10:42am

Tue April 10, 2012
Morning Trail Mix

Medical marijuana in New York? Cuomo weighs in

Good morning! Time for some Trail Mix. 

Kodak will shed workers this summer. 

Brothels could be on their way to Canadian towns bordering Western New York.

And: Is this the year for medical marijuana in New York? 

Traditions

Recovering from eating all that sausage and pierogi on Dyngus Day? The annual Polish day-after-Easter holiday overtook Buffalo yesterday (Harold McNeil and Michelle Kearns, Buffalo News).

Business

Kodak will lay off 91 Rochester-area workers, according to a filing with the state Labor Department (Matthew Daneman, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle).

Could brothels be coming to Canada? After an appeals court ruling a fortnight ago, it looks somewhat possible. Gene Warner of the Buffalo News looks at what it could mean for border cities like Buffalo and Niagara Falls. 

Unemployed and underemployed upstaters under the age of 35 run a high risk of being without health insurance. That's according to a new report from Excecllus BlueCross BlueShield examining U.S. Census data (James Mulder, The Syracuse Post-Standard).

A Syracuse bookstore appears close to receiving a 30-year tax exemption (Ryan Delaney, WRVO/ Innovation Trail).

Government

Buffalo's first zoning code overhaul in 59 years is ambling forward, writes Mark Sommer in the Buffalo News. Last year, city officials collected more than 2,000 comments from citizens describing what kind of place they'd like to see Buffalo become.

In a sharp reversal of his predecessor's vision for Erie County, new County Executive Mark Poloncarz proposed a four-year plan that calls for no layoffs and a slight increase in funding for the library system (Denise Jewell Gee, Buffalo News).

Smoking has been further restricted in state parks (Associated Press).

Education

Monroe Community College will consider a 2.6 percent tuition increase this summer. That would boost prices about $80 a year (James Goodman, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle).

Legislature

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the legalization of medical marijuana is not likely in 2012. In comments to reporters in Utica, the governor said the legislature needs more time to study the issue (Tom Precious, Buffalo News).

Politics

Mitt Romney is looking for a big victory in New York's April 24 primary (Jimmy Vielkind, Albany Times-Union).

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