Business

6:41am

Tue September 16, 2014
Business

Mahoney proposes plan to pay for Onondaga Lake amphitheater

County Executive Joanie mahoney speaks to the Onondaga County Legislature to promote her bond plan.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Slightly lower property taxes and decreased spending are the hallmarks of Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney’s proposed $1.25 billion spending plan. The debate over the budget may ultimately be overshadowed by another proposal from Mahoney this week for a bond that will pay for the Onondaga Lake amphitheater project.

At the end of ten days of budget reviews, county lawmakers have injected a review of the western Onondaga Lake revitalization project, that includes construction of an amphitheater on the west shore of Onondaga Lake.

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5:36am

Mon September 15, 2014
Business

Made in America: U.S. government strives for more exports

Courtesy of Mercer's Dairy.

The federal government continues to try to get more businesses to go international, and that includes businesses in central New York.

Among the success stories at a “Made in Rural America” conference in Cortland recently was the growth of an international market for Mercer’s wine ice cream. Mercer’s Dairy in Boonville has been a local ice cream institution for years on Route 12, halfway between Utica and Watertown.

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5:28am

Mon September 15, 2014
Business

Syracuse Hancock International Airport is looking west for continued growth

Hancock International Airport says its passengers want more flights west.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

It’s been a good year for Syracuse Hancock International Airport, according to it’s yearly report to the community. It added new concessions, a new airline and destinations, and improvements to the facility. But perhaps the biggest change came behind the scenes, as facility management was turned over to the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority.

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8:55am

Mon September 8, 2014
Business

Schumer wants federal government to continue buying goods from non-profit employers

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) wants the federal General Services Administration to continue buying goods from non-profits that employ people with disabilities.
Ellen Abbott WRVO/file photo

The Central New York Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, or CABVI, is one of many non-profits across the country losing revenues because the federal government is not fully complying with the law. The 1971 Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act requires the federal government to purchase certain products from non-profits that employ the blind and those with other disabilities.

Steve Gannon, the association’s director of development, says although the losses have an impact on some of the products the facility makes, there are large shortfalls nationwide.

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5:38am

Mon September 8, 2014
Business

Injunction filed against Novelis overturned in federal court

Novelis, an aluminum manufacturer, rolls the aluminum used in many vehicle models. (file photo)
Gino Geruntino WRVO

An injunction filed against Novelis Aluminum in Oswego to allow the United Steelworkers Union to represent the plant’s employees immediately and force the plant to bargain was denied by a federal court judge, who also ruled for the union in some respects.

In February, a vote on whether or not to unionize the plant failed by 14 votes. But the USW claimed Novelis had interfered with the vote.

Plant Manager Chris Smith says the ruling confirms what the company has been saying all along.

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1:55pm

Mon September 1, 2014
Labor Day

Unions celebrate the American workforce at state fair march

Ryan Delaney WRVO

It’s Labor Day, which marks both the unofficial end to summer as well as a day to celebrate the American workforce.

But there are half as many Americans in a labor union today as there were 30 years ago. It’s down to about one in 10 workers.

"We got to do everything we can to try and gain back that number and that’s important. We got to have the middle class again," said steelworker Brian Hoige. "It’s either the rich or the poor, there’s not really any middle class left to speak of anymore."

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7:16am

Thu August 28, 2014
Business

State pension funds hits another all-time high

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. (file photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

New York state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says the state's estimated pension fund value has reached an all-time high, thanks to several factors.

"We've been benefiting obviously from the strong public markets, the stock market's been doing well and that's a significant part of our portfolio," DiNapoli said.

"So at the end of our first quarter -- and our fiscal year starts April 1 -- so at the end of the first quarter, which ended June 30, we were up to $180.7 billion. That is an historic high for us, so we're very, very pleased about the continued growth of the fund."

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4:34pm

Mon August 25, 2014
Business

Hotel Syracuse pilot program will help restore landmark to its former glory

George F via Flickr

Syracuse lawmakers agreed to a pilot program Monday that will ease the tax burden for developers renovating the historic Hotel Syracuse.

City Deputy Commissioner for Development Ben Walsh says this is a big step in moving the project forward.

“The project is complicated, and frankly, as expensive as this, it needs as much certainty and predictability as possible," Walsh said. "And that’s what the pilot provides. It provides a certain payment for a period of time when the hotel is most vulnerable in it’s initial years of operation.”

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9:40am

Fri August 22, 2014
Business

Cuomo: State talking to Remington about renovations

Ryan Delaney/WRVO

A round of layoffs at Remington Arms and the relocation of some of its manufacturing isn't about New York, said Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo was asked about layoffs at the century-old Mohawk Valley gun manufacturer while visiting the state fair Thursday.

