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Public Notice

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 5:30pm
Proposed Development of Parcels at Republic Airport Thursday, April 6, 2017  5:30 pm – 8:30 pmhttp://www.republicairport.net
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Board Meeting

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 3:00pm
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Board Meeting

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 2:00pm
With videoconferencing to: Empire State Development 633 Third Avenue – 33rd floor Conference Room New York, NY 10017  
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Public Notice

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 2:30pm
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Press Release

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 1:58pm
Empire State Development (ESD) today issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) seeking proposals for the disposition and redevelopment of the remaining portion of the former Wassaic Developmental Center, also known as the Wassaic Campus of the Taconic Developmental Disabilities Services Office. “Located near growing tech and creative sectors, abundant transit access and vibrant cultural resources, the Wassaic Campus has the potential to generate exciting economic opportunities for the Harlem Valley,” said ESD President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “We are looking for creative proposals that maximize community goals and strengthen the Harlem Valley’s local economy.” As part of the State’s ongoing initiative to support individuals with developmental disabilities within the community, the residential portion of the Taconic Developmental Disabilities Services Office campus was closed in 2014. The campus is currently used for administrative functions of the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, occupying four buildings on the Site as well as the on-site power plant. The Site that is the subject of the RFEI consists of approximately 330 acres, including nine acres of ground floor area (constituting approximately 740,000 built square feet). The goal of this RFEI is to solicit ideas that will advance public policy goals and maximize economic benefits to the Harlem Valley and the State of New York. ESD will use responses and recommendations generated by the RFEI to inform a planned Request for Proposals (RFP) process. Proposals should strive to address the following development objectives: Enhance the Site as an economic engine for the Harlem Valley region and New York State; Enhance and complement the area’s existing resources and amenities; Capitalize on the proximity of mass transit located on the Site by creating new workforce housing opportunities and/or jobs for New Yorkers; Maximize incorporation of green building and sustainable design practices; Maximize economic benefit to the State while minimizing the State’s economic and environmental risk; and Feature meaningful participation of Minority Owned Business Enterprises, Women Owned Business Enterprises and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned-Businesses, per Articles 15-A and 17-B of the New York State Executive Law. Responses are due by 12 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. An optional site visit is scheduled for Friday, April 21, 2017. Respondents are not required to attend; however, if they wish to participate, they must RSVP to wassaicRFEI@esd.ny.gov. The RFEI and additional information is available on the Empire State Development website here. About Empire State Development Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency (www.esd.ny.gov). The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I LOVE NEW YORK,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov  and www.esd.ny.gov. Contact: Amy Varghese (ESD) | amy.varghese@esd.ny.gov | (212) 803-3740 ESD Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 5:23pm
See video here Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the successful venture between two state supported businesses. Mayer Brothers is the exclusive bottler of Asarasi Sparkling Tree Water. This collaborative effort has allowed the startup to produce a half million bottles over the last year with distribution to more than 500 different restaurants and retailers in Northeastern United States. “The collaboration of Mayer Brothers and Asarasi is a great success story for Western New York,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “Not only will it strengthen the local economy, but it will enable an innovative startup company to benefit from the expertise of a business that is well-known to the state and has been operating for over 50 years.” “43North is very pleased that Asarasi is bottling their tree water with Mayer Brothers,” said 43North Executive Director John Gavigan.  “This business relationship is further evidence of the fact that when a company becomes a winner of 43North, the Western New York business community embraces them fully.” Mayer Brothers, which has been opened since 1852 and is currently one of the largest family-owned beverage bottling companies in the Northeast, recently received a $500,000 Excelsior Jobs Program tax credit from Empire State Development, which is contingent on the company meeting its employment goals. The tax credit will go toward Mayer Brothers’ $3.2 million project to build a 40,000-square-foot building with a second bottling line right next to its current Barker, NY facility. The new building is expected to be operating by the end of this summer. Asarasi Sparkling Tree Water is the product of 2016 43North competition third place winner Asarasi. It is a sustainable and renewable form of sparkling water that is harvested from trees and does not affect ground water resources. Only 3 percent of the sap collected from trees is used for actual maple syrup production, the remaining 97 percent left over during this process is pure, organic tree water that is typically discarded.  Asarasi collects the water from local maple syrup producers, which is then taken to Mayer Brothers to be carbonated and bottled. Asarasi appreciates the opportunity to work with Mayer Brothers, one of the most experienced bottlers in New York State. “The 43North competition allowed us to take advantage of opportunities we would never have received otherwise, giving us credibility and resources to turn this vision into reality,” said Adam Lazar, founder of Asarasi. “On top of this we are grateful to be able to work with and learn from Mayer Brothers. They are an essential partner in our growth.” “Mayer Brothers is proud to provide bottling to a 43North winner that is adding a unique and eco-friendly product to the beverage market, “said Garrett Mayer, Mayer Brothers President. “The process of bringing a new product to market is a challenge, we are happy to offer our expertise in the industry as they work to grow their startup.”   Asarasi was selected one of the 43North competition winners in 2016.  As a result, Asarasi received $500,000, incubator space, mentorship and does not have to pay state taxes for 10 years. It also has access to resources and infrastructure in the Buffalo area. Asarasi, which is already available at retailers across the state and Northeast, will now be available at local grocery stores, restaurants and other retailers through its partnership with Try-It Distributing. For more information on where you can find Asarasi Sparkling Tree Water, visit http://asarasi.com. For more information on 43North, visit http://www.43north.org.   About Mayer Brothers Mayer Brothers is a family-owned business, founded in 1852 in West Seneca, NY. It offers brand name and private label beverage products, as well as co-packing/contract manufacturing, to its nationwide clients. Its beverage products include apple cider, bottled water, tea, lemonade, juice, and certified organic and kosher products. It also manufactures and offers a variety of fruit fiber powder products. Mayer Brothers is the largest processor of apple cider in North America and is one of the oldest family-owned businesses in New York State. Contact: Pamm Lent | pamm.lent@esd.ny.gov| (716)-846-8309 | (800) 260-7313 ESD Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 12:53pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced Danfoss, one of the world's leading suppliers of power electronics, HVAC and mobile hydraulic solutions, will establish packaging operations in the Computer Chip Commercialization Center in Utica. This project is expected to create at least 300 new jobs. The State continues to invest in completing and fitting out the packaging facility at QUAD-C. Danfoss is expected to be operational and serving its customers, including General Electric, in the Mohawk Valley by early 2018. "With Danfoss' commitment to establishing state-of-the-art manufacturing operations in Utica, we are cementing New York's role as a leader in semiconductor research and development, while creating hundreds of good-paying jobs in the region," Governor Cuomo said. "This expansion is proof positive that we are attracting 21st century companies from across the globe to Utica, and leveraging next generation technology to foster the continued growth and success of Mohawk Valley communities for years to come." Read the full press release here. 
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Blog Post

