to have worked with Governor Cuomo on this program.

June 4, 2014
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Great Chazy River waterfront revitalization plan passed by Senate

The State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would designate the Great Chazy River an inland waterway making the communities along the river eligible for grants under the New York State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.The legislation was introduced at the request of local officials.The Local Waterfront Revitalization Program is a locally prepared land and water use  plan for a community’s developed, natural, public and working waterfronts.  The planning document may address issues such as recreation and commercial use of waterways and stewardship, including dredging.  The program establishes a long-term partnership among local governments, community organizations and New York State.

June 3, 2014
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RITCHIE TO HOST OSWEGO CO. JOB FAIR JUNE 4th

Event to Feature Nearly 50 Employers

Job seekers will have an opportunity to talk with nearly 50 employers next week at State Senator Patty Ritchie’s annual Oswego County Job Fair.

The free event will take place Wednesday June 4th from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the Fulton War Memorial.  Those looking for work are encouraged to bring their resumes. 

“From opportunities for new graduates to jobs for people looking to reenter the workforce, my upcoming Oswego County Job Fair will feature a number of employers that are looking to hire now for a wide variety of positions,” said Senator Ritchie.

May 27, 2014
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Construction Begins at Midtown Tower

This morning, I joined Larry Glazer, Bob Morgan and my colleagues in government for the start of construction on the Tower at Midtown Rising. This project is a great example of State and Local government working with private investors for the betterment of our community. This project will help bring the excitement back to Downtown Rochester, just like Midtown Mall did during its glory years!

May 23, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business  Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair  10:30 AM, Wednesday, May 28, 2014  Room 945 LOB

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DATE

SCHEDULED TO APPEAR TO ADDRESS THE COMMITTEE: KENNETH ADAMS, COMMISSIONER NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

May 28, 10:30 AM - 11:31 AM
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Senator Kennedy, Lackawanna Leaders Push for State Takeover of South Park Avenue and Ridge Road

With Lackawanna Financially Strained, Kennedy and City Leaders Push Legislation to Secure State Support for South Park & Ridge.

As Kennedy pushes in Senate, Assemblyman Kearns supporting effort in Assembly.

Critical routes through Lackawanna connect residents and visitors to Botanical Gardens, Our Lady of Victory Basilica, waterfront and other important destinations.

May 22, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #20: Reducing Red Tape

Red tape: If you talk to most business owners about their impediments to growth, they’ll give you an earful about the countless hours they spend filling out forms for the government.

Now, not all regulations are bad. We’ve got well designed and well implemented rules that provide more benefits than costs, including ones that ensure our health and safety.

However, New York does not need 750,000 regulations. Businesses are spending $274 billion every year to comply with all these rules. That’s money much better spent on developing new product lines, expanding facilities or hiring additional workers.

May 15, 2014
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