Issues: Jobs & Employment

Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013

Senator Kennedy Rallies for Minimum Wage Increase, Urges Albany to Raise the People’s Pay

Over 100 people joined Kennedy at Friday’s rally at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center. 

State lawmakers Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes, Ryan support measures to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75 an hour and linking future increases to the Consumer Price Index. 

Kennedy: Now’s the Time to Raise the Minimum Wage, and Stop Playing Paycheck Roulette by Linking Future Increases to CPI.

January 11, 2013

State of State Reaction


ALBANY, 01/09/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address:

“New York is headed in the right direction financially thanks in part to a strong working relationship between the legislature and Governor Cuomo that has evolved over the last two years.  As we embark on the 2013 legislative session I anticipate additional collaborations that will bring further improvements.

“The governor’s pledge to continue to hold the line on taxes is one I wholeheartedly endorse.  This has been a key piece of our state’s rebuilding foundation and one that must remain if we are to make further strides.

January 9, 2013

Squadron -- Assault Weapons Ban Sponsor -- Welcomes Governor's Proposal to Strengthen NY Law

Senator Also Applauds Governor's Push for Campaign Finance Reform, Decriminalization of Small Amounts of Marijuana, Minimum Wage Increase

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the sponsor of legislation to close gaps in New York's assault weapons ban -- including by making illegal the military-style gun used in Newtown, CT and Webster, NY -- applauded Governor Cuomo's proposals to strengthen the state's gun laws, reform New York's campaign finance system, decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view, and raise New York's minimum wage, in today's State of the State.

January 9, 2013

Senator Kennedy Holding Rally to Raise the Minimum Wage on Friday, Jan. 11

Join Senator Kennedy at Rally Planned for Friday, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center. 

Kennedy: Raising the Minimum Wage will Lift Families from Poverty and Boost the Local Economy 

January 11, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Senator Young Announces Local Job Creation Projects to Receive State Funding

Area Projects Among Winners of Regional Economic Development Council Awards

            Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) today announced that 19 job creation projects in the 57th Senate District will receive critically important state funds through the second round of Regional Economic Development Council awards.

December 20, 2012

2012 Career Fair A Great Success

Yesterday afternoon, I had the opportunity to visit with guests at the 2012 Career Fair For Business and Technical Professionals. I was proud to sponsor this event with Monroe Community College, Time Warner Cable, Angelo Planning Group, LLC, RochesterWorks!, and The August Group. Thank you to all of the area businesses and organizations who were on hand to meet with prospective employees. The New York State Department of Labor has set up New York State Jobs Express, which provides thousands of job openings each day. To view the available openings, visit

December 14, 2012


More Than 59,000 New Yorkers Hired Via Jobs Express Since October 2011As Extended Unemployment Benefits Expire, Governor Urges Long-Term Unemployed to Apply For These JobsGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Jobs Express, a website designed to help New Yorkers who are seeking employment, currently has more than 74,000 job openings available.The site has helped more than 59,000 individuals find work since its October 2011 launch. As extended unemployment benefits expire for thousands of New Yorkers this month, the Governor urges long-term unemployed, now more than ever to apply for these jobs.

December 11, 2012

Senator Kennedy Writes to Apple CEO, Urges Company to Consider Buffalo for American Production Line

In appearance on NBC’s Rock Center, Apple CEO Cook announced plans to move a Mac computer production line to United States next year. 

Kennedy’s letter highlights region’s productive workforce, strategic geographic location, low-cost power from Niagara Power Project. 

Kennedy: Buffalo is a City in Resurgence; Apple could Help Lead our Underdog City’s Economic Comeback

December 7, 2012

MediSked Celebrates Grand Opening

This afternoon, I had the opportunity to speak at the grand opening ceremony for MediSked, LLC, located on University Avenue. MediSked, LLC was born out of a partnership between provider agency management and proven success with software engineering. The founders of MediSked started the company as a research innovation at RIT in Rochester, NY back in 2003. What started out as an exhaustive search for an existing agency management software solution specific for home and community based provider agencies, quickly turned into the creation of MediSked and its one of a kind software solution that manages the unique workflows and requirements of such agencies.

December 4, 2012

Labor dispute at Sunny Day Car Wash in Bronx clouds the holiday season for picketing workers Local pols join protesting carwash heros to demand their jobs back

By Erica Pearson- New York Daily News 

Picketing workers who say they were wrongly fired and want to get back to work were joined by local politicians in confronting a Bronx car wash manager Monday.