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 12:20pm
The future of business in New York State is moving ever upward, buoyed by the lowest taxes in decades, a talented workforce, world-class innovations and major investments in the essential building blocks of progress: infrastructure and transportation. By making infrastructure and transportation projects a key priority, the State of New York is demonstrating a strong commitment to remaining competitive in an evolving global economy. With a $100 billion plan to build the new New York, projects like the reconstruction of the Tappan Zee Bridge, now known as  The New NY Bridge, are happening on time and on budget. Additionally, other major investments in airports, roads and bridges continue to progress statewide. Here are just a few major investments in these areas demonstrating how New York is building for a bigger and better future: LaGuardia Airport Revitalization It has been more than 20 years since the nation has seen a complete rebuild of a U.S. airport. After kicking off construction last summer, the initial wave of upgrades to LaGuardia airport are already evident among travelers flying in and out of New York. From new Delta Airlines facilities to modernized gates, the revitalization of LaGuardia will transform the airport into a single, unified facility, offering expanded transportation access and top-tier traveler amenities. Reflecting the insights and findings of Governor Cuomo’s Airport Advisory Panel, the new LaGuardia will receive a cosmetic overhaul, featuring a new, light-filled Central Hall where passengers arrive as its centerpiece. The airport will also move closer to the Grand Central Parkway -- the main entrance and exit point into LaGuardia for vehicles -- thus increasing airport taxiways by more than two miles, and ultimately reducing ground delays and traffic. The rebuilding of one of the world’s busiest and well-known airports -- with improvements in drop-off and pick-up access, state-of-the-art amenities, and a more resilient foundation to withstand extreme weather -- will transform a formerly deteriorating facility into a world-class, 21st century transportation hub. The New NY Bridge Project By replacing the 60-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge with the New NY Bridge -- used by an average of 140,000 vehicles per day -- the 3.1-mile bridge will open up eight general traffic lanes, as well as four breakdown and emergency lanes. Additionally, there will be space for future buses, rapid transit and commuter rails, a bicycle and walking path with six unique viewing areas, cashless tolling and energy-efficient LED lighting. The new state-of-the-art bridge is not expected to require any major structural repairs for at least 100 years, making it a long-term solution to easing frustrations of the millions of commuters who rely on the Hudson River crossing. Under Governor Cuomo’s direction, the New York State Thruway Authority has overseen this project since 2013 with two fundamental goals: First, to open the bridge in 2018; and second, to finish the bridge at or below the budgeted cost of $3.98 billion. During the final days of 2016, the Governor announced the topping off and completion of eight main span towers of the New NY Bridge, demonstrating the project is on target. Work on the New NY Bridge continues apace: 90 percent of the support structures on the project are now established, including the fabrication and placement of 126 steel girder sections. More than 3,000 roadway panels have also been installed, connecting Rockland and Westchester counties by the impressive main span. After more than a decade of setbacks, the New NY Bridge has evolved from a project mired in delays and dysfunction to become an example of efficient construction; one that offers motorists travelling through the Hudson Valley region a less congested and safer route. Syracuse Hancock International Airport Redevelopment Project Driven by $35.8 million in funding from the state, Central New York will soon be home to one of the nation’s premier airports. As part of an ongoing Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition, the new Syracuse Hancock International Airport will serve as a doorway to the region’s many attractions, while also ensuring that the economic gains made over the past few years continue. The investment will turn an aging facility into a modern, sophisticated transportation hub that addresses the needs of today’s business and leisure traveler. The overhaul of the airport’s infrastructure features a wide-scale refurbishing of the grand hall, food, beverage and retail concessions, and a redesign of the airport’s exterior facade. In addition to essential reconstruction within the airport’s gates and terminals, plans to build a new Regional Aviation History Museum, glass pedestrian bridge and eco-friendly roof are also being incorporated, along