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President Donald Trump says upstate New York is not working and people are "getting very badly hurt." The president made the comments during a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, suggesting people leave the area in search of better work elsewhere.

Trump's remarks were made while he was talking about Foxconn, a Chinese manufacturer, that he says will open a LCD flat-screen manufacturing plant in Wisconsin.

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Local business leaders are responding to comments made by President Trump about the economy in Upstate NY.  

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President Donald Trump hosted the owners of Oneida County's Sherrill Manufacturing at the White House Wednesday for a "Made in America" showcase. At a roundtable discussion with 20 small businesses, he praised the company's co-owner Gregg Owens for being the country's only remaining silverware manufacturer. 

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - An attempt to get the U.S. military to buy utensils solely from an Oneida County factory, the only silverware manufacturer in the country, was unsuccessful, but Sherrill Manufacturing's CEO is optimistic about a meeting the company has at the White House this week. 

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - The Erie Canal has a very big economic impact on New York State, but more needs to be done to make people aware of its importance and how they can enjoy it. 

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Ride-hailing apps are authorized to operate in upstate New York starting today. Apps like Lyft and Uber had been bound to the New York City area until now.

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - The impact of the more than a billion dollars the state has invested for economic development in central New York should be kicking in soon, according to state officials. At a ribbon cutting event in Syracuse Thursday, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul took pains to explain how often she has been to central New York in the last 2 1/2 years. 

VERNON DOWNS RACING CASINO AND HOTEL

The owner of Vernon Downs Jeff Gural says without intervention from state lawmakers, his business will close. Gural says the racino and hotel loses about $5,000 every day. That's why he plans to start shutting down the facility, first the casino in September and then the racetrack in November. 

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Developers are asking the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency for tax breaks to build a new Hampton Inn in Syracuse’s trendy Armory Square neighborhood. But it comes at a time when new hotels are sprouting up all over central New York. 

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Three years after the Lockheed Martin plant in suburban Syracuse was nearly closed, the Salina location has received the single largest contract in its history. Changing methods of warfare have paved the way for more production of a special kind of radar made in central New York.

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Take action. That was the message from Vice President and Regional Economist at M&T Bank Gary Keith to Binghamton’s business community on Tuesday.

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ONEIDA (WRVO) - Inside a factory near Oneida, a roll of flat, shiny steel slowly inches into a machine that cuts, imprints and bends the metal, spitting out two shells on the other end. Sherrill Manufacturing CEO Matt Roberts says the way this machine fuses those two halves to form the handle of a knife,  through a process called brazing, is one of a kind. But this machine is not the only unique thing about this factory. 

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - “Buy American” has been the rallying cry on a number of fronts this month, from President Donald Trump in his inaugural address to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Buy American” plan in his legislative agenda for 2017.  And boosters of manufacturing in central New York say the Syracuse-area could benefit from the attention. 

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(WRVO) Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced a Made in America proposal in his state budget, but a group of breakaway Democrats in the State Senate has its own idea about promoting goods manufactured in the United States. 

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One of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature economic development programs is being downsized in his new state budget. 

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For decades, there was concern about  "brain drain"- the flight of young adults from the Rochester region and other parts of Upstate New York. Now, that trend is reversing.

Central New York Economy Behind The Pack

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(WRVO) Central New York’s economy continues to lag behind others across the country and in upstate, according to the CenterState CEO annual economic forecast. 

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For more than 30 years, the Seneca Meadows Landfill has operated in Seneca County. But a recently passed local law will close the landfill in nine years. The landfill provides jobs and revenue to the area, but some residents see this region moving in a different direction for its future.

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Recommendations on how to go forward with some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development contracts tainted by scandal are expected to be out soon, according to the governor’s economic development chairman.

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Several races for Congress in upstate New York were expected to be competitive, but Republicans won those comfortably. Some experts say the GOP winners in the region got a boost from Donald Trump’s name at the top of the ticket. And having Republicans control all branches of government could mean more leverage for upstate residents.

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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.

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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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Venessa Rodriguez of Endicott is happy with her health insurance. But one thing she’s not thrilled about is that it’s not always clear what she owes when she goes to the doctor.

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Voters head to the polls next week with every seat in the New York State Legislature is up for grabs. But will Albany’s costly effort to create jobs make a difference in the election? After taking office in 2011, Gov. Andrew Cuomo named a variety of local experts to Regional Economic Development Councils to revitalize 10 upstate regions. So far, the state has spent $4 billion on thousands of job-creating projects.

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In upstate, the minimum wage is at $9, but will rise to $12.50 by the end of 2020. It is an issue that affects many across upstate, from farmers and small business owners to the workers themselves.

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Reform groups say in light of the criminal charges against some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former associates, there are a number of changes that should be made to stop more corruption in the future. The federal charges of bid-rigging and bribery center on Cuomo’s key economic development programs, including the Buffalo Billion.

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The beleaguered head of SUNY’s Polytechnic Institute, Alain Kaloyeros, formally resigned from his post today after being placed on leave without pay following criminal charges from state and federal officials.

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The scandal over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development programs has led to more scrutiny of whether the projects are the best way to improve the state’s economy, and some watchdog groups are asking questions.

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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.

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A former Cuomo administration official is among those named in a criminal complaint by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara that alleges kickback and bribery schemes carried out over several years. Many of those illegal acts, the complaint alleges, involve the governor’s much-touted upstate economic development programs, including the Buffalo Billion.

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