State Sen. Patrick Gallivan (R-Erie County) has been named chair of the Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business, replacing retiring Sen. Jim Alesi (R-Monroe County).

Gallivan is a freshman state senator who previously served as Erie County sheriff.  His 59th Senate District includes parts of Erie, Livingston and Ontario counties, and all of Wyoming County.

The Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business is responsible for overseeing and developing legislation and policy relating to state regulations, mandates on businesses, tax credit programs, and incentives for all business sectors in the state.

Sen. Gallivan said:

“After two years of progress, New York must now focus its attention on its most basic challenge – transforming New York into a place where existing businesses can grow and new businesses want to locate.  A long history of regulations, mandates, and taxes on private business has created one of the worst climates in the nation for business growth. As the new Chair of the Senate’s Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee I will be in a position to reexamine and reform New York State’s approach towards economic development, starting in Western New York, where jobs and a reinvigorated private sector are needed most.”

We cannot agree more, and we look forward to working with Sen. Gallivan in his new role.  We also commend Senate Majority Leader Skelos for keeping this important committee leadership position in the hands of an upstate.