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  Governor Cuomo was in town today to celebrate two local businesses’ plans to create and retain 450 jobs in Downtown Syracuse. The newly restored Hotel Syracuse was the backdrop for his remarks about the economic revitalization happening in Upstate New York State.

“Hotel Syracuse reborn, new advanced manufacturing high-tech companies locating in downtown Syracuse, who ten years ago would have been on the first plane to Austin, Texas or to South Carolina now locating here because they see the economic future.”

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It’s been over a month since Gov. Andrew Cuomo hired a special investigator in response to a federal probe of his Buffalo Billion project and other economic development programs.  But so far, no contract with that investigator, Bart Schwartz, has been released, and questions remain about what exactly he is investigating.   On April 29, the same day that Cuomo revealed that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara had subpoenaed records related to his economic development programs, Cuomo announced that he’d hired Schwartz, a former prosecutor who served under Rudy Giuliani when Giuliani was U.S. Attorney.

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  Auburn city officials are hoping that a statewide grant competition will help revitalize the city’s downtown area and economy. Auburn Mayor Michael Quill unveiled the proposal focused on a new welcome center to help visitors navigate the developing Harriet Tubman National Historical Park.

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Following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s stop in Solvay this week to tout the benefits of raising the minimum wage, Republican State Senator John DeFrancisco and business owners and other groups including Unshackle Upstate are attempting to stifle any enthusiasm for the plan.  They say the plan could really amount to placing them at a disadvantage; which actually would be the reverse of Cuomo and his supporters’ optimism.  If the wage increase is implemented, they say it would ultimately raise their costs so much, some of their lower wage employees could see their hours reduced or risk losing their jobs altogether.  DeFrancisco has been the subject of attack ads on TV by SEIU Local 32BJ casting him with holding a net worth of $6 million dollars.  We caught up with DeFrancisco just as he was being informed about another group swinging punches at him for his opposition of the Cuomo plan.

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  Older New Yorkers have a range of things to watch regarding their health and security during this upcoming session in Albany.  AARP in New York supports a family leave proposal that would provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave.  Legislative Director Bill Ferris says it might make it easier for someone to take care of a relative at home.

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Dozens teachers and their supporters wore black t-shirts on the first day of the State Fair on Thursday with a pretty direct message for the Governor… “Call Out Cuomo.” The only problem was, he wasn’t there to see it firsthand. However, he did send Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul who acknowledged the teachers when asked by the media.    

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  Family members taking care of relatives at home may be receiving more thorough training about how to look after their loved ones.  Both the New York State Senate and the Assembly passed the CARE Act which mandates education for family care givers.  Tracy Murphy of Syracuse has to look after her mother when she came home from the hospital.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Solvay on Wednesday to speak with labor and community leaders about a proposal to raise the minimum wage.  His message: a salary of $18,000 – about the annual income for a minimum wage worker – isn't enough to cover the necessary expenses in the state of New York.

"You can't pay for food and rent and clothing and medical and heat and electric," Cuomo said. "It just doesn't work. Do the math."

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Organizations focused on health are already attempting to take a pulse of  Governor Cuomo’s Budget proposal as they prepare to give him some of their own suggestions.  The New York State Conference of Blue Cross-Blue Shield is taking issue with a health care fee that everyone in the state would be required to pay.  Spokesperson Deborah Fasser explains the Governor wants those fees to cover operational expenses for the State’s Healthcare Exchange.

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Thunder, lightning and drenching rains might have made a bigger bang to open the New York State Fair then Andrew Cuomo did.  But the governor did eventually cut the ribbon to start this year’s event.  The state invested pretty heavily into the fairgrounds themselves while the property has an interim director.  Cuomo might not rush to name a new head.

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