Posted by Jude Seymour on Thursday, June 19th, 2014
ALBANY – The New York State Senate has joined the Assembly in giving bipartisan support to a bill (S.5700/A7673) that would provide grants to the too-often overlooked training gap in advanced manufacturing and technology.
"Clarkson University continues to be a real teammate in our ongoing efforts to revitalize the north country economy.
"First, its Shipley Center for Innovation was picked as the hub for information and resources for new businesses in the north country.
"Now the college’s creative pitch has won the approval of the START-UP NY board and is sure to attract new businesses in the fields of nanoscience, web development and sustainable technology – just to name a few.
Red tape: If you talk to most business owners about their impediments to growth, they’ll give you an earful about the countless hours they spend filling out forms for the government.
Now, not all regulations are bad. We’ve got well designed and well implemented rules that provide more benefits than costs, including ones that ensure our health and safety.
However, New York does not need 750,000 regulations. Businesses are spending $274 billion every year to comply with all these rules. That’s money much better spent on developing new product lines, expanding facilities or hiring additional workers.
In Governor Cuomo’s 2013 State of the State address, he challenged legislators to reject institutional and cultural norms and make New York a leader in creating equality for women.
I’m proud that my Senate colleagues and I have twice met his challenge.
We’ve passed nine bills that would stop human trafficking, ensure equal pay for equal work, combat sexual harassment in the workplace, end gender-based discrimination in employment, housing and credit, require reasonable accommodations for pregnant women in the workplace and provide stronger protections for victims of domestic violence.
Labor Day is our annual opportunity to collectively recognize the hard working men and women who are the backbone of our economy.
From the smelter in Massena to the small business in Sangerfield, my district includes many highly motivated individuals. Many posses a technical expertise that is, frankly, unrivaled.
As a state representative, I’m committed to holding on to each and every skilled worker and to fighting the “brain drain” that too often plagues upstate. While we can’t directly prevent business contractions and closings, we can do two things to soften the blow.
Posted by Jude Seymour on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
ALBANY- State legislators representing the Mohawk Valley have pledged their continued support to venerable Herkimer County manufacturer Remington Arms. In light of the state’s adoption of strict new guns laws in 2013, recent out of state expansions, and the announcement of job layoffs in Ilion, the state elected officials publicly recommitted their unrelenting support for Remington and its employees.
In a letter to Remington Chairman and CEO George Kollitides, the legislators wrote:
Posted by Jude Seymour on Monday, January 12th, 2015
Demonstrating his continued commitment to creating equality for women in the Empire State, Sen. Joseph A. Griffo’s first legislative action in 2015 was to vote in support of the Women’s Equality Agenda.
“In Governor Cuomo’s 2013 State of the State address, he challenged us to reject institutional and cultural norms and make New York a leader in creating equality for women,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “I’m tremendously proud that me and my Senate colleagues have now met this challenge for each of the last the years.”