Issues: Economic Development

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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Senators Martins and Skelos Talk Job Creation and Economic Development with President Obama's Economic Advisor

State Senator Jack Martins and State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos recently met with Citigroup Chairman and former AOL Time Warner Chair Dick Parsons to talk job creation and economic development. The luncheon took the form of a question and answer forum that discussed a wide range of economic issues that impact small business, downtowns and emerging local markets for communities throughout New York State and Long Island. Senator Martins also took the opportunity to bring three Elmont youth leaders to the luncheon gathering. Local residents Marvin Lee, Franklin Thomas and Tyrone St. Louis attended the luncheon where a question and answer period took place centering on the economy, job creation and emerging markets for New York and Long Island.

November 22, 2011
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WNY Shortchanged by Millions of Dollars After DOT Error; Roundtable Forum Held on Regional Economic Impact

Senator Kennedy Holds Roundtable Forum to Discuss the Impact on the Region 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Western New York was shortchanged by about $167 million in infrastructure funding after the Department of Transportation made a human error while calculating allocation formulas for fiscal year 2008-2009. Senator Tim Kennedy, as a member of the Transportation Committee and ranking member of the Economic Development Committee, hosted a roundtable forum Monday to discuss the on-the-ground impact that the DOT funding shortfall has had on Western New York.

November 22, 2011
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Senate Issues Mid-Year Economic and Revenue Report

This week the Senate Majority released a mid-year economic and revenue forecast for New York State. A copy of the report can be found at the Senate website, www.nysenate.gov.

Working together this year, with Governor Cuomo, we were able to close a $10 billion budget deficit. We balenced the budget by finding efficiencies in government, identifying areas to make responsible cuts in spending, and most importantly, held the line on taxes," said Senator Gallivan. "Significant challenges remain and I look forward to returning to Albany to address next year's budget, continuing to focus on fiscal responsibility, economic development, and job creation for Western New York."

Highlights of the report including the following:

November 21, 2011
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Doan FIAT Opens in Greece

On Thursday, November 17th, I had the privilege to attend, and speak at, the grand opening ceremony for Doan FIAT in Greece. The dealership is located in The Mall at Greece Ridge, across from Chase bank. For more information on Doan FIAT, visit their website here, http://www.fiatusaofrochester.com/index.htm.

November 21, 2011
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