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Conflicting opinions on gas drilling in new poll

A Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll of registered voters in the Southern Tier and the Catskills produced some conflicting opinions regarding natural gas extraction through hydraulic fracturing in those regions.

In the southern tier, 52 percent agreed that hydraulic fracturing would generate economic activity and tax revenues, while 55 percent it could generate jobs that are much-needed in the region.
Forty-two percent of voters surveyed said it is important to harvest the abundant supply of national gas that is currently inaccessible.

Still 51 percent of voters in the Southern Tier and 50 percent of voters in the Catskills would oppose the Department of Environmental Conservation, allowing gas drilling to move forward in their regions.

The Business Council supports the development of the state’s natural gas resources based on the state’s need for affordable energy and the significant economic activity and job growth such development would bring to regions, such as the Southern Tier, where unemployment is high and job opportunities are limited.

The cross tabs from the poll are available here.

Business Council interview on The Capitol Pressroom


The Business Council’s Vice President of Government Affairs recapped the end of the legislative session in Albany earlier this week on WCNY’s Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter.

Among the many topics covered were how business fared this session, brownfield redevelopment, tax cuts, jobs, and the economy.

Listen to the interview on WCNY’s website (interview starts at the 37:44 mark).

ReCharge NY Program at Harden Furniture

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Business Council members, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Harden Furniture, joined together with state and local officials to recognize the success of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ReCharge New York (RNY) power program in the Mohawk Valley Region.

The retention and creation of 262 jobs at the 170-year old Harden Furniture company in Oneida County garnered the support of key state and local officials who worked together under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ReCharge New York program to support the company’s expansion. Celebrating the announcement at Harden’s McConnellsville saw mill and manufacturing plant recently were NYS Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush; Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente; NYS Senator Joseph A. Griffo (pictured above, standing left to right); Ken Tompkins with Empire State Development; Onondaga County Executive and NYPA Trustee Joanie Mahoney; NYPA president and CEO Gil C. Quiniones; and Harden Furniture President Greg Harden (pictured above, seated left to right).  In addition to the jobs, under the terms of the ReCharge New York deal, Harden will invest up $4 million in its operations in exchange for 1.38 megawatts (MW) of ReCharge New York power, a NYPA-administered program.

The event showcased Harden Furniture as an example of how Mohawk Valley companies are saving money under RNY and reinvesting those funds in protecting jobs, and anchoring and growing their businesses. A total of 60 businesses in the Mohawk Valley region and 3 not-for profit enterprises are benefiting from RNY allocations in return for their retention and creation of nearly 14,000 jobs.

Greg Harden, president Harden Furniture, said, “Like many businesses in New York, Harden Furniture was hard hit by the national economic downturn in 2008. We recognized that we had to restructure our business model if we were to survive and continue to provide over 200 families with good paying jobs. But we couldn’t do it without state government partners that understood the challenges faced by the business community. The ReCharge New York program, and the Governor’s insistence upon innovative economic development solutions, has reinvigorated our optimism for the future of Harden Furniture, its employees and the families in the Mohawk Valley.”

Gil C. Quiniones, president and CEO, NYPA said, “With its focus on quality and sustainability, Harden Furniture is representative of some of the best qualities that New York State has to offer. Governor Cuomo’s Recharge New York program is ensuring Harden, a venerable family-owned business, remains a vital part of the Mohawk Valley economy in the years ahead.”

Governor Cuomo launched the RNY power program to help businesses and other entities lower their operating costs and spur economic development. The program offers up to seven-year contracts for lower-cost power.

The Rome Sentinel featured the event in an article, Low-cost power key to Harden growth.

