Utica http://wrvo.org en Brindisi continues push for new high school diploma http://wrvo.org/post/brindisi-continues-push-new-high-school-diploma <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In an attempt to increase the number of New York high school graduates who are work ready, one state assemblyman is pushing for the approval of a new high-tech and manufacturing-based diploma. The goal is to help employers fill jobs with qualified graduates.</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:55:06 +0000 Gino Geruntino 59059 at http://wrvo.org First CNY bourbon product of state's craft distillery initiatives http://wrvo.org/post/first-cny-bourbon-product-states-craft-distillery-initiatives <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The bourbon being produced at a Utica distillery is being described as the first legal bourbon produced in central New York. It's proof that the craft liquor industry is growing in New York state.</span></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 10:06:11 +0000 Ellen Abbott 56738 at http://wrvo.org First CNY bourbon product of state's craft distillery initiatives Drug Court offers offenders rehabilitation instead of jail time http://wrvo.org/post/drug-court-offers-offenders-rehabilitation-instead-jail-time <p></p><p>As the use of heroin surges, many people arrested for drug-related crimes are ending up in drug court, one of the so-called "problem solving courts" that have been started in recent years.</p><p>Every Thursday afternoon in the Oneida County Courthouse, the Judge John Balzano seems to be equal parts judge, guidance counselor and the leader of a support group.</p><p>This is drug court. Balzano dispenses justice here with an emphasis on rehabilitation.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 10:50:35 +0000 Dave Chanatry 56573 at http://wrvo.org Utica's Union Station honors 100 years of service http://wrvo.org/post/uticas-union-station-honors-100-years-service <p></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 11:59:30 +0000 Gino Geruntino 56236 at http://wrvo.org Utica's Union Station honors 100 years of service Charter school application sparks debate in Utica http://wrvo.org/post/charter-school-application-sparks-debate-utica <p></p><p>Concern is once again rising in the cash-strapped Utica City School District as the state mulls over the possibility of allowing another charter school to open.</p><p>A group led by Christina Johnson, an educator and local resident, applied to the SUNY Charter Schools Institute earlier this year to establish the Mohawk Valley Community Charter School within the Utica School District to serve elementary-aged children.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 11:29:11 +0000 Gino Geruntino 55357 at http://wrvo.org Charter school application sparks debate in Utica Overwhelming demand to attend job fair for Nano Utica http://wrvo.org/post/overwhelming-demand-attend-job-fair-nano-utica <p></p><p>Registration for a job fair to work at the new nano technology facility in Utica had to be cut off several days early because there was too much demand for the 300 open positions.</p><p>The job fair for the QUAD-C computer chip center on the campus of the SUNY Institute of Technology is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. But after 1,500 people had registered by Thursday, organizers cut it off.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:27:57 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54947 at http://wrvo.org Overwhelming demand to attend job fair for Nano Utica Utica considers launching freedom trail http://wrvo.org/post/utica-considers-launching-freedom-trail <p></p><p>Almost 200 years ago, Utica was home to a passionate abolitionist community determined to rid the young nation of slavery. Now a local group is trying to remind the public of the significance of the city’s role in the anti-slavery movement.</p><p>Nearly sixty people came out recently on a typically chilly winter morning to walk downtown Utica streets, each of which had a story to tell from the days of the Underground Railroad.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:25:29 +0000 Jon Kealy 53930 at http://wrvo.org Utica considers launching freedom trail Utica's arterial project provides city with next step in revitalization process http://wrvo.org/post/uticas-arterial-project-provides-city-next-step-revitalization-process <p></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:51:35 +0000 Gino Geruntino 54299 at http://wrvo.org Utica's arterial project provides city with next step in revitalization process Utica loves its chicken riggies, but would it taste good as a potato chip? http://wrvo.org/post/utica-loves-its-chicken-riggies-would-it-taste-good-potato-chip <p></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:14:28 +0000 Gino Geruntino 53158 at http://wrvo.org Utica loves its chicken riggies, but would it taste good as a potato chip? Utica City School District discusses layoffs to help balance budget http://wrvo.org/post/utica-city-school-district-discusses-layoffs-help-balance-budget <p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:46:35 +0000 Gino Geruntino 52928 at http://wrvo.org Utica City School District discusses layoffs to help balance budget N.Y. drone testing coalition still needs $1.2 million in funding http://wrvo.org/post/ny-drone-testing-coalition-still-needs-12-million-funding <p></p><p>There was no federal funding attached to the <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/new-york-wins-federal-drone-testing-site-designation" target="_blank">Federal Aviation Administration’s designation of upstate New York as a drone research site</a>, but the coalition that will run the testing needs money to begin operations itself.