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President Obama greets guests at the baseball hall of fame. Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO
President Obama greets guests at the baseball hall of fame. Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO

Obama pitches tourism in Cooperstown

President Barack Obama sees tourism as a valuable American export, and he wants to make it easier for foreigners to visit and spend money in the United States. He made his case during a visit to the baseball of fame in Cooperstown yesterday.  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

e-Books: "Habit" by T.J. Brearton

Adirondack writer T.J. Brearton's debut novel is out as an e-book. Brearton grew up in Saranac Lake and has spent much of his writing career in film, television and as a freelance journalist. He's the coordinator for the annual Lake Placid Film Forum.

Set in upstate New York, his new detective thriller is his first commercially published book. Todd Moe spoke with Brearton about the e-publishing process and researching the setting for Habit.  Go to full article
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (left) was in Albany yesterday with Gov. Cuomo and legislators for "Tin Cup" day. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/12177549245/">Office of the NY Governor</a>
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (left) was in Albany yesterday with Gov. Cuomo and legislators for "Tin Cup" day. Photo: Office of the NY Governor

Mayors testify at annual "Tin Cup" day

Mayors from around the state testified before the state legislative fiscal committees. In what's traditionally known as Tin Cup day, many asked for more money, while others asked for authorization to collect more money from their citizens.

First up was New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio, who came armed with a new report that he says shows how he could enact universal access to pre-kindergarten at a "rapid pace," in an expansion that he calls one of the largest in the nation's history.  Go to full article

China-themed project in upstate NY draws critics

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) It's an audacious plan that seems out of place for the Catskills: a $6 billion China-themed cultural, business and amusement park to be built on 2,200 acres nearly two hours from New York City.  Go to full article
Governor Andrew Cuomo paddles a stretch of the Indian River, just upstream from the confluence with the Hudson River. Photo: NYS Governor's office via Flickr
Governor Andrew Cuomo paddles a stretch of the Indian River, just upstream from the confluence with the Hudson River. Photo: NYS Governor's office via Flickr

Cuomo looks to shore up support upstate

Governor Cuomo's name is frequently mentioned as a possible Presidential contender in 2016, that's if former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton doesn't run. But the governor first has to think about an earlier date, 2014, his reelection race, and how to shore up his support upstate, where he's been flagging in the polls.

During the past several weeks, Governor Cuomo has spent much of his time in upstate and northern New York.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo in Jamestown yesterday
Gov. Cuomo in Jamestown yesterday

Governor tailors ideas for upstate audience

Governor Andrew Cuomo brings his extended State of the State speech tour to Watertown this morning. He'll speak at 11 at Jefferson Community College. The event's open to the public, but space is limited.

Cuomo gave the speech in Jamestown yesterday, south of Buffalo. It's tailored to an upstate New York audience. As the Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison reports, Cuomo mostly focused on economics.  Go to full article

State Senate axes farm labor bill

The New York Farm Bureau says its members are relieved at a last minute state Senate "no" vote on a bill that would have granted certain labor rights to farm workers.

Farm Bureau President Dean Norton says the bill would have had a devastating effect on farms and the rural economy. The bill was defeated 31-28 in the Senate. The Assembly has passed many versions of the bill over the years, but it has yet to pass the Senate.

The bill was a sticking point as budget negotiations stalled this spring. And it came into play again in the political gamesmanship Tuesday.

Sen. Pedro Espada, a Bronx Democrat, had refused to come to Albany unless the farm workers rights legislation was brought to the floor. Sen. Darrell Aubertine, Democrat from Cape Vincent and chairmen of the Senate Agriculture Committee said, "that was the majority leader flexing his political muscle," and it didn't work. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Rick Lazio at the Blue Moon Cafe in Saranac Lake. l-r: Saranac Lake Village Trustee Allie Pelleteiri, UNYTEA organizer Mark Barie, Rick Lazio, and Saranac Lake resident Bob Brown. Photo: Chris Morris, WNBZ.
Rick Lazio at the Blue Moon Cafe in Saranac Lake. l-r: Saranac Lake Village Trustee Allie Pelleteiri, UNYTEA organizer Mark Barie, Rick Lazio, and Saranac Lake resident Bob Brown. Photo: Chris Morris, WNBZ.

GOP hopeful Rick Lazio talks politics over pancakes

Former Republican Congressman Rick Lazio was on a quick tour of northern New York this week. Lazio, from Suffolk County on Long Island, is seeking the Republican nomination for governor of New York in this fall's election. He was in Ogdensburg, along with his primary opponent Steve Levy, Wednesday (see related story), and swung through Franklin, Essex, Warren and Otsego counties yesterday. First stop was Saranac Lake. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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