"Finger Lakes Works" Showcases The Best Of Upstate New York

New York State has vast natural resources, excellent schools and some of the hardest working people in the country. No area demonstrates those qualities more than The Finger Lakes Region. Our area is home to beautiful scenery, thriving agriculture and some of the finest skilled trades and manufacturing jobs in the state. We should all be proud of what we have to offer and what we have accomplished.

The region’s collective innovation and expertise were recently on display at the annual career showcase, “Finger Lakes Works … With Their Hands!” The event highlighted the wide array of job opportunities in trades and manufacturing industries here at home. “Finger Lakes Works” is always one of my favorite events, and this year was no exception.


Hundreds of students participated in the recent event. School teachers and other personnel partnered with private-sector professionals to promote the amazing jobs and career paths available to area residents. The skilled trades and advanced manufacturing expo also included information from education professionals, businesses, colleges and trade unions.

Attendees and participants were able to experience activities and exhibits related to different manufacturing and engineering jobs including welding, electrical wiring and operating heavy equipment. There were also safety demonstrations, skilled trade challenges, and a science show entitled “Physics is Phun.” It was a thrill to see the enthusiasm of the students, the ingenuity on display and the variety of exhibits showing the region’s diversity and strength.

As a former manufacturer, I have long supported high-skill manufacturing and trade jobs as economic engines. Area colleges like my alma mater, Finger Lakes Community College, and Monroe Community College offer programs focused on all sorts of manufacturing, engineering and mechanics. Information can be found on the FLCC Website and the MCC Website. For these industries to continue to thrive, we must connect New York’s young people with good-paying jobs and future careers.


The Republican Conference has consistently pushed for reforms to New York’s tough business climate. While the “Finger Lakes Works” manufacturing expo and similar events are important, there is still more we can do to grow the economy. I have proposed and supported several common-sense solutions that would immediately improve the small-business and manufacturing sectors in the states.

* Eliminating the job-killing corporate franchise tax and personal income tax on manufacturers (A.4568, Kolb);

* Establishing the Division of Regulatory Review & Economic Growth (D-RREG) to review and make binding recommendations for the elimination of burdensome regulations (A. 5044, Kolb)

* Immediately repealing the onerous temporary 18-a utility assessment that is handed down to families and businesses (A.382-B, Hawley);

* Providing a personal income tax exemption up to $50,000 per year for the first 5 years for new high-tech employees, who completed a high-tech training program within the past 12 months (A.4569, Kolb); and

* Providing comprehensive mandate relief to help drive down property taxes (A.1570, Kolb and A.4972, Kolb).

With the right attitude, encouragement and programs, like the Finger Lakes Works event, we can build a better New York. Providing our future workforce with the opportunities to succeed will benefit us all.

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