Issues: Economic Development

Senator Dilan Praises ExxonMobil Settlement to Continue Cleanup of Newtown Creek

Oil giant to dedicate $19.5 million—of $25 million settlement for penalties, costs and restoration of local environment—to Greenpoint environmental fund

November 17, 2010

Journal News: Superconductor summit at Westchester Community College could get business flowing

VALHALLA — Move over, Silicon Valley.

Those in the business of superconductors are looking to make New York into the new Superconductor Valley.

So what exactly are superconductors?

Superconductors are materials that feature no resistance to the flow of electricity, thereby offering a significant boost to performance as well as economic and environmental benefits.

On Friday, Westchester Community College hosted the first-ever New York State Superconductor Technology Summit: Cultivating Economic Growth From Within the Empire State, attracting a mix of businesses, researchers, students and political leaders.

November 17, 2010


Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is informing residents looking for employment about New York State’s Job Bank website,, which provides free services for job seekers.

November 15, 2010

All Aboard! Historic High Speed Rail Conference On Track In New York City

State Senate President Malcolm A. Smith along with other local, state and federal officials will participate in the historic High Speed Rail conference of leading international experts who will discuss ways to bring the speedy passenger train to America. Expected guests include U.S. Secretary of Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, Deputy Administrator- Federal Railroad Administrator, Karen Rae, Governor David Paterson, Governor Elect Andrew Cuomo, Governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell, US Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and US Congressman John Mica.

November 11, 2010

Public Hearing: The Second Avenue Subway Construction

       The Second Avenue Subway is being constructed to provide residents and commuters with additional access to mass transit. However, this endeavor has lead to numerous problems. Many businesses, residents, building owners, and commuters have been adversely affected by the construction which has eliminated parking, diminished sidewalks, and severely blocked access to local businesses. In addition, the scheduled dates of completion have been pushed back, and limited information has been disseminated to impacted businesses and residents.

November 30, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Cultivating Community-Based Financial Literacy at Baisley Park Houses

News From New York State

Senator Shirley L. Huntley

For Immediate Release: November 5, 2010

Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | | (518) 455-3531


Cultivating Community-Based Financial Literacy at Baisley Park Houses

Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) announced today that she is holding a residents meeting to introduce Financial Independence Today (FIT).

November 5, 2010

NY's Business Climate? Dead Last in America

So what’s the latest piece of evidence to back up the belief that New York State really has its work cut out?

You could make a strong argument that the answer to that question can be found within newspaper headlines like the following one that appeared in our region late last week, “New York has worst climate for business.”

The accompanying article highlighted the most recent report from the Tax Foundation, which found that New York’s ranking fell, from 49th to 50th, among states with the worst tax climate in the nation.  It wasn’t good before, but it just became worse: Dead last in the nation.

It spells trouble for the state economy and points to the overriding need for reform, and fast.

November 1, 2010

Verizon data center project to benefit from 25 megawatts of low-cost hydropower

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) today announced that that Verizon has been awarded a low-cost hydropower power allocation of 25 megawatts as an incentive to construct a multi-billion dollar data center in the Town of Somerset.

October 26, 2010

Brief of Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioners: Tuck-It-Away Storage, Inc., et al. v. NYS Urban Development Corporation

Submission of a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the Court of Appeals of New York in order for the United States Supreme Court to allow admittance of a Brief of Amicus Curiae in support of the petitioners for the case of Tuck-It-Away Storage, Inc., et al. v. New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a/ Empire State Development Corporation.

The petition was prepared by Denise Outram, the Counsel of Record and Senior Counsel to the NYS Senate Committee on Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions, with the assistance of Amy Lavine, who provided pro bono work in collaboration with the Counsel of Record.