</p><p>The coalition that won the bid just before the New Year, known as NUAIR, will be based at the former Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome. The research lab there is upgrading a former hanger to house drones and equipment.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 10:59:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 50870 at http://wrvo.org N.Y. drone testing coalition still needs $1.2 million in funding Hanna seeks re-election, says there's more to be done in Congress http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-seeks-re-election-says-theres-more-be-done-congress <p>Rep. Richard Hanna says he's seeking a third term in Congress because there's more work to be done.<br /><br />The Republican announced his re-election intentions late last week. He was first elected to serve what's now New York's 22nd Congressional District in 2010. Hanna is from Barneveld, just north of Utica, and represents that city as well as Binghamton and areas in between.<br /><br />He says there's a lot of opportunities in Congress right now.<br /> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 14:01:18 +0000 Ryan Delaney 50856 at http://wrvo.org Hanna seeks re-election, says there's more to be done in Congress Utica's continued growth fuels chamber of commerce's name change http://wrvo.org/post/uticas-continued-growth-fuels-chamber-commerces-name-change <p></p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 12:43:52 +0000 Gino Geruntino 50797 at http://wrvo.org Utica's continued growth fuels chamber of commerce's name change Nano Utica provides spark in Rust Belt city http://wrvo.org/post/nano-utica-provides-spark-rust-belt-city <p>In the Utica area, there’s been a lot of buzz lately about nanotechnology, and the possibility that a major nanotech manufacturing facility will soon locate&nbsp; there. But what exactly is Nano Utica?<br /><br />On a chilly November morning, contractors are giving public tours of a construction site at the SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica. But it’s not a classroom building or new dorm they’re walking around. The public is getting a sneak peak at something known here as Quad-C, the Computer Chip Commercialization Center.<br /> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:00:38 +0000 Vanessa Maines 50575 at http://wrvo.org Nano Utica provides spark in Rust Belt city Gillibrand proposes paid family leave legislation http://wrvo.org/post/gillibrand-proposes-paid-family-leave-legislation <p></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:07:40 +0000 Ellen Abbott 49768 at http://wrvo.org Gillibrand proposes paid family leave legislation Refugee communities pump new energy into post-industrial Utica http://wrvo.org/post/refugee-communities-pump-new-energy-post-industrial-utica <p></p><p><em>Since 2004, upstate New York has taken 90 percent of all refugee resettlements in the state.</em> <em>This is the first part of the Innovation Trail reporting series looking at how upstate New York's refugee population is influencing the region's economy.</em></p><p>Utica has long seen itself as a city of immigrants. The arrival of Italians, Germans and Irish drove the city’s population to peak at around 100,000. During the mid 1970s<em> </em>in the wake of major changes to the city's industrial base and dwindling employment opportunities, the population fell by nearly half.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:13:39 +0000 Ryan Delaney 47315 at http://wrvo.org Refugee communities pump new energy into post-industrial Utica Cross-party endorsements create complicated comptroller race in Utica http://wrvo.org/post/cross-party-endorsements-create-complicated-comptroller-race-utica <p></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 21:01:31 +0000 Gino Geruntino 46651 at http://wrvo.org News Briefs: Tuesday, Oct. 29 http://wrvo.org/post/news-briefs-tuesday-oct-29 <p><strong>Oneida nation to discuss Redskins controversy with NFL</strong></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 20:57:34 +0000 WRVO News 46356 at http://wrvo.org Utica welcomes new hockey team, investments to city http://wrvo.org/post/utica-welcomes-new-hockey-team-investments-city <p></p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 20:40:41 +0000 Gino Geruntino 45334 at http://wrvo.org Utica welcomes new hockey team, investments to city Six companies will help make Utica 'second nanotech hub' http://wrvo.org/post/six-companies-will-help-make-utica-second-nanotech-hub <p>Utica finally looks ready to become New York state&#39;s second major hub of nanotechnology with the announcement of a six-company investment in the city on Thursday.</p><p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo was on the campus of the State University of New York&#39;s Institute of Technology in Utica to announce a $1.5 billion investment. He predicted 1,000 new jobs would come to the computer chip facility under construction at the school.</p><p>&quot;And the industry is just starting,&quot; Cuomo said.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 20:29:15 +0000 Ryan Delaney 45474 at http://wrvo.org Six companies will help make Utica 'second nanotech hub' Utica launching Syracuse-modeled student business incubator project http://wrvo.org/post/utica-launching-syracuse-modeled-student-business-incubator-project <p></p><p>The city of Utica will soon become the home of a new business incubator, modeled after Syracuse&#39;s Student Sandbox. Utica&#39;s thINCubator project, which stands for The Home of Innovative New Companies, is spearheaded by the Mohawk Valley Community College Foundation and local investors, who are contributing $100,000 to start the program.