Government & Politics News
- NATO nation orders $25M in radios from RF Communications
Harris Corp.’s RF Communications division in Rochester has received a $25 million order from an undisclosed NATO nation for tactical radios.
- Brookings report shows drop in jobs near area residents
The number of jobs near residents in the Rochester metro area has fallen since the beginning of the millennium, with jobs in high-poverty areas experiencing the steepest declines, a new report from the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution shows.
- Trio of projects approved for $4.75 million in state funding
The Empire State Development Corp. announced Tuesday funding for three local projects in Monroe County. The local projects were among 17 across the state that received more than $17 million in funding approved by the Empire State Development’s board of directors.
- Genesee County project gets grant from National Grid
The Genesee Gateway Local Development Corp., the real estate arm of the Genesee County Economic Development Center, has received a grant of $50,000 from National Grid PLC that was used to build the Innovation Zone, an incubator space at the 34-acre Upstate MedTech Park in Batavia.
- N.Y. ranks worst for taxes for wealthy individuals
New York has been ranked as the worst state for wealthy individuals from a tax perspective, a new report from WalletHub shows.
- Report: Rochester ranks near bottom in economic diversity
Rochester received poor marks for its economic diversity in WalletHub’s 2015’s Cities with the Most & Least Diversified Economies.
- Cuomo touts impact of increase in minimum wage
A state minimum wage increase would affect more than 1.35 million workers and bring a $3.4 billion direct economic value across New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday in support of raised wages.
- Snap Poll: Majority favors part-time Legislature
Following the arrest of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, some Albany lawmakers and others have said it is time to switch to a full-time Legislature with higher base pay and a limit or ban on outside income. Nearly two-thirds of respondents to the RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll still favor a part-time Legislature.
- Cornell Cooperative Extension names new interim leader
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County has announced a change in leadership.
- Genesee County/Batavia ranked 4th among U.S. micropolitans
Site Selection magazine has named Genesee County/Batavia as one of the top micropolitans in the United States for the 11th consecutive year.
- Batavia firm hired for $5.6M county project
Manning Squires Hennig Co. Inc. has been hired as the general trades contractor for the $5.6 million Monroe County Fleet Center improvement project, the Batavia firm announced Monday.
- State audit criticizes RGRTA salary bonuses
An audit by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has found top executives at Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority collected 57 percent of the organization’s salary bonuses over a three-year period because the authority rewarded collective achievements instead of individual efforts.
- Monroe County wage increases higher than average
- In the zone
Many economic development strategies rely on special funding and tax breaks; by contrast, the Rochester Downtown Innovation Zone is an idea and an attitude, which together could prove to be a powerful magnet.
- Bill calls for local control over sex offender restrictions
State Sen. Rich Funke wants municipalities to have authority to establish residency restrictions for sex offenders.
- Excell Partners receives $2M grant
- Rochester Community Coalition picks 2015 priorities
- Net neutrality matters
Net neutrality has been debated long enough. The FCC should act now.
- Moving Ontario County forward