(WXXI News & AP) Amazon, bursting out of its Seattle headquarters, is hunting for a second home. Must haves: A prime location, close to transit, with plenty of space to grow. 

The company said Thursday that it will spend more than $5 billion to build another headquarters in North America to house as many as 50,000 employees. It plans to stay in its sprawling Seattle headquarters and the new space will be ``a full equal'' of its current home, said founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. 

Organic farming is bringing 50 jobs to the Brockport area. That according to Governor Cuomo who says that Duncan Family Farms, a leading organic grower based in Arizona, has expanded into Monroe County.

Duncan is partnering with Newstead Ranch on an $11.8 million dollar project. The company will be growing baby leaf items including spinach and romaine for customers throughout the region and along the East Coast. They eventually expect to expand into other specialty vegetable crops.

Food prices in America were down for the longest period in about 60 years.

Wait, what?

It's not something that shoppers seemed to have noticed much.

"Are you serious? Really?" says Michelle German, holding a bag of groceries and wine at a Harris Teeter store in Washington, D.C. "I just spent about $40 dollars on four items and I'm like, wait, how did I spend that much money?"

Mayor Lovely Warren is announcing a plan to demolish all vacant homes in Rochester.

Currently, that list includes 175 properties, many that have been vacant for years.

"The houses on our demolition list are beyond repair. They are unsafe and often contaminated with asbestos and lead. They can be a magnet for drug users and crime."

Standing outside one on Ames Street, Warren said these properties bring down the surrounding homes values and community morale, and that neighbors deserve better.

Restaurant workers stood in the courtyard of the Village Gate on Labor Day afternoon to announce a citywide campaign against sexual harassment in their workplaces.

Mohini Sharma organized the event with MetroJustice, saying it’s unacceptable that this type of behavior can sometimes be "considered part of the job" by some managers.

"That can be anything from being hit on, comments about their appearance, being asked for their number incessantly, being touched, being grabbed."

It has been in the planning and construction stages for several years, but early Tuesday morning,  MCC will finally have its new downtown campus.

The college moved from leased space at the Sibley Building to a complex of renovated buildings adjacent to the Kodak Tower corporate headquarters.

The $78 million  project includes money from both the state and Monroe County and officials say it will provide better,  more coordinated space in terms of collaboration and other amenities.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York State had more jobs last year than at any time since the Great Recession, though upstate regions continue to struggle, according to a new report on employment published Monday by NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. 

The figures, first reported by The Associated Press, show that more than 9.12 million New Yorkers worked a job in 2016, the highest since 2008, when there were 9.14 million people employed in the state. The statewide unemployment rate last year was 4.8 percent, the lowest in nine years. 

  

Rochester fast food workers joined nationwide Labor Day strikes, demanding union rights and a $15 minimum wage. 

Outside the McDonald's on Monroe Avenue, fast food workers and labor supporters gathered in solidarity with the movement.

Fast food workers won a significant victory three years ago, when it was announced New York State would incrementally raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021, but some say this needs to happen sooner. 

A new report from the New York State Comptroller’s office highlights the economic profile of the Finger Lakes region

Speaking from the Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli presented the findings based on the nine county area.

The report confirmed some numbers that weren’t all that surprising unfortunately. The City of Rochester has one of the lowest median household income rates at just over $30,000 a year, and more than half of the children in many rural areas and the City of Rochester live in poverty.

Bob Duffy has a new role, in addition to his regular job as president of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce.

It was announced at a meeting of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council on Wednesday that Duffy has been appointed Co-Chair of the council effective immediately.

He replaces Danny Wegman, Chairman of Wegmans Food Markets, who served as Co-Chair since the council’s inception in 2011.  Duffy joins MCC President Anne Kress, who is still the other Co-Chair of the council.

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