Issues: Economic Development

Insurance Exchange Legislation Establishes Blueprint For Future Of Health Insurance In New York

ALBANY, 06/09/11 – Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Insurance Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I, Oneonta) and Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Health Senator Kemp Hannon (R/C/I, Garden City) joined today to announce legislation (S.5652) has been filed in the senate that will establish a blueprint for the development and implementation of the Health Insurance Exchange in New York State, mandated by the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).

June 9, 2011
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Higgins, Kennedy, Schroeder Announce Construction at Gallagher Beach

Project to Add Improved Public Access, Amenities Along Buffalo’s Waterfront

Congressman Brian Higgins, New York Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblyman Mark J.F. Schroeder announced the latest project contributing to the transformation of Buffalo’s waterfront. The Western New York leaders released details on the current construction project at Gallagher Beach.

“In incremental steps we are building the waterfront that this community demanded and deserves,” said Congressman Higgins. “These improvements will complement the new Parkway and give waterfront destination seekers a new outlet to visit and enjoy.”

June 8, 2011
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Artist Rendering of Gallagher Beach

An artist's rendering of the completed project at Gallagher Beach

June 8, 2011
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Kennedy, Higgins, Schroeder discuss developments along Buffalo's waterfront

Senator Tim Kennedy joined Congressman Brian Higgins and Assemblyman Mark Schroeder on Buffalo's waterfront to announce construction at Gallagher Beach.

June 8, 2011
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Kennedy, Higgins, Schroeder discuss developments along Buffalo's waterfront

Senator Tim Kennedy joined Congressman Brian Higgins and Assemblyman Mark Schroeder on Buffalo's waterfront to announce construction at Gallagher Beach.

June 8, 2011
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New Queens businesses band together to lure shoppers to Sunnyside

The Daily News wrote about how Sunnyside merchants have started a new initiative to make the neighborhood a more appealing place to shop, visit and hang out.

A new group focused on revitalizing Queens Blvd. in Sunnyside kicked off its agenda yesterday with some simple yet key goals - Shop local, buy local and free up some parking spaces.

"How can we entice you to shop more in your community?" Ciaran Staunton asked a large gathering of residents, elected officials and property owners at his pub Molly Blooms on hand to launch the Queens Blvd. Merchants Initiative.

"We have 200,000 people who pass here every day going to and from Manhattan," he pointed out. "How do we get them to stop?"

June 8, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES North CAROLINA AIR FILTER COMPANY OPENS FACTORY IN COLUMBIA COUNTY CREATING 180 JOBS

Flanders Corporation will move into shuttered Greenport facility

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced North Carolina-based Flanders Corporation, a leading air filter manufacturer, will establish its northeast production operation in the Town of Greenport in Columbia County, creating 180 new jobs in the region. The company will invest approximately $7 million in the facility. Empire State Development (ESD) will provide the company with $500,000 in Excelsior Jobs Program tax benefits over a 10 year period.

June 7, 2011
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50 BUSINESSES, AGENCIES AT CAREER EXPO THURSDAY

Fulton Event Can Help CNYers Find New Careers

State Senator Patty Ritchie’s Career and Resource Expo on Thursday will feature 50 businesses and agencies looking to help Central New Yorkers find new careers.

“With the economy picking up, companies are starting to hire,” Senator Ritchie said. “This event will help people reentering the job market, high school and college grads and folks who are looking for new careers to see what’s available in the greater Oswego area.”

June 7, 2011
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FOREIGN TRADE ZONE EXPANSION WILL CREATE JOBS

Helps U.S. Companies Compete In Global Economy, Makes NNY Attractive To Business

State Senator Patty Ritchie said that her bill expanding the Ogdensburg Foreign Trade Zone will help attract new businesses to Ogdensburg and communities across St. Lawrence County. The bill, S.5225, was given final passage by the Senate today.

“By expanding the existing foreign trade zone to include all of St. Lawrence County, we can encourage more manufacturers and other businesses to come to Northern New York,” Senator Ritchie said. “My bill allows firms from around the world to ship merchandise into St. Lawrence County and exempt it from taxes and duty until it is made into finished products or shipped to its final destination.”

June 6, 2011
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Senate Democrats Push Jobs Package, Highlighting Senator Espaillat’s Job Creation Legislation

Espaillat’s proposed “Seed-NY” program will invest in growing businesses in the state and create tech sector jobs

(New York, NY) – With just nine days left in the legislative session, Senate Democrats are urging immediate action to get New York working again - announcing a workforce reinvestment plan to spur job creation and strengthen protections for the unemployed. As part of a larger job creation package, Senate Democrats are highlighting Senator Adriano Espaillat’s legislation (S. 1864) which creates the Seed-NY program.

June 3, 2011
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Sen. Espaillat Along With Minority Leader Sampson and Senate Democrats Push for Jobs Programs

Albany Times Union: Sen. Dems Push Jobs Programs

By Rick Karlin

June 02, 2011

Income tax revenues so far are running $214 million ahead of projections, Senate Democrats said, and they want to spend some of that money, about $100 million, on a series of initiatives designed to grow jobs across the state. Some of these bills have come up before, while some, such as a bill expanding electric power in Western New York, have the support of key Republicans. Mostly, the bills set up training tax credits, small business assistance and capital for new businesses.

June 3, 2011
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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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