with new interior flooring and furniture to provide a welcoming atmosphere for travelers visiting the state from around the world. The Syracuse Hancock International Airport looks to support more than 7,500 jobs, generating nearly $597 million in economic impact throughout the Central New York region. The goal of this investment is an overall increase in economic opportunity, attracting new businesses and visitors, and improving the travel experience. The new Syracuse Hancock International Airport is expected to be completed by 2019. Plattsburgh International Airport Redesign Given its physical characteristics and geographic location, a redesigned Plattsburgh International Airport will be a key economic driver in the North Country region. With $38 million in state-allocated funds, Plattsburgh International hopes to improve passenger experience by increasing capacity while also adding new retail and concession options. Among the primary components of this plan is the establishment of a facility that can support the growing transportation equipment and aerospace industry in and around Plattsburgh and the broader North Country region. This project -- along with the Syracuse Hancock International Airport, part of the ongoing Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition – will take a currently underused former military facility and transform it into a new air cargo receiving and distribution center and general aviation customs facility, creating 825 construction jobs. The new air cargo receiving and distribution center will allow regional manufacturers to transport their own materials, create jobs and attract new companies to the region. Establishment of the new general aviation customs facility will also expand international connectivity, allowing foreign aircraft to use the North Country airport as a base of operations. Pennsylvania Station-Farley Complex In 2016, after decades of stops and starts, Governor Cuomo announced bold plans for New York City’s Penn Station, a nexus for suburban commuter rail, the New York subway and Amtrak. The plans call for the transformation of Manhattan’s historic James A. Farley Post Office into a world-class transportation hub. As part of the new Pennsylvania Station-Farley Complex, the project includes the creation of 112,000 square feet of retail and nearly 588,000 square feet of office space within the Farley Building. The Governor also announced plans for a comprehensive redesign of the Long Island Railroad. Partnering with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, work has begun on a comprehensive redesign of the existing 33rd Street concourse at Penn Station, as well as an extensive renovation to the adjacent Seventh and Eighth Avenue subway stations. The redesign includes nearly tripling the width of the existing corridor -- the entryway to the city for many people -- transforming it into a more welcoming doorway to NYC by significantly decreasing overcrowding and congestion, while modernizing the hub with notably higher ceilings and providing bright lighting as well as new ticketing, directional and information systems. With the overarching goal of improving the passenger experience and circulation in Penn Station, commuters from within the city and outside already are seeing progress, as the first phase of construction -- a concourse west of Eighth Avenue -- is nearing completion. The new Pennsylvania Station-Farley Complex is expected to be fully completed by December 2020. Second Ave Subway After nearly a century of planning and construction, the Second Avenue Subway is no longer a dream for residents of Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood. On Jan. 1, New York City celebrated the opening of its first major subway line expansion in more than 50 years, featuring innovations such as a low-vibration track for a smoother, more comfortable ride, as well as a series of new, luminous subway stations. The new stations offer ADA-compliant access for riders with disabilities, climate control, high ceilings, vibrant lighting and what’s being referred to as “the largest permanent public art installation in state history,” with dramatic, large-scale works by notable artists at each of the line’s new stations. Further phases of the project look to extend the new line down to Hanover Square in the Financial District and up into East Harlem. The new Second Avenue Subway also serves as a cornerstone for the “New MTA” -- an effort to build a cutting-edge transportation network that’s smarter, faster and more efficient than any other in the world. The New MTA website offers more details on proposals – all a part of New York’s unprecedented $100 billion infrastructure plan to build a new New York.
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Board Meeting

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 10:00am
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