Economy and Business

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Recommendations on how to go forward with some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development contracts tainted by scandal have been delayed for another few weeks, the governor’s economic development chairman said.

NY Tax Burden More Bearable for Some than Others

Nov 3, 2016
Sasha-Ann Simons, WXXI

(WXXI) It's no surprise: Taxpayers living in New York state are subject to some of the highest rates in the country. No one pays more state and local income taxes out of a paycheck than New Yorkers do, according to recent data from the Tax Foundation. The state also ranks fourth overall in property tax collections.

Tom Magnarelli, WRVO

The central New York economy is the focus of a new report by the state comptroller’s office. An analysis of how the region has recovered since the recession shows some improvements but also many challenges. 

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Banks make it possible to build credit, wealth, and security. But for the 7 percent of U.S. households that don’t have a checking or savings account, those benefits remain out of reach.


The Federal Reserve Bank of  New York is out with a report on the country’s well-being when it comes to how Americans are doing in terms of credit availability and the overall health of their credit lines.

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At first impression Maria Vullo is guarded, and a bit camera shy. But when she talks about her legal work, going back decades, you can feel her conviction.

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The Verizon call center in Henrietta will close early next year, taking 600 jobs with it out of the area. 

Scranton, A City That's Seen Many Come and Go

Oct 5, 2016

On this episode of Grapple, we follow a thread of narratives about leaving and staying in Scranton with one of our reporters who’s got a personal connection to the city. Conversations include the ups and downs of business in the area, whether Scranton’s newest immigrants are fitting in, and how cheap housing and little crime could help Scranton grow again.

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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.