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Fri February 3, 2012
Morning trail mix

Rochester, Glens Falls, NYC regain most jobs in NYS

Today in your Trail Mix:

The comptroller looks at which cities have won - and which have lost - following the 2008 recession.

Ft. Drum may face reductions, but could be less at risk of closure in next round of base consolidations.

Plus: Scrap metal for fun and profit.

Jobs report

A report from the state comptroller has "bleak" news about New York's attempts to recover jobs after the housing crash and recession (Karen DeWitt, New York State Public Radio).

Rochester fared well in the reporting (which was collected pre-Kodak bankruptcy), showing that it had regained 98 percent of the jobs lost since 2008 (Thomas Adams, Rochester Business Journal).

New York City and Glens Falls also saw success in regaining jobs, beating the state average of recouping 46 percent of jobs (Joseph Spector, Vote Up!).

Shortages

Groceries are having trouble keeping up with demand for organic milk in the Albany area (All Over Albany).

The lack of snow is putting a dent into Lake George's winter carnival, which relies on power for everything from "outhouse races" to ATV races (Brian Nearing, Times Union).

Parents are neglecting retirement savings to help pay for their children's college educations (Janet Lorin, Bloomberg).

Politics

Ft. Drum may be less at risk in a new round of base closures, though reductions could be in the offing (Joanna Richards, WRVO).

Representative Paul Tonko, who released the photos of anti-fracking filmmaker Josh Fox being arrested in Washington, appeared on Capital Tonight to discuss the incident [VIDEO] (Maureen McManus, State of Politics).

Empire State Development's Sam Hoyt is marching across the state spreading the governor's spending cutting message - he was in Jamestown yesterday, and will be in the Rochester-area today (Remington Whitcomb, The Post-Journal).

Legislation that would prevent federal legislators from profiting from inside congressional knowledge has cleared the Senate.  Next stop: the House (Brian Tumulty, Politics on the Hudson).

Business

"Good policy making, entrepreneurship and a little luck" have helped Rochester shake the rust off, despite Kodak's troubles, according to New York Times op-ed contributor Duncan T. Moore.

The Capital Region's economic council is on the hunt for private and federal funds to help grow jobs locally, according to the committee's co-chairs (Eric Anderson, The Buzz).

The GE plant in Schenectady will show up in a Super Bowl commercial on Sunday (Eric Anderson, The Buzz).  Here's a sneak peek:

Did your boss recently ask you to sign a letter verifying how much you make?  Joseph Spector at Gannett explains why.

Ft. Drum may be less at risk in a new round of base closures, though reductions could be in the offing (Joanna Richards, WRVO).

Recycling

Collecting scrap metal is a growing profession as prices for recycled metal rise (Jon Hand, Democrat and Chronicle).

An old onion processing facility will soon be slicing and dicing apples in Oswego (Ellen Abbott, WRVO).

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