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State Senate honors Wegmans

The New York State Senate today passed a resolution commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. Wegmans, based in Rochester, NY, is a longtime member of The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

The resolution, sponsored by Senator Richard Funke (R, Rochester) said, in part, “Since 1998, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. has consistently been ranked on Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list, and was rated No. 9 on Forbes magazine’s 2015 list of America’s Best Employers. In addition, it was named the best for corporate reputation among the 100 most visible companies nationwide according to the 2014 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient study. Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. prides itself on raising the bar on the shopping experience by providing the best quality, a spectacular abundance of choice, restaurant-quality prepared foods, beautiful stores and displays, and an exceptional level of customer service.”

This is a tremendous achievement for the company and the entire Wegman family. We would like to offer a special note of congratulations to Paul Speranza, the Vice Chairman, General Counsel and Secretary of Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., and the Vice Chair and Treasurer of The Business Council of New York State.

CEO survey shows confidence waning

The Siena Research Institute’s 9th Annual Upstate New York Business Leader Survey, sponsored by The Business Council of New York State, Inc., shows business leader confidence has dropped across upstate.

Following a record-breaking confidence level last year, business leaders are again worried that the tax and regulatory policies of New York State will have a negative effect on their businesses’ ability to grow. Combine that with the push for a $15 minimum wage and paid family leave, both which are nearly universally panned by the survey’s respondents, and there are some real headwinds for the upstate economy.

As sponsors of the survey, we were able to get an early look at the findings and we were pleased to see how well the results lined up with our own legislative agenda. For us, it was further proof that our members and our own policy priorities are well in-line with the broader business community.

To view the full survey results, click here.

And here are some links of coverage the poll’s release received around the state.

Albany Times Union: CEO poll: $15 minimum wage plan is wild card in New York

Buffalo News: Siena poll finds WNY business leaders less optimistic about economy

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: CEO confidence dips in Rochester, upstate

Rochester Business Journal: Optimism fades among area’s business leaders

As part of the rollout The Business Council and Siena are traveling the state to speak directly to each region’s business leaders. Our next presentation is this Wednesday, February 3 at the offices of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, register here.

Business Council members top list of top employers

Congratulations to our member companies who were recognized this week as among the best employer’s in the country for workers with disabilities.

The list is compiled by Careers & the disABLED magazine, the only national career recruitment publication for people with disabilities.

We are tremendously proud to have these companies as our members and congratulate them on this honor.

*Denotes that this company is a member of The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

TOP 50 EMPLOYERS
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
2015 Readers’ Choice

  1. Verizon*
  2. GE*
  3. Google
  4. Amazon
  5. State Farm Insurance*
  6. Merck & Co., Inc.*
  7. Lockheed Martin
  8. American Express*
  9. Boston Scientific
  10. General Dynamics
  11. Oracle
  12. Boeing
  13. Kellogg Company
  14. Apple
  15. Intel
  16. KPMG*
  17. Honda
  18. Comcast NBCUniversal
  19. Gap
  20. Prudential*
  21. CSX
  22. Nike
  23. Hyatt
  24. Ford Motor Company
  25. AT&T*
  26. CVS Caremark*
  27. General Motors*
  28. Liberty Mutual*
  29. Johnson & Johnson*
  30. Genentech*
  31. Aetna*
  32. Philips
  33. Wells Fargo
  34. Northwest Mutual
  35. EY*
  36. Marriott
  37. Amgen
  38. USAA
  39. PSEG*
  40. Ball Aerospace & Technologies
  41. BASF*
  42. AstraZeneca
  43. CA Technologies
  44. CenturyLink
  45. Grant Thornton
  46. T. Rowe Price
  47. Reynolds America
  48. Life Technologies
  49. Owens & Minor
  50. Capital One

Con Ed report highlights emissions cut

This is truly incredible news. Con Edison recently released their 2014 Sustainability Report 2014 Sustainability Report (read it here) and they are touting some eye-popping numbers. Since 2005, Con Ed has cut greenhouse gas emission by 45 percent. That’s the same as removing 500 thousand cars from the road.

