Issues: Economic Development

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

Aubertine Joins OBPA to Celebrate 50 years, Announce Funding

Senator recognizes the great work of Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority, $30k for Building 14

OGDENSBURG (September 27, 2010)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine today joined the board of the Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority and local community leaders to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge and announce a $30,000 legislative grant he secured to make improvements to Building 14 in the industrial park.

September 27, 2010

Forum/Town Hall: ** Going Green is Good Business **

New York State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer and the Women’s Enterprise Development Center Inc. cordially invite you to a Small Business & Economic Development Forum. 

** Going Green is Good Business ** 

For More Information, Please Contact:

- Debra Lagapa: 914-934-5250              email:

- Kenya Ajose: 914-948-6098 x. 10       email:

October 19, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Yahoo! data center opens in Lockport

Yahoo! Inc., the world’s largest global online network of integrated internet services, has completed the first phase of a two-phase investment project in Western New York. The company finished construction and opened a new $150 million East Coast Regional Datacenter, creating 125 new high-tech jobs in Western New York with an average annual wage of $65,000. This new datacenter will host properties, advertisements and content found on Yahoo!’s web portal.


September 20, 2010

Is There A Future for Manufacturing?

Last week we received word about the creation of an exciting new organization that I’m hopeful will help pave a few roads on the way to an economic renewal across upstate New York.  At the very least, it appears this organization will be a source of timely, thoughtful, vibrant, and worthwhile ideas and awareness.

This new organization is being called the “Manufacturing Research Institute of New York State.”  It’s been established by the Syracuse-based Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY), which is the largest association of its kind in New York and one of the nation’s oldest.  MACNY represents approximately 350 businesses and 55,000 workers across 19 upstate counties.

September 17, 2010


In recognition of his efforts to support job growth, cut taxes and remove unnecessary regulations that impede job development, State Senator Mike Nozzolio has been named one of the top “Pro Jobs Supporters” in the Senate by the Business Council of New York State as part of the Council’s 2010 Voters’ Guide.

September 16, 2010

Senator Farley Salutes Canajoharie and Richardson Brands

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) took the opportunity to salute Richardson Brands company for staying and growing in Canajoharie on September 15th at the company's "Canajo Rocks" event. More photos can be viewed at:

September 15, 2010

Sweeney Street reopens, Remington Rand redevelopment project advances

Senator George Maziarz today joined North Tonawanda Mayor Robert Ortt and developer Anthony Kissling in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official re-opening of a key section of Sweeney Street.

September 14, 2010

Senator Maziarz scores high on job creation efforts

Senator George Maziarz received one of the top scores on the job creation scorecard released by the Business Council of New York State.  The Business Council recognized Senator Maziarz for consistently voting against measures to increase taxes and spending that were proposed and passed by the current Senate Majority.  In fact, the Business Council flunked every current Senate Majority member.

September 14, 2010
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