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Fri May 3, 2013

Albany decision no deterrent for gas companies

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New York’s second highest court upheld the right for two municipalities to ban gas drilling Thursday. But, that decision won’t deter gas and oil producer Lenape Resources from appealing a similar ban in the upstate community of Avon.

Attorney for Lenape Resources Michael Joy says Thursday’s rulings in favor of the towns of Dryden and Middlefield are not the final word on this issue.

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Fri May 3, 2013

A plan for a Syracuse homecoming by opening a new business

Frank D'Agostino wants to move back to Syracuse and open a computer service business in this empty store.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Frank D'Agostino has his eye on a mostly vacant storefront in the Armory Square section of downtown Syracuse. It's a big part of his grand plan for a Syracuse homecoming.

"Dagsly," as he’s known by his friends, aims to open a computer service and repair store in the space, hoping to capitalize on the growing residential population downtown.

"People are moving back into Syracuse in droves and they’re going to need a place to bring their stuff when it gets busted," he reasons.

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Fri May 3, 2013

WNY Regional Council investing in manufacturing sector workforce

Ashley Hassett/WBFO

The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council says it will invest some of the 'Buffalo Billion' into strengthening the regional advanced manufacturing workforce.

The council plans to partner manufacturing organizations with Erie Community College and other vocational schools to create a workforce training center. The funds will also help the state Department of Labor hire a 'skills broker' who will be in charge of helping manufacturers find people specifically qualified for the open high-skill positions.

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Fri May 3, 2013

Fewer jobs downtown in US cities, upstate New York

The size of each blue circle shows the spread of jobs in cities across the US
Brookings Institute

The first decade of this century has seen a steady flow of jobs moving away from city downtowns around the U.S according to a new report from the Brookings Institution. But cities in upstate New York have fared better than some.

Areas like Albany, Schenectady and Syracuse have, on average, more employment within their downtown zones than most major metro areas.

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Thu May 2, 2013

Home Rule case could still go to Court of Appeals, say attorneys

The state’s second highest court, the Appellate Division for the 3rd Department, has ruled in favor of New York towns with bans on gas drilling. In two decisions released Thursday, a four-judge panel ruled unanimously in favor of the Towns of Dryden and Middlefield.

Earthjustice attorney Deborah Goldberg argued for the Town of Dryden. She says the unanimous decisions put to rest the question of whether New York towns can ban drilling.

“I think that it’s quite clear that there is no dispute among them and there should be no dispute generally on this issue,” says Goldberg.

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