Issues: Jobs & Employment

STATEMENT: Senator Ortt Questions Cuomo Wage Hike

Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today issued the following statement regarding the minimum wage increase for employees of fast-food restaurants.   

July 22, 2015

State Senator Kevin Parker's 8th Annual Job Fair!

State Senator Kevin Parker's 8th Annual Job Fair Meet with representatives from federal, state, city, private and non-profit agencies. Job readiness workshops, resume building, interview techniques and training will also be available. Come out and join us for this wonderful event!

July 20, 2015

Statement from Senator Young on funding for Alfred University and Alfred State College

Today’s announcement of funding for Alfred University and Alfred State College is exciting news for economic development in Allegany County. The Center for High-Temperature Characterization at Alfred University, and the Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center at Alfred State College’s Wellsville Campus, will provide students using these facilities with a world-class education in state-of-the-art practices for advanced manufacturing. Manufacturing remains an integral part of our economy in the Southern Tier, and preparing people of all ages for careers in fields where good-paying jobs are open immediately is an important step in jumpstarting our state’s economy.


July 9, 2015

Kennedy Delivers: Critical Repairs to Major Lackawanna Roadways Underway After State Investment

After Rough Winter, Milling and Paving Processes Begin to Revive South Park Avenue and Ridge Road

$2.5 Million Grant Secured by Kennedy Will Repair One of Worst Stretches of Pothole-Riddled Roadways in Erie County

July 7, 2015

Senator Ortt's "End of Session" Week in Review

In late June, the state Legislature finished up a lengthy and unpredictable session in Albany with a broad overall agreement on many legislative issues. With such a diverse state, regionally and politically, Senator Ortt said it was challenging to get all parties to reach an agreement. Ortt said he's encouraged that the Senate was able to come to a settlement with the Governor and Assembly, while still fighting for Western New York. To learn more about these issues, take a moment to watch Senator Ortt's Week in Review.

July 2, 2015

Funding From The Workforce Development Institute Will Keep Cattaraugus Community Action Serving Area Residents

Food for Thought Culinary Arts program provides job training for out-of-school youth and displaced adults


ALBANY – The highly successful Food for Thought Culinary Arts program, operated by Cattaraugus Community Action (CCA), will be able to continue providing a 15-week training program for low-income youth and displaced adults thanks to funding supplied by the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), a program championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).


July 2, 2015

Senator Young Announces State Funding to Clean and Preserve Chautauqua Lake

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) has announced that she secured state assistance for invasive species prevention for Chautauqua Lake.


As part of this year’s state budget, Senator Young successfully obtained a $100,000 grant for the Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA), to support the organization’s ongoing battle against invasive aquatic species that can wreak havoc on the lake if not controlled.


July 1, 2015

Spherical Block Gets a Boost With Support From The Workforce Development Institute

Funding will promote business growth, likely create eight new jobs in the next three years


ALBANY – Spherical Block, LLC, an Allegany County manufacturer, expects to see job growth and expanded operations as a result of funding assistance provided through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), a program championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).


As part of the 2015-16 State Budget, Senator Young personally advocated for the restoration of funding that supports the mission of the Workforce Development Institute following Governor Cuomo’s proposal to eliminate the program. The enacted budget restored $5 million in funding for the program.


June 23, 2015

Sen. Griffo debates bill to legalize Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in NY

Watch Senator Griffo debate his bill (S5949A) on the floor of the Senate that would legalize mixed martial arts (MMA) in New York State. It was later passed by the Senate. 

June 23, 2015

Forum/Town Hall: Job Fair

We are holding our annual Job Fair at Queens Center, located at 90-15 Queens Boulevard. This year, the event will take place Thursday, July 9th between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. The event is cosponsored by Woodside on the Move and Queens Center. 

Over 30 companies and non-for-profits would be on site ready to hire. Please, drop by if you are looking for a job or a career change.