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 11:35:41 +0000 Gino Geruntino 44980 at http://wrvo.org Utica launching Syracuse-modeled student business incubator project A tale of two buildings: schools face differing futures after being shut down http://wrvo.org/post/tale-two-buildings-schools-face-differing-futures-after-being-shut-down <p>When school districts consolidate or are faced with budget cuts, sometimes school buildings become a casualty of the process.</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 13:45:59 +0000 Gino Geruntino 41260 at http://wrvo.org A tale of two buildings: schools face differing futures after being shut down State report shows Utica in fiscal decline http://wrvo.org/post/state-report-shows-utica-fiscal-decline <p>A new state report describes the city of Utica as a city in fiscal decline. The state Comptroller's office has released a fiscal snapshot of the city as part of its new fiscal monitoring system. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:19:31 +0000 Ellen Abbott 32610 at http://wrvo.org Saranac brewery cuts ribbon on new biodigester http://wrvo.org/post/saranac-brewery-cuts-ribbon-new-biodigester <p>The historic F.X. Matt Brewery, maker of the popular Saranac line of beers, is getting more "green" next month. It won't be making green beer on a regular basis, as some brewers do for St. Patrick's Day, but it will flip the switch on a new anaerobic digester. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 11:04:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 30735 at http://wrvo.org Saranac brewery cuts ribbon on new biodigester Hanna re-election bid in full swing http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-re-election-bid-full-swing <p>Representative Richard Hanna marked what he called the official kick off to his re-election bid -- opening one of his campaign offices in Utica Wednesday. The one-term Republican has been running for re-election in the newly drawn 22nd congressional district, and in fact has already had one debate with his opponent, Democrat Dan Lamb. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 15:21:04 +0000 Catherine Loper 27018 at http://wrvo.org Oneida County bath salts use down, but drugs still a problem http://wrvo.org/post/oneida-county-bath-salts-use-down-drugs-still-problem <p>The use of synthetic drugs like bath salts became a growing health and law enforcement problem in upstate New York this summer.&nbsp; Wednesday, the public had a chance to learn more about this latest trend in drug abuse at a forum in Utica. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 13:40:16 +0000 Luke Tubia 26299 at http://wrvo.org Utica's Burmese community excited about Aung San Suu Kyi visit to US http://wrvo.org/post/uticas-burmese-community-excited-about-aung-san-suu-kyi-visit-us <p>Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is on the third day of her tour of the United States. Wednesday she will be honored at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. In the audience to witness Suu Kyi receiving the highest honor Congress can give, will be several Burmese refugees now living in Utica.</p><p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 14:00:08 +0000 David Chanatry 26232 at http://wrvo.org New charter school proposed for Utica http://wrvo.org/post/new-charter-school-proposed-utica <p>A charter school in Syracuse is hoping to expand to another part of central New York. The school believes it can provide another option for children and parents.</p><p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 20:41:11 +0000 Kayla Binette 24132 at http://wrvo.org New York's craft breweries bubble on thanks to tax credit deal http://wrvo.org/post/new-yorks-craft-breweries-bubble-thanks-tax-credit-deal <p>Nick Matt ducks into side doors and up staircases while rattling off the history of the F.X. Matt Brewery in Utica.</p><p>The brew house is like a second home to Matt because it was his grandfather, F.X., who first opened the brewery 124 years ago.</p><p>If you&#39;re racking your brain to see if you&#39;ve ever heard of F.X. Matt Brewery, try this: they make&nbsp;<a href="http://www.saranac.com/section/core-beers" target="_blank">Saranac ales and lagers</a>. For the older generations, does Utica Club ring a bell? Tue, 26 Jun 2012 12:03:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 21502 at http://wrvo.org New York's craft breweries bubble on thanks to tax credit deal How the maker of Saranac beer is turning wastewater into energy http://wrvo.org/post/how-maker-saranac-beer-turning-wastewater-energy <p>Five big new tanks have arrived at the F.X. Matt Brewing Company in Utica.&nbsp;But they won&#39;t be used to make the brewery&#39;s signature&nbsp;Saranac&nbsp;brand craft beer.</p><p>Instead, the tanks will act as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.energy.ca.gov/biomass/anaerobic.html" target="_blank">anaerobic digesters</a>&nbsp;for the brewery&#39;s wastewater.</p><p>Special bacteria will munch on the yeast and grains left floating around. The process will get the water about 85 percent cleaner before it&#39;s discharged into the sewer system, according to CEO Nick Matt.</p><p>But the digestion process also gives off methane gas and carbon dioxide.</p><p>That methane will be used to power a generator. CEO Matt says the new system will cover up to 40 percent of the brewery&#39;s electricity needs. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 13:23:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 21119 at http://wrvo.org How the maker of Saranac beer is turning wastewater into energy