Wed December 17, 2014

New York deals 3 regions 1 casino each

Rendering of Montreign Resort and Casino
Credit Montreign Media / Innovation Trail

It may not have taken place around a roulette wheel,  but there was a palpable air of suspense as the state Gaming Facility Location Board announced the 3 of the nearly 20 communities hoping to get a piece of the gaming action on Wednesday.

The board was entitled to grant up to four licenses.

Some came up winners and while others crapped out.

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Wed November 12, 2014

Another 126 layoffs hit gunmaker Remington Arms

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 10:16 am

Ryan Delaney WRVO

Triple-digit layoffs have again hit the century-old firearm maker Remington Arms, which employs over a thousand people in the Mohawk Valley.

State Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney confirmed 126 layoffs at the plant yesterday on her Twitter feed. The news was first reported by WKTV in Utica. Calls to the company and a union representative from WRVO were not returned.

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Sat October 4, 2014
minimum wage

Tipped workers want a wage increase, but restaurants say it'll hurt

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 5:46 pm

Patrick McCann, owner of Piggy Pat's BBQ in New Hartford, says wage increases for servers will hurt his business.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Most New Yorkers earning the minimum wage are seeing their pay increase slightly, but that doesn't go for those in the service industry who receive tips.

The state's minimum wage will be $9 an hour at the end of next year. It will stay flat for servers and other tipped workers at $5 an hour, plus those tips.

Now the state labor department is considering raising the tipped minimum wage, but restaurant owners are worried it will have a negative ripple effect.

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Wed July 16, 2014

Semi-conductor jobs coming to Rochester: Cuomo

Governor Cuomo at Canal Ponds Business Park, Greece, New York on Wednesday.
Credit Randy Gorbman/WXXI


Governor Cuomo came to the Canal Ponds business park in Greece Wednesday to announce that 500 high tech jobs will be coming to Rochester.

He says a semi-conductor manufacturing facility is being established at the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering facility in Greece.

A consortium of companies  called Sematech is establishing the facility. Cuomo says it's good to see this kind of high tech work coming to Rochester.

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Wed May 28, 2014

Allegany County jail aims to reduce recidivism with pheasant program

Credit Monica Sandreczki/WSKG

Many jails run work programs for inmates, allowing them to earn money and spend time productively. In Allegany County, jail officials are hoping to reduce an inmate’s likelihood of returning by having them raise pheasants.

One of the inmates, Joe, opens the door to a small wooden shed behind the jail. It’s windowless, about the size of a one-car garage. Joe preferred not to give his last name. He’s wearing an orange T-shirt and pants and has a reference to the British band Pink Floyd, along with his son’s name, tattooed on his left arm.

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