Monthly Archives: June 2013

Crain’s Manhattan Borough President Debate

Crain’s New York Business will hold a Business Breakfast Forum on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at The Yale Club of New York City. Attendees will meet the candidates for Manhattan Borough President and hear the candidates answer questions from debate moderator Greg David, Crain’s columnist and director of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s Business Reporting Program.

The candidates will discuss:
– How they would spend the office’s capital and expense money
– How they would steer zoning and planning in Manhattan
– Their visions and top priorities for the borough

Confirmed candidates:
Council Member, Gale Brewer
Council Member, Robert Jackson
Council Member, Jessica Lappin
Julie Menin, Former Chair of Manhattan Community Board #1

To register for this event, visit Crain’s website.

Touchscreen sensor manufacturing to bring jobs to Rochester

Eastman Kodak Co. and Kingsbury Corp. have announced a joint project to make touchscreen sensors that will create about 200 jobs over a three year period.

Kingsbury Corp. will invest about $10 million to create the new facility in the Eastman Business Park that will use new technology to manufacture touchscreen sensors that increase applications and reduce costs.

BlueShield of Northeastern New York awards scholarships

BlueShield of Northeastern New York honored 110 high school seniors in the Capital Region as 2013 recipients of the 2nd Annual BlueShield Scholars Award, a program that rewards area high school seniors pursuing higher education in the field of health or human sciences.  The is an annual program in which local high schools nominated deserving seniors that represent BlueShield’s core values of respect, personal responsibility, excellence, teamwork, passion, and integrity.

“The greatest investment we can make is in our children,” said Brian O’Grady, vice president, BlueShield of Northeastern New York. “BlueShield works hard to keep them healthy, and our schools strive to guide them to healthy futures.  We are developing young leaders and encouraging their passion for health care through our vision that healthy changes everything.”

Each of the 110 winners receives a $250 scholarship towards his or her continuing education, a certificate of recognition, and a profile published in the Business Review’s 2013 Schools Report, June 28, 2013.  Below are pictures of some scholarships awarded. Extended profiles of each of the recipients are featured at

Kevin Avery presents to Jesus Gomez at Ichabod Crane

Amanda Volk,Scholar


Rokeya Sultana is awarded


Governor Cuomo weighs in on taxes

Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke at Onondaga Community College yesterday where his remarks focused on Start-Up NY and taxes.  The Governor called New York’s tax rates “onerous,” and promoted his plan to completely eliminate state taxes for some businesses for a designated time period, as opposed to lowering the tax rates for all companies across the state. Specifically, he noted that the did not want to reduce taxes downstate, and was focusing Upstate’s economy as it has been, “shedding job and people for decades.”

Read more on the Governor’s trip on the Syracuse Post Standard website.

Verizon announces new vice president

Leecia Eve, the deputy secretary for economic development for New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, was recently named Verizon’s vice president of government affairs for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

She will join Verizon on July 15 and succeeds Jim Gerace, who has been named Verizon’s chief communications officer.

As vice president for the region, Eve will represent Verizon on a variety of matters, including public policy, government and external affairs, and regulatory matters.

“Leecia has a wealth of knowledge in the public policy and governmental worlds,” said Randy Milch, Verizon executive vice president for public policy and general counsel.  “Verizon will benefit from her broad experience and extensive public service.  We have worked with Leecia on numerous occasions to help cultivate and spur economic activity in New York, and we share a sense of urgency in responding to the challenges of leveraging Verizon’s innovative technologies and the ecosystems they enable across the region to help propel the next generation of growth for our communities.”

More on Start-Up NY

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy is making the rounds talking up Start-Up New York. He was in the Capital Region on Wednesday at Empire State College to discuss the plan. Duffy said, “If we did nothing, it would stay the same, and maybe there’s certain small-level gradations of change, but this is a game-changer.”

He also said New York’s high tax rates are the biggest obstacle to economic development.

Today the Governor will be at SUNY Onondaga promoting the plan.

Business groups review end of session

Ken Pokalsky, vice president of government affairs at The Business Council, spoke to Gannet News Service about the end of the legislative session. The article features reaction from The Business Council and other business interests.

While the session ended with what Pokalsky describes as “fairly limited, fairly focused” initiatives, there is also “a fair amount of discouragement” from seeing the state, “do something supposedly to support upstate growth and then ignore the other things.”