upstate New York

6:29am

Mon April 14, 2014
Regional Coverage

Quality of life, infrastructure investment key to urban renewal

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Upstate New York’s cities need to make investments in quality of life if they want to recreate their past economic vitality, according to a local expert on cities.

Mildred Warner of Cornell University recently held a conference at the college on the economic state of upstate New York’s largest urban centers.

She says the region’s cities aren’t getting the "full gamut" of rediscovery by younger generations because they’re not investing enough in areas like quality of life and infrastructure.

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7:19am

Thu March 27, 2014
Regional Coverage

Oswego exploring all options to cut costs, generate revenue

Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen has looked at every department in the city, and is making changes to certain cost structures. That includes raising the price of some city fees.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Many upstate New York municipalities are struggling with higher taxes and are scrambling to find additional revenue sources. The city of Oswego is no different and the mayor is trying several approaches to raise money.

Mayor Tom Gillen says the city is examining every nook and cranny of the budget to try to find ways to save money or bring in revenue.

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7:31am

Fri November 22, 2013
Health

State cancer groups ask for more money to promote smoking cessation programs

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Thursday was the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, an effort begun by anti-cancer groups nearly four decades ago to help people quit smoking. This year the American Cancer Society in New York used the day to call attention to a decline in state spending on anti-smoking programs.

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7:08am

Tue October 8, 2013
Business

New wine laws to promote upstate producers

Small upstate wine producers may see a benefit from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new legislation.
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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.

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8:32am

Thu October 3, 2013
Health

Whooping cough cases rise as more parents opt out of vaccine

A graph shows the number of cases of whooping cough in five area counties.
Kate O'Connell/Innovation Trail

The number of parents opting out of having their kids vaccinated against whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is on the rise, according to a recent report. This is resulting in an increase in whooping cough cases statewide.

In 2012, New York state saw the highest number of whooping cough cases in decades, with more than 3,000 cases confirmed statewide.

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5:54am

Fri September 20, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Upstate farmers benefit from expanding frozen food industry

Bonduelle's plant in Bergen, NY processes tons of corn from local producers.
Kate O'Connell/Innovation Trail

The U.S. frozen food market is on the rise, with expectations it will become a $70 billion industry within the next two years.

Last year, upstate New York got in on the action when France-based company Bonduelle acquired three facilities to expand their production of canned and frozen vegetables. They took over the floundering Allen's plants in March 2012, with the intention of repairing and developing the facilities.

Local growers are now set to benefit from the company’s expansion and investment plans.

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6:56am

Wed August 28, 2013
Environment

New York lawmakers fighting back against invasive species

Asian Carp jump out of the water at the mouth of the Wabash River in Kentucky.
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Congress is taking aim against invasive species that are clogging New York state's waterways, with New York representatives in the House and Senate backing the proposed "Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act."

It's a problem that plagues many lakes and rivers in central New York. Species like Asian carp and certain kinds of mussels can interfere with boating and recreation activities on the state's waterways. But championing the legislation is Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who says these species can be difficult to deal with.

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6:02am

Mon August 19, 2013
Obama visit to Syracuse

Obama to be greeted by anti-fracking protesters

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President Barack Obama is planning on visiting upstate New York this week to promote an education plan. But whenever a major politician visits the region, the issue of hydrofracking is often on the agenda, whether they like it or not.

Obama’s planned trip to Buffalo, Syracuse and Binghamton will focus on the importance of getting an affordable college education for students.

But activists opposed to hydrofracking, also known as fracking, want the topic of natural gas drilling to be on the agenda, as well.

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3:58pm

Mon August 12, 2013
Politics

Cuomo rebounds with voters, most are embarrassed by Weiner, Spitzer

A new poll finds most New Yorkers are ashamed of the candidacies of Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer for mayor and comptroller of New York City, respectively. The Siena College poll also finds that Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in contrast, is enjoying a minor rebound with voters.

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8:52am

Mon August 12, 2013
Education

Upstate schools work to reduce bullying

Beyond reading, writing and arithmetic, schools across Upstate New York are dealing more and more with school violence.

SUNY Upstate Medical University forensic psychiatrist James Knoll says if a person asks anyone about school violence, they'll answer Columbine or Newtown, Conn.

"Most of the lay public's attention gets focused on the rare, but sensational acts of school violence like school shootings," Knoll said. "But I think it's the more common everyday violence, physical and mental abuse, and bullying... where our efforts are best spent."

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7:26am

Mon August 12, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo spending his time upstate this summer

NYS Governor's Office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s name is frequently mentioned as a possible presidential contender in 2016 -- that is if Hillary Clinton doesn’t run. But first, the governor has to think about  his 2014 re-election race and how to shore up his support in upstate, where he’s been flagging in the polls.   

During the past several weeks, Cuomo has spent much of his time in upstate New York.

He paddled in a whitewater rafting contest he organized in the Adirondacks, to boost tourism.

