Issues: Economic Development

Extraordinary Session Keeps Senator Kennedy from Attending Business Symposium, Sends Video Message from Albany

Senator Kennedy was not able to attend the Business Symposium -- which he held on Thursday, December 7 -- in person because Governor Cuomo had called for the State Legislature to return to Albany Wednesday for an extraordinary session. After making the commute across the I-90 to Albany Tuesday night, Senator Kennedy sent video remarks from the State Capitol in a recorded message posted to YouTube and played at the Symposium. In this video, he discusses the work that's been done and the plans moving forward related to job creation and economic development.

December 7, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Hosts ‘Business Symposium’

Local Business Owners Gather at Outreach Event to Gain Access to Programs and Opportunities Available.    

Extraordinary Session Prevents Senator from Attending Symposium, Sends Video Remarks from Albany.

December 7, 2011
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A STATEMENT FROM THE BUSINESS COUNCIL ON LEADERS' COMPREHENSIVE DEAL

“The Business Council commends Governor Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Skelos and Speaker Silver for coming to a bipartisan agreement that will encourage job creation and economic development, reduce the tax burden on middle-income New Yorkers and small businesses, and assist those communities devastated by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Additionally, the proposal to reduce the tax rate for corporate manufacturers will help an industry that has experienced a steep decline in employment.

December 6, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO, MAJORITY LEADER SKELOS & SPEAKER SILVER ANNOUNCE COMPREHENSIVE PLANS TO CREATE JOBS AND GROW THE ECONOMY

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced that they have reached a proposed three-way agreement on legislative and executive proposals to create jobs and cut taxes for middle class New Yorkers. The agreement includes support for a comprehensive New York Works Agenda that will create thousands of jobs with new investments in New York's infrastructure, passing a fair tax reform plan that achieves the first major restructuring of the tax code in decades resulting in a tax cut for 4.4 million middle class New Yorkers taxpayers, approving $50 million in additional relief for areas devastated by recent floods, and reducing the MTA payroll tax to provide relief for small businesses.

December 6, 2011
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SUNY DROPS PLAN TO MERGE CANTON-POTSDAM PRESIDENTS

 Senator’s Efforts Seen as Key to Preserving Colleges’ Separate Identities

December 6, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE TALKS JOBS WITH POWER AGENCY NOMINEE


State Senator Patty Ritchie met Monday with Gov. Cuomo’s nominee to lead the New York Power Authority, and discussed ways the agency can help Northern New York create jobs and improve the economy.

“I was pleased to have this chance to meet with Gil Quiniones to discuss ways we can work together to help grow the economy of Upstate, Central and Northern New York,” Senator Ritchie said. “NYPA needs someone who knows the issues and can hit the ground running, and I was very encouraged by Mr. Quiniones’ depth of knowledge and obvious concern for the needs of our region.”

December 5, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES THE REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AWARDS

Governor Cuomo will be announcing the Regional Economic Development Awards on Thursday, December 8, 2011 beginning 9:30 AM in the Hart Theatre, Egg Center for Performing Arts in Albany. 

December 5, 2011
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SENATOR SALAND RANKED AS TOP "PRO-JOBS SUPPORTER" BY STATE BUSINESS COUNCIL

The Business Council of New York State named Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C - Poughkeepsie) as one of the top pro-jobs supporters in the state legislature as part of its 2011 Voters’ Guide. 

The Business Council of New York State recently released its 2011 Voters’ Guide, which measures New York State Legislators’ commitment to improving the state’s economic climate and performance by scoring their support for key business legislation during the 2011 session. 

December 5, 2011
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SEN. RITCHIE ASKS THE EXPERTS: HOW DO WE MAKE FARMING GROW?

Advisory Group Holds First Meeting; Power Upgrades, Overregulation Top Priority List

State Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie is turning to the experts for ways to help Central and Northern New York farmers grow their businesses, create jobs and strengthen the region’s leading industry.

Senator Ritchie held the first meeting this week of her 13-member Agriculture Advisory Council, and fielded ideas that ranged from the need for power system upgrades to allow dairy farms to expand, to examples of overly cumbersome red tape that makes it tougher for farmers to become more efficient, expand production and markets, and lower costs.

