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Power firm inks $17.5M contract for FAA work

The reach of Perinton-based MaeTec Power Inc. now extends to 160 cities in 40 states, including a $17.5 million Federal Aviation Administration contract it secured last month.  The FAA hired MaeTec to replace battery strings-batteries strung together on a wire-at ...

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Searchable site shows state employee salaries

The names and 2008-09 salaries of some 179,000 municipal employees in New York State have been added to a state Web site, representatives of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research’s Empire Center for New York State Policy announced Thursday.

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Unshackle Upstate coalition unveils report

The rising pay and benefits of public employees in New York State guarantees that its residents—already saddled with the highest tax rate in the nation—will continue to pay more, leaders of the Unshackle Upstate coalition said Thursday.

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COMIDA approves breaks for Rotenberg facility

EFP Rotenberg LLP, the second-largest accounting firm in the Rochester area, is moving to new space in Henrietta, uniting 113 employs involved in the merger this year of Eldridge, Fox & Porretti LLP and Rotenberg & Co. LLP.

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Schumer touts legislation protecting from bank fees

Sen. Charles Schumer wants to reduce the amount of overdraft fees charged to customers by the banking industry and is pushing legislation that would curb banks’ alleged abusive practices, he said Monday.

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Snap Poll

85% favor New York holding constitutional convention Majority says political leaders should not be delegates  Most respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll said they would vote in favor of holding a New York constitutional convention to consider ...

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Will alternative energy drive Rochester’s future economy?

I recently had the pleasure of driving GM’s fuel cell car at the company’s research and development facility in Honeoye Falls. It had a smooth ride and a quiet engine, but it was the exhaust that was most fascinating. The ...

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Will the Chinese sell their dollars? Not to worry-yet

Remember "mutual assured destruction"? MAD was the dominant principle of the Cold War: The Soviet Union would not attack us as long as we retained the ability to retaliate. They might surprise us and obliterate New York City, Chicago, Los ...

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85% favor N.Y. holding constitutional convention

Most respondents to this week's RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll said they would vote in favor of holding a New York constitutional convention to consider amending the state constitution. See dozens of comments from readers.

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Kolb pushes for change in New York

Five months after being selected as minority leader in the state Assembly, Brian Kolb has become increasingly visible and vocal on issues ranging from his proposal for a state constitutional convention to his call for CBS to fire David Letterman ...

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DiNapoli unveils tools for local governments

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli on Thursday unveiled guidelines to help local governments develop long-term planning strategies for infrastructure repair and replacement after issuing a report saying some $80 million in infrastructure needs in New York will be unmet over the next 20 years.

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Area rail service gets $1.3M in state funding

The region will receive roughly $1.3 million in state funding to improve freight rail service, Gov. David Paterson’s office announced Thursday.

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Harris terminals receive Inmarsat type approval

Harris Corp., parent of RF Communications, announced Wednesday one of its satellite terminals has received type approval from Inmarsat, one of the world's leading providers of global satellite communications.

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State regulators have wrong Rx for pharmacies

A movement is under way by the state Department of Health to allow out-of-state mail-order pharmacies to provide specialty medications to Medicaid patients suffering from a variety of ailments. These specialty drugs help people suffering from Crohn’s disease; various types ...

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It’s Labor Day, not Organized Labor Day

Labor Day constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country. This is pretty much the universal definition of Labor Day. U.S. Department of Labor statistics document that 7.6 ...

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