Senate Passes Small Business Energy Assistance & Advocacy Services Program
Legislation to reduce energy costs on small businesses in New York State, introduced by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, passed unanimously in the Senate. The bill is part of a Senate Democratic Majority legislative package that will significantly reduce the costs of energy for homeowners and businesses statewide, putting money back into the pockets of families and making businesses more competitive.
On Wednesday, August 25th Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins held a press conference announcing a $750,000 State grant she assisted in securing from the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) for San-Mar Laboratories to make investments needed to reduce operating costs, produce new products and expand the business.
“This funding will allow San-Mar Laboratories to create and retain an estimated 315 high-quality jobs in Westchester County,” said Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF–Westchester). “During this challenging economic time, initiatives that attract business opportunities and support the growth of local enterprises that create jobs in our region must be a top priority.”
Senator Stewart-Cousins, Assemblymember Shelley Mayer, Mayor Mike Spano, along with co-sponsors Empire State Development, Women’s Enterprise Development Center, New York State Department of Labor, the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce, the Yonkers City Council President’s Office, the Yonkers City Council and other co-sponsors hosted a small business resource forum for small business owners and those interested in learning more about starting a small business in Yonkers.
Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins showed her support for local businesses by attending the ribbon cutting ceremony for Wine In Due Time, a a boutique wine store located on the beautiful Yonkers waterfront, on Friday, October 4th. Along with Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and City Councilman Chris Johnson, Senator Stewart-Cousins welcomes store owner Sepi Pashaie and staff to the neighborhood.
Senator Stewart-Cousins broke ground at Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen and Restaurant in Scarsdale. The two story facility located on Central Avenue will offer kosher catering deli and restaurant service. It will also have a full bar and feature an extensive list of freshly made daily specials that will appeal to a broader customer base, in addition to the traditional Kosher deli fare that made Ben's famous. This will be Ben's seventh location, joining its three locations in Long Island, one in Queens, one in Manhattan and one in Boca Raton, FL.
"The Tappan Zee Bridge is the largest infrastructure project in the nation and will be a key driver of our region's economic growth. With a goal of 10% disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation - or $314 million - there are ample opportunities for local small businesses, including those owned by minorities and women, to work on the New NY Bridge. It is critical to make sure disadvantaged businesses get a foot in the door with so much economic opportunity at the doorstep," said Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF - 35th District).
Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, along with Senator George Latimer, met with members of the Business Council of Westchester to discuss the 2014 budget and the Council's legislative priorities. The meeting also focused on economic development and growth of small businesses in Westchester and statewide.