Month: February 2014

When CBS announced last summer that Stephen Colbert would stay in New York when he takes over “Late Show,” it wasn’t much of a surprise in Los Angeles, even though Mayor Eric Garcetti had made overtures to lure the show West. In Gotham the production is eligible for $11 million in tax credits and a $5 million grant to offset renovations to the Ed Sullivan theater, where the show is based. Read More

The Cayuga County Legislature Ways and Means Committee held a pair of spirited meetings last week regarding the proposed 2015 county budget. Much of the discussion centered around spending cuts, and specifically how expense reductions would translate into jobs eliminated. The county is facing tough financial times, and in order to balance the budget and set operations on a more stable path, some tough choices must be made. With that in mind, county officials should be doing all they can to share information about the budget with the public. What we've seen so far, however, has been minimal at best. Read More


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