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Comptroller issues report on state’s funds

A cash report released Thursday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli shows a positive fund balance of nearly $528 million for fiscal 2010-11 but the fund has maintained a negative daily cash balance since Sept. 3.

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Large majority disapproves of Congress’ performance

Nearly 90 percent of respondents to this week's RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll disapprove of the job Congress is doing. See more poll results and dozens of comments from readers.

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Business council issues guide for voters

The Business Council of New York State Inc. has released its 2010 Voters’ Guide, listing the voting records of state Senate and state Assembly representatives during the 2009-10 legislative session.

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Paterson launches Excelsior Jobs Program

New York’s Excelsior Jobs Program was officially launched Wednesday by Gov. David Paterson. It replaces the state’s Empire Zone Program, which ended June 30.

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ESDC gives grants to EnerPath, Macauto

EnerPath Inc., a California firm that performs assessments for small businesses, and Macauto USA Inc., a parts manufacturer for automotive air-conditioning and sun shades, will receive grants from the Empire State Development Corp. to expand operations in Rochester and add a total of 53 jobs, officials announced Tuesday.

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Geospatial Systems wins contract for satellite work

ITT Corp.’s Geospatial Systems division in Rochester has won a contract to build the imaging system for DigitalGlobe Inc.’s WorldView-3 high-resolution commercial earth imaging satellite, the firm announced Tuesday.

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Q4: Brian Sampson, executive director, Unshackle Upstate

Q: What was most surprising to you about Unshackle Upstate’s scorecard on members of the state Legislature and their votes on business-related issues, released this week? A: I don’t know that there were any huge surprises because Unshackle Upstate had ...

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Comptroller hikes local governments’ contributions to pensions

The average contribution rate for local governments into the New York State Common Retirement Fund for 2011-12 will increase to 16.3 percent of salaries for the employee retirement system and 21.6 percent of salaries for the police and fire system, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced Thursday.

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Geospatial Systems gets more work for GeoEye-2

ITT Corp.’s Geospatial Systems division in Rochester has received a contract from Lockheed Martin Space Systems, a major operating unit of Lockheed Martin Corp., to continue building the imaging system for the next-generation Earth-imaging satellite, GeoEye-2.

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Unshackle Upstate unveils legislative scorecards

The Unshackle Upstate coalition of businesses released its legislative scorecards for the 2009-10 session on Monday, with 59th District state Senate representative Dale Volker, R-Depew, and 139th District Assembly representative Stephen Hawley, R-Batavia, getting the highest grades among area delegates.

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