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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) was in Rochester Wednesday for a progress report on a high-tech project the state helped fund.

Three early stage companies - Intrinsiq Materials, Quintel USA and Omni-ID - have set up shop at Kodak's Eastman Business Park.

The venture-backed project was first announced two years ago.

Since then, the three companies have filled 39 jobs. The target date for the 250 jobs originally pledged is still about three years away.

"When you're working with emerging companies, it takes longer," said Greater Rochester Enterprise CEO Mark Peterson, who was involved in landing the project. "This is a milestone today because we're at a start point where now we're really going to start to see movement."

This week's New York NOW features a one-on-one interview with longtime Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan).  

This week he put out a proposal that would raise New York's minimum wage to $8.50 per hour in January of 2013. It will surely pass his chamber, but is the governor on board?   

Silver sat down with Karen DeWitt of New York State Public Radio. He also talked about why he's pushing for a pay raise for his fellow lawmakers.

Watch the preview below, and tune in for the full interview this weekend on your local PBS station:

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Mark Weiner at the Syracuse Post-Standard has made a stab at breaking down what a federal shutdown could mean for Central New York. On the list are things everyone's worrying about: delayed tax returns, and a halt on military paychecks.