Eco-Brewery work underway

Feb 21, 2017

Groundbreaking was held today for the Eco-Brewery District project at the Genesee Brewery on St. Paul Street in Rochester.

It's a five year, $50 million dollar project.

Phase one includes demolition of outdoor fermentation tanks and various equipment inside, and construction and installation of the new brewing system, while Phase 2 features expansion of the Genesee Brew House.

The project is designed to help Genesee be more competitive, to create jobs and secure the legacy for brewing in this community, according to North American breweries CEO Kris Sirchio.

Every year, hundreds of commercial ships make their way through the St. Lawrence seaway, taking on and letting out water to maintain stability as they load and unload cargo. This ballast water is regulated to prevent the spread of invasive species, but there is some disagreement about who should be in charge of those regulations.

Opposition is brewing on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border about plans to move dozens of shipments of nuclear waste from a plant in Chalk River, Ontario, to a plant in South Carolina.

Kodak recently marked five years since it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  The Rochester company emerged from bankruptcy in late 2013, and recently, WXXI News Director Randy Gorbman interviewed CEO Jeff Clarke by phone.

Jeff Clarke wasn’t around for some of the darkest days at the photo giant -- he was named CEO in 2014 -- but he realizes just how traumatic that process was for a lot of people.

Taxi drivers from across Rochester gathered at city hall Friday afternoon in response to the possibility of Uber and Lyft ride-hailing services coming to New York State.

Protestors say the apps would destroy full time professional driving jobs for the 300 taxi drivers already working in Rochester.

Ismael Medina is one of those drivers. He’s been driving in Rochester for 4 years and says our city doesn’t use cabs enough to be able to support everyone who would drive if Uber came in.

There are some more jobs coming to the Eastman Business Park.

On Friday, Governor Cuomo announced that an Ireland-based company called NEST iON Limited will bring at least 17 jobs over the next three years to the park as it has chosen Rochester to establish its new research and development facility.

NEST iON produces high-performance lithium batteries, specifically designed for law enforcement, intelligence agencies and military applications.

A leading budget watchdog group is accusing Gov. Andrew Cuomo of fudging the numbers in his state budget to appear to stay within his self-imposed 2 percent per-year spending cap.

Citizens Budget Commission began scrutinizing state and city budgets in New York during the Great Depression in the 1930s. They were listening when Cuomo repeatedly said that his latest budget plan keeps total spending below 2 percent for the seventh year in a row. Cuomo outlined the numbers during a budget briefing on Jan. 17.

New York's Attorney General is encouraging state residents to test their internet speeds and let his office know if they are not living up to the performance promised by their internet provider.

The suggestion by Eric Schneiderman comes after his office filed suit earlier this month against Charter Communications and its subsidiary Spectrum, formerly known as Time Warner.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York State will soon have new rules intended to protect bank and insurance customers from hacking. 

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that new regulations will take effect March 1 that require financial institutions to create and maintain cyber security programs intended to prevent illegal access to sensitive personal information. 

Many banks and insurers already have cyber security programs in place but the new regulation would make them mandatory. 

RochesterWorks! is bringing its employment and job training initiatives to the Monroe County Correctional Facility.

Thanks to a $500,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, RochesterWorks! Reentry Connections will open an American Job Center affiliate at the jail.

RochesterWorks!, an employment and training initiative, also runs two career centers on North Goodman Street and Waring Road in Rochester.


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