Mon February 23, 2015

Anyone want a mile of used interstate? This week's Innovation Trail report on New York Now

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Syracuse is a divided city, in more ways than one. An elevated stretch of the interstate highway system known as I-81 runs north to south through the heart of the city, separating the resurging downtown from the booming University Hill. It’s also created a division in the community over what to do with it.

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Tue February 17, 2015

Officials navigating ways to spread sea trade from St. Lawrence to western NY

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 12:50 pm

Officials, including Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, hold a roundtable discussion focusing on better use of the Port of Buffalo.

Buffalo's status as the "Queen City" of the Great Lakes started slipping with the St. Lawrence Seaway's opening in 1954. But after a recent meeting downtown with Seaway Administrator Betty Sutton, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said the state is resetting the relationship.

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Mon January 26, 2015

Cuomo's proposed Minimum Wage increase isn't a done deal

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In last week’s State of the State Address, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.50 per hour across the state and $11.50 in New York City by the end of 2016. 

State business leaders criticize the measure they say would force them to slow hiring and cut hours.

Sharon Stiller is a Rochester based employment law expert. She says any change will affect state businesses.

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Fri January 16, 2015

Governor Announces Upstate Economic Revitalization Competition

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 3:13 pm

Governor Cuomo answers questions for the press following the announcement.

Governor Cuomo invites Upstate New York regions to compete for $1.5 billion  in grants. As part of the Economic Revitalization Competition, three winning regions will be granted $500 million each.

Cuomo says the competition is an important aspect of the project.

"If I just gave you the money, you wouldn't do all the hard things you have to do to actually get the money. And the competition amongst yourselves -- I'm telling you -- brings up the performance of everybody."

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Wed January 14, 2015

Rieslings from Finger Lakes region gaining national attention

As we embrace the New Year and gather together with family and friends for winter dinner parties and celebrations you may be in the market for the perfect wine to pair with all that food. When upstate New York residents think wine, they often think Finger Lakes wine. And that very wine, its Riesling in particular, is beginning to gain traction in the mainstream market.

On this episode of Need to Know, host Hélène Biandudi Hofer is joined by David Mansfield, Owner and President of Three Brothers Wineries and Estates and Vinny Aliperti, Owner and Winemaker for Billsboro Winery. They discuss the region’s Riesling options and how to pair this sweet white wine.