Assembly members criticize Assembly for lack of agriculture funding

Robbins Family Farm harvests hay last fall on Old Rome State Road. Several upstate Assembly members are upset that their house’s budget plan cuts agriculture funding. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

Robbins Family Farm harvests hay last fall on Old Rome State Road. Several upstate Assembly members are upset that their house’s budget plan cuts agriculture funding. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

A few Assembly members aren’t too happy with agriculture’s place in their chamber’s budget.

Among others, Assemblyman Kenneth D. Blankenbush, R-Black River, is calling out the Assembly for giving little support to agriculture amid spending increases. [Read more…]

Cuomo to push upstate initiatives to counter regional disparity

U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, left, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, right, put their arms around Jim Ridgeway, a District 4 representative for the United Steelworkers Unions from Pulaski, in November at the Alcoa West Plant in Massena. Gov. Cuomo held a conference call Monday with media outlets to discuss the upstate rehabilitative initiatives in his 2016 Executive Budget. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, left, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, right, put their arms around Jim Ridgeway, a District 4 representative for the United Steelworkers Unions from Pulaski, in November at the Alcoa West Plant in Massena. Gov. Cuomo held a conference call Monday with media outlets to discuss the upstate rehabilitative initiatives in his 2016 Executive Budget. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Downstate New York gets a lot of love, and upstate is left out in the cold.

That was the underlying message in a Monday conference call between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and media outlets to discuss the upstate rehabilitative initiatives in his 2016 Executive Budget. [Read more…]

JCIDA chief: $15-an-hour proposal could drive ‘handful’ of area businesses out of state

A handful of area businesses “across the gamut of sizes and sectors” say they’d consider moving out of New York if the governor’s $15-an-hour minimum wage proposal materializes, according to the chief of the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency. [Read more…]