posted on October 07, 2010 08:21
The state is threatening to shut down three Western New York casinos operated by the Seneca Nation due to a dispute over money. A lawyer for the governor says the Senecas are breaching an agreement by withholding revenue-sharing payments. In a letter sent to the casino operators, the state threatens to void the operating agreement and shut down the gaming centers. The state also accuses the tribe of failing to pay for costs of having state police on duty at the facilities. The Senecas say it is the state which actually broke the agreement by allowing racetracks in Hamburg and Batavia to have gambling operations. If the two sides do not meet in 14 days, the state is threatening to take the matter to an arbitrator.
The new Buffalo East Tech Park Campus located in Pembroke near Thruway Exit 48-A received a financial boost in the arm yesterday. National Grid’s Upstate New York Economic Development Division announced that 275 thousand dollars would be going to the project through the Genesee County Economic Center’s real estate and development affiliate the Genesee Gateway Local Development Corporation.
Starting today, the Pratt Road Bridge over the Tonawanda Creek in Pembroke will be closed. Summer inspections of the bridge showed the need for two steel girders to be reinforced. Once completed the load restriction that was recently placed on the bridge will be removed. The bridge is expected to be closed for about one week.
The Empire Center for New York State Policy has released a study showing New York State had a net job loss of 148 thousand jobs to other states during the period 1993 to 2007. The state actually lost 408 thousand jobs, but New York did attract positions from other states cutting the deficit to 148 job loses. The study says New York State has failed to do a good job of nurturing small and start-up firms. Connecticut and New Jersey absorbed the most jobs from New York.
Nearly one million dollars has been lost in unemployment insurance payments. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the benefits either did not comply with federal and state laws or regulations or were processed in error. 14 payments were made to deceased individuals. That total was just over 12 thousand dollars. DiNapoli’s audit covered the period from April to December in 2009.
Tomorrow is the deadline for mail registration applications to be postmarked for voting eligibility in the November 2nd General Election. All applications must be postmarked by October 8th. The Genesee County Board of Election also must receive applications for absentee ballots, which are postmarked not later than October 26th. Applications can be hand delivered to the Board of Elections either by the applicant or his representative, no later than November 1st, the day before the election.
A new poll finds Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo with a comfortable lead over his Republican challenger Carl Paladino. According to the Quinnipiac University poll released today, Cuomo has an 18-point lead over Paladino, 55 to 37 percent. A Quinnipiac poll released two weeks ago had Cuomo's lead at just six percent, which shocked more than a few people in the Empire State. Pollster Mickey Carroll believes the increase for Cuomo can be attributed to some voters souring on Paladino after his public blow-up with "New York Post" reporter Fred Dicker last week.
Andrew Cuomo picks up an influential endorsement in the race for New York Governor. The New York State Business Council is picking a candidate seeking the state's highest office for the first time in its 38-year history. The council credits Cuomo for his jobs plan and promised fiscal reforms for Albany. The state business council, made up of mainly upstate businesses, hosted a forum last month, where Republican candidate Carl Paladino got into a shouting match with a "New York Post" reporter. Cuomo did not attend the event. A state business council spokesman says there is no link between the endorsement of Cuomo and the incident.
Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino has more strong words for a New York Democrat, this time taking on current Governor David Paterson. One day after calling Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver a "criminal," Paladino turned his attention to Paterson Wednesday when asked why he thinks the governor is having a tough time pushing his agenda through the state Legislature. In the past, Paladino has also referred to Paterson as "a drug addict." Governor Paterson's office has yet to respond to the latest attacks, but Paterson has said in the past that Paladino is "unfit" to hold the office of governor of New York.
Ten members of the Churchville-Chili high school football team will not be on the field Friday night. That's because the school district has suspended them because of a fight after last week's game. School officials say the brawl broke out between current members of the team and former players. The students have been suspended for five days, which means they will sit out the game against Hilton. The former students could face trespassing charges and are banned from any school function.