Issues: Economic Development

Parker Proposes Jobs Creation Package

(Brooklyn, NY) Today Senator Parker joined his Senate colleagues in another charge to assist Main Street New Yorkers by releasing the Workforce Reinvestment Plan which includes 11 pieces of legislation sponsored by Senators Parker, Kennedy, Perkins, Espaillat, Montgomery, Stewart-Cousins, and Maziarz.  The plan covers a broad range of employment issues including training programs, workforce credits, alternative investment and reinvestment funds, educational opportunities, green jobs initiatives, nondiscrimination legislation and tax credits.  Senator Parker sponsored three of the eleven pieces of legislation proposed.

June 2, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Leads Conference in Pressing for Passage of Job Creation and Workforce Reinvestment Initiatives

Package of bills will help get New Yorkers back to work by promoting workforce training, harnessing the growth potential of alternative energy, encouraging small business growth

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, led the Senate Democratic Conference in pressing for the passage of a set of job creation initiatives and workforce reinvestment proposals that will help get Western New Yorkers back to work, at a press conference Thursday in the State Capitol.

June 2, 2011
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GOVERNOR SIGNS THREE RITCHIE BILLS INTO LAW

Legislation Reduces Red Tape On Business, Government

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced that three bills she sponsored in the Senate to cut red tape on business and local government—including a measure allowing wine in frozen desserts like sherbets and sorbets—have been signed into law.

“I am very pleased that Governor Cuomo has signed these bills I sponsored to cut red tape for small businesses and help make government more efficient,” Senator Ritchie said.

June 2, 2011
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Seward: Rational Tuition Policy For SUNY A Priority

ALBANY, 06/02/11 – New York State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I, Oneonta) and Assemblywoman Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes (D, Buffalo) today were joined by State University of New York (SUNY) officials in calling for the immediate passage of legislation establishing a rational tuition policy for SUNY.

Enactment of a five-year, fair, predictable and responsible tuition plan for SUNY will protect access and affordability, allow students and families to plan for the cost of their education, and ensure that additional tuition revenue is invested in campus improvements and program development.

June 2, 2011
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Should New York State allow the sale of wine in grocery stores? O'Mara, others say yes (Update: see June 2nd Corning Leader editorial in support)

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Joseph D. Morelle (D-Irondequoit) have introduced new legislation to rekindle a decades-old debate in the Legislature: should New York State allow the sale of wine in grocery stores?

June 2, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE TO HOST CAREER, RESOURCE EXPO IN FULTON

Event will pair employers and agencies to get Oswego County residents hired

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that she is teaming with Central New York employers and agencies to host a Career and Resource Expo with the goal of allowing more Oswego County residents to hear the words, “You’re Hired!”

The first-of-its-kind event will be held on Thursday, June 9, from 2 pm to 6 pm, at the Fulton War Memorial, on West Broadway, and will feature over 40 agencies and employers from the region, including businesses who are ready to hire.

May 27, 2011
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Small Business Owners Working with Senator Kennedy to Identify Challenges, Develop Solutions

Business community shares ideas, first-hand experiences with WNY Senator

BUFFALO, N.Y. – “Small businesses are the engines of job growth in the new economy,” said Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, as he addressed a group of business owners gathered Thursday at the Innovation Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. It was a meeting of the Small Business Advisory Board that Senator Kennedy created earlier this year to help him identify challenges and develop solutions to improve the small businesses climate in Western New York.

May 26, 2011
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May 25, 2011
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New York Needs To Take A Gas Tax Holiday

ALBANY, 05/24/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced senate approval of legislation eliminating the state gas tax for three key holiday weekends to help families cope with the rising cost at the pump.

“New Yorkers are facing increasing costs at every turn and soaring gas prices have many tapped out,” said Senator Seward.  “Families need a break, especially over the summer holidays when many are traveling.  A gas tax holiday would provide some much needed relief.”

May 25, 2011
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Syracuse Resident Mary Nelson is NY Senate “WOMAN OF DISTINCTION”

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) named Mary Nelson, of Syracuse, as the 49th Senate District’s “Woman of Distinction” as part of the New York State Senate’s 14th Annual 2011 Women of Distinction celebration. 

