As we start 2010 it is time for New York to embark on a new direction. Our economic struggles have been well documented, particularly across the upstate region, and the time has come to change our thinking and generate a true rebirth. Last year we went to the edge of the cliff and if we are to avoid plunging into the financial abyss some tough decisions are required.
Governor Paterson recently unveiled his 2010 – 2011 budget proposal and while some ideas merit further examination others must be dismissed entirely if we are to promote economic development and job growth in upstate New York.
ALBANY, 01/26 /10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today joined senate Republicans in announcing a major new jobs initiative designed to improve New York’s economy, reduce business taxes and create thousands of new jobs.
“This plan provides real incentives that will improve our economic climate and get people working,” said Senator Seward. “It includes targeted assistance that will enhance current businesses and foster new growth translating to real recovery here in New York.”
Statewide unemployment in New York recently reached nine percent. Last year, the state lost 269,000 jobs and the governor is already projecting that another 40,000 will be lost in 2010. It is clear that we need to reverse this trend. That’s why I am proposing a major new jobs initiative designed to jump start our economy and get people working.
The 2010 Job Creation & Retention Plan is a comprehensive recovery blueprint which would add no spending to the state budget and would pay for itself through increased jobs and revenue from economic growth.
ALBANY, 03/01/10 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today participated in a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on senate bill 2247b, also known as the Farm Worker Fair Labor Practice Act.
“The bill, supported mainly by New York City politicians, would force farms to close, and drive one more industry, our top industry, out of New York state,” said Senator Seward. “Ultimately, farm workers, who the bill is aimed at protecting, would wind up on the unemployment line, costing all New Yorkers.”
GREENVILLE — A start-up biotechnology company is establishing a business incubator at Greenville High School, in what’s being hailed as a groundbreaking move that will enhance the relationship between educators and entrepreneurs.
LEEDS, 04/20/10 - An assembly of business, municipal and education leaders from Greene and Columbia counties as well as from Berkshire County in Massachusetts heard Monday how Greene County is positioned well to reap the benefits of the fabricator Global Foundries in the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Saratoga County.