Bio-fooled by Jude Clemente | | Reports

A proposal to mandate the use of biodiesel in home heating oil in New York would raise consumer costs while reducing overall energy efficiency and consuming more fossil fuels.

If not fracking, what? by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision to ban high-volume hydraulic fracturing in New York State is a huge blow to the fragile and declining economy of the Southern Tier.

Eat your heart out, upstate NY by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

A Rust Belt industrial "boom" spurred by new energy production is the focus of a front-page story in today's New York Times — highlighting, once again, the sort of growth upstate New York is not experiencing while Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to stall the issuance of regulations allowing hydraulic fracturing to produce shale gas.

NY’s growth gap by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

The growth prospects for New York’s metropolitan areas between 2013 and 2020 range from dismal upstate to mediocre downstate, according to a study issued by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Growth falters in “New NY” by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

New York's economy grew more slowly than those of all but four other states in 2013, the latest federal data show.

The real GDP numbers are consistent with job-creation data, which also show the Empire State to be lagging well behind the U.S. as a whole.

Cuomo backs job-killing wage hike by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Governor Andrew Cuomo, who already signed into law one increase in New York’s statewide minimum wage, has agreed to support raising the minimum another notch and giving localities the discretion to go even higher — all reportedly as a condition for receiving the endorsement of the labor union-dominated Working Families Party (WFP).

NY’s manufacturing slump by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

"Uneven growth" in U.S. factory jobs since the recession is the subject of a front-page article in today's Wall Street Journal--and upstate New York is featured as a prime example of a region left behind by the positive trend.

More stadium madness in Buffalo by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

The cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls continued to lose population between 2010 and 2013, according to the latest U.S. Census estimates, and the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metro area created jobs at less than half the national rate in the past year, Labor Department data show.

But never fear: state and local pols are riding to Western New York’s rescue with a sure-thing ”catalyst of economic growth.”

It’s … a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills.

NY lags again in jobs report by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Year-to-year private sector job growth in New York trailed the national average once again in April, according to the latest monthly state Labor Department report. And on a month-to-month, seasonally adjusted basis, New York added almost no jobs in April, the report showed.