The Thousand Islands en Upstate New York tourism spending reaches new high <p>According to new research, tourism spending rose across every region of New York state last year, with overall growth of more than six percent. Traveler spending reached a new high of nearly $60 billion statewide and upstate New York, in particular, did well.<br><br>The biggest areas for growth upstate were central New York, Niagara, and the Thousand Islands, with a bump of at least five percent in each region.<br><br>But Adam Sacks, lead author of the report and president of Tourism Economics, says the real indicator of the industry’s importance lies in job growth.<br> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 20:25:16 +0000 Kate O'Connell 41093 at Upstate New York tourism spending reaches new high Another new St. Lawrence and Lake Ontario water levels plan <p>People along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario will get a chance to weigh in on a new water levels plan next month.</p><p>Regulators say the plan, called “Plan 2014,” still helps the environment by returning more natural ebbs and flows to the water bodies. But they would have caused more shoreline damage on Lake Ontario.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:16:42 +0000 David Sommerstein 39544 at Another new St. Lawrence and Lake Ontario water levels plan Clayton Hotel development underway <p>A big redevelopment project is getting underway in the village of Clayton. The first pieces of equipment have been at work on the former Frink Snowplow Factory site in recent weeks. This represents the beginning of an aggressive construction schedule that aims to bring the Clayton Harbor Hotel to life by Memorial Day 2014.<br><br>Kristi Dippel, head of the Clayton Local Development Corporation, says it's gratifying to see all the planning on the project coming to fruition.<br><br>"After over 10 years that this has been in the making, and we finally have activity on site, it's definitely the talk on the street, it's the talk of the town. People are very excited to see something happening over there," she said. Fri, 31 May 2013 12:31:31 +0000 Joanna Richards 38693 at