Mon March 23, 2015

Forestry Industry heads to Albany for its lobby day

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Forestland owners and industry representatives will be in the halls of the capitol today, pushing for changes to taxation and regulation in New York.

Eric Carlson is the president of theEmpire State Foresters Association. He says one issue up for discussion this year is the 40-year-old property tax incentive program for forests, known as the 480-a Forest Tax Law.

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Fri March 20, 2015

Purifying Maple: This week on New York NOW

Tapped maple tree at Madava Farms in Dutchess County
Credit Jenna Flanagan / Innovation Trail

Story begins at 15:47

Maple syrup and pancakes go hand in hand on the average breakfast table. People slather their pancakes with butter and then just pour the syrup on top but here at Madava Farms in rural Dutchess County, the people at Crown Maple are hoping to change the way we think about this all natural sweetener while providing the purest product possible.

Madava Farms COO, Tyge Rugenstein,

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Thu March 19, 2015

"Presenteeism:" Child Care and the workplace

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Picture this, working parents: a daycare center, right in the same building as your job. For most, it’s far-fetched. But Kirsten Gillibrand, the U.S. senator from New York, wants to change that. She’s introduced a bill to increase tax breaks for businesses that build onsite child care.

Having child care at work could make a big difference for parents like Stephanie Walsh. Walsh has barely left the house in over a week. She used to go to work every morning, as an accountant at a Southern Tier construction company. But then she had her son Jacob.

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Thu March 12, 2015

Onondaga Nation declines federal housing grant, as it always does

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 7:57 am

Oren Lyons, the faithkeeper of the Onondaga Nation in a file photo.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

  The Onondaga Nation has turned down a recent federal housing grant, as it typically does.

"They do accept outside laws and they do not accept outside funding from either the state or federal government," Joe Heath, the Onondaga Nation's attorney, told WRVO.

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Tue March 10, 2015

Southern Tier REDC hammers out details of $500M competition

Leaders from across the region are working out details of how to solicit economic development ideas to win state funding. The Southern Tier Economic Development Council is competing against six other upstate regions to receive $500 million. That amount was promised to three winners by Governor Andrew Cuomo in January.

The idea of the program is largely based on an investment the state made in Buffalo over the last couple of years – the “Buffalo Billion.” In that plan, state money funded a high-tech manufacturing hub and a bio-medical research facility.

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