economy http://wrvo.org en New Siena poll finds state electorate not optimistic http://wrvo.org/post/new-siena-poll-finds-state-electorate-not-optimistic <p>A new poll finds the majority of New Yorkers say they aren't better off now than they were four years ago, but these sentiments do not seem to be hurting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s chances for reelection.</p><p>The Siena poll asked voters whether they felt things were better now under Cuomo than they were before he was governor. It found that in several key areas including business climate, taxes, corruption and public education, less than a quarter think the situation has improved.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:10:43 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53213 at http://wrvo.org New Siena poll finds state electorate not optimistic In projects big and small, Watertown’s downtown reviving – but some say city government lacks vision http://wrvo.org/post/projects-big-and-small-watertown-s-downtown-reviving-some-say-city-government-lacks-vision <p></p><p>As with many small cities, Watertown’s downtown has been decaying for years, with boarded-up buildings and businesses dwindling.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now, a handful of big projects are reviving the historical structures at the center of town, and some new small businesses are thriving. But some say the city could be doing more to encourage growth.</span></p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:49:18 +0000 Joanna Richards 52268 at http://wrvo.org In projects big and small, Watertown’s downtown reviving – but some say city government lacks vision Ft. Drum may fare better than other bases, but cuts still likely http://wrvo.org/post/ft-drum-may-fare-better-other-bases-cuts-still-likely <p></p><p>Since Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel detailed his proposal for deep military cutbacks Monday, officials in Watertown have been trying to divine what that could mean for Fort Drum. They believe the Army post is well-positioned – but that doesn’t mean it won’t take a hit.</p><p>The military is already in downsizing mode as the war in Afghanistan winds down. But Hagel’s plan calls for deeper cuts, including shrinking the Army to its smallest size since before World War II.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:35:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 51899 at http://wrvo.org Ft. Drum may fare better than other bases, but cuts still likely National pressures hit Carthage Area Hospital with 73 layoffs http://wrvo.org/post/national-pressures-hit-carthage-area-hospital-73-layoffs <p></p><p>Hospitals around the country are all under the same pressures: a turn toward outpatient and preventive care, low Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates, and increasing regulations. It’s the same in Carthage.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:45:06 +0000 Joanna Richards 51425 at http://wrvo.org National pressures hit Carthage Area Hospital with 73 layoffs New York in the World http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-world-0 <p style="margin-top: 3px; margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 18px; background-color: rgb(243, 248, 250);">Join us Sunday, February 16 for an encore presentation of New York in the World. This documentary brings you stories of union workers in Buffalo, fashion designers in New York City, and farmers in the Finger Lakes - all talking about how they've found a place amid today's new economic realities.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:46:59 +0000 Jason Smith 51325 at http://wrvo.org New York in the World Fort Drum among four locations to be studied for East Coast missile defense site http://wrvo.org/post/fort-drum-among-four-locations-be-studied-east-coast-missile-defense-site <p></p><p>The Defense Department has named Fort Drum as one of four military installations to house a possible East Coast missile defense facility.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 50776 at http://wrvo.org Fort Drum among four locations to be studied for East Coast missile defense site Gillibrand pitches paid family and medical leave in Watertown http://wrvo.org/post/gillibrand-pitches-paid-family-and-medical-leave-watertown <p></p><p style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the nation’s workplace policies are out of date and don’t reflect increasing women’s employment – and their roles as family caregivers. Gillibrand was in Watertown yesterday to make the case for paid family and medical leave.</span></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:07:43 +0000 Joanna Richards 50323 at http://wrvo.org Gillibrand pitches paid family and medical leave in Watertown Gillibrand's five proposals for the economy all focus on women http://wrvo.org/post/gillibrands-five-proposals-economy-all-focus-women <p>U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) has five proposals she believes will boost the economy, all centered around women, which she says are the key to a growing economy.</p><p>At Syracuse University’s Maxwell School last week, Gillibrand outlined her American Opportunity Agenda, saying that the things that can help women succeed, and therefore the economy, begin with increasing the minimum wage.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:27:25 +0000 Ellen Abbott 50143 at http://wrvo.org This year's economic forecast? Steady as she goes, maybe better http://wrvo.org/post/years-economic-forecast-steady-she-goes-maybe-better <p></p><p>Central New York’s major economic booster group is predicting the region’s economy this year will be more of the same, maybe a little bit better.</p><p>Businesses in central New York are only slightly bullish about economic growth in CenterState CEO’s annual economic survey.</p><p>The pro-business group teams up with M&amp;T Bank to put out the forecast. The bank foresees the economy will grow slightly more than it did last year. The region has seen 17 straight quarters of growth.