Issues: Jobs & Employment

Senator Martins Receives High Mark From Business Council of the State of New York

The Business Council of the State of New York released its 2012 Voter’s Guide, which measures the commitment of State Legislators to promoting fiscal reform and improving the state’s economic climate. Each legislator was scored based on his or her votes taken during the 2012 legislative session on legislative items that foster job creation.

Senator Jack M. Martins was among the legislators that scored a 90 percent, tops among Senators, for his support of legislation that would reduce state and local pension costs; control state spending while avoiding new taxes; reform labor laws that impose unnecessary costs and restrictions on employers; and promote new jobs and investments in a range of strategically important business sectors.

August 22, 2012

Legislation Sponsored by Senator Dilan Signed by Governor Cuomo

S.7189 consolidates bus services provided to pre-kindergarten and early intervention children under the City Department of Education.Allowing this process enables the City DOE to draw on its extensive knowledge of bus contracts and the subsequent negotiating process to ensure that pre-kindergarten and early intervention students are afforded the same process and treatment as all other New York City schoolchildren.

August 21, 2012

Cutting Government Red Tape For New York Dairy Farmers


ALBANY, 08/15/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined Governor Cuomo in announcing immediate steps to cut government red tape to help New York dairy farmers capitalize on the growing Greek yogurt market.

“New York’s Greek yogurt makers are using millions of pounds of milk each day and it only makes sense that they use milk from New York dairy farms,” said Senator Seward.  “In order to facilitate this, we are cutting government red tape and partnering with our farmers so they can expand and meet growing demand for dairy products.” 

August 15, 2012

Finding and Applying for Federal Grants | Free Training Workshop for Faith-based and Community Organizations

The Region II Federal Partners Council and Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Subcommittee are hosting a free training workshop for faith-based and community organizations on finding and applying for federal grants on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, from 9 am to 1 pm. at Mt.

August 14, 2012

Governor Cuomo, Stop Fracking Around with Our Health

Friday, August 10, 2012 12:00 am

By -- STATE SEN. BILL PERKINS, New York Amsterdam News

I’m New York State Sen. Bill Perkins; I’m opposed to hydrofracking because it puts our children’s future at risk. New York City residents have a tremendous stake in whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo allows hydrofracking in New York. This dangerous method of natural gas drilling threatens our water, air, food and health. Along with a growing number of elected officials, local leaders and community organizations, I have come to the conclusion that fracking is not safe and should be banned statewide.

August 10, 2012

Kennedy Unveils Proposal to Bridge Skills Gap, Prepare Workers for Jobs in New Economy

ECC, Ford, UAW join Kennedy to highlight new plan to develop skilled workforce and foster “matchmaking for manufacturing”

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy unveiled a new proposal to help bridge the “skills gap” and prepare workers for jobs in our ever-evolving economy at a press conference Tuesday at Erie Community College’s City Campus. Officials from ECC and Ford Motor Company joined Kennedy, as he outlined his proposed plan to establish Centers of Workforce Achievement – which will partner community colleges with local employers to develop a skilled workforce for growth industries within the regional economy.

August 7, 2012

University of Rochester Unveils Supercomputer

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and local officials today cut the ribbon to unveil one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers for health research, which will be housed at the Health Sciences Center for Computational Innovation (HSCCI) in Rochester. The HSCCI is a $100 million partnership with the University of Rochester and IBM dedicated to applying high performance computing solutions to the nation’s health challenges. Last year, the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council chose the HSCCI as one of its priority projects and received $5 million in state funds for its completion. 

August 3, 2012

Free Job Fair in Queens Sponsored by Senator Addabbo - Open to the Public

Free Job Fair Open to the Public

Sponsored by Senator Joe Addabbo

& the Ozone Park Civic Association


Friday October 19, 2012

10 AM to 3 PM 

Resorts World

Located at Aqueduct Racetrack

110-00 Rockaway Blvd

South Ozone Park, NY 11420


Ø      Business Attire Suggested

Ø      Over 100 Potential Employers

Ø      Bring Plenty of Resumes    

Ø      Wheelchair Accessible

Ø      Free Parking

Workshop Schedule

·      11 AM- How to Successfully Work a Job Fair

October 19, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Members of the Urban League of Long Island Joined with Senator Owen H. Johnson at his July 18, 2012 Career Fair

Senator Owen H. Johnson partnered with Suffolk County NY State Senators Lee Zeldin, Kenneth P. LaValle and John J. Flanagan in sponsoring a Career Fair on July 18, 2012.  The event took place at the Suffolk County Community College Brentwood Campus.In addition to over 60 employers from varying sectors of the Long Island economy, the July 18th Career Fair featured a one-hour seminar for job seekers on how to use LinkedIn for their job search.  Over 11,000 job seekers attended.

July 25, 2012


Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) has announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed his bill (S6794-A) into law.  The law will authorize a five-year extension for the New York Telecommunications Relay Center to remain in Syracuse.

