central new york


Wed December 17, 2014

Elected officials say 6-year delay on fracking decision not long enough

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 8:17 am

A natural gas drilling rig in Pennsylvania. (file photo)

A temporary ban on the controversial gas extraction method hydrofracking has dragged on for years. Even as the governor says a long-awaited study is nearing completion, a large group of local officials want the ban to continue.

Elected Officials to Protect New York, made up of more than 850 local-level elected officials, says Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration still has not properly studied fracking enough.

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Fri December 12, 2014

Central New York brings back $80.2 million in aid in economic development competition

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 8:15 am

Renovations to the Hotel Syracuse is one of the projects the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council put forward for state aid.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Hotel Syracuse is receiving a multi-million dollar state grant through New York’s competitive economic development funding program. The project is part of $80.2 million in funding central New York won.

Central New York’s regional economic development has been named a "top performer" for the third time in four years in the state’s flashy economic development funding program. It competes against other regions of the state for aid. The state gave out $709 million in all.

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Mon September 1, 2014

Another round of public comments on I-81 concluding

Ryan Delaney WRVO

Another study, another round of public comments. It may seem like the decision-making process on the future of the elevated Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse will never end. 

An end is in sight, even if it’s still far off. Transportation officials say they hope to make a decision on whether to rebuild the viaduct, divert it around the city or tunnel it underground, in 18 months to two years.

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Wed August 27, 2014

Lawmakers, preservationists call for historic building renovation credit to be saved

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 6:17 pm

The main lobby of the Hotel Syracuse.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Preservationists and Syracuse-area economic development specialists are uniting to try and save a federal tax credit that’s helped renovation of historic buildings.

They made the push  from one of the grandest rooms in an historic building that turned 90 years old this month, the Hotel Syracuse.

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Wed August 20, 2014

Air Guard moves closer to launching drones from Syracuse

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 10:51 am

Air National Guard members prepare an MQ-9 Reaper drone for a taxi demonstation at Hancock Airfield in Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A remotely-piloted military aircraft taxied around Hancock Airfield for the first time Tuesday.

Officers of the 174th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard are calling it a small step toward a goal they’ve had for five years: launching their MQ-9 Reaper drones from Syracuse.

"A milestone," albeit not a dramatic one, is what Col. Greg Semmel, the 174th's commander, said of the event. 

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