Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration is continuing its program for promoting upstate produce with new legislation that aims to support the marketing of New York wines. The new laws permit wine to be sold at roadside farm stands and expand wine trail designations along state roadways.
For much of the year, the town of Madison is quiet. But this week, people are coming in droves to shop for, and sell, antiques during the town's 42nd annual Madison-Bouckville Antique Week.
"It's a wonderful daytime or two day or three day event," says Terry Karst, who owns and operates Station House Antiques, in Bouckville. "I've seen people who are here all week and never see it all, and you never will. You have to pick and choose where you're going to go."
Look for more steady modest growth in the Central New York economy in the coming year. According to numbers crunched by CenterState C-E-O, 2011 was a reasonably strong year for local businesses, with the economy growing slightly faster than the national average. The downside though was that the number of jobs created still lagged when compared to the national economy. Gary Keith, Regional economist for M&T Bank, thinks that could change this year.