Medina Journal-Register — CHILDS — The annual gathering of business leaders and politicians presented an opportunity for both sides to remark on a year of progress and look ahead to the actions that will impact the local economy in 2013.
The Orleans County Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Luncheon brought out dozens of local leaders and a quartet of Albany officials — State Sen. George Maziarz, Assemblyman Steve Hawley, Assemblywoman Jane Corwin and Michelle Barson, a representative of the New York State Business Council.
The event also focused on the accomplishments of the business owners, job creators and entrepreneurs whose work is improving Orleans County.
”You are the good men and women who this a great place to live,” attorney Nathan Pace, the event’s moderator, said in his introduction.
County Legislature Chairman David Callard could pinpoint each area of growth — literally. His map showing ‘points of progress’ in each spot of new businesses, ongoing and announced projects revealed a bounty of business growth.
”Things are happening in Orleans County,” Callard said, before recounting benefits of projects like Pawlak’s Save-A-Lot in Holley, Tractor Supply and Ace Hardware in Medina and the Orleans Community Healthcare Center in Albion.
More work is planned for 2013 to ensure the residential sector gets the same boost.
“We’ve started a housing initiative and are developing a countywide program — we can’t have values continue to slide,” said Callard, who noted that infrastructure improvements are also needed. “We have old sewers (in villages like Holley) ... we can’t allow it to deteriorate any more.”
The message from the state representatives focused largely on the details of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget — the good, the bad and the ugly.
Maziarz said he’s pleased that the budget doesn’t increase taxes or fees, but added that the “Billion for Buffalo” ought to be spent beyond the Queen City.