Issues: Jobs & Employment

Griffo, Brindisi Announce $600K Grant for Griffiss International Airport

ROME – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi jointly announced today that the state has awarded $600,000 to Griffiss International Airport to cover a portion of Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR)’s start-up operating costs.

The Federal Aviation Administration recently selected Griffiss International Airport as one of six national sites for drone aircraft development. The airport has teamed with NUAIR, an alliance of 40 private, academic and military institutions, to lead research and testing to determine how drone aircraft can be integrated into the national airspace.

February 28, 2014
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Senator O'Brien celebrates RIT role in Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Today, Senator Ted O'Brien was proud to congratulate the Rochester Institute of Technology on its leading role in the newly announced Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, organized under the umbrella of the Department of Defense and announced in a White House press conference this afternoon.

February 25, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Fighting to Improve Community’s Access to State’s Job-Training Programs

Kennedy seeks to address troubling trend of area residents not knowing about state’s job-training programs; Wants Department of Labor to provide services directly in Buffalo neighborhoods.

Kennedy is pushing state DOL to establish satellite offices, drop-in hours at community centers and outreach events in targeted areas.  

February 12, 2014
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Jobs For Heroes Act Press Conference

Senator Larkin joined fellow Senators Greg Ball and John Bonacic in welcoming veterans to the Capitol for the Jobs For Heroes Act press conference in support of legislation to require state agencies to set a goal of awarding 5 percent of their contracts to businesses owned by service-disabled veterans.   

February 12, 2014
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Campaign For Summer Job Youth Action Day

Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke at the Campaign For Summer Jobs Youth Action Day on Tuesday, January 28th in Albany, NY on the merits of the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), the importance of the program to city youths and the State, and how much it is an investment in our youths because it allows them opportunities to develop good leadership skills and work habits.

 

January 28, 2014
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Legislative Report - property and energy tax relief, unfunded mandates, closing the skills gap and ethics reform

Senator Ted O'Brien sat down to discuss some top priorities he will be working on this session.  These include implementing additional tax relief, working to pass his Unfunded Mandate Reform Act, striving to improve availability of job and skills training programs that help match unemployed people up with positions that are open now and fighting to tighten restrictions on how campaigns are financed and more effectively deal with those who flout the rules.

January 27, 2014
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Sen. Parker Implores President Obama for Capital Infusion for Brooklyn Hospitals via Medicaid Waiver

In a letter to President Barack Obama, Senator Kevin Parker (D 21) describes the magnitude of Brooklyn's health care crisis, its looming fiscal challenges, and requests of the President that Brooklyn receives its $10 billion in waiver money from the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) which has not yet been granted. 

Please clink on the pdf link below to view the letter in its entirety. 

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Letter to President Obama re CMS waiver monies for Brooklyn

January 27, 2014
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STATEMENT ON 2014-2015 EXECUTIVE BUDGET

The 2014-2015 State Budget address delivered today by Governor Cuomo puts New York State in a great position to build upon the work we have done in recent years to control spending, cut taxes and invest in initiatives that create new jobs and revitalize our economy. 

Working together, we have put a stop to the decades of late and unbalanced budgets by passing three consecutive early budgets.  I am hopeful that this year we can continue that trend. 

It was two years ago when Senate Republicans led the fight to pass a property tax cap that helped to rein in burdensome property taxes and reduced middle-class tax rates to their lowest levels in 60 years.  This year, I’m eager to provide continued tax relief to hardworking New Yorkers by making the property tax cap and middle-class tax cuts permanent. 

In addition, it’s also key that we work to continue to cut red tape and foster an environment that enables businesses to expand and create jobs. In order to do so, we should work to eliminate corporate taxes for manufacturers and do away with the onerous energy tax surcharge to promote business growth. 

January 21, 2014
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Petition to Save Lake Shore Hospital!

I support access to quality healthcare in the communities served by Lake Shore Hospital.

I join Senator Young in raising my voice and saying:

“Save our Healthcare! Save our Jobs! Save Lake Shore Hospital!”

January 16, 2014
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SENATOR KATHY MARCHIONE, SENATE MAJORITY COALITION ISSUE BI-PARTISAN REPORT ON REGULATORY REFORM

SENATOR KATHY MARCHIONE, SENATE MAJORITY COALITION ISSUE BI-PARTISAN REPORT ON REGULATORY REFORM

 

January 16, 2014
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Senator Griffo Statement on Alcoa Announcement

"I’m disappointed to hear of Alcoa’s decision to close its remaining two potlines at the East Plant earlier than originally planned. My hope is that the company takes advantage of state and federal programs to help its affected workers transition to new jobs within or outside the organization. My office stands ready to assist anyone who is left without adequate employment as a result of this decision.

