January 4, 2002
Assembly plans hearings on how to improve the upstate economy
The state Assembly has scheduled a series of public hearings across upstate on how best to improve the upstate economy.
The hearings will be jointly held by the Assembly Committees on Economic Development and Small Business. They are scheduled for:
Jan, 7, 11 a.m., at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
Auditorium, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo.
Jan. 8, 11 a.m., at the Onondaga County Legislative Chamber,
401 Montgomery Street, Room 407, Syracuse.
Jan. 10, 11 a.m., at the Utica State Office Building, Conference
Room A, First Floor, 207 Genesee Street Utica.
- Wednesday, Jan. 30, 11 a.m., at the City Hall Council Chambers, 30 Church Street Rochester.
An Albany hearing is also being planned, but a date has not yet been set.
The Assembly is seeking ideas on several topics:
modifications to existing state incentive programs necessary
to assist business development.
for businesses to collaborate to reduce costs for training,
marketing, and power.
businesses' access to capital, and innovative approaches
to financing small business investments.
feasibility of regional promotion of development opportunities.
- The effectiveness of existing state programs, and alternative approaches, for developing high-tech and biotech industries.
The Business Council plans to submit testimony that outlines highlights of its legislative agenda for 2002.
The Business Council has identified helping Manhattan recover as its top legislative priority for 2002. In a new white paper called Keep Rolling that outlines The Council's legislative agenda, The Council argues that policies that New York City needs to recover from terrorism are the same ones that will help the entire state recover from the recession.
In particular, The Council is emphasizing:
importance of maintaining existing tax cuts and continuing
the state's tax-cutting agenda in 2002.
need to honor the state's committment from 2001 for significant
investments in high-tech research and development.
- The importance of expanding the state's capacity to deliver reliable, affordable power.
To arrange to testify, contact Brian Quiara in the Assembly at 1-518/455-4928.