Issues: Economic Development

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.

 

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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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Senator Grisanti Follows Through On Campaign Promise With Passage Of UB 2020 Legislation

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (60th District) today joined his colleagues from the Western New York legislative delegation in introducing a new bill that supports the University at Buffalo’s strategic plan, legislation that will benefit students, families and the economy of Western New York.

“This legislation represents one of the major pieces of the puzzle when you talk about the economic future of Western New York,” Senator Grisanti said. “This action today helps send a unified message to Governor Cuomo and others in Albany that we are serious about seeing this important legislation moves forward.”

March 2, 2011
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Senator Grisanti comments on UB 2020 legislation

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti comments on the UB 2020 legislation on the Senate floor: 

March 2, 2011
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Little addresses tourism coalition in Albany

Senator Betty Little talks about the strength of New York's tourism industry and the importance of state support for promotion programs that are proven economic growth drivers.  Little was introduced to the group by Jim McKenna of the Lake Placid Community Visitors Board.  Little is chair of the Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee.

Tourism generates approximately $17 billion in direct revenue for the upstate economy and contributes $6.2 billion in state and local taxes.

March 1, 2011
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Little pushes logging opportunities

February 25, 2011 - By MIKE LYNCH, Enterprise Outdoors Writer
As state jobs continue to disappear in the Adirondack Park, leaders here will continue to grapple with ways to replace them.

February 28, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO INVITES RESIDENTS TO HIS JOB RESOURCE EXPO ON MARCH 18TH

          Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that he will be holding a Job Resource Expo to help individuals looking for jobs better prepare themselves to find employment. The 2011 Job Resource Expo will be held on Friday, March 18th from 10 am to 1 pm at the Freeport Recreation Center, which is located at 130 East Merrick Road in Freeport.

February 22, 2011
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GOVERNOR APPOINTS RITCHIE TO BUSINESS PANEL

State Senator Patty Ritchie today was appointed by Governor Cuomo to serve on a bipartisan, public private Task Force examining ways to increase opportunities for local businesses that are run by women and minorities. Senator Ritchie is one of just three Upstate lawmakers named to the 29-member Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise Team that also includes her North Country colleague, Sen. Betty Little of Queensbury.

The Governor created the panel to find ways to increase opportunities for qualified businesses to gain access to state and local government procurement contracts.

February 22, 2011
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