Economy and Business

Fat Cat Comics Turns 40

Jul 11, 2016
Sarah Gager / WSKG News



Twenty years ago, Lin and Brian Sean Perry took their wedding photo in front of their family’s comic book store in Johnson City. Both the Perrys and the store marked their anniversaries last week.


In a celebration at the store on Saturday, the Perrys showed off the photo. In it, the whole wedding party is in dresses and tuxedos, posed below bold print that reads Fat Cat Comics. 

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Government employers in the Southern Tier had more job loss in the past year than any other sector, according to the New York Department of Labor.

The job count for government workers decreased by1,100 for the 12-month period ending in May 2016. While almost every other sector saw a loss, no other fell my more than 900.


Christian Harris, an analyst with the Southern Tier section of the department, says one reason for the continued dip could be the state’s property tax cap.


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(WXXI) The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency has announced its choice for the winning bidder to take over the former Seneca Army Depot. 

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump says the U.S. needs to take back its jobs from China, Japan and Mexico—although he hasn’t offered a plan on how to do that. Meanwhile, labor unions and environmental groups are pushing a more specific path for creating American jobs: Fix the nation’s infrastructure.

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With the discussion surrounding a federal probe of contracts connected to the Buffalo Billion, there are concerns about possible effects on any related economic development projects throughout the upstate New York area. 


New York state has so far invested more than $2 billion across upstate to revitalize economies up and down the Thruway. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says these projects will be transformative, but they carry big risks as well as potential rewards. 


A key part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's upstate economic strategy involves shifting power for making deals and managing projects from state agencies to private nonprofits. Some of those deals are now part of an expanding federal investigation. 

High-Tech Companies Expanding In Syracuse

Jun 3, 2016
Ellen Abbott, WRVO

(WRVO) Two high-tech companies in Syracuse are expanding with the help of New York state. Officials say it’s a reflection of a broader trend of economic development in upstate New York.

Marketplace: Your State On Welfare

Jun 3, 2016

In the two decades since welfare reform, the number of poor families receiving cash welfare has plummeted by more than half. In 2014, just 23 out of every 100 poor families received cash welfare. Compare that to 1996, when 68 of every 100 poor families received cash welfare. So how do states spend their welfare dollars? 

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Almost one-fifth of Broome County residents live in poverty, including about a quarter of all children. The county’s anti-poverty task force is trying to figure out the best way to bring those numbers down.