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SPOTLIGHT: Rochester rises in best-performing cities list

Rochester moved up 92 spots, to 89th among 324 U.S. metropolitan areas, in a new ranking of best-performing cities. The 2009 Milken Institute/Greenstreet Real Estate Partners Best-Performing Cities Index bases its findings on a metro region’s ability to create and ...

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Majority supports city control of Rochester’s public schools

The majority of respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll support Mayor Robert Duffy’s plan to seek city government control of the Rochester City School District. The graduation rate has improved to 50 percent from 39 percent, but ...

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A decisive year

New York stands at a precipice. As bad as the state’s finances have been in recent years, they soon could become much worse. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has warned that the state faces a 2009-10 deficit of at least $4 billion ...

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Q4: Edmund McMahon, director, Empire Center for New York State Policy

Q: "Blueprint for a Better Budget: A Plan of Action for New York State," which was issued this week, outlines a comprehensive strategy for addressing the state’s fiscal crisis, including a 30-point plan to save up to $30 billion over ...

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Paterson unveils reform plans
in State of the State address

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Gov. David Paterson on Wednesday outlined his agenda for fiscal and ethics reforms, and a jobs initiative to replace the Empire Zone program geared toward high technology and clean energy initiatives for job growth.

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New City Council takes office

Lovely Warren was named Monday as president of Rochester’s City Council, and five members elected in November were sworn in to four-year terms.

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The Record

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UR incentives program helps employees buy in city

Employees of the University of Rochester are eligible to receive up to $17,000 in benefits if they find a home in city neighborhoods closest to the River Campus and the medical center.

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Great while it lasts

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was designed to be a shot in the arm, not a permanent lifeline.

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HTR leader takes part in federal meeting

To help determine how the nation can incite innovation, High Tech Rochester Inc. last Thursday was invited to participate in a federal interagency meeting.

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RF gets $228 million contract from Marine Corps

Harris Corp.’s Rochester-based RF Communications division has received a $228 million order from the U.S. Marine Corps for high-frequency radio systems.

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Paterson moves to save money, trees

Gov. David Paterson will eliminate most of New York’s printed executive budget books beginning with the 2010-11 fiscal year, saving the state $75,000 annually, he said Monday. It also will save 5.5 million sheets of paper and 660 trees.

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N.Y.’s taxes drive businesses away

Businesses throughout the state are trying to survive (let alone eke out a profit) despite an oppressive tax structure. No wonder many businesses are leaving New York.

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