Issues: Economic Development

Tops Re-Opens Hilton Store

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit with employees and customers at the newest Tops Friendly Market store in Hilton. The Hilton location is the 15th store in Monroe County and the 133rd store in the company’s New York/Pennsylvania market.

 

Shoppers at the Hilton Tops will see immediate changes in the 27,000 square-foot location such as exterior signage, aisle signs, the addition of Tim Horton’s kiosk and increased product variety, including Tops brand products.

 

More renovations are on the way to the store, which are expected to begin in early January and be completed in the spring.

 

There are approximately 32 full-time and 50 part-time associates at the Hilton location.

October 4, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Tours Nucor Steel Plant

Senator John A. DeFrancisco toured the Nucor Steel Plant in Auburn on September 30th. 

September 30, 2011
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Fighting for WNY's Fair Share! Show Your Support!

Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, has been fighting to secure increased transportation aid for Western New York to ensure we get our fair share of funding for our roads and bridges. Now, he needs your help. Senator Kennedy is asking Western New Yorkers to voice their support for this fight by signing the online petition below. When the Department of Transportation committed a human error in the calculation of the region’s funding formula, they ended up shortchanging Western New York to the tune of approximately $167 million. Senator Kennedy, a member of the Transportation Committee, is urging the DOT to fix the funding disparity that Western New York has endured as a result of the miscalculation.

September 30, 2011
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Groundbreaking for Dobbs Ferry Shoreline Stabilization Project

Senator Stewart-Cousins attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the Shoreline Stabilization Project in Dobbs Ferry. The project will restore and stabilize portions of the eroding Hudson River shoreline in the village’s Waterfront Park, which have not been reinforced in more than 50 years. It was jointly financed by the Village of Dobbs Ferry, Westchester County, a grant from the New York Department of State’s Waterfront Revitalization Program, and a generous $1 million donation from Dobbs Ferry philanthropists Marie and Arch McKellar. This is the first phase of the village’s broader waterfront revitalization program, which will eventually include a River Walk, a kayak launch and additional green space for recreational activities.

September 29, 2011
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Senator Martins Encourages Job Growth in Biopharmaceutical Sector

Senator Jack M. Martins participated in a press conference at the new Hofstra University Medical School to encourage job growth in the biopharmaceutical research and manufacturing field.

The press conference focused on a report by the Public Policy Institute, the research arm of The Business Council of New York State, entitled New York Must Step Up Its Game: The Global Struggle for Biopharmaceutical Jobs. The report points out that there is job growth potential is the area of biopharmaceutical research and manufacturing and New York has to encourage it in its state or risk companies locating in other regions in the country and overseas.

September 29, 2011
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O'Mara says 'Open for Business' conference signals economic focus for 2012 session

Albany, N.Y., September 28—After participating in the “NY Open for Business” conference convened at the capital yesterday by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a conference highlighted by a major economic development announcement by the governor and a keynote address by former President Bill Clinton, area State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) called the conference “an important agenda setter for a 2012 legislative session that many of us hope will be focused like never before on building a stronger state economy and a better business climate.”

September 28, 2011
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The Lo-Down: Grants Go to Paul Taylor, Gulick Park, Allen Street

While the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., is winding down, it still has some money left to award.  Local elected officials, including U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer and State senator Daniel Squadron, have urged the LMDC to use some of the money to refurbish Pier 42, at the end of Montgomery Street.  While the city has plans to build a park and recreational area on the pier, there’s no money budgeted for the project.

Today, Squadron praised the LMDC for awarding the community grants. But, in a statement, he added, he would continue to “fight for the redevelopment funds necessary to compete the East River Waterfront park, including the redevelopment of Pier 42.”

September 27, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Riverknoll Crossing Groundbreaking Ceremony

Senator John A. DeFrancisco took part in a groundbreaking ceremony on September 26, 2011, for Phase II of Riverknoll at Radisson in Baldwinsville, NY.  The construction project is an 80-unit affordable rental complex.

September 27, 2011
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Griffo Expects Big Dividends From Nanotech Investments

Griffo Expects Big Dividends From Nanotech Investments

September 27, 2011
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Senator Skelos' Statement on $4.4 Billion Computer Chip Technology Investment

Although we have more to do to ensure that every New Yorker who wants a job can find one, today's announcement is further proof that New York is once again open for business. This multibillion dollar investment in New York's economy will help us create and retain thousands of good jobs, and spur even more economic growth across the State.

September 27, 2011
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O'Mara joins panel on manufacturing at today's 'NY Open for Business' conference at the Capitol

Albany, N.Y., September 26—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) will participate on a panel examining the future of manufacturing in New York State at today’s statewide “NY Open for Business” conference being convened in Albany by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

September 26, 2011
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Queens Residents Line Up For Corona Job Fair

NY1 News

Job seekers lined up in Queens Thursday in hopes of landing a position in a rough economy. At least 1,100 people attended a job fair in Corona.Over 60 employers were on hand, looking to fill over 1,000 positions.

"There is nothing more important than getting jobs, and these individuals know it," said State Senator Jose Peralta.

"You know, it's hard to find a job, and a place like this is a great opportunity for people to find a job that's in desperate need of work," said one New Yorker."You get to see who you're dealing with, they can redirect you to where you need to go professionally," said another.

September 23, 2011
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OVER 60 EXHIBITORS ON BOARD FOR JOB FAIR--ARE YOU?

REGISTER NOW AND SEE LIST OF PARTICIPATING EMPLOYERS

The Job Fair and Career Expo hosted by North Country State Sens. Patty Ritchie and Joseph A. Griffo has picked up another 10 employers, bringing the total to more than 60 businesses, health care agencies and exhibitors signed up for the first time event.

September 22, 2011
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Annex The Mills at High Falls Ribbon Cutting

On Monday, September 19th, Senator Robach spoke at, and took part in, a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Annex The Mills at High Falls. Construction on the project started in April 2010, and was completed in July. The total cost of the project was $7.5 million. The buildings, located on State Street in downtown Rochester are anticipated to be fully occupied by the end of this year. For more information on Annex The Mills at High Falls, visit the Urban League of Rochester Economic Development Corporation website at http://www.ulr.org/econDev.php.

September 21, 2011
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Seward Applauds National Grid's Emergency Economic Development Proposal

COBLESKILL, 09/21/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined officials with National Grid in announcing economic development aid for upstate communities hit hardest by recent storms.

“Our small businesses and farmers, many who have lost everything in the wake of Irene and Lee, are working diligently to rebuild.  Small towns and villages are also faced with a monumental task of repairing damaged infrastructure,” said Senator Seward.  “With budgets already stretched to the max, financial assistance is needed to help make people whole and I am pleased National Grid is stepping up to help energize the rebuilding effort.”

September 21, 2011
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SEN. RITCHIE: AGRIBUSINESS CAN REVITALIZE UPSTATE

 

Agricultural Businesses Offer Ideas To Ritchie’s Senate Ag Panel    

Upstate agriculture industry leaders, including onion growers, wineries and dairy farmers, told  New York State Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie that upstate can grow jobs if the state reduces the regulatory burden on farm families.

September 20, 2011
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SENATOR VALESKY NAMED TO TASK FORCE ON GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY

Bipartisan panel to identify savings, eliminate wasteful spending, streamline bureaucracy

Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has been named to the revamped New York State Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency, a bipartisan panel charged with uncovering waste, inefficiency and mismanagement throughout state government.

September 19, 2011
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