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Coalition targets legislators

The Unshackle Upstate coalition of business and trade organizations is stepping up its efforts to reform state government by compiling scorecards for all 212 legislators and soliciting campaign contributions for a recently formed political action committee to support selected candidates. ...

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Programs, incentives assist manufacturing companies

The manufacturing sector in the Rochester region has shrunk over the years as new technologies emerge and service industries gain strength. But economic development agencies underscore the need to help manufacturers and to continue programs that offer incentives for employment. ...

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Efforts to replace Empire Zones rouse some concern

Economic development officials and those who represent them are worried about Gov. David Paterson’s efforts to replace the Empire Zone program. It could hurt the state’s growth, they say. The Empire Zone program provides tax and investment incentives to eligible ...

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Bill would alter spending from endowments

Local colleges and non-profit organizations are gearing for a change in how they can spend from endowment funds, giving them more flexibility during difficult financial periods. The legislation, known as the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act or UPMIFA, ...

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Paterson trails Cuomo, Lazio in readers’ picks for governor

If the 2010 gubernatorial race were held today, the plurality of respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll would pick Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for governor. Cuomo, who was favored by 38 percent, is expected to challenge fellow ...

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RPO is threatened by proposed budget cuts

In response to Gov. David Paterson’s proposed budget cuts, which include a nearly 20 percent cut in New York State Council on the Arts funding, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra president and CEO Charles Owens and other leaders from major upstate orchestras ...

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RG&E to buy blocks of reduced electricity

Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. will buy blocks of reduced electricity consumption totaling as much as 8,270 megawatt hours, as part of an energy-saving initiative, the company said Wednesday.

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Gov. Paterson slips in new Siena Poll

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Gov. David Paterson’s popularity has slipped over the last month, the latest Siena Research Institute poll showed Monday, with ratings declining in favorability, job performance and electability.

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N.Y. proposes closing, reducing use of area parks

Hamlin Beach State Park would be closed to swimmers three days a week, and two parks in Wayne County and one in Orleans County would be shut down for 2010-11 as part of recommendations announced Friday by state officials.

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RBJ event to focus on proposal for city schools

The Rochester Business Journal Power Breakfast event, The Pros and Cons of Mayoral Accountability for the Rochester City School District, is scheduled for March 23 at the Rochester Plaza Hotel.

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Kraft Foods, theater to get state grants

The village of Mount Morris will get state funding of $433,500 to restore the New Family Theater, and Kraft Foods Inc. will get $125,000 to build a new production line in Avon, Empire State Development Corp. officials announced Friday.

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Majority says stimulus program has been negative for economy

On the first anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, most RBJ Daily Report readers are not impressed. By 60 percent to 40 percent, respondents to this week's Snap Poll said the $787 billion stimulus program has been negative for the economy.

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Arizona OKs Frontier-Verizon deal

Arizona regulators have approved Frontier Communications Inc.’s purchase of a big slice of Verizon Communications Inc.’s regulated landline business.

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