Other highlights taken directly from the report include:

  • As one of the largest consumers of municipal water in New York City, we purchased over 3.6 billion gallons of water, approximately 100 million of which was used for basic water and sewage services at our facilities while the rest was used to generate steam.
  • The wise and effective use of natural resources is one of Con Edison’s five key EH&S objectives. We continue to focus on reducing, reusing, and recycling to minimize consumption. This applies to our use of materials as well as our use of energy and water and we were proud in 2014 to again have a recycling rate of 90% for our non-hazardous waste.
  • Our primary impact on habitat and biodiversity is on our overhead transmission rights-of-way (ROW) and in 2014, we continued to enact our Land and Vegetation Management program which was developed, in part, to encourage biological diversity along these passageways. We’ve also undertaken an initiative in partnership with the New York DEC to reduce the spread of invasive species in ROW.
  • Our seven climate change principles help guide our work, and in 2014 we reached the halfway mark in our four-year, $1 billion plan for storm hardening investments to adapt our system after two of our most significant storms within two years (Hurricane Irene in 2011 with over 200,000 outages and Superstorm Sandy in 2012 with over 1 million outages) and improve our resiliency.

(source: Con Edison’s 2014 Sustainability Report)

We are proud to have Con Ed as a member and congratulate them on making and keeping their commitment to improving corporate sustainability.

New study touts benefit of Indian Point

The National Energy Institute (NEI) is out with a new study, released today, that highlights the financial impact of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County.

According to the NEI’s study, which can be downloaded here, Indian Point pumps $1.6 billion into the state’s economy each year. The same study says the plant contributes an additional $900 million to the nation’s economy.

From the study:

“Indian Point’s annual spending creates a huge ripple effect in the state and nationwide: The facility’s operation generates $1.3 billion of annual economic output in the local counties, $1.6 billion statewide and $2.5 billion across the United States. The study finds that for every dollar of output from Indian Point, the local economy produces $1.27, the state economy produces $1.55 and the U.S. economy produces $2.48.

Entergy provides higher-than-average wages at Indian Point: Entergy directly employs approximately 1,000 people at Indian Point. Because they are technical in nature, these jobs typically are higher-paying. This direct employment leads to another 2,800 indirect jobs in surrounding counties and 1,600 in other industries in New York for a total 5,400 jobs in-state. There are an additional 5,300 indirect jobs outside the state for a total of 10,700 jobs throughout the United States.”

The Business Council of New York State, Inc., supports the continued operations of Indian Point, which is essential to the New York State economy. This electrical generation facility provides 2,069 megawatts of baseload power to New York’s electrical grid every single day. Indian Point accounts for up to 11 percent of the power used statewide and 25 percent of the power in both Westchester County and New York City.

Networking opportunity and IT panel discussion

Deloitte, a member company, is hosting a strategic state-focused IT panel discussion for Minority-owned and Women-owned Businesses (MWBEs) this coming Monday, June 1 at the beautiful Wolferts Roost Country Club in Albany, NY.

Registration is free, but space is limited.

The event will begin with a networking reception at 4:30PM, followed by the panel discussion titled, “How to position yourself as a strategic” at 5:00PM. Panelists include:

  • Srini Subramanian, Principal and Risk Advisory Practice Leader for State Government, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Kishor Bagul, Consultant and former Chief Technology Officer, New York State Office of Information Technology Services
  • Donna O’Leary, Consultant and former Chief Information Officer, New York State Office of the Attorney General

Like we said before, the event is free, but space is limited, to register or for more information, contact Tracy Oneal via email at toneal@deloitte.com or call .518.763.4046.

New home for The Business Council of Westchester

Congratulations to The Business Council of Westchester on the grand opening of their new offices at 800 Westchester Ave. in Rye Brook.

