Tag Archives: Op-ed

Op-ed: Firms meet wireless reality

An op-ed by Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State that ran in the Albany Times Union supports the need to invest in new telecommunications infrastructure

While traditional landline service will not go away anytime soon, services such as Verizon’ Voice Link, implement new technology to provide service to areas that may be better served by it.

This technology provides relief to subscribers who face chronic service issues.  Wireless and fiber optic options will help meet future demand and is a smart investment as opposed to investing millions in updating an outdated copper infrastructure

Read the full op-ed on the Times Union website.

Op-ed: Immigration reform can benefit N.Y.

Cornell University President David J. Skorton’s op-ed in the Press & Sun Bulletin highlights how New York can benefit from immigration reform to fuel economic growth, especially in the tech sector. He calls on The U.S. House of Representatives to pass the comprehensive immigration bill that the U.S. Senate passed on June 27 in addition to outlining how international graduates of American universities, especially those in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), create jobs for Americans.

The Business Council of New York State supports immigration reform to meet the needs of citizens and businesses and improve economic competitiveness. The Business Council recently signed on to a multi-industry letter that was sent to The U.S. House of Representatives encouraging Congress to bring meaningful reforms to the nation’s immigration system.

Panero op-ed: The mindless war on fracking

An op-ed in today’s New York Post from James Panero, managing editor of The New Criterion, encompasses why New York needs to move forward with natural gas development.  The piece illustrates how “The Shale Revolution” has successfully promoted economic development, especially in rural areas, by creating jobs and increasing energy savings ─ all factors that have a ripple effect in creating a stronger economy.

Panero highlights how environmentalists have gone overboard in painting hydrofrackingas destructive and dangerous — rather than what it is: a safe, tested means of extracting a clean, local, naturally abundant resource.”

Although many celebrities have jumped on the bandwagon to promote this message, there are few, if any, facts that support their position. The facts show that the Marcellus story is a positive one.

The Business Council of New York State supports natural gas development in New York.  The economic opportunities and potential jobs created by natural gas development would bring a lasting positive impact to the region and the state.

Bringing New York’s economy back

In an op-ed published yesterday in Forbes Magazine, contributor Carl Schramm outlines seven steps New York can take to grow its economy. The piece, prepared for the Empire Center in conjunction with its conference, “Saving Jobs in Upstate New York,” says that although everyone wants an economically strong state, more needs to be done to achieve that goal.

Schramm provides an in-depth historical review of how New York got to where it is today and outlines various scenarios. He provides an ambitious plan that includes: eliminating estate taxes; reducing state spending; improving universities to produce cutting-edge research; providing incentives for scholars to come back to, or remain, affiliated with universities in the state; attracting highly educated immigrants with specialized training; providing students with the skills they need to compete in the global marketplace; and creating a sense of pride in being a “New Yorker.”

Read the full op-ed on Forbes website.

Times Union op-ed: Early budget, at a price

The Times Union editorial board followed up on reporter Jimmy Vielkind’s report on the nearly 1,900 “old pork projects” the new state budget reauthorized last week with its opinion of how the state spends its money. “The governor and others hail the state’s compliance with the April 1 deadline. Couldn’t a timely budget be a better one. too?”

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner intends to keep her job as co-chair of NYS Democrats

Quoting unidentified sources, Ken Lovett of the Daily News wrote Monday that Mayor Miner would be stepping down as co-chair of the New York State Democratic Party. Mayor Miner says she has no plans to resign. Michelle Breidenbach of Stephanie MinerSyracuse.com breaks it all down with links to stories that give the background of what looks like a growing breach between Miner and the Governor Cuomo. It all started with what many call an ill-advised opinion piece The New York Times published last week. In it, Mayor Miner criticized Governor Cuomo for his “pension smoothing” proposal, calling it s a “budget gimmick.”  She has little support from fellow mayors around the state. Neither the New York State Conference of Mayors or the Association of Counties have not endorsed Miners op-ed.  Here’s Breidenbach’s story:

A New York Daily News story Monday quoted anonymous sources close to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who said they thought the end could be near for Miner’s statewide political leadership role. They used the phrase “taken down at the knees” to describe Cuomo’s wrath.

The story said there is no plan to force Miner out, but that she would step down and say she wants to focus on her re-election campaign.

“I have no plans on resigning,” Miner said Monday afternoon.

Miner said she has not had any conversations with Cuomo’s staff since last week, when she called to give the governor’s staff a heads up that she would be criticizing him in The New York Times.

Last week, Miner wrote an op-ed piece that called Cuomo’s pension proposal an accounting gimmick and said the state lacks leadership.

Miner said that she does intend to support the governor when he runs for re-election and she believes he will be a strong candidate.

She said the statewide attention to her letter is a good thing. Over the weekend, she has had more phone calls, text messages, notes stuck in her mailbox and even messages given to her mother to relay to her.

She characterizes it as a healthy debate about fiscal issues.

She quoted Arthur Miller, in ‘Death of a Salesman.:’ “Attention must be paid” to the plight of our cities.

“I think that is one of the roles that I have as mayor of this city,” she said.

See previous coverage:

New York Daily News: Clock is ticking on Miner’s leadership

Republican consultant to Mayor Stephanie Miner: ‘I’m in love’

Standing alone, Syracuse mayor confronts the governor

Syracuse councilor to Cuomo: Sorry about our mayor

Mayor Miner risks Cuomo’s wrath with letter

What they’re saying about Miner’s shot at the governor: Guts or unhelpful?