Otsego, Delaware and other small counties are like "orphans" facing forces beyond their control in the storm of upstate's economic challenges, a public policy analyst said Wednesday. Edmund J. McMahon, president of the Empire Center for Public Policy, spoke about upstate's deficit in economic growth to about 35 guests at a meeting of Citizen Voices at The Carriage House, 790 Southside Drive in Oneonta. Read More
As they compete for up to $500 million being offered by state officials in an economic development contest, several upstate business leaders are planning to hire private consultants to help them craft their bids. Read More
Few economic development initiatives in New York State’s history have been the subject of more marketing hype than START-UP NY, which created scores of tax-free micro-zones on and near college campuses around the state. Governor Andrew Cuomo has spared no superlatives in describing his expectations for the program, backing it with a slick, $47 million advertising campaign that touted START-UP as proof that “in New York State, we’re changing the way we do business.” But the results so far haven’t come close to living up to the governor’s rhetoric. Read More
Albany politicians and policy advocates say Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Start-Up NY program is off to a slow start, based on the first report released last week, just hours after the state budget was approved. Read More
Andrew Cuomo likes a good competition. Where should the state send school aid? Let’s have a contest. Who should build new upstate casinos? Let’s have another contest. What do we do about the aging Tappan Zee Bridge? Contest. How do we redesign the region’s major airports? Contest. Read More
The new state budget has managed to unite the free-market Empire Center and the far-left Working Families Party. This meeting of the minds came over a classic move: Lawmakers slipped in a provision granting a fat tax break on sales the of private planes and luxury yachts. Read More
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