New York News: March 31, 2012

by Andrew Henderson

A bill co-sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie and Senator John DeFrancisco to expand Central New York’s Foreign Trade is aimed at  helping Oswego County compete for new jobs and businesses in the global market.

The bill, S. 6471, which authorizes Onondaga County’s Zone to collaborate with Oswego, Cayuga and Madison counties, received final passage by the Senate earlier this week.

“Imports and exports are a major source of growth and new jobs for businesses across Central New York,” Ritchie said. “Including the Port of Oswego in the Foreign Trade Zone can help businesses looking to grow in Central New York compete for international trade.”

A recent study reported that the Port of Oswego supports over 500 jobs and $38 million in business. “I am hoping that this bill will help the Port of Oswego work with companies from across central New York that are looking for new customers and opportunities,” she added.

Jonathan Daniels, executive director of the Post of Oswego, said, “A lot of people don’t realize that the Port of Oswego has become one of the economic engines of Central New York by helping companies reduce their transportation costs.”
The bill will be sent to the governor for his approval.

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