“It require that the New York Telecommunications Relay Service Center remain in Syracuse, and along with it, nearly 100 private-sector jobs,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

“As the center continues to grow and to add new services, I am hopeful that more telecommunications jobs will be created in Syracuse,” added Senator DeFrancisco.

July 25, 2012

Senator Zeldin & Suffolk’s State Senate Delegation Host Career Fair at SCCC

Brentwood, N.Y. – State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), along with Senator Owen Johnson (R, C, I- Bayblon), Senator John Flanagan (R, C, I- East Northport), and Senator Kenneth LaValle (R, C, I- Port Jefferson), co-hosted a Career Fair this past Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at the Suffolk County Community College Grant Campus in Brentwood.

Countless job-seekers from across Suffolk County were able to come into direct contact with an array of Long Island based businesses looking to hire new employees. Senator Zeldin (above right) is pictured here with Senator Johnson (above left).

July 24, 2012

2012 New Jobs-NY Job Creation Plan Information

2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan

ELIMINATING TAXES ON MANUFACTURERS: Over a three year period, the legislation would provide manufacturers throughout New York State with $495 million in tax relief – phasing out the taxes they pay under the State’s Corporate Franchise Tax and Personal Income Tax. The first phase will begin for tax years beginning on January 1, 2013.  This will save manufacturers $114 million in SFY 2012-13 and $495 million when fully phased in.

July 23, 2012

Workers' Comp Rates To Drop


ONEONTA, 07/17/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the Department of Financial Services decision reducing workers’ compensation premium rates for New York employers:

“Reducing the cost of doing business in New York state has been a long held priority of mine. That’s why I helped pass the 2007 Workers’ Compensation Reform that delivered savings to employers and helped injured workers.  However, the failure by past governors to fully implement cost control measures mandated by the legislature meant the savings were short lived.  

July 16, 2012

Senator Kennedy, Local Workers Fighting to Stop Offshoring, Save NY Jobs

Kennedy pushing for reforms that protect jobs created in New York State from being outsourced overseas 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – A rampant trend toward offshoring jobs has left too many families without work and kept unemployment high despite surging corporate profits. With about 22-29 percent of all jobs still at risk of being shipped overseas, action is needed to protect Western New Yorkers’ jobs. Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, is standing up to prevent good-paying jobs from leaving New York State.

July 7, 2012

Column by Senator Bill Larkin

The 2012 legislative session shows New York is on track for a better tomorrow.

Following 2 years of runaway debt and dysfunction, our state government needed an overhaul. To put an end to the chaos, New Yorkers voted in a Republican led Senate and the results have been unmistakable.

We trimmed the fat off of Albany’s bloated budgets, eliminating more than $13 billion in deficits. We shrank the ballooning government bureaucracy by consolidating agencies. And we enacted common sense reforms to increase efficiency and reduce costs.

The success goes beyond just reigning in spending. The real victory is that not only was this done without raising taxes, it was done by cutting them.

June 29, 2012

Tops Reopens in Hilton

On Wednesday, I was a part of the grand reopening ceremony at the Tops Supermarket in Hilton. The store recently underwent renovations, and used to be Furnal's Fresh Market. Tops is also celebrating its 50th year. To learn more about the grand re-openings, visit

June 28, 2012

Senate Passes Legislation to Improve Workplace Training for Women

The New York State Senate today announced legislative passage to a bill, sponsored by Senator Joe Robach (R-C-I, Rochester), that would expand workforce assistance and training programs for women so they qualify for higher paying careers. Senator Robach was joined by Jean Carroll, CEO of YWCA of Greater Rochester and Monroe County.


“Women are increasingly responsible for the economic security of their families, yet working women earn 80 percent of what men earn and jobs traditionally held by women pay significantly less than jobs that predominantly employ men,” Senator Robach said. “Expanding the state’s workforce training, counseling and referral efforts to help women get higher paying jobs will help women and their families.”


June 26, 2012

Senator Kennedy Stands Up for NY Jobs, Proposes Hostile Amendment to Prevent Corporations from Outsourcing Jobs Overseas

Kennedy tries to push through ‘Save NY Call Center Jobs Act’ as hostile amendment

ALBANY, N.Y. – Standing up to protect New Yorkers’ jobs, Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, proposed a hostile amendment Thursday to prevent corporations from shipping jobs to foreign countries. It was an effort to push the Senate to take action on the ‘Save New York Call Center Jobs Act’ (S.6918) – which Senator Kennedy introduced earlier this year.

June 22, 2012

Senate Passes Bill to Improve Workforce Training for Women

The New York State Senate gave final legislative passage to a bill, sponsored by Senator Joe Robach (R-C-I, Rochester), that would expand workforce assistance and training programs for women so they qualify for higher paying careers.


            “Women are increasingly responsible for the economic security of their families, yet working women earn 80 percent of what men earn and jobs traditionally held by women pay significantly less than jobs that predominantly employ men,” Senator Robach said.  “Expanding the state’s workforce training, counseling and referral efforts to help women get higher paying jobs will help women and their families.”


June 21, 2012
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