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Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the NY SAFE act into law. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the NY SAFE act into law. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office

Assault weapon owners face registration deadline

ime is almost up for owners of assault-style guns in New York to register them with the state. Tomorrow's deadline was set by the strict gun control law, known as the SAFE Act, passed in January 2013.

The law made buying assault weapons illegal. And it requires registration of assault weapons--guns with features like a pistol grip and removable magazine--owned before the law came into effect.  Go to full article
Syracuse-area job losses. Infographic: <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports/2013/04/18-job-sprawl-kneebone">Brookings Institution report</a>
Syracuse-area job losses. Infographic: Brookings Institution report

Are Albany policies "starving" upstate NY cities?

A Cornell University expert says state policies are making it harder for upstate New York's cities to regain their past economic vitality.

Mildred Warner says the region's cities aren't getting the "full gambit" of rediscovery by younger generations because they're not investing enough in areas like quality of life and infrastructure.  Go to full article
Business plan. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/purecaffeine/4325067780/">Nathaniel Boehm</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Business plan. Photo: Nathaniel Boehm, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

More money coming into upstate for startups, but mostly for Capital region

More money is coming into startup businesses in upstate New York, but that doesn't mean starting a business here is suddenly easy.

Upstate Venture Associates of New York (UVANY), a startup business investment firm, found that nearly twice as much money came into upstate New York in the third quarter of last year, in comparison to the year before. There were 29 deals that quarter, worth $75.86 million. That's up from 16 deals worth $40.56 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, UVANY found.  Go to full article
Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO
Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO

Rome NY drone site gains funding

Upstate New York's new drone testing site is closer to pulling enough money together to begin operating. It's been awarded a state grant to cover some of its startup costs.

A state grant worth $600,000 has been given to NUAIR, the alliance of upstate defense contractors and universities that won approval to run one of six federal drone test sites. That's half of what's needed to begin operating the test site, which will be located at the former Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, New York.  Go to full article
NYS Sen. John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse). Photo: Durrie Bouscaren/WRVO
NYS Sen. John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse). Photo: Durrie Bouscaren/WRVO

Could Syracuse be the home of the new NYS homeland security college?

New York state plans to create the nation's first college dedicated to homeland security and emergency preparedness, which backers say is a necessary measure given the major storms and terrorist threats the state has dealt with.

And there are efforts to headquarter that new college in Syracuse.  Go to full article
Mike Martino, owner of Honey Hill Orchards in Chittenango, N.Y. talks with U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer. Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO
Mike Martino, owner of Honey Hill Orchards in Chittenango, N.Y. talks with U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer. Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO

Cold winter could mean fewer bees to pollinate fruit come spring

This winter's cold temperatures are creating tough survival conditions for honeybees. Come spring, the bees will be relied on to pollinate upstate New York apple, cherry, and other fruit trees.

Mike Martino began the winter with a hundred bee colonies on his Honey Hill apple orchard in Chittenango. He estimates he'll lose about 30 colonies by spring time. He's hoping the prolonged frigid temperatures of the past few months don't kill off more.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/willia4/1404659376/sizes/z/in/photolist-398fi7-8qsmXC-8qskUN-8qsdZS-8qp4Mz-8qp6Dt-8qskw5-8qsedf-8qp51n-8qskHo-6JTJWs-cf4Wd-8qsev1-8qp7kc-8qp4gc-8qp7Kv-8qskhW-6WFbeN-6WFvUw-6WF8wQ-6WFx5W-6WF5Aj-6WFmxN-6WBB7t-6WF4Ds-6WB9Lr-6WBhJ4-6WEMoW-nranY-8jcWGr-6WBzmP-jkEHiw-8sZ2r4-6WETe3-6WAXqi-6WAZZM-6WAYHD-jRPPB-dhtdSE-6WBxNB-5vbfnS-ap8PTw-4uLHVP-5H49Dy-dR7Pi5-7e64j3-8n9vQm-cmFNP-ahspds-6fuGEB-7BGpw3/">James Williams</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: James Williams, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Could a new law "kneecap" NYS boutique wines?

Bottles of wine and spirits made in New York would have to sit in a New York state warehouse for up to 48 hours before they could be sold, under a new law being considered in Albany.

It sounds like a small thing, but for many wineries and distilleries, it's big.
In a letter this week, the Doolittles, of Frontenac Point Vineyard in Trumansburg, write the "at rest" legislation would make it prohibitively expensive for small operations to deliver wine to downstate accounts. They're part of a larger movement to defeat the bill.  Go to full article
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks in support of upstate New York becoming a federally designated drone testing site. Photo: Ryan Delaney, WRVO
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks in support of upstate New York becoming a federally designated drone testing site. Photo: Ryan Delaney, WRVO

Rome, NY drone test site OKed, but not funded

Upstate New York's successful bid to host one of the nation's drone testing programs came with the promise of millions of dollars in economic benefit to the region, but money to establish and operate the site itself is still needed.

Now the consortium behind the designation is reaching out to New York state.  Go to full article
A sign for Interstate 81 sits under an overpass in Syracuse, N.Y. City officials and residents are debating what to do about an aging stretch of the highway that cuts through the city. Photo: Zack Seward
A sign for Interstate 81 sits under an overpass in Syracuse, N.Y. City officials and residents are debating what to do about an aging stretch of the highway that cuts through the city. Photo: Zack Seward

Group wants I-81 decision to focus on moving people, not just cars

Another group has formed to weigh in on the future of Interstate 81's path through downtown Syracuse. This one calls for a focus on moving people, not cars.  Go to full article
A prototype drone from Propulsive Wing in Elbridge, N.Y. Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO
A prototype drone from Propulsive Wing in Elbridge, N.Y. Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO

Rome, NY to be federal drone testing site

Upstate New York has won a coveted test site designation for unmanned aerial systems - or drones - from the Federal Aviation Administration as part of that agency's work toward developing regulations for drones' integration into U.S. skies.

But for many in upstate New York, the designation is more about the jobs and dollars that surround the booming drone industry, estimated to be worth $100 billion globally over the next decade. Industry trade groups predict the business will generated 70,000 jobs nationwide.  Go to full article

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