Wed January 8, 2014
Startups and Innovation

Startup Labs starts second year with more physical products

Nasir Ali, left, and Clint Nelson discuss the startup scene in Syracuse at the launch of Startup Labs.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A product that could be straight out of a science fiction movie is one of the projects going through the Startup Labs business competition in Syracuse this winter.

The guys behind Crowsnest Labs, Mike Kruk and Ian Wilson from Rochester, are working to develop technology that will allow them to put tiny cameras inside, say, an ad in a subway station. Those cameras would analyze who stops to look at an ad and how interested they seem.

Remember that scene from the Tom Cruise movie Minority Report?

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Fri January 3, 2014

Another voice in the I-81 debate: move people, not cars

Peter Sarver of the Moving People Transportation Coalition at their kickoff event.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Another group has formed to weigh in on the future of Interstate 81’s path through downtown Syracuse. This one calling for a focus on moving people, not cars.

The elevated stretch of I-81 through downtown Syracuse is nearing the end of its 50 year lifespan. Area residents are entwined in a lengthy debate over its second life, which largely boils down to rebuild or reroute.

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Mon December 23, 2013
Upstate Hospital Investigation

'Totalitarian' culture and pay questions at Upstate hospital

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 10:20 am

SUNY's Upstate Medical University and University Hospital are Syracuse's largest employer. Two top administrators have stepped down in recent weeks over compensation questions.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

In early November, Dr. David Smith resigned as president of the State University’s Upstate Medical University and University Hospital. Days before, the Times Union in Albany had reported Smith was close to leaving Syracuse’s biggest hospital to become president of Penn State University.

Instead, he’s found himself the subject of several investigations.

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Wed December 18, 2013

SU bookstore project will meet deadline to keep tax break

An artist's rendering of the bookstore and fitness center that will be built for Syracuse University.
Cameron Group, LLC.

The developer behind a new bookstore and fitness center for Syracuse University will meet its construction deadline and get to keep tax breaks from the city.

Tom Valenti of the Cameron Group says they’ll break ground this week on the facility, which will be located just off of SU’s campus. They had until Friday to do so or lose the 30-year property tax break it won from the city in August 2012.

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Tue December 17, 2013

Syracuse takes "first step" toward seizing old Hotel Syracuse

This will hopefully be the last winter the old Hotel Syracuse sits empty, economic development officials say.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Syracuse economic development officials have taken “the first step” toward taking ownership of the old Hotel Syracuse so it can be re-opened, in hopes this will be the last winter it sits dormant.

The construction that will re-open the shuttered building is still months away, though, as bureaucracy has to work its course first.

The Syracuse Industrial Development Agency named its “preferred developer” Tuesday, which will trigger an environmental review and a public hearing. The city’s Ben Walsh says that will allow them to exercise eminent domain if need be – the state’s power to take over private property - after two years of other attempts.

"Between the urgency associated with the property and the fact that we feel like we have the right developer and vision for the project, the timing is right to move," said Walsh.

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