Issues: Economic Development

Information To Help Job Seekers

This section of Senator Flanagan’s web site is designed to help those people in our community who are ready to work find the job they need and want.  Please utilize the links below to find job search resources as well as information about upcoming job fairs in our area.

November 2, 2011
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Disaster Assistance Deadline Extended

ONEONTA, 11/02/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today alerted residents and business owners who suffered damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Irene that the deadline to register for federal assistance has been extended until December 15, 2011“Many families and businesses in communities devastated by Irene and Lee have already received federal assistance to begin the painstaking process of rebuilding.  If you are eligible for assistance but have not yet applied I urge you to register immediately,” said Seward.

November 2, 2011
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Find a job opening near you -- visit the New York State "Jobs Express"

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Labor Department recently launched a new, online jobs bank called "Jobs Express" in an effort to connect unemployed New Yorkers with the jobs available in the regions where they live.

Read the Governor's announcement.

November 2, 2011
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U.S. treasurer extols lending

The Times Ledger wrote about U.S. Treasurer Rios' visit to Astoria to note the impact of the initiatives the Obama administration is taking towards the nation's economic recovery. Senator Gianaris commended the usage of the local bank's federal grant to support the small businesses in Queens.

U.S. Treasurer Rosa “Rosie” Gumataotao Rios and U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) visited Astoria’s Alma Bank to tout a $19 million grant the bank received from the federal government to lend to small businesses near its locations throughout the city and in New Jersey.

“We’re pleased to see Alma Bank putting that capital to work right here in Queens,” Rios said.

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November 1, 2011
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U.S. treasurer touts small biz Qns. loans

The Queens Chronicle wrote on the recent visit of Treasurer Rosie Rios as she praised an Astoria bank as an example of Obama's initiatives to help small businesses, as part of a larger plan to recover the nation's economy. Senator Gianaris spoke about how the SBL fund could have a major impact on the Queens community that is largely comprised of immigrants, but that the state itself is not strong enough to offer a program as such on its own.

The treasurer of the United States was on hand at an Astoria bank on Monday, touting it as a prime example of an Obama administration initiative to help small business.

November 1, 2011
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Senator Gianaris discusses Budget Cuts, Tax, Science Campus At Bd. 1

The Queens Gazette wrote on the October Community Board 1 meeting, where questions were raised on how the state deficit will be handled this year. Senator Gianaris, as the keynote speaker, spoke about a range of topics including ways in which we can boost our economy and maintain community members' rights to services they need.

New York state faces a projected budget deficit of $2.4 billion next year and after closing a gap of $10 billion, largely through cuts to health care and education, the question raised at the October meeting of Community Board 1 was how the state will handle the deficit this year.

November 1, 2011
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New "JOBS EXPRESS" Website to Help Unemployed New Yorkers Find Jobs

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the launch of "Jobs Express," a new website designed to help New Yorkers who are seeking employment.

The site takes thousands of jobs listed on the New York State Jobs Bank and sorts them by region to help job seekers evaluate what industries are growing in their area and find out what opportunities are available in specific economic sectors.

To visit Jobs Express, go to http://www.labor.ny.gov/jobs/regional.shtm.

October 31, 2011
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Senator Peralta Calls For Extending State Foreclosure Prevention Program

Arguing that “investing in foreclosure prevention saves money,” State Senator Jose Peralta is urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to continue funding a program that provides homeowners with counseling, legal assistance and help negotiating with banks.

In a letter to the governor citing alarmingly high rates of seriously delinquent mortgages in his senate district, Senator Peralta calls for extending the state’s Foreclosure Prevention Services Program.  Launched in 2008, funding for the $25 million initiative expires at the end of the year.

October 28, 2011
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Putting Small Business First in New York

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) and the Women’s Enterprise Development Center (WEDC) hosted a successful Small Business & Economic Development Forum on Tuesday, October 18th at the White Plains Public Library.  This was the Senator’s 20th small business conference, which has been co-sponsored in recent years by WEDC.

A capacity crowd filled the library auditorium to hear keynote speaker, Steve Cohen, the Senior Vice President and Deputy Commissioner of Empire State Development (ESD).  In a talk punctuated by timely, practical advice, Cohen emphasized the State’s revitalization and expansion of programs to assist small business.  Under Governor Cuomo, the State has taken a community driven approach to economic development, creating ten Regional Economic Development Councils that are designed to target state economic development projects to the specific needs of the community. 

October 28, 2011
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Senator Lee Zeldin Honors Local Businessman Santiago Reyes at State Senate’s “Unidad Latina” Conference

New York, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) joined his colleagues in the State Senate and the Hispanic Federation this past weekend for a two-day “Unidad Latina” economic conference to discuss ways to increase economic opportunities for the growing Hispanic community in New York.

During the conference, Senator Zeldin (above right) recognized Santiago Reyes, a successful entrepreneur and Brentwood small business owner, as “Business Owner of the Year.”

Pictured here with Senator Zeldin are (from left to right): Senator Jack Martins (R- Mineola), Santiago Reyes, Keyry Reyes, and Mrs. Blanca Reyes.

October 27, 2011
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BORDER SENATORS OPPOSE NEW ‘VISITOR TAX’ ON CANADIANS

International Border Caucus Members Urge Federal Reps to Repeal New Fee

October 27, 2011
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REVIVING ROUTE 219 PROJECT FOCUS OF LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE

BUFFALO – A completed Route 219 corridor would transform the economic potential for Western New York was the consensus among panelists who spoke at a special roundtable on Thursday that focused on finding solutions to complete the north-south expressway project.

Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean), joined by a delegation of bi-partisan lawmakers from Western New York, hosted the “Route 219: Road to Our Future” forum at the Mahoney State Office Building to hear from key transportation, labor, tourism, logistics, education, banking, and health care officials on expanding the route.

October 25, 2011
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LaValle Secured Funds: Agricultural Consumer Science Center Breaks Ground, Equals Jobs and Economic Growth

October 24, 2011 – Nearly one year after announcing the open bidding process for the construction of a new Agriculture Consumer Science Center (ACSC) at the Stony Brook University Calverton Business Incubator, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., was joined by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and other local dignitaries  to celebrate the groundbreaking and construction advancement of the planned Center. The project expected completion date is summer 2012.

October 24, 2011
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Agricultural Consumer Science Center Breaks Ground

October 24, 2011 – Nearly one year after announcing the open bidding process for the construction of a new Agriculture Consumer Science Center (ACSC) at the Stony Brook University Calverton Business Incubator, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., will be joined by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and other local dignitaries on Monday, October 24 to celebrate the groundbreaking and construction advancement of the planned Center. The project expected completion date is summer 2012.

October 24, 2011
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Senator Valesky sits down with local agri-business for ThoughtRaiser.

Yesterday, I met with several agri-business owners and operators to discuss how NY can make it easier for them to succeed.

October 21, 2011
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New York State Senate and the Hispanic Federation to hold Unidad Latina Conference to focus on economic opportunities for the Hispanic community

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos announced today that the Senate and the Hispanic Federation will conduct a two-day economic conference this week, entitled “Unidad Latina,” to discuss ways to increase economic opportunities for the growing Hispanic community in New York.  The conference will be held on October 21st and 22nd at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan.

October 20, 2011
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