Issues: Economic Development

Senate Passes Energy Efficiency Plan to Lower Costs for Homeowners & Businesses

The Senate Democratic Majority has passed a legislative package that will significantly reduce the costs of energy for homeowners and businesses statewide, putting money back into the pockets of families and making businesses more competitive. Not only is the adoption of energy efficiency programs beneficial economically but such programs help the State to achieve its environmental goals by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and other harmful pollutants, improving quality of life throughout the state. 

June 23, 2010
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Senate Passes Valesky Legislation Creating Land Banks to Spur Redevelopment

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— The State Senate passed legislation (S.4281A) sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will allow municipalities to create land banks in order to fight urban blight and revitalize communities.

“The large number of abandoned and vacant properties has contributed to low property values and poor economic growth in Upstate cities,” said Senator Valesky. “The creation of land banks will foster economic revitalization and improve the quality of life in our cities and neighborhoods.”

June 23, 2010
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Putting New York Back to Work: Senate Majority Passes Job Creation Package

10-point plan Creates Jobs, Grows Small Businesses & Attracts New Investments

The Senate Democratic Majority passed a comprehensive jobs package of 10 bills that will put New Yorkers back to work, create new jobs and spur economic growth for businesses across the state. The Majority’s jobs plan, which comes immediately after the Senate Majority passed Energizing New York, a permanent program to replace Power for Jobs, will:

June 23, 2010
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SENATE APPROVES STACHOWSKI BILL TO CREATE INCUBATOR NETWORK: Program Would Assist Small Businesses With Start-Up Funding And Operational Costs

      Senator William T. Stachowski (D, Lake View), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business, today announced the State Senate has passed legislation (S.7048) he sponsored that would create the New York Incubator Network and allow the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) to provide financial support to the businesses that become part of the incubator network.

June 22, 2010
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SENATOR LAVALLE SUPPORTS EMPIRE ZONES OVER WEAKER EXCELSIOR PROGRAM

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today expressed disappointment over the passage of budget legislation that replaces Empire Zones with the Excelsior program, which is being called a much weaker economic development program.

June 22, 2010
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Senator Alesi calls cutting back on the state's job creation program "simply shortsighted"

ALBANY - The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation creating the Excelsior Jobs Program, a targeted economic development initiative that create jobs, attracts new businesses and encourages investment.

Totaling a $1.25 billion investment over 9 years, Excelsior provides tax credits to strategic industries, implements stringent accountability standards, and caps program spending to ensure the wisest investment of taxpayer dollars.

June 22, 2010
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Majority Passes Excelsior Job Creation Program to Create Jobs and Spur Economic Growth

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation creating the Excelsior Jobs Program, a targeted economic development initiative that create jobs, attracts new businesses and encourages investment. Totaling a $1.25 billion investment over 10 years, Excelsior provides tax credits to strategic industries, implements stringent accountability standards, and caps program spending to ensure the wisest investment of taxpayer dollars. 

June 22, 2010
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Statement On Proposed Natural Gas Drilling Legislation

ALBANY, 06/21/10 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today issued the following statement concerning legislation that would place a moratorium on drilling for natural gas:

June 22, 2010
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Senate Takes Lead on NY Jobs, Passes Energize New York

 

Aubertine bill reforms Power for Jobs as permanent, sustainable job creation, preservation tool

ALBANY (June 21, 2010)—The New York State Senate today passed legislation to reform the state’s low cost power for economic development programs, including the expired Power for Jobs, by creating a new streamlined “Energize New York” program that positions the state for long term job growth.

June 21, 2010
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Winner says Empire Zone replacement doesn't cut it for upstate economy

Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) voted in opposition to legislation being enacted by Governor David Paterson and the Democratic leaders of the Legislature to replace upstate New York’s No. 1 economic development tool, the Empire Zone program, with a new, significantly scaled-back initiative that will provide far fewer resources and incentives to attract and retain businesses and industries across the upstate region.

