Money

3:39pm

Mon March 2, 2015
Transportation

Out of one-time fixes, Centro faces big cuts to public transit service

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 7:12 am

Chris Kreussling via Flickr

Central New York’s public transit system is facing a sizeable budget gap and it's proposing a major reduction in service if more funding isn’t provided.

This is not the first year Centro has spent more money running buses in its four central New York county service area than it’s taken in to do so, but according to the public transit authority’s executive director, Frank Kobliski, they’ve run out of one-time funding streams to fill the hole.

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9:48am

Wed February 25, 2015
Money

New York raises minimum wage for tipped workers

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 7:39 am

shawnzrossi Flickr

A state wage board has agreed to raise the minimum wage for tipped workers from $5.00 to $7.50 an hour. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the change at a rally with union leaders.

Cuomo, speaking to the union members, renewed his call to raise the state’s minimum wage for non-tipped workers to $10.50 an hour in the state, and $11.50 in New York City. Cuomo says businesses are making record profits .

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9:14am

Tue February 10, 2015
Transportation

What could it look like without Interstate 81 cutting through Syracuse?

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 7:10 am

A concept drawing of what the current Interstate 81 corridor could look like if the highway is removed.
Rethink81

A group of architects and urban developers favoring the removal of the interstate through downtown Syracuse are out with a drawing of what the city could look like if the roadway was gone.

The group, ReThink 81, is making the argument that tearing down the elevated highway would make room for economic growth, where currently the roadway creates a gap in economic vitality between downtown and University Hill. The highway bisects those two neighborhoods.

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1:54pm

Wed October 8, 2014
Money

Roundtable brainstorms ways to prevent Baby Boomer flight

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 9:17 am

Associate State Director of AARP Bill Armbruster for Western New York discussing the new Baby Boomer Flight report.

A new AARP report says that nearly half of working Baby Boomers in Erie County could eventually leave New York State, taking $10 billion annually with them. A roundtable discussion was held in Buffalo Tuesday to brainstorm ways to keep the 50+ population in the area.

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11:37am

Wed August 27, 2014
State Fair

Classic midway prize missing from this year's state fair

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 3:08 pm

Nine-year-old Kacen Chigaridis, left, and his brother Kyler, 7, play a game on this midway at the New York State Fair.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

It’s a common procedure at the state fair: step right up and try to win a prize at one of the midway’s many carnival games.

Pop a balloon with a dart; sink a basketball shot; hook a ring around a bottle. Do so, and spend the rest of a day at the fair slinging an oversized plush gorilla over the shoulder, or carrying a stuffed monkey under an arm.

But one game, and an iconic fair prize, is missing this year.

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