State Sen. Gustavo Rivera and City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito walked with several of the fired washers to the cash register inside Sunny Day Car Wash on 135th St. near the Third Ave. Bridge, and asked to speak with owner Frank Roman.

November 30, 2012

2012 Career Fair for Business and Technical Professionals

On Thursday, December 13th, I am proud to host the 2012 Career Fair for Business and Technical Professionals! Details below:





2:00 P.M. UNTIL 5:00 P.M.



Warshof Conference Center

R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center

Monroe A & B


Hosted by Monroe Community College Office of Workforce Development


Sponsored by:

The August Group

Time Warner Cable


Angelo Planning Group, LLC

Senator Joseph E. Robach

November 29, 2012

Senator Kennedy Stands with Walmart Workers

Nationwide actions today to raise awareness of worker mistreatment, retaliation.

Kennedy joins workers and supporters at Black Friday rally at Walmart in Cheektowaga.

Kennedy: I stand with workers in their efforts to fight back and be heard.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Economic Development Committee, stands with workers in their ongoing efforts to end workplace retaliation and secure better wages and benefits, fair treatment and respect. Kennedy joined workers and supporters at a rally Friday at the Walmart in Cheektowaga’s Thruway Plaza where they called for an end to worker mistreatment.

November 23, 2012

Senator Kennedy Announces Upcoming Deadline for NY Youth Works Employment Program

Kennedy reminds residents that youth must apply for certification in NY Youth Works program by December 31, 2012. Businesses must apply for certification by November 30, 2012. 

NY Youth Works helps address unemployment among inner-city youth with job-training for applicants and tax credits for employers. 

Kennedy encourages more businesses to get involved in NY Youth Works to help alleviate unemployment in City of Buffalo.

November 20, 2012


Senate Economic Development Chair Cites Economic and Safety Concerns, Urges Comptroller’s Office To Thoroughly Review Contract

“The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles’ apparent selection of a bid submitted by CBN Secure Technology of Canada to produce the state’s next generation drivers licenses raises several questions and concerns.”

“The fact that CBN’s bid was the most expensive to taxpayers and would shift the development and manufacturing processes out of the United States raises some questions as New York State continues to grapple with budget issues. I hope the State Comptroller’s office gives this contract a thorough review to ensure tax dollars are being invested wisely.”

November 15, 2012

WebTitle Agency Opens New Corporate Offices

On Thursday afternoon, I had the privilege to attend, and speak at, the grand opening ceremony for WebTitle Agency's new corporate office, located in Brighton. WebTitle and partner companies Cascade Settlement Agency and Customized Lenders Services are now located at 500-A Canal View Boulevard. The new corporate headquarters occupies approximately 31,000 square feet with 37 separate offices, multiple training rooms with versatile conference space, Wi-Fi access and upwards of 200 parking spaces. This new facility will allow the staff of 160 to better integrate the three business units, further enhance the products/services offered to better serve the needs of their client partners and allow ample space for continued expansion.

November 14, 2012

Senator Jeff Klein to Host Jobs Fair for Veterans on Wednesday, November 14th at the Hutchinson Metro Center in The Bronx

The Bronx, NY – On Wednesday, November 14th at the Hutchinson Metro Center at 1200 Waters Place in The Bronx, NY, Senator Klein will host a job fair exclusively for our nation’s veterans. At the event, over 30 New York and Bronx based employers will reach out to veterans about current openings at their company or institution. To maximize the use of each veteran’s time, Senator Klein has only invited those employers who currently have job opportunities available and are actively seeking to employ our returning vets.

November 9, 2012

Don’t Hike Pay for Legislators, Raise the People’s Pay


It’s time for lawmakers to go on the record on pay raises. Over the last several weeks and months, I’ve made it clear I am opposed to pay hikes for state legislators. Now, I urge my colleagues to join me in working to restore the public’s trust, rather than moving forward with their ill-conceived money grab.

With our economy now pressing forward along the road to recovery, lawmakers should be focused on economic issues and getting people back to work, not on bigger paychecks for themselves.

November 7, 2012

Senator Kennedy Urges Albany to Act on NYS Fair Pay Act, Calls for Stronger Protections for Women and Minorities in Workforce

Pay equity a top issue in presidential race, but should be addressed at state level

Kennedy says closing wage gap between genders would significantly stimulate economic growth; pushes for critical measure to end wage discrimination

November 1, 2012

Summer of Opportunity Volunteer/Employer Breakfast

Earlier this morning, I had the privilege to speak at an appreciation breakfast for volunteers and employers of the Summer of Opportunity and Summer Youth Employment program. For more information on this great program for our youth, visit

October 18, 2012
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