Issues: Economic Development

Committee Meeting: Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Senator James S. Alesi, Chair 10:30 AM, Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Room 511 LOB

March 22, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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Senator Martins Tours Port Washington, Meets With Community Leaders

Senator Jack M. Martins, the chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, recently spent a Friday in Port Washington meeting with community leaders and listening to their concerns.

Senator Martins started the day by meeting with Village of Port Washington North Mayor Robert Weitzner. Among the topics discussed was the Port Washington North Baywalk Project, which consists of 1.7 acres of waterfront property. The village’s goal is to transform the area into an active waterfront park so that the area becomes a destination for residents.

Phase I has been completed on the project.

March 17, 2011
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Senator Kennedy: It's a Priority of WNY to Have UB 2020 in the Budget

Senator stands up for Western New York economy during budget debate, cites Republicans' failure to include UB 2020 as reason for 'No' vote on Senate bill

ALBANY, N.Y. - In the one-house budget bill the Senate voted on this week, Senator Timothy, M. Kennedy voted 'No', citing the Republicans' failure to include UB 2020 in their proposal.

The budget resolution that the Senate puts forward is essentially a list of budget priorities for the Senate. Senator Kennedy believes it is vital to the economic future of Western New York that UB 2020 is included in the budget proposal. 

March 17, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Announces Construction Resumes on South Park Avenue

Work restarted Monday, revitalization project expected to be completed in June

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced that work has resumed on South Park Avenue, as crews move toward the completion of the construction component of the South Park Avenue Revitalization Project.

With about 70 work days remaining in the 300-day project, it is expected that the work will be completed during the month of June – barring any unforeseen delays like poor weather. The project officially restarted Monday with workers beginning the process of streetlight installation.

March 16, 2011
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IDC Calls for End to Deferral of Key Upstate Development Program

Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit to Leverage $461 M in Upstate Investment; Create 1,600+ Jobs

March 16, 2011
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IDC Calls for End to Deferral of Key Upstate Development Program

Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit to Leverage $461 M in Upstate Investment; Create 1,600+ Jobs

The Independent Democratic Conference today called for a reinstatement of an economic development program that would create more than $460 million in private investment and more than 1,600 good-paying jobs in Upstate New York.

 

File: 
IDC HRTC report_031611.pdf

March 15, 2011
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Governor's ReCharge NY Initiative Will Protect 250,000 jobs; Foster New Job Creation

The State Senate passed important pro-jobs legislation co-sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky, (D-Oneida), that would protect more than 250,0000 jobs statewide and stable energy rates for employers.

March 11, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO REPEAL ANTI-JOB IDA TAX

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C, I - Schenectady) announced on March 9th that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed a bill (S.2682) to repeal a tax on local economic development agencies that hinders job growth and economic investment. The tax, first enacted in 2009, provides a direct obstacle to the ability of Industrial Development Agencies and Authorities (IDAs) to invest in new projects, support local businesses and create jobs.

The measure passed mirrors a proposal included in Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget to remove this tax and restore IDA funding.

March 10, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Advances Fight for Increased Transportation Aid to Western New York

Kennedy challenges current system as unfair to Western New Yorkers

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, advanced his fight to secure increased transportation aid for Western New York, at the confirmation hearing for Joan McDonald, Governor Cuomo’s appointee to take over the Department of Transportation.

When the DOT 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, urged Commissioner McDonald to fix the funding disparity that Western New York has endured as a result of the miscalculation.

March 9, 2011
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Griffo Supports Senate Approval of Governor's 'Recharge NY' Program Bill

SENATE APPROVES CREATION OF “RECHARGE NY” POWER PROGRAM Program Bill Would Establish New, Permanent Low-Cost Power Program to Create & Retain Jobs

Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) confirmed today that the Senate passed his co-sponsored legislation (Senate bill 3164), to create a new, permanent program called “Recharge NY,” that would provide low-cost power to help businesses create and retain jobs.

March 9, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Lays Out the Facts at DOT Commissioner McDonald's Confirmation Hearing

Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, advanced his fight to secure increased transportation aid for Western New York, at the confirmation hearing for Joan McDonald, Governor Cuomo’s appointee to take over the Department of Transportation.

When the DOT 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, urged Commissioner McDonald to fix the funding disparity that Western New York has endured as a result of the miscalculation. 

March 8, 2011
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Senator Seward Applauds Passage of Low-Cost Power Program

ALBANY, 03/08/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today announced senate approval of “Recharge NY,” creating a new, permanent program that would provide low-cost power to help businesses create and retain jobs.

“As the author of the original ‘Power for Jobs’ legislation, I am pleased to support a worthy replacement that will continue to provide a real lifeline for our upstate businesses,” said Senator Seward.  “By plugging in to ‘Recharge NY’ businesses will be able to lower their electricity bills, create and retain jobs, and generate economic growth.”

March 8, 2011
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Upstate Decline

News reports this morning are telling us again that Upstate New York continues to lose population. Why?

Here's what one analyst said, "The basic connection is a strong economy and healthy job growth keeps residents..."

So it's a good time to remember that the Senate kicked off the 2011 legislative session with the approval of what we're calling the "Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act." It's aimed at jump-starting the upstate economy.

March 8, 2011
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Senator Kennedy on UB 2020: "This is a sign of hope and opportunity for Western New York"

Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, thanks his colleagues for overwhelmingly supporting the UB 2020 Flexibility and Economic Growth Act, calling the legislation, "a sign of hope and opportunity for Western New York." 

March 3, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Urges Senate to Support UB 2020, Legislation Passes 55-1

Prior to the Senate vote on UB 2020, Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, delivered remarks on the floor of the Senate, urging his colleagues to join him in supporting a measure that will spark new job growth in Western New York.

The UB2020 legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 55 to 1.

March 2, 2011
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UB 2020 PASSES THE SENATE

WNY Delegation pushes legislation through Senate chamber; Senator Kennedy and Democratic colleauges send letter to bring legislators from both chambers and both parties to the table to devise a strategy for passage through Assembly

March 2, 2011
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