Senator Charles Schumer stopped by the Ultra Dairy plant in East Syracuse Monday to promote an initiative he hopes will teach new skills needed to land advanced manufacturing jobs in Central New York. The State University of New York has applied for a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to support a career training program. If approved, the funding would go to Onondaga Community College and nearly 30 other SUNY schools, in addition to local businesses like Byrne Dairy. Schumer says that jobs in mechatronics are more advanced than traditional manufacturing jobs because they require skills in engineering, mechanics and electronics. He gives an example of how it might work:
New York Residents and businesses could see reductions and rebates on taxes when Governor Andrew Cuomo forms his new budget proposal. Monday he released details of a rumored $2 billionrebate for property taxpayers...though government leaders at the town, city and county level will have to play ball with Albany to get it for their residents.