Issues: Economic Development

Buy Local…and Invest in Central New York

Buying locally grown foods has become somewhat of a trend in the past few years. Bestsellers have been written, new words—localvore—have been coined, and people across the nation want to be connected to where their food comes from.

This is no trend in Central New York—it is a way of life. Our broad agricultural base gives us, as consumers, an opportunity that many don’t have—the opportunity to buy local. Products are readily available at local grocery stores, farmers’ markets and roadside stands, and we happily buy them because they taste good and we know where they came from.

August 7, 2009
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Senator Valesky Announces Passage of Main Street Program Legislation

(SYRACUSE, N.Y.)—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced the passage by the State Senate of economic development legislation in the form of a strengthened Main Street Program.   “Strengthening the successful Main Street program will help to jump-start new projects to bring people and businesses back to our city and village centers, and help them to become the economic engines they once were,” Senator Valesky,Vice President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, said.

July 31, 2009
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Revitalizing Upstate Begins on Main Street

For too long, Upstate New Yorkers have watched as our plants closed, our children moved away and our Main Streets emptied.  We were all again disheartened to see recently that Forbes magazine listed Syracuse as one of the cities in distress, citing in part shrinking population within the city.  To change this, we have to stop and reverse the population loss and economic trends that have driven people and businesses from our city and village centers. Today, there is renewed reason for hope.   Earlier this week, Governor Paterson signed into law a bill I spons

July 31, 2009
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HISTORIC REHABILITATION TAX CREDIT BRINGS REDEVELOPMENT & JOBS TO NY

July 29, 2009HISTORIC REHABILITATION TAX CREDIT BRINGS REDEVELOPMENT & JOBS TO NY

Historic buildings throughout the community that have fallen into disrepair have a new lease on life Wednesday after legislation sponsored by Senator William Stachowski (D-58th) was signed into law by Governor David Paterson.

July 30, 2009
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Senator Stachowski Awards Roycroft Powerhouse $350,000 Grant

Senator Stachowski Awards Roycroft Powerhouse $350,000 Grant

July 29, 2009

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Historic RehabilitationTax Credit Signed Into Law

The Senate’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (S6056) was signed into law today by Governor Paterson, establishing a nationally competitive rehabilitation and preservation program that will benefit property owners and communities who seek to renovate properties that are run down and dilapidated.

July 29, 2009
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Senate's Historic RehabilitationTax Credit Signed Into Law

(Albany, NY) The Senate’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (S6056) was signed into law today by Governor Paterson, establishing a nationally competitive rehabilitation and preservation program that will benefit property owners and communities who seek to renovate properties that are run down and dilapidated. Sponsored by Senator David Valesky (D-Oneida), the program will trigger the revitalization of our state’s urban areas by attracting new investment, businesses, and jobs at a time when state legislators are working to get our economy back on track. 

July 29, 2009
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Senate's Historic RehabilitationTax Credit Signed Into Law

(Albany, NY) The Senate’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (S6056) was signed into law today by Governor Paterson, establishing a nationally competitive rehabilitation and preservation program that will benefit property owners and communities who seek to renovate properties that are run down and dilapidated. Sponsored by Senator David Valesky (D-Oneida), the program will trigger the revitalization of our state’s urban areas by attracting new investment, businesses, and jobs at a time when state legislators are working to get our economy back on track. 

July 29, 2009
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In Major Victory for Upstate, Governor Signs Valesky-Sponsored Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—In a significant victory for Upstate New York, Governor Paterson today signed into law the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (HRTC), sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), that will encourage development, stimulate economic growth and improve the quality of life in cities like Syracuse and Utica.

July 29, 2009
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Senator Valesky-sponsored Legislation to Create Wood Products Development Council Passes Both Houses of Legislature

Legislation to establish a wood products development council in New York State (S.4330-A/A.7742-A) within the State Department of Agriculture and Markets has passed both Houses of the New York State Legislature.  This bill was sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and Assemblywoman RoAnn M. Destito (D/WF-Rome).

July 28, 2009
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Sign the rehab bill

Buffalo News, published June 28, 2009

Now that the State Legislature once again passed a rehabilitation tax credit, Gov. David A. Paterson should sign that bill.

For the past few years, New York has had the opportunity to breathe life into urban neighborhoods and downtown cores, a chance to revitalize deteriorating housing and commercial property. The opportunity also offers the possibility of revitalizing historic structures.

July 28, 2009
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Sound Investment: Governor should sign bill to help downtowns

Syracuse Post-Standard editorial, published June 23, 2009

Gov. David Paterson announced Wednesday that he had vetoed 14 bills that he said would have cost taxpayers a total of $5.7 million. "This is not a time to add to the state's spending or to increase the burden on the state's taxpayers," he said. "This is the time for fiscal responsibility, and that means vetoing bills that increase costs to taxpayers."

July 28, 2009
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SENATORS INTRODUCE “WINE INDUSTRY & LIQUOR STORE REVITALIZATION ACT”

Comprehensive Economic Development Plan Will Benefit Wineries, Allow Sales in Grocery Stores & Enact Major Blue Law Reforms (Albany, NY) In a move that will provide much-needed economic development to struggling wineries, grape growers, and small businesses, a comprehensive proposal has been introduced in the New York State Senate that will allow for the sale of wine in supermarkets and grocery stores and also enact vital reforms to the state’s “Blue Laws” to benefit liquor store owners. 

July 27, 2009
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Unschackle New York Praises Senator Stachowski For Empire Zone Bills

July 18, 2009Unshackle Upstate acknowledged Sen. William T. Stachowski (D-Lake View) for his sponsorship of two business-friendly reform measures that successfully passed in the state Senate Friday morning.

July 23, 2009
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Senator William Stachowski Has Sixteen Senate Bills Passed

 

7/20/09                            Media Contact: Bob Koshinski      716-854-3915

Senator William Stachowski Has Sixteen Senate Bills Passed During Two Week July SessionInclude Critical Empire Zone Reform and Amada’s law

July 20, 2009
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Statement By Senate President Malcolm A. Smith, Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr., and Democratic Conference Leader John L. Sampson

“On July 9th, the New York State Senate returned to session, worked into the early hours of the following morning and passed 135 bills vital to the economic well-being of local governments across the state.  If these bills were not passed, New York faced the potential loss of billions in revenue and hundreds of thousands of jobs. 

July 10, 2009
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