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11:55am

Mon August 18, 2014
Business

Port of Oswego says increase in aluminum shipments puts it on pace for record season

The Port of Oswego says its seeing huge gains this season. (file photo)
Gino Geruntino WRVO File

The Port of Oswego says its working toward a record year, thanks to an increase in shipments of aluminum coming in through the St. Lawrence Seaway for use at Oswego's Novelis aluminum plant.

Port Director Zelko Kirincich says it's been a great year, and that the facility is expecting to receive about 20 barges of aluminum from facilities in Quebec and Ontario.

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2:35pm

Fri August 8, 2014
Business

Business ownership still a bit of a boy's club, women say

While more women are breaking into the ranks of corporate executives, they still face challenges getting there. Several female business owners discussed the hurdles at a forum in Syracuse.

Coding a new iPhone app doesn’t take brawn and muscle, so it’s a place tech-savvy women have just a good a change of breaking into as men.

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3:59pm

Tue August 5, 2014
Business

Syracuse combats lack of affordable housing by educating landlords

The Syracuse Land Bank demolished it's first vacant home earlier this year. (File Photo)
Greater Syracuse Area Land Bank/City of Syracuse

The city of Syracuse is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis, but one organization is hoping it can ease things by educating landlords.

Part of the problem is timing. For the last year, the Syracuse Land Bank has been buying properties seized by the city for back taxes, according to Sharon Sherman of the Greater Syracuse Tenants Network.

"Hundreds of properties have been foreclosed on and are making their way into the land bank, but very few have been sold yet, so that’s taken quite a few out,” Sherman said.

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6:34am

Thu July 24, 2014
Business

Public hearing for Solvay amphitheater draws criticism

Members of the Onondaga County Legislature listen to public comments regarding Solvay's $100 million amphitheater project.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

The only scheduled public hearing on the proposed amphitheater project on Onondaga Lake drew mostly criticism Wednesday. The project, which has been fast-tracked by the state legislature, would put the concert venue on land that was used as a dumping place for industrial waste for years.

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6:33am

Wed July 23, 2014
Business

Empire Brewing Company says new brewery will create distinctive craft beers

A wide variety of beers are already produced at Empire Brewing Company in Syracuse. The company says it plans to expand with the Farmhouse Brewery in Cazenovia.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Syracuse's Empire Brewing Company will become one of the top five brewers in New York state, if all goes well with the creation of Farmstead Brewery in Cazenovia. Empire wants everybody to get in on the craft brew party, even people who aren’t craft beer connoisseurs.

The owner of the Empire Brewing Company says he wants to turn more people into beer snobs.

"The longer they are surrounded by craft beer, the more they’ll let their barriers down and try new things," says Empire founder David Katleski.

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6:23am

Tue July 22, 2014
Business

Novelis defends itself in court against allegations of influencing union vote

Novelis, an aluminum manufacturer, rolls the aluminum used in many vehicle models.
Gino Geruntino WRVO/file photo

Novelis Inc. is in federal court in Syracuse to defend itself against charges by the National Labor Relations Board. The case stems from allegations by the United Steelworkers Union that the Oswego aluminum manufacturer interfered with a vote by its workers to unionize.

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6:12am

Fri July 11, 2014
Business

Starwood announces second hotel coming to Syracuse's Inner Harbor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo addresses a group gathered at the site of the Aloft Hotel in Syracuse's Inner Harbor.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

The Starwood group is now building two hotels in Syracuse’s Inner Harbor. Word of the second hotel came at the groundbreaking of the first.

With developers and dignitaries on hand for the groundbreaking of an Aloft Hotel in Syracuse’s Inner Harbor, Jeremy Cooper of Starwood Hotels made an announcement.

"In addition to this groundbreaking, another Starwood Hotel is being built right here in the Inner Harbor. The Element Syracuse Inner Harbor Hotel is expected to open in 2018," said Cooper.

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12:00pm

Tue July 8, 2014
Business

Starting the Discussion

Crystal Smith

Crystal describes building relationships with people in the news media for your business or organization.

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11:55am

Tue July 8, 2014
Business

Your Audiences Don't Know What You Don't Tell Them

Crystal Smith

Crystal shares her thoughts on communication and lack thereof in business, and how it can help you to rise above a tough situations with your audience.

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11:50am

Tue July 8, 2014
Business

Managing Expectations

Crystal Smith

Crystal talks about the importance of honesty and follow-through in business while maintaining reasonable expectations for yourself.

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11:45am

Tue July 8, 2014
Business

Real Community Relations

Crystal Smith

Crystal talks about the loyalty we have to businesses and where others can begin on that same path.

