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Elected officials and Alcoa leaders break ground at the Massena East plant last July. Photo: Julie Grant
Elected officials and Alcoa leaders break ground at the Massena East plant last July. Photo: Julie Grant

Alcoa, Cuomo cite "good first steps" on cutbacks in Massena

Governor Cuomo's top aides say they had "a positive conversation" in New York City yesterday with officials from Alcoa. But they repeated warnings that the aluminum giant has to honor its contract with the state.

The emergency meeting came the day after the aluminum giant announced it will close the two remaining pot lines at its East plant in Massena by the spring. Alcoa is trying to streamline in the wake of poor earnings reports and a weak aluminum market. More than 300 jobs are at stake.

David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Alcoa's Massena East smelter plant
Alcoa's Massena East smelter plant

Alcoa to close two more pot lines in Massena

Alcoa announced Wednesday it will close the last two pot lines at its Massena East plants by the spring. The news comes after the aluminum giant closed another pot line last summer. And as David Sommerstein reports, it leaves Alcoa's future plans unclear.  Go to full article
Convergys is buying out Stream Global Services in an $820 million deal.
Convergys is buying out Stream Global Services in an $820 million deal.

Buyout could mean growth for Watertown employer Stream

There have been a lot of questions in the wake of an announcement that the Watertown call center Stream will be sold. The company that's buying it says if anything, the sale should make workers optimistic.  Go to full article
The former General Motors site in Massena. Photo: RACER Trust
The former General Motors site in Massena. Photo: RACER Trust

Massena's former GM site in limbo until cleanup completed

The federal trust in charge of redeveloping General Motors' property in Massena says its clean-up is on schedule. The land by the St. Lawrence River is a Superfund site because GM dumped tons of cancer-causing PCB oil there for decades. As David Sommerstein reports, it's not easy to sell real estate that's still contaminated.  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
Politicians and economic development leaders join Governor Cuomo on stage in Albany. The North Country is the only region to win extra dollars each year of the program.  (Photo: State of NY)
Politicians and economic development leaders join Governor Cuomo on stage in Albany. The North Country is the only region to win extra dollars each year of the program. (Photo: State of NY)

Is Cuomo's Regional Council really boosting North Country jobs?

Over the last three years, the Regional Economic Development Council created by Governor Andrew Cuomo has funneled more than $270 million to the North Country.

The North Country Council has moved the center of the debate over the region's economic future.

From job-creation to attracting new investment, to planning for major transportation and tourism projects, the volunteers who run the program have emerged as key players, with direct access to Governor Andrew Cuomo and other state officials.

Support for the Council system has been growing steadily. But big questions remain about how effective it has been in sparking new jobs and new private sector growth.  Go to full article
Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to a packed house at the Downhill Grill on Sunday (Photo:  Mark Kurtz)
Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to a packed house at the Downhill Grill on Sunday (Photo: Mark Kurtz)

Cuomo gets "Santa" welcome in Saranac Lake

Hundreds of people turned out for a packed celebration in Saranac Lake on Sunday as Governor Andrew Cuomo visited to talk about the North Country's win in the Regional Economic Development Council competition.

Cuomo was received with repeated ovations. He praised the North Country for being the only region to have won extra funding through the REDC program three years in a row.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake village officials shined spotlights into the night sky Wednesday, following the announcement of major funding for two local hotel projects.  (Photo:  Mark Kurtz)
Saranac Lake village officials shined spotlights into the night sky Wednesday, following the announcement of major funding for two local hotel projects. (Photo: Mark Kurtz)

Adirondack Park celebrates state funding

The Adirondack Park is divided between three different regional economic development councils -- and yesterday in Albany all three of those groups received extra grant funding from state officials.  Go to full article
Chris LaBarge describes an architectural rendering of his proposed 90-room hotel on Lake Flower at Wednesday night's Saranac Lake planning board meeting. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Chris LaBarge describes an architectural rendering of his proposed 90-room hotel on Lake Flower at Wednesday night's Saranac Lake planning board meeting. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Regional Council funding hopes high in Saranac Lake

At 10:30 this morning, Governor Andrew Cuomo will announce the winners of this year's Regional Economic Development Council process.

The North Country's Council has established sixteen projects here in our region as priorities to receive state funding. They range from a plan to upgrade Plattsburgh's booming airport to a proposal to improve the port in Ogdensburg on the St. Lawrence River.

But the big anticipation this year is in Saranac Lake, where two hotel projects are in the works. Brian Mann, our Adirondack bureau chief, joined Martha Foley on the line for a preview.  Go to full article
Milk Not Jails' Lauren Melodia and her team want to convince New York to invest in farms, not prisons. Photo: David Sommerstein
Milk Not Jails' Lauren Melodia and her team want to convince New York to invest in farms, not prisons. Photo: David Sommerstein

What could replace the North Country's prison industry?

This week, our Prison Time Media Project is examining the North Country's vast complex of prisons. It's an industry from Cape Vincent to Chateaugay that employs thousands of people in a region with few other options.

Today we ask - what if? What if the crime rate continues to drop and the number of inmates locked up continues to fall? What if, as Governor Cuomo has advocated, New York keeps closing prisons, as it did in Lyon Mountain and Gabriels?

What's next for the North Country's prison towns?

One tiny not-for-profit from New York City has an idea. Take the money saved from shuttering prisons and spend that money on agriculture. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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