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9:22am

Thu March 26, 2015
Money

Schumer: more federal aid for sewer repairs should be issued as grants, not loans

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 7:14 am

Ryan Delaney WRVO

Sen. Charles Schumer says increasing the amount of federal funding available as grants for sewer repairs and upgrades will make the work more affordable for local governments.

Last year New York was only allowed to give out $10 million in federal money as grants to towns villages for sewer projects. The rest had to be given as loans.

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9:53am

Thu March 12, 2015
Money

Cuomo defends economic competitions in Rochester visit

Credit Cuomo Twitter Feed

 

As the deadline to pass the state's budget approaches, Governor Cuomo defends his proposal against criticism.

In an address to the Rochester Rotary the governor laid out some of the specifics, focusing on upstate revitalization and economic development.

The New York State Senate and Assembly have also submitted their proposals over the last two days, and the governor says each proposal reflects the specific plans of each.

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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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