State of New York Archives: on Corporations


Bill de Blasio: Plenty of money in NYC, but it's in the wrong hands

Mr. de Blasio railed against big business, promised to seize the buildings of scofflaw landlords and pointedly framed the argument over income inequality--long a theme of his rhetoric as mayor--in zero-sum terms. "Here's the truth, brothers and sisters, there's plenty of money in the world. Plenty of money in this city," the mayor said, flanked by screens with graphs of productivity outpacing compensation. "It's just in the wrong hands!"
Source: N. Y. Times, "Wrong Hands," on 2020 presidential hopefuls Jan 10, 2019

Dan Malloy: Invest state funds in businesses that preserve in-state jobs

[In a debate] at the Garde Arts Center in New London, chiding Gov. Malloy for Connecticut's sluggish economic growth, Foley said: "You did run this state into a ditch. You've broken this economy." He added, "You simply don't have solutions."

Complaining about what he called overly generous state investments in corporations during Malloy's tenure, Foley said, "The idea of the governor and his staff negotiating with a very sophisticated group of businesspeople--I'm a little worried for Connecticut taxpayers."

Foley listed corporations he said had eliminated jobs in Connecticut over the last three and a half years. Malloy countered that the decision to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in businesses had preserved jobs in the state. Somewhat awkwardly, he specifically defended his dealings with Pfizer by noting that the daughter of the company's president "was an intern on one of my campaigns."

Source: N. Y. Times on 2014 Connecticut Gubernatorial debate Oct 17, 2014

Zephyr Teachout: Level playing field between family stores and big business

The centerpiece of my economic policy would be to level the playing field between independent business and big business. Franchises are being squeezed by the corporate McDonald's or Yum Brands at the top, while family stores--an anchor of immigrant communities--face huge pressures in an economy geared towards benefiting the big and the rich. I would push to enforce our antitrust laws, so that we have markets with real competition and real opportunity for entrepreneurs and small business-- the engines of our economy--to create jobs and thrive.

I would roll-back the tax cuts Governor Cuomo handed the wealthy few. We should extend the millionaire's tax beyond 2017, to ensure we can fund our schools and public programs for the long-term. We should bring back a form of the bank tax, and review the corporate tax system, to ensure companies pay their fair share.

Source: 2014 N. Y. Governor campaign website, ZephyrTeachout.com Jul 2, 2014

Kirsten Gillibrand: Access to capital for small business will create jobs

Gillibrand says she doesn't think it's possible to tell how many jobs a politician has created, adding, "The number one thing we should be doing to create jobs in this state--in this country right now--is getting access to capital into our small businesses."

DioGuardi counters, "Not only did you not create jobs, we've lost many jobs. You've got to be aggressive about what you do to change that and one of the things is: we're in a toxic environment in this state--mainly because of your party."

Source: Fox News 23 coverage of 2010 N. Y. Senate debate Oct 21, 2010

David Paterson: Replace failed Empire Zone program with Excelsior Program

Unfortunately, our Empire Zone program is no longer working. So, as I said last year, we are going to put it where it belongs--in the past. We are no longer going to provide tax credits for businesses that do not provide the jobs that we were promised.

To develop this program, we went all around the State, seeking out business leaders that would give us advice in all communities. We have come back with three aggressive initiatives targeted for growth industries, such as clean energy, broadband, information systems, and bio-technology.

Source: N. Y. 2010 State of the State Address Jan 6, 2010

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2020 Presidential contenders on Corporations:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
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Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
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Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
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Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
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