Issues: Jobs & Employment

Senator Young touring the high school at Pioneer Central School District

Senator Young talks with tech teachers Larry Cook and Don Kress and Superintendant Dr. Sharon Huff.


Senator Young recently toured the high school at Pioneer Central School District to view some of the new learning experiences for the students. The district, which includes parts of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Erie and Wyoming Counties, has expanded its offerings past the traditional courses, adding programs that teach aquaculture, engine and tractor repair and introductions into specialized fields like the maple industry. The common thread is that all of these are industries that produce employment opportunities in the area.

May 30, 2013

Proposed Belleayre Resort Will Bring Long-Term Economic Growth

ONEONTA, 05/29/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced his strong support for the proposed plans for Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park.  Senator Seward says the planned resort will aid in long-term economic growth for the Catskill region.

“After meeting with local elected officials and hearing from area business owners and residents it is clear to me that the proposed Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park will be a positive development for our region,” said Senator Seward.  “I look forward to working with the developers and other key collaborators to advance this plan and move forward in a timely fashion.”

May 29, 2013


Will Feature Dozens of Employers and Agencies Ready to Hire

State Senator Patty Ritchie will host her 3rd annual Oswego County Job Fair on Thursday June 6th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fulton War Memorial, located at 609 West Broadway in Fulton. 


Dozens of employers—many of which are hiring now—will be on hand at the free event.  In addition to meeting with employers, attendees will also be able to access information on interviewing skills, tips on how to start your own business and much more.


May 28, 2013

Senator O'Brien highlights state's increased focus on tourism

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O’Brien stood alongside representatives of several tourism-related organizations and businesses, along with local elected officials, to tout the 55th Senate District’s growth as a tourism destination. He also highlighted state programs, newly introduced in this year’s budget, that seek to specifically promote, market and develop upstate tourism.

“As vibrant and exciting as the tourism industry is in Rochester and the Finger Lakes Region, we have only begun to unlock our full potential,” Senator O’Brien said. “These new initiatives, which will work in concert with our existing tourism groups and businesses, will be tremendous catalysts for growing our region’s tourism economy.”

May 24, 2013

6th Annual Job Fair

Senator Kevin Parker in partnership with Penda Aiken, Inc.

presents the

6th Annual Green Job Fair & Career Expo

Meet representatives from federal, state, city, private and nonprofit agencies including those specializing in Green Jobs

Business Attire Suggested

*Job Readiness Workshops

*Resume Building

* Interview Techniques and Training

June 7, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Summer Jobs Program Will Put More Than 18,000 Teens To Work Across New York State

More than 18,000 teens will have jobs this summer through New York State’s Summer Youth Employment Program.The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) has distributed $25 million in funding to all 57 counties and New York City to help bring youth into the workforce, acquire skills that can help them improve in school, and propel them to greater educational and career achievements.“The Summer Youth Employment Program offers a great opportunity for employment to teenagers and young adults in underserved communities across New York State,” said Governor Cuomo. “Introducing youth to their first job means they will gain valuable skills and experience that can help them achieve success in the future.”

May 20, 2013

Hundreds Turn Out for Corona Job Fair

Nearly 400 job seekers met with employers Saturday at a job fair sponsored by State Senator Jose Peralta in conjunction with Elmcor Career Pathways and United Healthcare.

Thirty-five of the attendees were offered jobs at the fair, held at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Corona.

“The economy is improving, but many families are still struggling to make ends meet,” Senator Peralta said.  “We were able to immediately help at least some of them at the fair.  From past experience, I think a number of others will end up landing jobs thanks to the contacts they made at the fair.”

Some of the 24 employers on hand included Time Warner Cable, Resorts World Casino, Council for Airport Opportunity, New York Life, Coca Cola and a variety of government agencies, including the New York police and fire departments.


May 15, 2013

Senator Klein and Independent Democratic Conference Releases Five Point Working Women’s Agenda

Today, the Independent Democratic Conference released its 2013 Working Women's Agenda, a five point plan to build a stronger future for New York’s working women and their families. As part of the IDC’s agenda, the conference also released a comprehensive report entitled Building a Stronger Future for New York’s Working Women that details the impact each proposal will have on New York’s workforce.

May 10, 2013

Senator Serrano Participates in Governor Cuomo's Tourism Summit to Explore Ways to Boost New York Economy

(Albany, NY) - As the Ranking Member of the State Senate's Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee, José M. Serrano participated in Governor Andrew Cuomo's Tourism Summit to discuss new and innovative ways to showcase New York's wonderful seasonal attractions in order to boost New York tourism statewide. Governor Cuomo moderated a discussion among industry leaders, business owners, and other stakeholders to discuss and develop new tourism initiatives.

May 8, 2013

2013 Career Fair for Business and Technical Professionals

Looking for employment or a career change? Come meet prospective employers in the fields of health care, manufacturing, engineering, professional services industries, and more! Sponsored by Senator Joe Robach, Monroe Community College, RochesterWorks!, Time Warner Cable, The August Group, Democrat and Chronicle Media Group.


