Issues: Economic Development

SENATOR BALL ANNOUNCES, “PEPSI STAYS…and EXPANDS!”Jobs are staying and being created in the Hudson Valley

Senator Greg Ball (R, C, 40th District-Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess) announced today that more than 1,200 high paying jobs with stay in the 40th District. There has been discussion over the past year that Pepsi could leave the area, even leave New York. Today the Empire State Development, a state agency, announced an agreement that will provide PepsiCo with a $4 million grant to invest in the Westchester facility. PepsiCo will also invest up to $9 million in the project to retain and create new jobs. The bottler will expand its 1,200-employee operations from the 360,000-square-foot space it now leases in Somers to the entire 540,000-square-foot building.

March 24, 2011
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Newsday: State Senate OKs LI business incubator

March 23, 2011

By James Madore 

March 23, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill to Strengthen Farmers’ Markets, Increase Access to New York Grown Products

The State Senate Tuesday passed legislation co-sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that would expand local and regional green and farmers’ markets across New York State. 

March 22, 2011
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March 22, 2011
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Good News on Horizon: Business, Technology and Academic Partnerships Will Drive Economy, Create Jobs. Two Projects to Launch, Council Planned.

As the state wrestles with passing an on-time budget, marked by painful cuts to close a $10 billion budget gap,  Long Island could be getting good news this Spring when two components in New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle’s Innovation Highway are set to get underway.

LaValle says that the engine to drive the creation of new jobs and boost the economy is right in our backyard. “This Spring,” LaValle said, “two projects, The Stony Brook University Incubator at Calverton and The Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center are scheduled to bloom.” The projects are part of LaValle’s Innovation Highway – a tech corridor stretching from The Stony Brook University Incubator at Calverton to North Shore Hospital in Manhasset .

March 22, 2011
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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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