The legislation creating the new program, known as Excelsior Jobs, was approved by the Senate and Assembly and signed into law by Paterson in June.

June 21, 2010
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SENATE APPROVES STACHOWSKI BILL TO ASSIST LOCAL BREWERIES

 Senator William T. Stachowski (D, Lake View), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business, today announced the State Senate has passed legislation (S.6970) he sponsored that will allow local breweries to maximize the use of their facilities and equipment.  The legislation will allow licensed brewers at existing breweries to rent space and equipment in their business to other licensed brewers who wish to produce these beverages, but do not have all of the equipment or necessary space from which to work.

June 17, 2010
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Legislature passes crucial amendments to Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit

ALBANY, N.Y. – The NYS Senate and Assembly unanimously approved legislation (S7556/ A10839) amending the current Historic Preservation Tax Credit law to allow banks and insurance companies to claim the tax credit.

June 17, 2010
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SAVING JOBS: Majority REQUIRES ESDC TO MAKE RE-DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES


(Albany, NY) Continuing its commitment to economic growth and good jobs throughout the state, the Senate Democratic Majority today unanimously approved legislation requiring the redevelopment and reuse of state prison facilities considered for closure.

The legislation (S7068/Hassell-Thompson) requires the Commissioner of Economic Development to issue an adaptive reuse plan for state prison facilities that are scheduled to be shut down.

June 15, 2010
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Legislative Activity For June 14, 2010: Senate Passes Legislation To Keep Government Working, Reduce Spending And More

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation to keep government working, preserving essential services used to support employment, health, public safety, transportation, and education related programs, while achieving nearly $330 million spending reductions to close the budget gap.

June 14, 2010
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Legislative Activity For June 14, 2010: Senate Passes Legislation To Keep Government Working, Reduce Spending And More

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation to keep government working, preserving essential services used to support employment, health, public safety, transportation, and education related programs, while achieving nearly $330 million spending reductions to close the budget gap.

June 14, 2010
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SENATOR STACHOWSKI SUPPORTS BILL TO PROMOTE MANUFACTURING: Measure Assists Small And Medium Sized Businesses

     Senator William T. Stachowski (D, Lake View), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business, today announced the Senate has passed legislation (S.4103) he cosponsored that would  establish a Strategic Network Partnership Program in New York State to coordinate the delivery of agency services for certain manufacturing industries and other producers of goods and services. 

June 14, 2010
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Saving Jobs: Majority Requires ESDC To Make Re-Development Plans For Correctional Facilities

Continuing its commitment to economic growth and good jobs throughout the state, the Senate Democratic Majority today unanimously approved legislation requiring the redevelopment and reuse of state prison facilities considered for closure.  The legislation (S7068/Hassell-Thompson) requires the Commissioner of Economic Development to issue an adaptive reuse plan for state prison facilities that are scheduled to be shut down.  

June 14, 2010
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Senate Passes Bill Requiring Economic Development Officials Make Re-Development Plans for Closing Correctional Facilities, In Order To Save Jobs

ALBANY (June 14, 2010)—Continuing on a commitment to economic growth and good jobs in Central and Northern New York and throughout the state, Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine and his colleagues in the Senate today unanimously approved legislation requiring for the redevelopment and reuse of state prison facilities considered for closure. 

June 14, 2010
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Winner: What about Empire Zone Program?

Albany, N.Y., June 10–With New York’s No. 1 economic development tool for upstate businessses and communities set to expire less than three weeks from now, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) kept up the call today for Governor Paterson and legislative leaders to pay closer attention to the future of the Empire Zone economic development program.   

He noted that the future of the state’s 82 empire zones wasn’t even mentioned in a meeting between Paterson and legislative leaders yesterday in Albany.

June 10, 2010
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Aubertine Legislation Protects Rights of Dairy Farmers

 

Legislation would protect farmers’ ability to market milk from coercion, conspiracy by milk dealers

June 9, 2010
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