Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D – NY) has introduced a jobs bills aimed at putting people in upstate New York back to work.
Gillibrand said that outside of New York City, more than 300,000 are out of work.
She adds that 3,600 construction jobs have been lost in upstate in the last year alone.
Her plan focuses on worker retraining, expanding broadband and moving towards clean energy production as well as agricultural tax credits.
Here is the news release from her office:
Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the Upstate Works Act, legislation she wrote to put New Yorkers back to work and help create the environment for a strong and growing upstate economy. The Upstate Works Act retools New York’s manufacturers for the clean energy economy, provides tax relief for family farms to diversify and expand their production, provides resources to help students and working adults get the new training they need for the jobs of the future, connects upstate businesses with new markets by expanding broadband to every corner of New York, and gets construction workers back on the job rebuilding New York’s highways and water infrastructure.
“As I spend time in every corner of upstate New York, there is no question that families, businesses and communities are struggling. They face unique economic challenges that require targeted solutions,” Senator Gillibrand said. “Upstate New York is home to world class businesses and some of the hardest working people in the world, but too many are struggling to find a job, and too many small businesses are struggling to survive. My Upstate Works Act rejuvenates our manufactures to make New York the clean energy capital of the world, gives working adults access to new training to prepare them for the jobs of the future, and helps our family farms get ahead. No other state can lead the way to the new economy like New York, and my upstate Jobs bill taps into New York’s full potential.”
An estimate of nearly 300,000 upstate New Yorkers are currently out of work. Upstate New York lost an estimated total of more than 3,600 construction jobs in the last year, according to the New York State Department of Labor and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.