Betty Little's posts related to Economic Development

Business leaders outline concerns on doing business in New York

By DAN HEATHStaff Writer, Press Republican

September 24, 2009 03:28 am

PLATTSBURGH — Local business leaders complained Wednesday about how state fees, taxes and regulations are hindering their competitiveness and ability to create and retain jobs.

The setting was the third of five statewide hearings to gather business input, Unshackle Upstate Executive Director Brian Sampson said. The purpose is to create a record to bring to state government officials to develop a pro-growth agenda for the state.



Writes letter to state tax department urging refund for businesses that already paid

Senator Betty Little today said she is pleased by a State Supreme Court judge’s decision late last week that has prevented the state from collecting a huge cigarette fee increase on North Country retailers and others throughout the state.  In a letter to the New York State Tax Department, Little today requested that businesses that have already paid the higher fee be refunded the money immediately.


Paterson announces $2.5M for natural gas pipeline

By CHRIS KNIGHT, Enterprise Senior Staff Writer POSTED: October 14, 2009

Paterson Gov. David Paterson made a rare visit to the North Country Tuesday to announce $2.5 million in funding for a natural gas pipeline into northern Franklin County.

St. Lawrence Gas wants to extend a natural gas pipeline 48 miles, from the town of Stockholm in St. Lawrence County to the village of Chateaugay in Franklin County.

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Paterson in Malone - with cash

By DENISE A. RAYMOPress Republican Staff Writer

October 14, 2009 03:28 am

MALONE — Gov. David Paterson came to Malone Tuesday to announce that St. Lawrence Gas will get $2.5 million to extend its natural-gas pipeline through Franklin County.

The proposed 48-mile project would enter through Moira and follow a preferred path along an abandoned railway to the Village of Chateaugay, bringing potential energy savings to businesses along the route.



The St. Lawrence Gas Distribution Project has been awarded a $2.5 million grant for construction of a natural gas pipeline that will spur economic growth in Franklin County.  The funding was announced by Governor David Paterson on Tuesday, October 13 at the Franklin County Courthouse.Senator Betty Little, who previously secured $2 million for the project, joined the governor along with Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, county and town elected officials, business and civic leaders and representatives of St.


Stimulus: Is it working up here?

It’s hard to say; even state officials have trouble following the money. It does seem to be helping bolster the North Country’s roads, bridges, schools and a medical research lab, but it’s not creating long-term jobs

By CHRIS KNIGHT, Enterprise Senior Staff Writer POSTED: October 24, 2009

Federal stimulus money has been trickling into the North Country over the past six months, but whether it's helped to boost the region's economy or has created anything more than seasonal jobs so far is debatable.


Senator Little Pushes Job Growth Plan

Would provide tax credits for new jobs created

  A job-growth plan proposed today by Senator Betty Little and her Republican Senate colleagues would provide a new tax credit, averaging between $2,500 and $5,000, for every new job created by businesses throughout the state.


APA controversy arises

By KIM SMITH DEDAMPress Republican Staff Writer

February 24, 2010 07:07 am

RAY BROOK — The Senate Environmental Conservation Committee approved a controversial appointment Tuesday to the Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners.

Gov. David Paterson nominated Peter Hornbeck, a canoe builder and environmentalist from Olmstedville, to serve in the APA seat held by Lake Placid businessman Arthur Lussi, who still holds the seat though his term ended June 30.


Senate committee approves Hornbeck nomination

CHRIS KNIGHT, Enterprise Senior Staff Writer POSTED: February 23, 2010

ALBANY - The Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, under pressure from Gov. David Paterson's Office, voted Tuesday to approve the nomination of Peter Hornbeck to the state Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners, over the objections of Sen. Betty Little and other senators.


EDITORIAL: Troublesome nomination for APA

Press Republican -- March 03, 2010 03:25 am

— Since the Adirondack Park Agency was formed in the early 1970s, it has been pounded hard by both environmentalists and, especially, by pro-development advocates. It's very hard to sit between two extremes and make decisions that are not going to alienate significant numbers.