southern tier


Tue January 7, 2014

Casino competition heats up in the Southern Tier

PHOTO: Proposed casino in Johnson City
Courtesy of Traditions

The Southern Tier is guaranteed one out of the four casinos to be built in upstate New York. The licenses are expected sometime this year and the competition for the Southern Tier casino is starting to heat up. Matt Martin reports that there are now four locations looking to apply.

Jeff Gural is the owner of Tioga Downs, where ground was recently broken on an expanded parking lot. Gural’s plan is to offer the full casino experience at his racetrack and electronic gambling site. But first he needs to win one of the new gaming licenses.

The Manhattan-based businessman says he spent $400,000 to help pass Proposition 1 in November. He was hoping it would be an easy stroll to get a casino permit.

“I’ve already invested a ton of money," he said. I took a big risk and to be honest I think we deserve the license.”

But not everyone in the region agrees. At least three other businesses have shown interest in securing the casino license.

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Wed October 30, 2013

Whose fault was Norse Energy's bankruptcy?

New York’s hold on high-volume hydrofracking has entered its sixth year. So Norse Energy first tried to stay afloat until fracking’s approval, then gave up and converted to Chapter 7, a complete shutdown of operations. The company and fracking supporters cited the state’s de factor moratorium as the obvious culprit.

Norse’s former chief legal officer Dennis Holbrook says drillers just can’t compete anymore using the drilling methods still allowed in New York.

“The easiest analogy I could give you, if you had a Model T and you were racing other Model T’s and you were doing fine and the next generation of vehicles comes out and you were still being told that all you can do is use your Model T.”

But the company was still drilling vertical wells in New York. In 2010, Norse approached Buffalo-based Bradford Drilling Associates about a 30-well project in the Herkimer sandstone formation.

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Fri August 2, 2013

Lockheed Martin lays off 139 workers at upstate N.Y. sites

Lockheed Martin will layoff 139 employees at its sites near Syracuse and in Owego, N.Y. later this month.
Lockheed Martin via Flickr

Defense contractor Lockheed Martin has laid 114 workers at its site in suburban Syracuse and 25 in Owego, as part of the approximately 300 job cuts announced last month.

The 139 employees will be out of a job on August 15.

The reductions are in Lockheed's Mission Systems and Training division. The Salina and Owego plants work primarily in radar and sensor technology. The affected positions are mostly in engineering and program management.

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Tue November 20, 2012

3-D printing business wins inaugural Binghamton Startup Weekend

3-D printer at Cornell University making silicone gears.
Matt Richmond WSKG

There have been more than 700 Startup Weekends held in 110 countries. Usually, the weekend offers a springboard for products like mobile apps or software programs, ideas that don’t need a lot of money, staff or space to get started.

But at Binghamton Startup Weekend, the winner is getting into manufacturing. Cathy Kuzia pitched a 3-D printing business that would create replacement parts or prototypes for factories.

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Wed November 7, 2012

A tough night for anti-fracking candidates

Supporters of Democratic congressional Candidate Dan Lamb make calls in Lamb's Binghamton office.
Credit Matt Richmond / WSKG

From the region's congressional races to town board elections, candidates that ran at least partially on their opposition to hydrofracking in the Southern Tier had a tough night on Tuesday.

After the break, a rundown of races where fracking played a role.

Tom Libous' race for the Binghamton state senate seat and Donna Lupardo's for the state assembly aren't included because the two incumbents won easy races.

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