Politics & Government

NANO HUB
11:33 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Construction to Begin on CNY Nanotechnology Hub in DeWitt

Elected officials and business leaders turn the first shovels of dirt for the CNY Nano Hub in DeWitt.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Ground was broken Friday on a facility in a rural area of DeWitt that’s expected to bring more of Hollywood to Onondaga County.  In fact, the Central New York Hub for Emerging Nano Industries already has a tenant.

    During the state of the county address earlier this year, California-based film and TV company “The Film House” announced it will relocate its headquarters, production, post production, and distribution operations to the facility.  President and CEO Ryan Johnson was on hand for the groundbreaking. 

"Not only will we get to work with this first kind of educational institution that will drive production and innovations globally, it will help train and develop our future workforce so  we can continue to grow in Syracuse and  build the film industry in Upstate New York."

Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy was among the officials turning over the first symbolic shovels of dirt.

 

  Justin Steele is director of the upcoming film “The Opium War,” which will be filmed and produced in Central New York using the hub’s resources.  But Onondaga County executive Joanie Mahoney says the hub goes beyond the film industry. 

  15 million dollars in state money will build and equip the facility at the Collamer Business Park, but officials say that should leverage 150 million dollars in private investment over seven years.  The project is expected to create 350 permanent, high-tech jobs and 150 construction jobs.  

WHAT'S NEXT FOR LT. GOV. DUFFY?

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DRONE CRASH REPORT
12:29 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Crashed Air Force Drone was Flying with Gear that Couldn't Handle Cold

An MQ9 drone like this crashed into Lake Ontario last November.
Credit Ryan Delaney / Innovation Trail

  The remotely piloted Air National Guard drone that crashed last November into Lake Ontario was flying with equipment that likely couldn’t function properly in cold weather.   Besides some clouds on Nov. 12, 2013, Air National Guard crew members recalled to accident investigators that it was a nice day for flying.

But it was a cold, late fall day, just below freezing on the ground at Fort Drum, where the Air National Guard launches its remotely piloted aircraft for training missions over upstate New York. 

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Katko's Veterans Plan
9:29 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Congressional Candidate John Katko Proposes Health and Other Assistance to Veterans

GOP Congressional Candidate John Katko thought the 4th of July holiday that just passed is a good time to think about helping veterans, who he says preserve the freedoms we celebrate. He released a series of proposals Wednesday.
Credit johnkatkoforcongress.com

  Congressional candidate John Katko thinks he just might have the background to help clean up some of the problems at the Veterans Administration should he get elected.  

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA
10:52 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Medical Marijuana Becomes Legal in New York State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs the medical marijuana bill into law with help from Amanda Hauser. Her mother Mary Anne looks on from behind; to right is Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Credit Gov. Cuomo's office

New York is now the 23rd state to allow medical marijuana, now that Governor Cuomo has signed a bill into law. But it will be some time before patients will have access to the drug.

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24th DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL RACE
5:44 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

GOP Congressional Candidate John Katko Targets Gas Taxes, Infrastructure Plan

GOP Congressional candidate John Katko in front of the Pilot Travel Center on 7th North Street.
Credit John Smith / WAER News

Most Central New Yorkers are probably keeping an eye on the price at the gas pumps as we head into the holiday weekend.  The Republican Candidate for the 24th Congressional District is partially blaming his opponent for not allowing prices to go down.  John Katko claims that Democratic Congressmember Dan Maffei voted against a bill last week that would have lowered the Federal gas tax.  

  He stood near a gas station on 7th North Street in Liverpool.

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