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7:36am

Fri August 9, 2013
Politics and Government

Expansion of gambling could bring expansion of gambling addiction

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New Yorkers have a chance to vote this November on whether there should be more gambling in the state.  Those who treat people with gambling addictions say it will likely result in more problem gamblers.

The New York Council on Problem Gambling is a not for profit, affiliated with the state agency on alcohol and drug abuse. It coordinates and publicizes treatments for New Yorkers with gambling addictions.

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7:41am

Thu August 8, 2013
Health

Ontario County nursing home sale approved

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Ontario County is moving forward with the privatization of its nursing home. The board of supervisors voted last week to accept a $2 million bid for the Hopewell facility, but concerns remain about the level of care a private owner would provide.

The sale makes Ontario the latest in a string of counties in upstate New York looking to privatization as a solution to the rising costs of operating a nursing home.

Steuben, Chautauqua, and Onondaga Counties are among many considering or finalizing the sale of county facilities to private operators.

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8:14am

Mon July 22, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Cuomo hosts "Adirondack Challenge" to promote upstate tourism

NYS Governor's Office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in the Adirondack Park yesterday, where he joined some of the state's most powerful politicians and business leaders on a whitewater rafting trip down the Indian River.

Cuomo says his "Adirondack Challenge," held in the town of Indian Lake, is meant to draw attention and more visitors to destinations in Upstate New York.

"I want to expose this part of the state of New York," Cuomo said. "It is a magnificent part of the state, as you can see. Tourism is a big business for us, it's a big part of the economy and this has great potential."

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3:33am

Mon July 22, 2013
The Salt

New York Toasts Long-Awaited Revival Of Its Distilleries

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 11:30 am

Tuthilltown Spirits in New York makes a clear corn whiskey, and the first legal aged whiskey in the state since Prohibition, among other products.
Joel Rose/NPR

A century ago, New York could claim that much of its liquor was local, thanks to distilleries large and small that supplied a lot of the whiskey, gin and rum that kept New York City (and the rest of North America) lubricated. Then Prohibition arrived and the industry largely dried up, before trickling back to life in the 21st century.

Now, distillers in New York state are toasting a revival 80 years in the making.

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8:10am

Fri July 19, 2013
Health

Upstate health care centers funded to get uninsured into Affordable Care Act

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As delays pile up in the implementation of components of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded $150 million to the nation’s health care centers as part of an outreach and enrollment program for patients with low incomes.

The grants will help centers provide advice regarding the introduction of the Affordable Care Act, and how it will affect people’s current health coverage as well as those who are currently uninsured.

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7:59am

Fri July 19, 2013
Politics and Government

Hanna introduces bill offering tax breaks for emergency responders

Richard Hanna discusses his recently introduced legislation.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO file photo

When Mahlon Irish became a Homer volunteer firefighter in 1974, it was common for 60 people to head out to a fire. Now, it can be difficult to get the 12 firefighters national standards call for to a working blaze. The decline in the number of volunteers through the years is blamed on many things -- from extensive training required to changing family dynamics. But the expense of being a volunteer is also an issue, says Irish, using the cost of gasoline as an example.

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9:09am

Tue July 16, 2013
Agriculture

Binghamton urban farmers ask city for laws to ease expansion

Johan Jelsma at his garden in Binghamton.
Matt Richmond/Innovation Trail

Johan Jelsma is taking me on a tour of his garden on the West Side of Binghamton. He rattles off the names of plants in just one small patch of his yard:

“Eggplants, Brussels sprouts, a little bit of remnants of peas left and cucumber, melon.”

Jelsma's entire yard is taken over by a garden of vegetables, fruit trees and flowers. He says some passersby describe it as the wild yard.

“I didn’t like grass per se. I mean I like laying on it, I like running but I definitely don’t enjoy mowing.”

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4:23pm

Fri March 29, 2013

4:27pm

Thu March 28, 2013
Politics and Government

State budget includes more tax credits for film industry

The state budget includes a provision aimed at boosting the film industry in upstate New York. The new tax credit creates a two-tiered system that includes a 10 percent credit for productions using particular upstate locations.

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3:16pm

Fri January 4, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Research credit extension could be a double-edged sword

Tuesday’s fiscal cliff package included extensions to a range of business-related tax credits, including one aimed at supporting research and development. Although Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse have some of the most active R & D economies in the country, experts say the deal could be a double-edged sword for upstate New York.

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10:00am

Thu January 3, 2013
Health

Upstate Medical to work with other universities on MS treatment

A consortium of three upstate medical schools is to receive $12.1 million in funding to try to create a treatment for people living with multiple sclerosis.

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9:56am

Fri June 15, 2012
Politics and Government

Schumer wants to bring outsourced jobs back to upstate New York

New York Senator Charles Schumer is pushing a new bill that he says would help bring outsourced jobs back to upstate New York.

The bill would provide a 20 percent tax credit for businesses that bring outsourced jobs back to the US as well as close tax loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas.

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4:41pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Regional Coverage

Consumer confidence down in New York last month

High gas prices, poor home buying, and low job reports sent consumer confidence down in New York last month.

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