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ReCharge NY Program at Harden Furniture

News Conference Harden (1)

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.

Nanotech in the Mohawk Valley

The state’s plan for nanotechnology public and private investments in Marcy, outside of Utica, N.Y. could revitalize the Mohawk Valley halting the half-century decline it has seen in jobs and economic growth.

The Albany-based College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering partner with Mohawk Valley EDGE and SUNYIT on the development of a manufacturing hub to serve the world’s leading high-tech companies, investing as much as $45 billion in the Marcy facility over 10 years.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente told the Utica Observer Dispatch, “Years ago, manufacturing was the new industry. Now, this is the new industry. This is happening in other places around the world, and now it’s taking place in Central New York. That’s why it’s so exciting. This is more than just a building with people working in it; it really is a rebirth of an area.”

Aside from the good paying jobs the plan is expected to have a ripple effect on the economy and other industries and businesses will grow as result.

New York businesses get flood funding

New York businesses received more than $1.4 million in aid from New York state yesterday as Governor Andrew Cuomo issued $13.6 million in state aid checks to homeowners, renters, businesses and farmers affected by July flooding across the Mohawk Valley, Central New York and Niagara County.

Below is a county by county breakdown of the funding:

County Checks Issued Total Amount Small Businesses
Herkimer 558 $6,604,757.00 24/ $552,902.34
Oneida 145 $1,636,791.42 5/ $250,000.00
Montgomery 104 $1,636,791.42 5/ $250,000.00
Madison 86 $1,678,688.18 6/ $154,759.56
Niagara 313 $2,276,031.13 7/ $237,277.75
Total 1,206 $13,615,480.96 53/ $1,464,446.41


The NYS Flood Recovery Program is a coordinated effort by the NYS Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (NYS DHSES), NYS Homes and Community Renewal (NYS HCR) and the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYS DAM).Additional applications are currently being processed and more checks will be issued in the near future.

Plan makes SUNYIT nanocenter shovel-ready

The town of Marcy and Mohawk Valley EDGE reached an agreement that will allow for the nanocenter site at SUNYIT shovel-ready.

The Marcy Town Board approved the agreement last week and will now receive a 2-percent host fee in addition to receiving the 9.99 percent of the revenue set aside for taxing jurisdictions.

Town Supervisor Brian N. Scala noted the fee would cover the costs it will incur when companies develop the nanocenter site.

Governor pledges disaster relief in Mohawk Valley

Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited the Mohawk Valley this past weekend pledging to push harder for FEMA funds to help flood damaged areas. A number of communities experienced flash flooding from the Mohawk River as a result of heavy rain June 27 and 28. This was Cuomo’s second visit to the area. He said if FEMA was not responsive, the state would stand behind the disaster declaration and provide help.