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Since the introduction of bitcoin in 2009, the digital currency has received a lot of attention: some good, some bad. From both technical and social perspectives, it has become an often-complicated phenomenon.

Bitcoin has begun gaining traction recently, and in the future, it could play a major role in how consumers and businesses pay for goods and services. But first, it has to solve its security issues. It has been associated with numerous scams, thefts and reported loss of bitcoin wallets, which store the private keys that you need to access a bitcoin address and spend your funds. 

One proposed solution is Case, a bitcoin wallet that emphasizes security and ease of use, according to the company’s CEO, Melanie Shapiro.

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It’s one thing to carve a pumpkin for Halloween, it’s something else entirely to bring to life an entire sea serpent, circus train or resurrect dinosaurs… with pumpkins.

But that’s exactly what the folks at the Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze have been doing for the past 11 years.

The event, put on by Historic Hudson Valley an educational non-profit specializing in - where else - the lower Hudson region, doubles as a fundraiser.


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.