These are the companies that have confirmed their presence at the job fair so far:



Bath & Body Works


Coca-Cola Refreshments

Council for Airport Opportunity

Department of Homeland Security Transportation Security Administration

Disney Store

Elmy's Special Services

Exit Realty Genesis

F.J.C Security Company

July 9, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway Set to Expand into Cattaraugus County

Expansion of the byway will promote economic development and community pride


ALBANY – The Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway (WNYSSB), which currently runs through the Towns of Aurora, Boston, Colden, Concord, East Aurora, Orchard Park and Springville, will soon be expanding into Cattaraugus County. Another 37 miles of roadway will be added to the existing byway corridor, bring added attention to northern Cattaraugus County’s resources, thus increasing community pride and boosting the local economy by promoting cultural, historic, and recreational tourism.


June 18, 2015

Statement: Senator Rob Ortt Sums up Session as it Comes to a Close

“I’ve seen the best and the worst of government throughout my first legislative session. There have been true victories for the people of New York. We prioritized Upstate through billion dollar investments in education, infrastructure, economic development programs, energy, and agriculture. We increased critical services to veterans returning from combat, children without adequate health care, women subjected to rape and domestic violence, victims of mental illness, and individuals and families affected by disabilities. Stricter measures against drug dealers and sex offenders will keep our families and communities safe.

June 18, 2015

Murphy passes bill to protect businesses from job-killing regulations

ALBANY, NY - The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S4319), sponsored by Senator Terrence Murphy, to protect businesses from over-zealous state regulations that could hurt the continued growth of the economy. The bill would require the state to conduct a more thorough examination of the impact proposed regulations may have on jobs and employment opportunities, Murphy noted.

June 16, 2015

Chautauqua County Manufacturers Receive Funding Through Workforce Development Institute

Funding will promote job and business growth, employee retention and promotion


ALBANY – Two Chautauqua County manufacturers will be able to retain and promote existing employees, and potentially expand operations, as a result of funding provided through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), a program championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).


June 16, 2015

Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young - May 9, 2015

During this week's edition of "Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young," the Senator discussed her support for a permanent extension of the property tax cap. The property tax cap has saved Western New Yorkers approximately $450 million since it was implemented four years ago. The Senator also shares some additional efforts she has put forward to reduce the tax burden on local residents and ease the mandated costs incurred in municipal and school budgets.


Senator Young also discussed Renee’s Law and Kendra’s Laws, two pieces of legislation she sponsors, that passed the state Senate this week.


June 10, 2015

Statement from Senator Catharine Young on Old Route 219 Bridge Replacement

“I applaud the Cattaraugus County Legislature for giving the green light for the old Route 219 bridge replacement. Construction of a new state-of-the-art bridge will be extremely beneficial to Western New York because it will stimulate economic growth by creating new, good-paying jobs and providing greater access to broadband service, preserve the local economy, and give residents on both sides of the Cattaraugus Creek access to emergency care and shopping they need and deserve.”


June 10, 2015


State & City funds secured by Klein, Dinowitz & Cohen provided essential upgrades to facility

June 5, 2015

Forum/Town Hall: To examine initiatives and determine best practices for job skill training and re-training programs, and provide recommendations to foster workforce development in New York State

Senate Task Force on Workforce DevelopmentChairs: Senator Jack M. Martins and Senator George AmedoreSponsor: Senator Bill LarkinMeeting:To examine initiatives and determine best practices for job skill training and re-training programs, and provide recommendations to foster workforce development in New York StatePlace: Kaplan Literacy Center, Newburgh Armory Unity Center,321 South William Street, Newburgh, New York Time: 11:00 A.M.Contact: Peter Faherty (518) 455-3265Media Contact: Brian Maher (845) 567-1270ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

June 4, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM


ALBANY – State Senator Daniel Squadron, Senate sponsor of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), released the following statement after the Assembly passed the legislation for the eighth time today:  

June 2, 2015

Senator Valesky Hosts Community Resources Fair

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is hosting a Community Resources Fair on Thursday, June 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to raise awareness of the many community services available through various governmental and nonprofit organizations. The agencies listed below will have tables at the fair and provide important information on health care and health insurance, financial planning for college, emergency preparedness and fire safety, family planning, housing, voting, small business development, veterans services, and more, as well as offer giveaways. A representative from the Office of the State Comptroller will assist attendees with Unclaimed Funds searches.

May 28, 2015
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