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:34:55 +0000 Ryan Delaney 50019 at http://wrvo.org Drum soldiers' housing allowance up, but rents still expected to stabilize http://wrvo.org/post/drum-soldiers-housing-allowance-rents-still-expected-stabilize <p></p><p>The growth of Fort Drum and its fluctuating soldier population have always complicated the housing market around Watertown. But the Army post throws another factor into the mix: soldier’s housing allowances. They just went up.</p><p></p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 03:02:21 +0000 Joanna Richards 49403 at http://wrvo.org Drum soldiers' housing allowance up, but rents still expected to stabilize Governor announces $4.5 million to boost winter tourism upstate http://wrvo.org/post/governor-announces-45-million-boost-winter-tourism-upstate <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo visited a newly expanded snowmobiler lounge in Lowville Monday to unveil a new ad campaign to promote winter tourism upstate. Cuomo says there’s new energy in the north country, thanks to increasing economic investment. He credits the efforts of both the region and his administration in making that happen. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 49265 at http://wrvo.org Governor announces $4.5 million to boost winter tourism upstate Money to expand drone hangar at Fort Drum http://wrvo.org/post/money-expand-drone-hangar-fort-drum <p></p><p>Not long after a military drone crashed into Lake Ontario in November, the program that aircraft belonged to is getting a boost with funding from the 2014 defense spending bill signed into law last week. The money will go toward expanding a storage and maintenance facility at Fort Drum. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 49205 at http://wrvo.org Money to expand drone hangar at Fort Drum Counseling service latest Watertown health care provider to get a lifeline http://wrvo.org/post/counseling-service-latest-watertown-health-care-provider-get-lifeline <p>The North Country Family Health Center, in Watertown, is still working to gain long-term financial stability after nearly closing in October. Now, another Watertown health care provider is getting a bailout to stay afloat. This time, it’s Family Counseling Service of Northern New York.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 06:03:11 +0000 Joanna Richards 48608 at http://wrvo.org Counseling service latest Watertown health care provider to get a lifeline Drum numbers likely dropping – but no cause for alarm http://wrvo.org/post/drum-numbers-likely-dropping-no-cause-alarm <p></p><p>The Watertown area’s economy is heavily dependent on Fort Drum. With the federal budget sequester on and the Afghanistan war winding down, the numbers of soldiers assigned to the post and civilians working there is likely to decrease. But the outlook is more complicated than just doom and gloom.</p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 03:28:04 +0000 Joanna Richards 48498 at http://wrvo.org Drum numbers likely dropping – but no cause for alarm Ski season gets underway http://wrvo.org/post/ski-season-gets-underway <p></p><p>The winter sports season is underway in the north country. Thanks to the pre-Thanksgiving snowstorm, some skiers in Jefferson County got an early start this year.&nbsp;</p><p>A snowboarder twists and slides to a stop at Dry Hill Ski Area in Watertown. He unclips his boots and dashes into the clubhouse to warm up.</p><p>Josh Askins and a friend cozy up to the big stone fire pit.&nbsp; “We were snowboarding, then we came inside to sit next to the fire. It smells really nice,” he says.</p><p>Askins teaches snowboarding lessons here.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 01:12:41 +0000 Joanna Richards 48318 at http://wrvo.org Ski season gets underway Cape Vincent tells state: we want decision on wind farm http://wrvo.org/post/cape-vincent-tells-state-we-want-decision-wind-farm <p>The town of Cape Vincent, in Jefferson County, has been divided over a proposed wind farm for a decade. The latest company to pursue the project is BP. But now, with a potential sale in the works, residents told the state power project siting board they’re getting impatient with the uncertainty.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 00:11:18 +0000 Joanna Richards 48379 at http://wrvo.org Cape Vincent tells state: we want decision on wind farm Meeting in Cape Vincent could shed light on wind farm's future http://wrvo.org/post/meeting-cape-vincent-could-shed-light-wind-farms-future <p></p><p>A proposed wind farm in Cape Vincent, in Jefferson County, has been in limbo since energy company BP said earlier this year that it's planning to sell off its entire wind power division.</p><p>Town officials have been anxious for news about the wind farm's fate since then. The review process that produced one tense public meeting after another came to an abrupt halt earlier this year.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 11:47:32 +0000 Joanna Richards 48074 at http://wrvo.org Meeting in Cape Vincent could shed light on wind farm's future Black Friday alternative at Watertown craft sale http://wrvo.org/post/black-friday-alternative-watertown-craft-sale <p></p><p>On Black Friday, people&nbsp;cram into stores, treating shopping like a full-contact sport. Others hold off for a calmer experience in front of their computer screens on Cyber Monday. But some people still want a fun, communal holiday shopping experience – minus the chaos.</p><p>Watertown's annual holiday craft fair is a good option for less competitive shoppers, or people searching for a few unique items. This Sunday, two floors of the Dulles State Office Building will fill with local vendors.</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 06:00:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 47727 at http://wrvo.org Black Friday alternative at Watertown craft sale Progressive groups weigh in on tax reform http://wrvo.org/post/progressive-groups-weigh-tax-reform <p></p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:14:46 +0000 Karen DeWitt 47419 at http://wrvo.org Work begins soon to bring Watertown landmark back to life http://wrvo.org/post/work-begins-soon-bring-watertown-landmark-back-life <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">The state of Watertown's historic Woolworth building tells you a lot about the health of the city. And for years, the message hasn't been good. But the vacant eyesore is on track to re-emerge as evidence of the downtown's steady improvement. