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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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Majority says stimulus program has been negative for economy

On the first anniversary of President Barack Obama signing into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, most RBJ Daily Report readers are not impressed with the effects of the stimulus. By a margin of 60 percent to ...

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FDA proposes produce rules

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration will propose requirements for fruit and vegetable growers in October. At a meeting today, retailers, researchers and growers will weigh in on the issue. The meeting in the Rochester area is ...

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Veterans center begins search for a new leader

After the departure of longtime leader Thomas Cray, the Veterans Outreach Center Inc. is planning for a quick turnaround with a process intended to find a replacement in the next three months. The organization announced this month that Kent Fellows, ...

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Court of Appeals rules for Lighthouse Pointe

The state Court of Appeals ruled unanimously Thursday morning in favor of a Rochester developer whose project was rejected by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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Schumer urges renewal of biodiesel tax credit

A tax credit for biodiesel manufacturers that expired at the end of 2009 must be renewed to ensure the future of Wayne County-based Northern Biodiesel Inc. and other biodiesel plants, Sen. Charles Schumer said Thursday.

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Brooks says proposal to abolish GVRMA would impact 1,600 jobs

Eliminating the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority and liquidating its assets would negatively impact its 160 businesses and 1,600 local jobs, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks said Wednesday.

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Slaughter, Paterson tout stimulus spending

On the one-year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, lawmakers including Gov. David Paterson and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, D-Perinton, spoke Wednesday about its progress.

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Schumer asks Google to pick state for trial

Sen. Charles Schumer is urging Google Inc. to choose New York as a principal site for its new deployment of high-speed broadband technology.

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COMIDA approves projects for tax breaks

Maximus Hill LLC, after completing a $2.4 million renovation of the Davie Building in the St. Paul Quarter, was approved Tuesday for breaks on sales and mortgage tax for a $762,000 conversion of office space into 11 work-live rental lofts.

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