Buffalo Bills Great Thurman Thomas Endorses Proposal One

Urges New Yorkers To Vote Yes On Proposal #1 To Keep Jobs & Revenue In New York State

NFL Hall of Famer Thomas played 12 seasons with the Buffalo Bills

As momentum grows heading into November 5th, Buffalo Bills great Thurman Thomas, the NFL Hall of Fame running back, today joined the broad coalition across the state supporting Proposal #1, which would authorize up to four new casinos in upstate New York, keeping billions of dollars in our state and creating over 10,000 good-paying jobs. Thomas recorded a robo-call to show his support for Proposal #1 that will reach over 110,500 households in Western New York starting today.

“New Yorkers spend over 1.2 billion dollars each year at casinos and hotels in neighboring states, like New Jersey and Pennsylvania,” said Thurman Thomas. “Let’s bring that money back to Western New York. Prop 1 will create thousands of good-paying jobs, generate hundreds of millions of dollars in new funding for our schools, and lower property taxes. Please join me in voting to create jobs, improve our schools, and keep millions right here in New York.”

The New York State Division of Budget estimates that $430 million in new tax revenue will be generated every year as a result of Proposal #1. Every single dollar of revenue generated by the new casinos will go to education aid, property tax relief, or local government aid.

Thomas’ robocall highlights the fact that New Yorkers currently spend more than $1.2 billion annually at casinos in Canada and neighboring states. Proposal #1 would start to bring that money back to New York to fund education and tax relief here, while creating over 10,000 good-paying new jobs in New York in the process.

Thomas played 12 seasons on the Buffalo Bills from 1988 to 1999, leading them to four American Football Conference championships and breaking many individual running back records. Having rushed for 11,938 yards while on the Bills, Thomas is Buffalo’s top running back of all time. He is also the only player to score a touchdown in four consecutive Super Bowls.

Quebec wants stronger NY ties

Quebec is looking to strengthen business ties with upstate New York, according to Andre Boisclair, Quebec’s delegate general to New York, who recently visited upstate New York.

While New York is already Quebec’s number one trading partner in the United States ─ trade totaled $7.7 billion in 2012 ─ Boisclair told the Syracuse Post Standard there is room for growth. “We share a border and the same economic zone. My message is, we should work together to create more jobs on both sides.”

Looking at ways to strengthen New York’s economy through regionalism and two-way trade is an issue The Business Council of New York State will explore in the coming months.


NYSERDA Bonds: Green Jobs-Green New York

Earlier this week, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced that it has raised $24.3 million in its first-ever issuance of revenue bonds to finance loans for consumers across the State for residential energy efficiency improvements.

The Residential Energy Efficiency Financing Revenue Bonds (Series 2013A) were issued as part of NYSERDA’s Green Jobs-Green New York (GJGNY) program, which is a statewide initiative to promote energy efficiency and the installation of clean technologies to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions, support sustainable community development and create opportunities for green jobs.

“The innovative approach used to secure these bonds addresses financial market barriers that impede the flow of private capital to support clean-energy projects and provides a potential national model for other states interested in providing low-cost financing for energy efficiency projects,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO, NYSERDA.

The GJGNY program a statewide initiative to promote energy efficiency and the installation of clean technologies to reduce energy costs and greenhouse-gas emissions, support sustainable community development and create opportunities for green jobs.

Empire City Casino’s casting call

Empire City Casino in Yonkers is looking to fill 50 openings and hoping to attract talent by holding a “casting call” on Thursday, July 18, 2013.  Similar to a job fair, managers and human resources representatives will interview candidates for positions ranging from bartending to cage cashiers.

Empire City Casino is the largest private employer in the City of Yonkers, has nearly 1,400 employees representing 14 unions. A $50 million expansion has created approximately 200 permanent positions within the casino to fill.

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.

Video: Rick Perry wants to wrangle New York business back to Texas

Thank you, Sydney Brownstone of The Village Voice, for letting us know about Texas Governor Rick Perry’s impending four-day visit to New York and Connecticut next week. Brownstone reports that Perry will meeting with gun manufacturers, the pharmaceutical industry and the financial sector. Click here to see the Texas is Calling video.