Cuomo mulls giving farmers break from minimum wage proposal

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office is working on a plan that would give farmers a break from his proposed $15-an-hour minimum wage proposal. [Read more…]

JCIDA OKs 10-year tax break for Watertown business incubator

Finishing a nearly yearlong negotiation process, the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency’s board of directors approved a 10-year tax break on Thursday for the Watertown Center for Business and Industry. [Read more…]

Miami developer mulls building outlet mall, arena near Fort Drum

EVANS MILLS — A Miami developer is considering building a 600,000-square-foot outlet mall with a multi-purpose arena near Fort Drum’s main gate off Route 11 in LeRay, according to the town supervisor. [Read more…]

Dairy farms install robotic milking systems to offset $15 wage

Dairyman Jeffrey C. Murrock said a robotic milking system was recently installed at his farm as a way offset the potential impact of the governor’s $15-an-hour minimum wage proposal, seen here in use Friday. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

Dairyman Jeffrey C. Murrock said a robotic milking system was recently installed at his farm as a way offset the potential impact of the governor’s $15-an-hour minimum wage proposal, seen here in use Friday. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

Dairyman Jeffrey C. Murrock said a robotic milking system was recently installed at his farm, a move made to offset the potential impact of the governor’s $15-an-hour minimum wage proposal. [Read more…]

Local experts discuss north country’s economic outlook at Chamber event

The Economic Forecast event featured a panel of five speakers discussing the economic trouble spots and assets in the north country.

The Economic Forecast event featured a panel of five speakers discussing the economic trouble spots and assets in the north country. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Trying to get a glimpse of the local economic future is more like staring into an opaque globe than a crystal ball, noted Donald C. Alexander, chief executive officer of Jefferson County Economic Development. [Read more…]