January 15, 2014
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Senator Young Joins Senate Colleagues in Urging Passage of "Jobs for Heroes" Program

For Release: Immediate, January 14, 2014

Senate Bill 2803-B Would Provide Opportunities for Service-Disabled Veterans

ALBANY - Businesses owned by disabled veterans would achieve preference for procuring state contracts in a bill cosponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R, C, I-Olean).

The NY Jobs for Heroes program mirrors a successful federal initiative and would establish in New York State a three percent contract set-aside for service-disabled veteran businesses in obtaining state contracting and subcontracting opportunities.

“We owe it to our veterans to increase the job opportunities available to them. Too many come home after serving our country only to be unable to find gainful employment. For those who have sustained service-connected disabilities, the debt we owe is even greater. This important bill is one way we can ensure they can come home to New York and have opportunities to thrive as they return to civilian life,” said Senator Young.

January 14, 2014
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State assistance approved for CRFS expansion in Albion

Senator George Maziarz and Assemblyman Steve Hawley are pleased to announce that key economic development assistance for the relocation of Claims Recovery Financial Services (CRFS) to a larger facility in Albion has been approved in Albany.

Specifically, the Office of Community Renewal has awarded the Village of Albion a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $744,165.62 to facilitate the expansion.

January 14, 2014
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Session priorities: tax relief, economic development and ethics reform must be the Legislature's focus

This essay by Senator O'Brien ran in the Democrat & Chronicle on January 11, 2014

As a new legislative session in Albany begins, I am preparing to address serious challenges to our region’s well-being.

During his State of the State address, the governor made it clear that upstate tax relief is his top priority. Mine, too. Eliminating corporate and energy taxes for upstate manufacturers and implementing the governor’s call for additional property tax relief are on the top of my agenda, as well.

January 14, 2014
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Will the Real Job Creators Please Stand Up?

January 7th 2014

By Rodney Yearby, Sr.

At present, there are three times as many people looking for employment than there are positions available. Beginning December 28th 2013, 1.3 million Americans lost their unemployment benefits just three short days after Christmas.

January 13, 2014
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SENATE MAJORITY COALITION ISSUES REPORT ON REGULATORY REFORM

REPORT IDENTIFIES OVER 2,000 STATE RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT WARRANT REFORM OR REVIEW

ALBANY – The New York State Senate Majority Coalition issued a comprehensive report today that sheds light on New York State’s notoriously dense regulatory structure and identifies 2,219 specific rules, regulations and practices that put New York’s businesses at a competitive disadvantage.

January 13, 2014
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Greek Peak Grand Opening

I was happy to be invited to celebrate the grand re-opening of Greek Peak. Congratulations to new owners John Meier (pictured) and Marc Stemerman on the new amenities at the resort. 

January 9, 2014
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Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce to Hold Job Fair January 14

Senator Kennedy says Job Fair on January 14 will present job-seekers with new employment opportunities.

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy is encouraging Western New Yorkers who are seeking new jobs this new year to attend a job fair that the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce has planned for January 14. 

The job fair will be held Tuesday, January 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Walden Galleria Mall. The event will be held on the lower level of the mall, near the Apple store. 

Job-seekers will have the opportunity to connect with exciting new employment opportunities at numerous businesses located throughout Western New York.

January 2, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #1: The Right Route For Government

Happy New Year!

My wife and I did some traveling for the holidays. Our destination was the same as the year before – and many years before that. One thing had changed, however. We didn’t agree on how to get there.

Governing is a lot like a road trip. All participants share a common destination, but the disagreements are always about what exact route to take.

State legislators and the governor, regardless of political affiliation, all want to help New York attract good-paying jobs and grow our economy. We also want to invest in our children and keep spending in check while maintaining services.

This week, Governor Cuomo will unveil his roadmap in a State of the State address. As always, I’m looking forward to hearing his plan.

January 2, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces Minimum Wage Increasing December 31 for Local Workers

On December 31, New York State’s minimum wage will rise to an hourly rate of $8.00. 

Kennedy: A higher minimum wage will help working families make ends meet and live a little more comfortably.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, announced the minimum wage will rise to $8 an hour tomorrow, December 31. Kennedy said this wage increase is the first of three raises that will result in minimum-wage workers earning $9 an hour by the end of 2015. The higher wages will be a welcome boost for workers and families in Western New York and across the state, says Kennedy who has helped lead the charge for raising the minimum wage.

December 30, 2013
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