JOBS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Senator Stewart-Cousins knows the state must be engaged in finding new and innovative means of attracting new businesses and retaining jobs. She has been at the forefront of the State’s efforts to truly make New York Open for Business. Her record speaks for itself.
- She voted to reduce the cost of business for New York’s manufacturers by eliminating the manufacturer’s tax and providing property tax credits to manufacturing companies
- Led the successful fight to phase out the 18A utility surcharge which will save businesses and ratepayers $600 million over the next three years.
- She fought and voted to direct funding to the Regional Economic Development Councils which have invested $61 million and created thousands of jobs in Westchester County alone since 2011.
- She secured tens of millions of dollars in State funding for investments in growing industries like biotechnology. In 2010, Senator Stewart-Cousins secured a grant of $3.25 million for a state of the art biotechnology incubator at New York Medical College. This was seed funding which led to millions more in State and Federal investment into this project. When completed, the first phase of iBio at New York Medical College will create 140 full time jobs, 75 part time jobs and further cement Westchester County and the Hudson Valley as a hub for the biotech industry.
- She was recognized as a leading advocate for minority and women owned businesses in New York State. Senator Stewart-Cousins has sponsored and voted for groundbreaking legislation which has helped level the playing field and opened doors for minority and women owned businesses in the New York State contracting process. She has been recognized by the African American Chamber of Commerce of Westchester and Rockland, and Governor Andrew Cuomo for her leadership in promoting MWBEs. She is committed to making sure New York State lives up to its MWBE participation goals in contracting, particularly on the Tappan Zee Bridge and other major infrastructure projects.
- She voted for tax credits for businesses who hire service disabled veterans, individuals with development disabilities and at-risk youth.
The Senator is also committed to making sure that the State lives up to or exceeds its goal of 10% contract participation from disadvantaged businesses. As a longtime advocate for minority and women owned businesses in New York State, Senator Stewart-Cousins understands how important it is to have a level playing field in the contracting process.
Finally, Senator Stewart-Cousins never stops advocating for her communities. Residents in Tarrytown and surrounding areas in the 35th district have already been directly impacted by the construction of this bridge. From the outset, Senator Stewart-Cousins has followed up on, responded to and expressed concerns on behalf of her constituents who are rightly distressed about quality of life issues like noise and air quality. She has facilitated meetings between local communities, the Governor’s office, the Thruway Authority and DOT and has helped achieve community friendly changes to allay resident concerns.