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11:40am

Tue July 8, 2014
Business

The Real Meaning of Independence

Crystal Smith

Crystal Smith shares her thoughts on independence in business, where success involves more than just yourself.

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3:56pm

Thu July 3, 2014
Business

City seizes Hotel Syracuse through eminent domain

Ryan Delaney WRVO

The City of Syracuse has used legal channels to take control of the Hotel Syracuse after several efforts to redevelop the historic downtown lodging site have failed.

Syracuse and its economic development arm, the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency, transferred title of the property to the site's developer, Ed Riley.

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7:27am

Thu July 3, 2014
Business

Schumer puts out the call for a downtown Syracuse supermarket

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., hold up a symbolic checklist for downtown Syracuse's needs.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

As the number of people living downtown continues to grow, so does the need for a grocery store in the neighborhood. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says he can help lure one to the central business district.

Schumer says the heads of major chains will listen to him. He's reaching out to a number of chains, like Tops and Whole Foods, to try to convince them to locate downtown.

Many officials and residents say that as the neighborhood become more residential, a place to buy groceries is needed.

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6:23am

Fri June 27, 2014
Business

Restaurants consider forming association to combat Destiny USA tax breaks

Restaurant owners meet in Syracuse to discuss ways to combat Destiny USA's tax breaks.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Independent restaurants in central New York are hoping to fight what they call an uneven playing field when it comes to Destiny USA. Many restaurants say they’ve lost business since the mega-mall expanded a few years ago with the help of a tax deal with the city of Syracuse.

Denis Sick, of Mohegan Manor in Baldwinsville, has seen business fall 30 to 40 percent since December a year ago, and puts the blame squarely on competition from Destiny’s chain restaurants.

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12:12pm

Tue June 17, 2014
Business

Byrne Dairy's new yogurt plant opens in Cortland County

novemberdelta via Flickr

Byrne Dairy has entered the booming yogurt business in upstate New York as its new yogurt production facility goes online this week in Cortland County.

The central New York dairy icon moves from a milk and ice cream company to one producing both tradition and Greek-style yogurt, as well as sour cream and cheese.

Yogurt, namely Greek yogurt, has been a boon for the dairy industry in upstate New York in recent years, led by Chobani and followed by others.

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5:53am

Thu June 12, 2014
Business

Public can soon comment on Solvay amphitheater project along Onondaga Lake

Gov. Andrew Cuomo discusses Onondaga Lake redevelopment in Solvay, N.Y. during an announcement in January. (file photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

This summer, environmental questions will be heard surrounding the construction of a new amphitheater on the old Solvay waste beds along Onondaga Lake. A draft environmental impact statement surrounding the project will soon be up for review.

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4:15pm

Wed June 11, 2014
Business

Schumer demands FDA be more clear with cheese making guidelines

Cheese cures on wooden shelves in an aging room.
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is among those asking the Food and Drug Administration to clarify its guidelines on the use of wooden boards to age artisanal cheeses. He says cheese makers have been using wooden boards or panels to age their cheeses for centuries, and that changing the rules would put American producers at a disadvantage.

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7:22pm

Wed May 14, 2014
Business

Chobani now a registered company in Delaware; says its not leaving

messycupcakes Flickr

New York-based yogurt company Chobani has registered its company in Delaware. Chobani says it’s not going anywhere, but it’s increased rumors the company is going public.

Chobani's headquarters is in Norwich, in Chenango County and it's factory is in New Berlin. But for tax purposes, the company is now a resident of Delaware.

Many corporations call Delaware their home on paper, because the state has more lenient corporate policies than others. 

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6:14am

Thu May 8, 2014
Transportation

Erie Canal opens for 190th season, as commercial shipping returns

The Tug Boat Syracuse, part of the Canal Corp's fleet, pulls into Lock 24 in Baldwinsville Wednesday, the first day of the canal season.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Erie Canal and New York's smaller waterways are open for their 190th consecutive season connecting New York Harbor with the Great Lakes and other points west and north.

The 524 miles of waterways drove the rise of upstate New York's cities two centuries ago. Now, the canal is mostly a tourism and recreation path.

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4:47pm

Tue May 6, 2014
Business

'Busting at the seams,' Syracuse Co-op eyes downtown expansion

Jeremy DeChario, general manager of the Syracuse Real Food Co-op, at the market.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Downtown Syracuse could gain a grocery store in the near future, thanks to a market from a different part of town.

The Syracuse Real Food Co-op has been a fixture of the University area neighborhood for four decades. And business has been good.

"We do way higher, like four-times, the industry standard for sales-per-square feet. We are literally busting at the seams," said Syracuse Real Food Co-Op General Manager Jeremy DeChario.

Their small space makes growing any more nearly impossible, he said, but the grocery store has set its sights on downtown.

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