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Burlington waterfront. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lensecap/2415499912/">Adam Riquier</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Burlington waterfront. Photo: Adam Riquier, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Waterfront upgrades coming to Burlington

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) New projects on Lake Champlain's waterfront could be starting in the Vermont city of Burlington soon.

Parks and Recreation Director Jesse Bridges tells the Burlington Free Press that the city could begin working on lighting and infrastructure improvement as soon as the fall.  Go to full article
Advanced Motors and Drives in East Syracuse, NY.
Advanced Motors and Drives in East Syracuse, NY.

E. Syracuse manufacturer moving jobs from NY to Mexico

DEWITT, N.Y. (AP) An electric motor manufacturer is moving nearly 60 percent of the jobs at its suburban Syracuse plant to Mexico.

The Syracuse Post-Standard reports that Advanced Motors and Drives released a statement saying 72 jobs will be moved to a plant in Mexico in the next three to six months.  Go to full article
Oswego Harbor. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/andyarthur/6919169279/">Andy Arthur</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Oswego Harbor. Photo: Andy Arthur, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Army Corps to dredge Oswego Harbor on Lake Ontario

OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) The Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to dredge Oswego Harbor.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says the long-overdue project is expected to get underway in June and take about one month to complete.  Go to full article
Rob Astorino and family. Photo: <a href="http://www.robastorino.com/?mf_portfolio=35">RobAstorino.com</a>
Rob Astorino and family. Photo: RobAstorino.com

Astorino makes first campaign stop in western NY

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has introduced himself in Buffalo, a day after formally entering the race for governor.

The Republican from New York City's northern suburbs says he's not intimidated by his lack of name recognition elsewhere in the state, noting the election is still nine months off.  Go to full article
New parents at home. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/68935484@N00/6009854950/">Heather &amp; Tim</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New parents at home. Photo: Heather & Tim, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Assembly passes bill for paid leave

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's Assembly has passed a series of bills intended to provide affordable child care, increase funding for child care subsidies and establish paid leave for medical emergencies, the birth or adoption of a child or to take care of a sick relative.

One of the bills passed Wednesday requires employers to purchase paid family leave insurance for their employees. The cost would be offset by weekly employee contribution of up to 45 cents from their paychecks.  Go to full article

NY bill adds penalties for polluting criminals

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York state Senate has approved legislation designed to hold criminals responsible for the environmental damage occurring during their crimes.

Sponsors say current criminal mischief statutes don't adequately address environmental devastation, so the bill would make crimes that result in large-scale environmental damage a class C felony.  Go to full article
Screenshot of the Discover the Adirondack Park app.
Screenshot of the Discover the Adirondack Park app.

Tourism groups launch app for Adirondack visitors

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Planning a trip to the Adirondacks? There's an app for that.

The Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages and regional tourism groups have launched a free app available on iTunes and for Android called ``Discover the Adirondack Park.''

The developers say travelers can use the app even if data and wi-fi are unavailable to find recreation, lodging, dining and other information.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/9694638@N06/3543993199/">Jeff Lautenberger</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Jeff Lautenberger, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Buffalo-style chicken wing turn the big 5-0

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Happy 50th birthday, Buffalo-style chicken wings.

The milestone is being celebrated Thursday at the Anchor Bar, the Buffalo tavern that's credited with inventing the dish on a March night a half century ago.

According to Anchor Bar lore, the restaurant's owner, Teressa Bellissimo, whipped up a snack at the request of her bartender son, Dominic, after a group of his friends got hungry while having late-night drinks.  Go to full article
Opponents say a casino would harm Saratoga's 150-year-old Saratoga Race Course. Photo: Brian Mann
Opponents say a casino would harm Saratoga's 150-year-old Saratoga Race Course. Photo: Brian Mann

City Council votes no on casino gambling in Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) The Saratoga Springs City Council has unanimously approved a resolution opposing the expansion of casino gambling in the city known for its historic thoroughbred racetrack.

Local media report that about 300 people attended Tuesday's vote on the non-binding resolution that was authored by Mayor Joanne Yepsen, who took office earlier this year.  Go to full article
Poker players at Turning Stone Casino. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Turningstonepoker.jpg">Pwrbanker</a>, public domain
Poker players at Turning Stone Casino. Photo: Pwrbanker, public domain

Judge approves deal between NY and Oneidas

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A federal judge has approved a deal between the Oneida Indian Nation and New York that guarantees the tribe exclusive territory for their central New York casino and guarantees payments to the state of around $50 million annually.

Tribal and local officials say U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Kahn on Tuesday approved the deal reached by the Cuomo administration last May.  Go to full article

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