Economy and Business

Dougtone / Flickr

Elmira is one step closer to having a new comprehensive plan. That’s the overarching vision that helps city leaders decide what businesses to bring in and what projects for which to pay.

What is a zombie home?

Oct 4, 2016

Zombie homes are abandoned properties left unmaintained during foreclosure proceedings. Whether intentional or not, the home has been left vacant by the homeowner; in other cases, banks have foreclosed on the homes but haven’t done anything with the property.

Monica Sandreczki / WSKG News

Some residents on the north side of Binghamton are worried they’re losing one of the few places they had to buy groceries, now that the Kmart is closing.

There hasn’t been a grocery store on the north side in 20 years. Many residents find a way to shop at the Weis a mile and a half away on the east side of town.

Otherwise, they buy groceries at gas stations or the Family Dollar. The Kmart has also functioned as a sort of stand-in.

Tom Magnarelli, WRVO

(WRVO) Local and state labor groups rallied in the Village of Liverpool outside of Syracuse Tuesday for a $15 an hour minimum wage in upstate New York. The state approved an increase to the minimum wage earlier this year that will bump it up to $12.50 an hour in upstate in five years. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he eventually wants upstate to reach $15 an hour. 

Senate Democrats / flickr

Two companies will bring 600 jobs in Western New York and the Southern Tier. That according to New York Senator Charles Schumer, who says Pioneer and ConServe have been awarded federal contracts to help the IRS collect unpaid taxes.

(Keystone Crossroads) Thirty distressed municipalities have turned to the state for help finding their financial footing through a program known as Act 47. The latest is Mahanoy City, a 4,000-person borough in Pennsylvania's Coal Region.

Alex Crichton, WXXI

(WXXI) Co-Chair of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, Danny Wegman, addressed the dozens of people who gathered for the first meeting of the council since June. 


(WRVO) The replica Viking ship Draken Harald Hårfagre has sailed out of the Great Lakes, wrapping up a contentious visit.

shorts and longs / Flickr


The pro-business group Unshackle Upstate is out with its rankings of New York legislators who are seeking re-election in November. 

Monica Sandreczki / WSKG News

Construction started Tuesday at Tioga Downs on the hotel and spa management hopes will pamper thousands of future visitors.

The move comes one week after the New York State Gaming Commission officially granted a casino license to Tioga Downs.