The move is part of full overhaul of The Council’s logo, branding and strategic initiatives. Here’s what Marsha Gordon, the group’s president and CEO, said in The Council’s release announcing the move, “At The Business Council of Westchester, we are committed to helping our members build their businesses and connect with likeminded leaders – all with an eye for growing the regional economy. Our new look and new location, coupled with enhanced programming and impressive speakers does just that. We’re incredibly pleased to be moving ahead on so many exciting fronts.”

Howard Becker, our vice president of membership, was one of the more than 250 people who came out to celebrate the move. He sent along the following photo.

From left to right: Tony Justic, Chairman of the Board; Marsha Gordon, president and CEO; Howard Becker, vice president of membership for The Business Council of New York State; John Ravitz, executive vice president and COO.
From left to right: Tony Justic, Chairman of the Board; Marsha Gordon, president and CEO; Howard Becker, vice president of membership for The Business Council of New York State; John Ravitz, executive vice president and COO.

Here’s more from their release: The new look Business Council was developed in response to a detailed survey completed by its membership in early 2015. As a result, The BCW will continue to serve members in its traditionally successful ways through its signature events such as networking, Hall of Fame, Rising Stars and the Annual Dinner, yet expand with a laser-like focus in areas that members identified as integral to businesses, including business and corporate leadership; government and advocacy; and creating a sustainable and economically strong future in Westchester County.

To help support these efforts, The Business Council will be rolling out its new website, www.thebcw.org, in the coming months.

AT&T announces app challenge winners

Our members are constantly doing amazing things. And from time to time we try and highlight them. Last week AT&T, in partnership with the University at Albany, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, TechConnex (an affiliate for Center for Economic Growth), Tech Valley Center of Gravity, Saratoga TechOUT, Hudson Valley Tech Meetup, New York BizLab, Beahive, Tech Valley Mobile Developers Network, Accelerate 518 and Hack Upstate, announced the winners of their two-month “virtual hackathon”.

The winners, selected among more than 120 participants, were announced during a ceremony at the University at Albany. All together the winners received cash prizes totaling more than $18,000.

Marissa Shorenstein, New York President for AT&T and board member of The Business Council of New York State Inc.
Marissa Shorenstein, New York President for AT&T and board member of The Business Council of New York State Inc.

According to AT&T’s release, the six winning apps addressed the challenge to solve local problems, resulting in globally applicable solutions that will provide lasting benefits for the Tech Valley. Challenge organizers were thrilled with the participation and submissions. Winners were chosen by a panel of judges made up of local tech experts, community stakeholders and elected officials, who based their decisions upon the apps’ potential impact on Tech Valley, execution and creativity or novelty.

A full list of winners can be found here.

Avenue Magazine enters the fold

Howard Becker, our Vice President of Membership, recently visited New York City for an event hosted by Avenue Magazine, one of our newest members.

According to its website, Avenue is Manhattan’s oldest society magazine with exclusive access to the elite and affluent. Howard attended the event to celebrate their April issue, featuring Sam Fox on the cover. Sam’s father, Michael J. Fox, was also in attendance. Check out the great photo below of Howard meeting the Back to the Future star.

Avenue is in its fourth decade of publication. Its stated purpose is to celebrate the accomplishments and intelligence of the successful by covering them with passionate elegance. The event highlighted Sam’s feature about the Michael J. Fox foundation, and work with his own startup, www.onefinestay.com, an upscale home accommodation service.

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Wegmans goes green

Most people know that today, April 22nd, is Earth Day, but did you know that April is also Earth Month? Wegmans, who already consistently ranks in the top 10 of Fortune magazine’s best places to work, is making news again for their latest go green initiative.

Earlier this month Wegmans announced that it was teaming up with the Nature Conservancy to encourage its customers to use reusable bags. As part of the push, Wegmans will donate $.25 for every pound of paper and plastic bags saved, with a minimum donation of $10,000.

What makes the plan even better for New Yorkers is that all those funds will stay here at home.

For more details on the effort, and to find out how you can participate, click here.