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The Carousel Center Mall, Syracuse, NY. Photo (detail): <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/j26/6381137451/">John Marino</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Carousel Center Mall, Syracuse, NY. Photo (detail): John Marino, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Syracuse scores high with consumers

Buyers in Syracuse and Albany are finally starting to feel like this year's economy will be better than the last.

Central New York now has the highest consumer confidence score for the past three months among upstate metro regions.  Go to full article
Flooded field at Burlington Intervale last week. Photo: Sarah Harris
Flooded field at Burlington Intervale last week. Photo: Sarah Harris

Rainy weather hurts crops and markets

Warm temperatures and wetter-than-normal conditions so far this summer are starting to put a strain on farmers.

The weather pattern's also impacting farmers markets.  Go to full article
Dan Pacheco, a professor at Syracuse University, demonstrates a small drone equipped with a camera. Photo: Ryan Delaney
Dan Pacheco, a professor at Syracuse University, demonstrates a small drone equipped with a camera. Photo: Ryan Delaney

Privacy vs. the economy as Syracuse considers drones

Syracuse lawmakers have begun weighing the pros and cons of being a part of the domestic drone industry.

The Common Council's public safety committee held its first hearing on the matter late last week.  Go to full article
Eve Ann Shwartz herds her cattle on Maple Avenue Farms in Earlville, NY. Photo: Ryan Delaney
Eve Ann Shwartz herds her cattle on Maple Avenue Farms in Earlville, NY. Photo: Ryan Delaney

When it comes to beef, how local is "local?"

The steaks stacked in the coolers of New York supermarkets and butcher shops may be marketed as local, but just what that label means varies widely.

The state actually has no definition for classifying whether beef sold under that label is locally produced. The duty of deciding what's local falls to the store selling the meat. That presents challenges for the growing the local beef industry.  Go to full article
The lobby of Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/orlandosworld/372828657/">O World of Photos</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The lobby of Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY. Photo: O World of Photos, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Oneidas, NYS settle on sharing casino money

For the first time, the Oneida Indian Nation has entered into an agreement to share some of its gambling revenues with New York state. The concession means there's no risk of a competing state-run casino in the Nation's backyard.  Go to full article
Boats sit along the Erie Canal in Fairport, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jstephenconn/2793824699/">J. Stephen Conn</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Boats sit along the Erie Canal in Fairport, NY. Photo: J. Stephen Conn, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NYS canals expect 20-year high in commercial traffic

While often seen as an economic lifeline of another era, New York's canals are poised to have a big year for moving freight; almost two centuries after goods were first transported on the upstate New York waterway.

As the state's network of canals opens this week for its 189th official season, commercial traffic along the waterways is expected to be at a two-decade high.

The Canal Corporation, the agency that oversees the 524 miles of canals, expects more than 100,000 tons of freight to move through upstate by way of the Erie Canal and its other canals.  Go to full article
Dave Pasick sticks his head out of the barn on Szaro Farms outside  Utica, N.Y. Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO
Dave Pasick sticks his head out of the barn on Szaro Farms outside Utica, N.Y. Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO

New York rediscovers an old crop: hops

New York was once the dominant grower of a main ingredient in beer: hops. As craft brewing has taken off in the state, it's created an opportunity for farmers to get back into hop growing.  Go to full article
Recent college graduates are facing smaller and smaller wages. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/deanmeyers/3598159727/">Dean Meyers</a>, CC some rights reserved
Recent college graduates are facing smaller and smaller wages. Photo: Dean Meyers, CC some rights reserved

Salary prospects dim for class of '13

High-paying jobs will remain elusive for the class of 2013 as a slow economic recovery drags on, according to numbers tallied by an economic policy center.

The Economic Policy Institute crunched some data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and found starting salaries for 21-24-year old demographic entering the labor force continue to be lower than they were a decade ago.  Go to full article
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner. Photo: Mayor's office
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner. Photo: Mayor's office

Is Gov. Cuomo feuding with the mayor of Syracuse?

Governor Andrew Cuomo says his relationship with Syracuse's mayor is just fine. But two haven't talked in several months.

Last year Cuomo picked Mayor Stephanie Miner to co-chair the state's Democratic Party. But asked Tuesday about Miner's increasingly vocal criticism of his plan for aid to upstate cities and pension reform, Cuomo didn't treat her like much of a friend. He told reporters, "I haven't seen this particular mayor's comments."  Go to full article
The Carousel Center, Syracuse, NY. Photo (detail): <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/j26/6381137451/">John Marino</a>, CC some rights reserved
The Carousel Center, Syracuse, NY. Photo (detail): John Marino, CC some rights reserved

Carousel Mall, Syracuse settle legal snags

Syracuse's development agency and the developer of the Destiny USA shopping mall have reached a settlement to avoid several legal battles.

This week's agreement shuts down three different threats of legal action between Destiny USA's owner - The Pyramid Companies - and the City of Syracuse and its industrial development agency, or IDA.  Go to full article

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