May 24, 2011
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Senator Ball Speaks to Putnam Economic Development Corporation

 

MAHOPAC (4/27/2011) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) was a keynote speaker at the Putnam County Economic Development Corporation’s “Shop Putnam Business and Home Expo,” held at Villa Barone Hilltop Manor on Wednesday. 

During his address, Senator Ball announced an initiative in his office, headed by his Chief of Staff Jim Coleman, to identify and support economic development projects in each of his district’s 22 towns.

May 24, 2011
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Ball and Tedisco Call for Immediate Relief from Pain at Gas Pump: Legislators seek Summer Gas Tax Holiday to save motorists 33 cents a gallon during Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day weekends; call for stricter regulations against zone pricing

With the average price of a gallon of gasoline already over $4.00 and predicted to skyrocket to $6.00 this summer, Senator Greg Ball (R,C-Patterson) and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) today called for short term and long term solutions to provide motorists with relief at the pump and help kick our nation’s addiction to fossil fuels.

May 24, 2011
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Senate Passes IDC Bill to Help Increase Distribution of NY-Grown Products

The State Senate today unanimously passed legislation co-sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and featured in a report by the Independent Democratic Conference that will help further expand the sale of New York State -grown agricultural products. 

May 24, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's opening statement at a May 23 Albany roundtable on allowing the sale of wine in grocery stores.

Albany, N.Y., May 23—State Senator Tom O’Mara sponsored a roundtable discussion in Albany today on legislation he sponsors (A.7659/S.5358), the “Wine Industry and Liquor Store Development Act,” to allow the sale of wine in grocery stores.

In this video, Senator O'Mara makes an opening statement at today's roundtable.

May 23, 2011
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Senator Rivera was the Keynote Speaker at SoBRO’s South Bronx Leadership Forum

Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) was the keynote speaker at SoBRO’s South Bronx Leadership Forum on Thursday, where he addressed an audience of students, community leaders and business leaders. Senator Rivera spoke on the need for government to partner with business, educational institutions, grassroots organizations and community members in order to bring about responsible community and economic development.

For the full text of Senator Rivera’s speech please see below for the attachment: 

May 23, 2011
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Erie Harbor Wall Raising Ceremony

On Thursday, May 19th, I had the opportunity to attend, and speak at, a wall raising ceremony for the new Erie Harbor apartment building that is currently under construction on Mt. Hope Avenue. For more about this new venture, you can visit www.liveaterieharbor.com. The project is expected to be complete this summer.

 

Photo courtesy: Communications Bureau, City of Rochester.

May 20, 2011
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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 10:30 AM, Tuesday, May 24, 2011 Room 511 LOB

May 24, 10:30 AM - 10:32 AM
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Press Conference: Senator Gianaris to attend Congresswoman Maloney's press conference on New Federal Rail Grant

Senator Gianaris will attend a press conference held by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney to report that thousands of jobs and other economic benefits will be created through the new $295 million federal high-speed rail grant to improve "Harold Interlocking" in the Sunnyside Yards.

May 19, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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Senator Valesky and IDC Unveil Package To Strengthen NY Farms

 

With his colleagues in the Independent Democratic Conference, State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today unveiled a legislative package designed to preserve, promote and grow farming in New York State. 

May 18, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE’S FROZEN WINE DESSERT BILL PASSES

Bill Allows Innovation, New Products, New Jobs In Food, Wine Industry

State Senator Patty Ritchie’s bill (S4054) to allow the sale of wine flavored frozen desserts in New York State passed the Senate.

“With record unemployment, New York State needs to encourage innovation in its wine industry and commercial food industries to make it easier for companies to create new products using what's already produced on New York’s farms,” Senator Ritchie said. “As the chair of the Senate’s Agriculture Committee, I felt it was vital to help encourage food manufacturers to use wine as an ingredient in more desserts like sorbets to help create new products, new businesses and new jobs both on farms, at wineries and in our manufacturing plants.”

May 16, 2011
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