Brief of Amicus Curiae_Tuck-It-Away Storage.pdf

October 25, 2010

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer named AIANYS Legislator of the Year

The American Institute of Architects New York State (AIANYS) has named Senator Suzi Oppenheimer as its “2010 Legislator of the Year”. The award recognizes outstanding contributions in advancing the legislative priorities of AIANYS. Senator Oppenheimer is receiving the award for her sponsorship of the Smart Growth Initiative, which was recently signed into law.

October 19, 2010

Environmental Groups, Community Advocates and Elected Officials Herald Enactment of New Smart Growth Law

Leading environmental advocates, elected officials and community groups joined together to celebrate enactment of the Smart Growth Infrastructure Policy Act (S.5560B/A.8011B). On August 30, 2010, Governor Paterson signed this important legislation into law, which establishes state smart growth infrastructure criteria and requires state agencies to review and consider these guidelines when allocating funds for public infrastructure projects.

The law requires the relevant state agencies to form smart growth advisory committees that will consult with residents, environmental groups, local officials and other stakeholders before approving state construction projects.

October 19, 2010

Press Conference to Announce the Signing of the Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act

On August 30, 2010, Governor David Paterson signed into law the State Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act. This groundbreaking new law will fundamentally change the way that state agencies fund public infrastructure projects by requiring the use of smart growth principles to combat sprawl and promote environmentally sound development. Passage of the law was a top legislative priority of environmental groups throughout the state.

October 18, 2010

Newsday Editorial: Long Island's Biotech Future Brightens

Last year's sky-is-falling news, that OSI Pharmaceuticals was planning to flee Long Island for Westchester, has given way to some reasons for optimism.

October 8, 2010

Economic Boost For The Mohawk Valley

The Telegram

Ilion, 10/07/10 — Fermer Precision has partnered with a downstate company for a new product line.

Mark Cushman, vice president of operations at Fermer Precision, said its workers will make power transmission components that will be assembled by Rockland Standard Gear, located in Sloatsburg in Rockland County.

“It’s a real exciting day for two great New York state companies,” he said.

State Senator James Seward, R,C,I - Milford, took a tour of the facility before the start of the conference.

October 7, 2010

Upstate Advocates Highlight Winner's Commitment

Albany, N.Y., October 5—As he winds down a career in the New York State Legislature that has spanned the past four decades, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) continues to be recognized by upstate business leaders for his commitment to a legislative agenda focused on private-sector economic growth, job creation, and tax relief.

While Winner is not seeking re-election this November, he said that he still takes great pride in the ongoing recognition that his priorities as a state legislator have remained true to what he has often called the “four corners” of future success: lower taxes, lower costs, fewer regulations, and better jobs. 

He also stressed that he’s hopeful that it’s a tradition of service that won’t be lost in future legislatures.

October 5, 2010

Credit Where It's Due

First and foremost, I’ll take this chance to tip my own hat to one of our region’s most distinguished and most influential citizens, James R. Houghton, former chairman and CEO of Corning Incorporated.  Late last week at its annual meeting, the Business Council of New York honored him with its 2010 “Corning Award for Excellence.” 

This prestigious tribute is given annually  to a New Yorker who has demonstrated “outstanding accomplishment and a deep and sustained commitment to the people of New York.”  For the people of Corning and all of the Southern  Tier, that gets right to the heart of what James Houghton and the Houghton family has meant and given to our region – a deep and sustained commitment.

October 4, 2010

Aubertine: OBPA Will Get $1.2M for Port Access Road


Project to enable port to handle massive cargo in investment to promote jobs, economic growth

Ogdensburg Port will benefit from $3.9 million investment total with rail project serving the port

September 28, 2010


“Life Medical Technologies chose the right place when they picked Dutchess County to locate their headquarters and operations,” said Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C, Poughkeepsie).  “The 250 planned jobs will fit particularly well with the skilled workforce in our area and will be an economic boon.  It just proves once again that Dutchess County has what it takes to draw many types of businesses and I congratulate all the partners of ‘Team Dutchess’ on their hard work in bringing this outstanding company here.”

September 28, 2010
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