Date: Thursday, June 6, 2013

Time: 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. 

Location: Monroe Community College, R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center, Monroe A & B, 1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14623

Parking: Use Lots M and M1 (to the rear of the campus, follow signs)

Employers Scheduled to Participate:

May 6, 2013

Sen. Jeff Klein Announces Inclusion of Hire-a-Vet Tax Credit in NYS Budget to Combat High Unemployment Rate Among Young Returning Veterans

BRONX, N.Y. – Today, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced that his Hire-a-Vet Tax Credit, a program that will provide every business that hires a post-9/11 veteran with a tax credit of up to $15,000, is now officially a part of state budget. Senator Klein fought for the tax credit during this year’s budget negotiations after learning about the sky-high unemployment rate among New York’s returning veterans.

April 25, 2013

Senator Klein Announces Tax Credits for Small Businesses; Highlights Impact on Bronx Businesses

BRONX, NY - Senator Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), alongside over 35 business owners in the Bronx and Westchester, announced specific tax credits and reforms passed in the budget that will deliver targeted help to small businesses. The press conference was held at Spoto's, a local restaurant in the Bronx.

Senator Jeffrey D. Klein said, “With the early, bipartisan passage of the 2013-14 budget, I am proud to announce that this budget reflects a commitment to helping our small businesses grow. I have always believed that small, locally-owned businesses are the backbone of our communities and I am pleased to have announced specific provisions in the budget that will help to support them.

April 19, 2013

Sen. Peralta Discusses Minimum Wage Tax Breaks

As reported by Capitol Tonight:

The ink has barely dried on the state budget, but there is already a bill to repeal a tax break included in the final agreement. The tax cut was part of the minimum wage deal, and it would give a tax credit to any business that hires workers between the ages of 16 and 19. Senator Jose Peralta argues that means business will be discouraged from hiring older workers, who the Fiscal Policy Institute says currently hold about 90 percent of low-wage jobs.

For full video, click here. 

April 15, 2013

Senator Klein's Statement on Early Passage of 2013-14 Budget


Budget Increases Minimum Wage to $9, Helps Returning Veterans Build Careers, Sends Middle Class Families $350 Tax Rebate Checks and Keeps Middle Class Taxes at Lowest Levels in Over Half a Century 


Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leader and Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein (D-Westchester/Bronx) today announced early passage of the 2013-14 Budget. The Budget passed both houses of the Legislature well before the April 1 deadline, making it the earliest budget since 1983.

April 1, 2013


ALBANY - The New York State Senate has passed the State Budget on time for the third consecutive year, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced today. The spending plan adheres to a self-imposed two percent spending cap, contains significant tax relief for middle-class families and businesses, and also addresses some of the unique challenges facing Western New York.

March 27, 2013
March 27, 2013

Senate Adopts Pro-Family, Pro-Jobs Budget


ALBANY, 03/27/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on final senate approval of the 2013-14 state budget: 

“The final state budget meets my central budget priorities – control spending, cut taxes and create jobs.  The fiscally responsible plan keeps state spending below the same two-percent cap placed on school districts and local governments while providing significant tax breaks for middle class families, small businesses and manufacturers.  

“I’m particularly pleased with the school aid portion of the budget.   The vast majority of new money, almost $1 billion, will go to low and average wealth schools that need help the most.  

March 27, 2013

Senator Kennedy Pushes for Historic Designation, Rehabilitation Tax Credits for Buffalo’s Old First Ward

 Kennedy announces the beginnings of commission to pursue historic designation – and the rehabilitation tax credits that come with it – for the Old First Ward.

Community leaders join Kennedy to encourage residents, local preservationists to participate in the effort. 

Kennedy: Buffalo’s First Ward is a relic to the hard work, sweat and endurance that our region is known for. It’s going to take similar determination to secure historic designation, but this extensive process begins today as we start forming our ‘green-ribbon commission’. 

March 15, 2013

Leader Stewart-Cousins at the WCA "Political Friday" Event

Leader Stewart-Cousins at the Westchester County Association's March "Political Friday" Event at Mercy College discussing the role that the government played in her family's life, and the role that it plays in making sure people have equal opportunties and in providing the private sector with viable prospective employees.

March 15, 2013

Senator Farley Reports on Blueprint for Jobs: ReThink. ReVitalize. ReBuild.

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his Republican colleagues in the Senate announced a job creation plan to improve New York's business climate. Among other things, the "Senate Republican Blueprint for Jobs: ReThink. ReVitalize. ReBuild." would cut taxes for one million small businesses and reduce energy costs for every business and residential ratepayer in New York, saving them $2.5 billion.

The "Senate Republican Blueprint for Jobs" plan would provide:

• A Tax Cut for One Million Small Businesses

• Tax Relief for Manufacturers

• Lower Energy Bills for Every New Yorker and Every Business

• Sweeping Reforms to Cut Red Tape and Bureaucracy

• Job Training to Help New Yorkers Secure Good, High-Paying Jobs

March 12, 2013
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