December 2, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Redevelopment of Kennedy Square Site

On December 1, 2011, Senator John A. DeFrancisco, along with various community leaders, helped break ground on the redevelopment of 10 acres on the Kennedy Square Site in Syracuse. As part of this redevelopment, Kennedy Square will be renamed Loguen’s Crossing in a tribute to the Rev. Jermain Loguen and his family, whose home was part of the Underground Railroad.  SUNY Upstate Medical University and COR Development Company LLC are collaborating on the project.  The 10 acres are adjacent to the Central New York Biotechnology Research Center, which is currently under construction.

December 1, 2011
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Senator Kennedy's Business Symposium to be Held December 7

Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business, will hold a “Business Symposium” Wednesday, December 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Lucarelli’s Banquet Center in Lackawanna.

December 7, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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SENATOR RITCHIE SECURES $200,000 FOR FORT DRUM HOUSING

Senate Investment Will Help Ease Housing Crunch from Returning Troops

November 29, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO CALLS ON ASSEMBLY TO JOIN SENATE IN APPROVING NEW TAX CREDITS FOR BUSINESSES THAT CREATE JOBS

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is calling on the Assembly to join the Senate in approving legislation to provide businesses with a tax credit for each new job they create.

“Creating jobs and putting people back to work is the best way to improve our economy. Rewarding businesses for hiring new employees is a commonsense step to promote economic development, especially at a time when over 94,000 Long Islanders are unemployed. That’s exactly what this legislation does and that’s why the Assembly should pass it,” said Senator Fuschillo.

November 29, 2011
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EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCES FINAL SCHEDULE FOR STRATEGIC PLAN PRESENTATIONS

Strategic Plan Review Committee Will Review and Assess Strategic Plans Presented By Ten Regional Economic Development Councils

Empire State Development today announced the final schedule of presentations for the strategic plans submitted by the ten Regional Economic Development Councils. Each region will have an opportunity to make an in-person presentation according to the following schedule:

November 28, 2011
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Solid Cell, Inc. Awarded NYSERDA Grant

On Tuesday, November 22nd, I had the opportunity to speak at a ceremony to announce a $200,000 NYSERDA grant to Solid Cell, Inc for product development and manufacture of its proprietary modified planar solid oxide fuel cell technology. The grant specifically targets manufacture of the Company’s patent-pending ceramic interconnect. Solid Cell was one of only a handful of companies selected under the highly competitive “Environmentally Preferred Power Systems Technologies” program. For more information on Solid Cell, visit their website at http://solidcell.com/.

November 22, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO NAMED ONE OF THE TOP “PRO-JOBS” SUPPORTERS BY BUSINESS COUNCIL OF NEW YORK STATE

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) was recently named one of the New York State Legislature’s top “pro-jobs” supporters by the Business Council of New York State. Senator Fuschillo was tied for the highest score in the Senate in the Business Council’s 2011 legislative scorecard.

Senator Fuschillo earned high marks for supporting legislation which will help businesses grow and create jobs. Senator Fuschillo supported the creation of a permanent “Recharge NY” program to provide low-cost power to businesses so they can create & retain jobs, as well as enhancing the Excelsior Jobs Program to include expanded tax credits to help businesses create jobs. Senator Fuschillo also supported New York State’s new property tax cap law.

November 22, 2011
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Future Of Queens Discussed At Astoria Civic Meeting

The Queens Gazette wrote about the "State of Queens Address" at the Astoria Civic Association, where Senator Gianaris and other elected officials discussed a variety of issues and accomplishments in Queens. Senator Gianaris talked specifically about the economy, the importance of the film tax credit and hydrofracking.

A triumvirate of elected officials delivered the “State of Queens Address” at the November 8 meeting of the Astoria Civic Association at Riccardo’s by the bridge.

Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and state Senator Mike Gianaris had the chance to review accomplishments, as well as challenges that Queens has been facing and will continue to face in the near future.

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November 22, 2011
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