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 04:08:07 +0000 Joanna Richards 47410 at http://wrvo.org Work begins soon to bring Watertown landmark back to life Fulton reaches out to Cuomo's Financial Restructuring Board for help http://wrvo.org/post/fulton-reaches-out-cuomos-financial-restructuring-board-help <p></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:51:38 +0000 Gino Geruntino 47016 at http://wrvo.org UPDATE: North Country Children's Clinic gets last-minute rescue http://wrvo.org/post/update-north-country-childrens-clinic-gets-last-minute-rescue <p></p><p>A last-minute deal was struck Thursday to rescue a long-standing health care safety net for needy north country children. The North Country Children&#39;s Clinic in Watertown <strong><a href="http://wrvo.org/post/childrens-clinic-closes-temporarily-under-financial-hardship">announced Tuesday</a></strong> that it would close suddenly, at the end of the week, because of dire financial problems. Now, the clinic has gotten at least another month of life.</p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 04:05:47 +0000 Joanna Richards 45491 at http://wrvo.org UPDATE: North Country Children's Clinic gets last-minute rescue Children's Clinic closes temporarily under financial hardship http://wrvo.org/post/childrens-clinic-closes-temporarily-under-financial-hardship <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">When Dan Wasneechak took the helm of the North Country Children&#39;s Clinic in August, he had no idea that less than two months into his tenure, he&#39;d be announcing its temporary closure. But he did that yesterday afternoon, after a frantic week of trying to sort out the clinic&#39;s finances to keep it running.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 05:55:29 +0000 Joanna Richards 45366 at http://wrvo.org Children's Clinic closes temporarily under financial hardship Navigators, private brokers tackle new insurance exchange http://wrvo.org/post/navigators-private-brokers-tackle-new-insurance-exchange <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Most people have heard of &ldquo;navigators&rdquo; for the new health insurance exchanges. They&#39;re the trained, impartial guides funded by the federal government to help people make more informed choices as they shop for policies. And then there are private insurance brokers...there&#39;s been less talk about it, but they, too, can help consumers sign up for plans.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On the exchanges&#39; first days, both kinds of guides were busy on the front lines of this major policy shift.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 06:34:38 +0000 Joanna Richards 45310 at http://wrvo.org Navigators, private brokers tackle new insurance exchange New work space fills gap for small food producers http://wrvo.org/post/new-work-space-fills-gap-small-food-producers-0 <p></p><p>A new commercial kitchen in Sackets Harbor is starting to help small food producers grow their businesses. The shared-use facility is the first of its kind in Jefferson County.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a dining room full of chattering officials from local government, agriculture and economic development, people dug into the first products of the new kitchen: Christine Hoffman&#39;s pepper jelly and fruit jam.</span></p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:54:41 +0000 Joanna Richards 44727 at http://wrvo.org New work space fills gap for small food producers North Country farmers tell lawmakers regs too big a burden http://wrvo.org/post/north-country-farmers-tell-lawmakers-regs-too-big-burden <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Farmers and agricultural industry leaders in the North Country had the ears of state lawmakers yesterday in Watertown. The forum, hosted by State Senator Patty Ritchie, was one of 10 being held throughout the state on the topic of regulatory reform in a variety of industries.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 04:09:50 +0000 Joanna Richards 44432 at http://wrvo.org North Country farmers tell lawmakers regs too big a burden Sequester may mean more cutbacks at Fort Drum http://wrvo.org/post/sequester-may-mean-more-cutbacks-fort-drum <p>Fort Drum may be facing personnel cutbacks as a result of the federal budget reductions known as sequestration. The post submitted recommendations to the Department of the Army about how it would want to make the cuts, if needed. &nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 04:17:02 +0000 Joanna Richards 44318 at http://wrvo.org Sequester may mean more cutbacks at Fort Drum Report: New Yorkers pay a price for longer unemployment http://wrvo.org/post/report-new-yorkers-pay-price-longer-unemployment <p></p><p>A new report on the status of workers finds the period since the 2008 market crash may turn out to be a “lost decade” for New Yorkers, as wages stagnate and the average time for unemployment lengthens.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:27:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 43373 at http://wrvo.org Full documentary: New York in the World http://wrvo.org/post/full-documentary-new-york-world <p><em>New York in the World, the documentary hosted by Garrick Utley, is now available online. The full, hour-long broadcast, as well as the text of the documentary, is available below. Feel free to leave comments and share with others.</em></p><p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 16:59:00 +0000 WRVO Public Media 43025 at http://wrvo.org Full documentary: New York in the World Syracuse councilor-at-large candidates focus on crime and the economy http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-councilor-large-candidates-focus-crime-and-economy <p></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 11:41:01 +0000 Ellen Abbott 42695 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse councilor-at-large candidates focus on crime and the economy