Issues: Economic Development

O'Mara joins call for massive effort to eliminate government red tape stifling job growth, says overregulation keeps upstate economy 'going nowhere'

Albany, N.Y., January 13—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today joined his colleagues in the Senate Majority Coalition to release a comprehensive regulatory reform report that they hope will help set the stage for one of New York’s largest-ever regulatory reform efforts this year.

The Senate report identifies more than 2,000 specific rules, regulations and practices that put New York’s businesses and manufacturers, large and small, at a competitive disadvantage.  

January 13, 2014
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Senator Valesky Announces Report on Regulatory Reform

Report Identifies over 2,000 State Rules and Regulations that Warrant Reform or Review

SYRACUSE, N.Y.– State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today joined colleagues in the Senate Majority Coalition to issue a comprehensive report shedding light on New York State’s notoriously dense regulatory structure and identifying 2,219 specific rules, regulations and practices that put New York’s businesses at a competitive disadvantage.  

The report is the product of surveys, meetings, community outreach and the input of more than 100 business owners, advocacy organizations and individuals that participated in one of nine industry-specific public forums conducted throughout the State.

January 13, 2014
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Why Gov. Andrew Cuomo Needs Upstate New York

By Teri Weaver | tweaver@syracuse.com

January 12, 2014 at 7:04 AM, updated January 12, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Albany, N.Y. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn't need to win over Upstate New York to win re-election.

But his ability to establish a long-term turnaround for Upstate's struggling economy is important resume material for Cuomo's potential candidacy on the national stage.

January 13, 2014
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Will the Real Job Creators Please Stand Up?

January 7th 2014

By Rodney Yearby, Sr.

At present, there are three times as many people looking for employment than there are positions available. Beginning December 28th 2013, 1.3 million Americans lost their unemployment benefits just three short days after Christmas.

January 13, 2014
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SENATE MAJORITY COALITION ISSUES REPORT ON REGULATORY REFORM

REPORT IDENTIFIES OVER 2,000 STATE RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT WARRANT REFORM OR REVIEW

ALBANY – The New York State Senate Majority Coalition issued a comprehensive report today that sheds light on New York State’s notoriously dense regulatory structure and identifies 2,219 specific rules, regulations and practices that put New York’s businesses at a competitive disadvantage.

January 13, 2014
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Seward Introduces Otsego County's New Economic Development Leadership Team

ONEONTA, 01/10/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and Chairman of the County of Otsego Industrial Development Agency Sharon Oberriter today jointly announced a new leadership team has been established to carry out Otsego County’s economic development strategy with an eye toward greater economic growth.

Alexander “Sandy” Mathes, Jr., past executive director of the Greene County IDA, has been retained as a consultant to lead Otsego County’s effort and will team with Elizabeth Horvath of Cooperstown who will serve as the IDA’s chief operating officer.

January 10, 2014
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Greek Peak Grand Opening

I was happy to be invited to celebrate the grand re-opening of Greek Peak. Congratulations to new owners John Meier (pictured) and Marc Stemerman on the new amenities at the resort. 

January 9, 2014
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Your Voice with Senator John A. DeFrancisco 1/7/14

On this featured Your Voice program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses some of the Central New York projects that will benefit from the Regional Economic Development Council Awards, the upcoming state budget process, and the potential for real tax reform in New York state.

January 9, 2014
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR PATRICK M. GALLIVAN

State Of The State 2014

“Governor Cuomo used this year’s State of the State message to reinforce the need for New York State to stay the course in terms of fiscal responsibility and restraint; I am excited to join with him to keep the Empire State on its new found path.

I am specifically encouraged that the Governor took the time to outline a series of proposals to address New York’s still stagnated economy, particular in Upstate and Western New York. Two items are chiefly responsible for New York’s reputation as hostile to business, high taxes and a byzantine regulatory structure than punishes business owners and entrepreneurs rather than encourage their growth.

January 9, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Outlines State of the State Highlights for Western New York

Senator Kennedy responds to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address, delivered Wednesday in Albany. 

New investment to create jobs in Buffalo, initiatives to improve schools, property tax relief for homeowners are highlights for Kennedy.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, outlined several highlights from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address that will directly impact Western New York. Kennedy said the speech set the tone and the agenda for the upcoming legislative session, and he commended the Governor’s continued focus on Buffalo and Western New York.

January 8, 2014
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Statement from Senator David J. Valesky Regarding Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address

Governor Cuomo’s broad and comprehensive State of the State address gives us a roadmap to continue the forward progress we have made together in the past three years.

January 8, 2014
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O'Mara welcomes governor's emphasis on upstate manufacturing as centerpiece of 2014 tax cuts

Albany, N.Y., January 6— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), who over the past several years has sponsored legislation and singled out the need for tax cuts to spark upstate manufacturing, today applauded Governor Cuomo’s emphasis on making tax relief for upstate manufacturing a top priority in 2014. 

January 6, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #1: The Right Route For Government

Happy New Year!

My wife and I did some traveling for the holidays. Our destination was the same as the year before – and many years before that. One thing had changed, however. We didn’t agree on how to get there.

Governing is a lot like a road trip. All participants share a common destination, but the disagreements are always about what exact route to take.

State legislators and the governor, regardless of political affiliation, all want to help New York attract good-paying jobs and grow our economy. We also want to invest in our children and keep spending in check while maintaining services.

This week, Governor Cuomo will unveil his roadmap in a State of the State address. As always, I’m looking forward to hearing his plan.

January 2, 2014
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I (Snowmobile) NY Tourism Event, Lowville

Governor Andrew Cuomo gathers with state legislators to announce that the state to spend $4.5 million on print, radio and television advertisements encouraging tourists to visit the Tug Hill region.

From left: Assemblyman Kenneth Blankenbush, R-Black River; Sen. Betty O'C. Little, R-Queensbury; Governor Cuomo; Assemblywoman Addie Russell, D-Theresa; Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome.

December 30, 2013
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Statement From Senator Griffo Regarding Governor Cuomo's Tourism-Related Visit to Lowville

New York will spend $4.5 million on print, radio and television advertisements promoting the Tug Hill Region in state, national and international markets. Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement today at The Ridgeview Inn, Lowville.

“I’m pleased that Governor Cuomo has decided to spotlight the Tug Hill region as part of the state’s ‘I Love NY’ tourism campaign. This is the premier destination in New York for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds, especially during the winter months. Snowmobilers provide $868 million in economic impact annually, including more than $165 million right here in the Tug Hill. That’s why I’ve been pleased to support several pieces of legislation designed to make snowmobiling more enjoyable and safer.”

December 30, 2013
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WBEN 930-AM: Will 2014 Be MMA’s Year In New York?

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) – State Senator Mark Grisanti says that New York is missing out on a way to boost the economy that’s sitting right under their nose.Grisanti is co-sponsor of a bill that would legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York state.The bill has passed the senate three separate times, but has still not passed through the assembly.“The problem is that the Speaker (Sheldon Silver) won’t bring the bill on to the floor” Grisanti said.

December 26, 2013
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Senator Grisanti to appear on Fox News Business Network

Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I- 60) is scheduled to appear on "The Independents" Friday, December 20th at 9pm on the Fox News Business Network to discuss the Mixed Martial Arts legislation in the New York State Legislature.     Senator Grisanti is a co-sponsor of lifting the ban on Mixed Martial Arts in New York State and has successfully passed the legislation in the Senate multiple times, with no action in the Assembly. If passed, the legislation would allow events like UFC pay-per-views to take place in New York State.

December 20, 2013
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