Jaffee Appointed to Assembly Committee on Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry

January 9, 2012

Albany, NY – Rockland businesses and workers are getting an even stronger advocate in Albany now that Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern, Rockland County) has been named to the Assembly Committee on Economic Development, Job Creation, Industry and Commerce.

“I am thrilled at this opportunity to take the fight of our local businesses to the highest levels of state government,” Jaffee said. “Creating jobs and encouraging economic growth are urgent priorities, and I will use this post to make sure the needs of both our workers and our companies are always heard.”

Ron Hicks, President & CEO of the Rockland Economic Development Corporation and board member of the New York State Economic Development Council, welcomed the news of Jaffee’s appointment. “Assemblywoman Jaffee understands the problems facing small business in the Hudson Valley and knows what needs to be done in Albany to turn the state economy around and help bring good-paying, private sector jobs to New York,” Hicks said. “Her leadership on this important committee will ensure Rockland has a voice in Albany."

Jaffee’s new committee has a wide-ranging purview over economic matters, including a mission to increase New York’s economic competitiveness and ensure job creation remains a focus of state government.

This appointment comes on the heels of Jaffee’s earlier efforts to spur job growth in the state, including her work with Assemblyman William Scarborough, Chair of the Assembly Small Business Committee, to improve state assistance programs for small businesses and identify impediments to their growth that can be responsibly reduced or removed.

Additionally, Jaffee has maintained an ongoing dialogue with Rockland-area Chambers of Commerce to identify ways the state can better assist local small businesses, and has been an outspoken advocate for advancing the interests of women-owned businesses, organizing forums on state resources to this end.