AMSTERDAM - State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, joined Montgomery County officials earlier this month to discuss a package of economic development bills that would help small businesses and farms.
"The cornerstones of my legislative package would help small businesses by expanding broadband Internet service, and would also support the small and medium farms that contribute so much to the upstate economy," Tkaczyk said in a news release.
Tkaczyk said the Broadband Internet Access Act of 2013 would expand high-speed Internet service by awarding tax credits to companies that install new broadband service.
Ken Rose, CEO of Montgomery County Business Development Center, said in the release, "Expanding broadband as proposed by Sen. Tkaczyk would help businesses in Montgomery County to grow, create new jobs and better serve their customers."
Tkaczyk also called for the creation of the Small Farm Modernization Revolving Loan Fund, which would provide low-interest loans of up to $25,000 to help small farms modernize, purchase new equipment, or expand the amount of crops planted.
Additionally, the release said, the Small Farm Disaster Recovery Grant Program would provide grants of up to $10,000 to small farm owners to purchase and replant crops destroyed by a natural disaster.
Corey Nellis, manager of the Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District, said in the release, "The loan fund and grant program proposed by Sen. Tkaczyk would certainly help small farms that have been hit by a natural disaster, as well as those that want to modernize their equipment."