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Bi-partisan legislation in the house and senate aims to continue and strengthen the long tradition of manufacturing in central New York after a generation of decline. It would push the region to the front of the line to receive federal economic development funding.

The grant program actually already exists.  It was created by president Obama and designated certain cities as national manufacturing hubs.  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says Rochester is one of them, now she says it’s Syracuse’s turn. 

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  Help for small manufacturing businesses might be on the way. On Tuesday  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Syracuse announcing new legislation intended to help expand small businesses and boost manufacturing.  

Central New York business leaders and homeowners are publicly expressing their support for Governor Cuomo’s $2 billion tax relief plan.  They joined government officials Wednesday to urge the state legislature to approve the proposal.  DeWitt Town Supervisor Ed Michalenko says the business community isn’t used to such a friendly atmosphere in tax decision-makers.

Senators Carl Marcellino, John DeFrancisco, Dave Valesky
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In a hearing Thursday to discuss ways to reduce and reform the state’s taxes, a theme emerged:  Syracuse-area business owners say the state’s high tax burden and shrinking population make it tempting to do business elsewhere. 

The Pioneer Companies development firm has been based here for four generations, but Chairman Michael Falcone testified he’s had to branch out to ten other states.  He says that gives him a solid basis of comparison: