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Governor Cuomo was in Batavia Wednesday to announce a new solar company is moving in to the STAMP site in Alabama, New York. The company, 1366 Technologies, will be the first to move into the Manufacturing Park in Western New York.

On stage at the Steiner Theater at Genesee Community College, Cuomo made his enthusiasm clear. He says this announcement is an example of a new era for Upstate New York. 

"You see the energy changing, you see the mentality changing, and you see the synergy that's now developing. Today is a game changer."

Governor Cuomo says he’s already making  preparations, in case Hurricane Joaquin hits New York full force in the coming days.

Cuomo says he’s staffing up emergency operations centers, notifying national guard offices that they might have to be deployed,  and having work crews clear any trouble spots known to be prone to flooding, even though the track of the storm is still somewhat uncertain.

“I have learned the hard way that it is better to prepare for the worst,” said Cuomo , who has as governor  faced three major hurricane type storms, Sandy Irene and Lee as well as a seven foot snowfall in Western New York.

“In the past we did not take the worst case scenario into consideration and we paid the price,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo says the state is much better prepared with new seawalls, 4 miles of barriers , submarine doors at some tunnels and hundreds of new generators, including generator powered  pumping stations. But the governor cautions that “you never know” how a storm will play out, and concedes “you cannot be ready for everything”. 


The American Society of Civil Engineers issued gave New York’s infrastructure and gave an overall grade of C- on its 2015 report card. Syracuse officials hope infrastructure funding will come soon from the state and federal governments.

The lowest grade on New York’s report card was a D- for roads and the group notes that 45 percent of Syracuse’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition. On average, Syracuse drivers will have to spend $477 every year on extra vehicle operating costs because of the rough roads. Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says she has been told there is state money that will be available to help fund road improvements.

Buffalo Beer Week is underway, but most local residents wouldn't have needed a special event to spot the growing popularity of  craft beers that are produced by local breweries. What some beer lovers might not know is that the trend is helping to generate business in non-brewing arenas.

Buffalo has been home to numerous micro breweries for many years. More recently, state laws have allowed distilleries to go into business. The first one to open in Buffalo since Prohibition is expanding and will soon open its new space in the neighborhood where the city's original distilleries once stood.