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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
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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
Martin Butts, left, goes over Ethiopian-born Fesseha Kahsay's business plan as part of the UP Start business incubator. Photo: Ryan Delaney, WRVO
Martin Butts, left, goes over Ethiopian-born Fesseha Kahsay's business plan as part of the UP Start business incubator. Photo: Ryan Delaney, WRVO

Unique challenges for refugees becoming entrepreneurs

The Innovation Trail is taking a look at how the thousands of refugees coming to upstate New York are weaving their way into the region's economy.

Jai Subedi holds court at his Asian grocery store on Syracuse's Northside. He's behind the counter ringing customers up and simultaneously fielding phone calls. All the while giving advice to other refugees about how to deal with various agencies. He opened the store earlier this year with the goal of making it more than just a market.  Go to full article
A game of dominos at HopePrint's house on the Northside of Syracuse. Photo: Ryan Delaney, WRVO
A game of dominos at HopePrint's house on the Northside of Syracuse. Photo: Ryan Delaney, WRVO

Refugees re-shape a Syracuse neighborhood

Upstate New York's cities take in around 90% of all refugees coming to the state. As they adapt to new homes, the newcomers re-shape neighborhoods.

Every Tuesday evening, a home at 129 Lilac Street on Syracuse's Northside turns into a community center.  Go to full article
A cut in the federal excise tax would help all the state's brewers, including St. Lawrence Brewery in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein
A cut in the federal excise tax would help all the state's brewers, including St. Lawrence Brewery in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein

Craft brewers want a break from federal excise taxes

The number of craft brewers in New York State has risen to more than 140 over the last 20 years, thanks to demand for more flavorful, and more local, beers.

Now some of those craft brewers are lobbying for tax reductions they say would help them keep their momentum.  Go to full article
Abdullahi Majeni, Jeylani Semboga and Mganga Mbwera, help run a Somali-Bantu community group. Photo: Ryan Delaney<br />	<br />
Abdullahi Majeni, Jeylani Semboga and Mganga Mbwera, help run a Somali-Bantu community group. Photo: Ryan Delaney

Refugees pump life into post-industrial Utica

Utica has long seen itself as a city of immigrants. The arrival of Italians, Germans and Irish drove the city's population to peak at around 100,000. During the mid 1970's in the wake of major changes to the city's industrial base and dwindling employment opportunities, the population fell by nearly half.

"This city that we have now," said Joe Marino, a city councilor, "these new refugees really, really rebuilt the city."  Go to full article

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