Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development programs have been the subject of two federal corruption trials that ended with convictions for two of Cuomo’s former associates.

But some say problems with the $9 billion programs go beyond corruption and that the structure of the programs is flawed.

Some Rochester residents who dropped out of high school, served time in prison, or simply struggled with establishing a career, are learning the skills of the construction trade.

Andy Evans, a master builder with years of experience, is offering classes in a former church on Buffalo Road in Gates. Evans said someone once taught him how to do this work when he was younger.

"I was at a part of my life where I could have gone down the wrong road," he said.  Now, Evans wants to help young men who haven't found a good paying job or a career they like.

A national farmers market association announced Thursday that it’s staving off the closure of the company that processes food stamp benefits at 40 percent of the farmers markets across the country, including the Rochester Public Market and hundreds of other markets in New York state.

Carestream Health has new leadership. On Thursday, the company named David Westgate as the new Chairman, President and CEO.

Westgate previously served as CEO of Jason Industries, an industrial manufacturing corporation.

In a statement, Westgate said that Carestream’s focus, “…will be on delivering innovation that is life-changing, for patients, customers, employees, communities and other stakeholders…”

While denying Bob Morgan’s official exit from the Parcel 5 project, the Rochester Broadway Theater League held a private meeting for other local developers last week. Parcel 5 is an acre-sized piece of prime downtown real estate.

RBTL chairman Arnie Rothschild declined to call the meeting a “pitch session,” but acknowledged that RBTL is preparing for Morgan’s potential departure by trying to find a new developer – or two – to step in.

In this WXXI Business Report, some details about a Reuters report that quotes sources as saying Xerox is looking at the possibility of selling a leasing unit.

Plus, consumer confidence in New York state is going up, and some Wegmans employees have a new contract. 

Rochester is getting new help to run the Blue Cross Arena. And that help is coming from Buffalo.

City officials had only recently announced that they were ending the longtime management contract for the arena with Philadelphia-based SMG.  At the time, Rochester officials said  that company had performed below expectations.

Proposals to permit recreational marijuana use in New York state took a big step forward Friday when state health officials issued a long-awaited report concluding that the benefits of legalization outweigh the risks.

The 74-page analysis from the Department of Health estimates the state could raise nearly $700 million in tax revenue off the drug and create more than 200,000 new jobs.

RIT used an evening of arts and entertainment on Thursday to announce a $1 billion fundraising campaign.

President David Munson told more than 2,000 invited guests at RIT’s Gene Polisseni Center that it is the largest fundraising effort in the university’s history.

The company behind the software that turns SNAP benefits into the tokens used at the Rochester Public Market has announced that it’s going out of business.

Novo Dia contacted the Farmers Market Federation of New York last week, alerting the organization that it would cease operations on July 31, and leaving markets across the state scrambling to find a replacement.

The company’s software is essential because there is no substitute, said Margaret O’Neill, who directs programs at the Rochester Public Market and sits on the board of the farmers market federation.

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