Issues: Jobs & Employment


Klein Secures Additional $200,000 in Funding for Bronx H.I.R.E.

500 Training Opportunities & Certificate Program Slots Available To Bronxites At No Cost

April 8, 2015

Senator Gallivan to Sponsor A.G. Schneiderman's Payroll Card Act

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle and Senator Patrick Gallivan will sponsor the Attorney General’s program bill regulating the use of payroll cards to increase protections for workers, clarify ambiguities in the law, and ensure that payroll cards offer a convenient and beneficial method for workers to access their pay.

April 7, 2015

State Budget Includes Transition Planning for Individuals with Disabilities who Work in Sheltered Workshops

ALBANY – For individuals with developmental disabilities, the challenges inherent in moving from a sheltered workshop to community employment are quite daunting. To address this issue, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, included an initiative in the state budget to develop a detailed transition plan for these individuals.

April 6, 2015

Senators Gallivan and Young Secure Funding to Replace "Old Route 219 Bridge”

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) and Senator Catharine Young (R, C, I- Olean) announce they have secured $20 million to build a state of the art bridge to replace the existing span over Cattaraugus Creek along “old Route 219.”  In addition, they have inserted $300,000 in the state budget to be deposited in an escrow account that will cover Erie and Cattaraugus counties’ costs for maintaining the structure for the first 22 years.  

April 2, 2015

2015-16 State Budget Supports Important Programs

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) says the $142-billion 2015-16 state budget provides critical funding to important state programs while controlling the size and cost of government.  The state’s fifth consecutive on-time budget keeps spending within a two-percent cap, increases aid to education, rejects tax increases and provides property tax relief for homeowners.  The spending plan also includes funding for regional assets such as Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the NFTA and Shea’s Performing Arts Center.

April 1, 2015

Ortt: State Budget Delivers for Western New York

Senator Points to Education, Economy and Veterans’ Services

 Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today announced passage of the 2015-16 New York State Budget, which includes several of Ortt’s Western New York priorities. Ortt pointed to key measures to strengthen education, economic development, and veterans’ services.

April 1, 2015

Senator Leroy Comrie Joins Senators Marc Panepinto and Jesse Hamilton in Calling for an Immediate Minimum Wage Increase

Upstate and Downstate Senators Find Common Ground in Fight to Raise the Minimum Wage as State Budget Deadline Looms

ALBANY, N.Y. – With the State Budget Deadline looming, freshman Senators Leroy Comrie (D-Queens), Marc Panepinto (D-Buffalo) and Jesse Hamilton (D-Brooklyn) stood together on Wednesday, March 25th 2015 and called for an immediate minimum wage increase to be put back on the table. The Senators emphasized that raising the minimum wage to a living wage not only provides direct economic relief to New York’s lowest earners but also spurs economic growth by enhancing purchasing power and injecting an estimated $3.4 billion back into our local economies.

March 30, 2015

Senator David Carlucci Hosts Annual Job Fair

Senator David Carlucci, in partnership with Rockland Community College and the Workforce Investment Board of Rockland, is hosting Rockland Community College’s 17th Annual Job Fair, on Thursday, April 2, 2015 in the Eugene Levy Field House from 11 a.m. -3 p.m.The Fair is open to students, alumni of Rockland Community College, and the public.

March 27, 2015

Senator Parker's Session Remarks on Mixed Martial Arts Legislation

Senator Parker's session remarks on Mixed Martial Arts Legislation in March 2015. 

March 26, 2015

More Movie Productions for WNY

A California movie crew brought the bright lights of Hollywood to East Aurora recently, realizing what residents here already know; despite the snow and the cold, Western New York is a warm and friendly place.

March 26, 2015

March 25, 2015 - Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young

Along with an update on the on-going State Budget process, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) discusses her efforts to protect employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities, the recent expansion of the rural dentistry program and a local resident who recently celebrated his 100th birthday on this week’s edition of “Your Voice.”


March 25, 2015

Chautauqua County Manufacturers Receive Funding Through Workforce Development Institute

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



ALBANY – Four Chautauqua County manufacturers will see business growth, employee retention and promotion, and potential expansion of their operations as a result of training assistance through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), a program championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).


As part of the 2014-15 State Budget, Senator Young directly helped secure an additional $3 million for WDI, funding she is again fighting for this year. With Senator Young’s support, a total of $7 million of funding was included last year to support the mission and work of WDI.


March 24, 2015


Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-On-Hudson) has been appointed by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to serve on a new Task Force that will focus on workforce development. The Task Force will identify ways to improve job readiness and employee training in an effort to create more jobs and grow the economy.

“Workforce development is a top priority,” said Senator Larkin. “I look forward to hearing from leaders in business, education, state and local governments, and other workforce experts in an effort to find feasible solutions to some of the problems our workforce faces today. We must do everything we can to ensure that individuals who want a job have every opportunity to obtain one.”

March 24, 2015

Murphy moves rules reform bills for Sunshine Week

ALBANY, NY - It's sunshine week in Albany, when open government advocates work to bring transparency to state government and how laws and rules are made.Businesses in New York State face a myriad of regulations and mandates which often come about as a result of the State's rule-making process, rather than legislation. One lawmaker is working to change that.As Chairman of the State's Administrative Regulations Review Commission (ARRC), State Senator Terrence Murphy is charged with reviewing all of the proposed rules from state agencies. This week Senator Murphy announced new legislation which would allow more public discourse and transparency regarding proposed agency rules.

March 19, 2015

Senator Young Introduces Legislation Protecting Employment Opportunities for People with Developmental Disabilities

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, is fighting to save sheltered workshops as an employment choice for people with disabilities.

Senator Young, who has introduced Senate Bill 3893-A, says the issue is personal to her.

“For 15 years before I was elected to state office, I worked at the ReHabilitation Center in Cattaraugus County where I saw people with disabilities thrive at the agency’s workshop, SubCon Industries. They had a deep sense of pride and self worth from working, and they loved earning a paycheck,” said Senator Young.

March 18, 2015

Senate Republican Budget Plan Creates Property Tax Rebate & Eliminates GEA

The New York State Senate Republican Majority approved a budget plan Thursday that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, increases aid to education and eliminates the Gap Elimination Adjustment.  It also makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure.

March 16, 2015

Ortt: Senate Budget Creates Good-Paying Jobs and Grows the Economy

Since day one, creating jobs and growing the economy have been top priorities for state Senator Rob Ortt (R, C, I – North  Tonawanda). That’s why he, along with others in the Senate Majority, has made it one of the main focuses in the “Brighter Future” budget plan recently passed in the Senate. 

The Senate’s plan implements a $200 million small business package, which will help spark new business and provide more job opportunities.

March 15, 2015

Ortt: Senate Budget Supports Critical Infrastructure

Senator Fights for Increased Infrastructure Funding and CHIPS Funding

As part of the New York State Senate’s “Brighter Future” budget plan, Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) announced his district could soon see significant investments in infrastructure.

The Senate’s proposal, which was laid out yesterday, includes $1.5 billion for Upstate revitalization projects, and as part of a five-year road and bridge capital program, would add another $1.5 billion for infrastructure projects.

March 13, 2015

Senate Passes the "Brighter Future" Budget Plan

The New York State Senate today passed the “Brighter Future” budget plan that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, extends historic opportunities to students and makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure to create good-paying jobs.

March 12, 2015
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