Hundreds of business leaders and CEOs from around the globe met yesterday for the official launch of START-UP New York, governor Cuomo’s plan to jump-start the state’s economy, especially in the struggling upstate regions, and around the upstate colleges.  Governor Cuomo commented at yesterday’s summit:


(Cuomo 10-23-13)


Governor Cuomo said that Businesses that are looking to startup or expand, and most importantly create jobs, should Visit www.startup-ny.com to learn more about the program.


The League of Women Voters of the Oneonta Area has set up debates tonight for a number of Otsego county races.  The Debates will begin at 7:00 PM  & will run until 9:30 this evening, at the Otsego Grille in Morris Hall at the State University of Oneonta.  The debates may be viewed on Time Warner Cable public access channels or at lwvoneonta.org.


A state loan program to assist first responders is changing  under legislation signed into law by Governor Cuomo.  The legislation was sponsored by area State Senator Jim Seward; it increases the amounts of allowable loans under the emergency services loan fund.  The program is financed by repayments to the fund, budget authority and a 911 surcharge on wireless telephone calls. Fire and EMS officials who are interested in the program may contact the Office of Fire Prevention and Control at 518-474-6746 or online at http://www.dhses.ny.gov.


Town of Guilford residents are invited to participate in a special planning workshop l on Saturday October 26th at 9:30 AM.  The event will be held at the Guilford town hall on marble road, more information is available at 895-9966 or 895-6827.


Natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale region is growing faster than expected, according to a new federal report issued Tuesday.   The Energy Information Administration report found production has now reached 12 billion cubic feet a day, which is the energy equivalent of about 2 million barrels of oil a day, and more than 6 times the 2009 production rate. The majority of the Marcellus gas is coming from Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the Marcellus shale is also under Ohio & New York, but Ohio has concentrated on oil production, and New York has a moratorium on shale gas drilling while comments were collected & health studies are continuing.


A new poll finds New Yorkers divided over whether the state is on the right track. A Siena College poll of registered voters found respondents evenly divided, 44 to 44% on whether the state is headed on the right or wrong direction. People who live in upstate New York tended to be more pessimistic, with 57% claiming that the state is headed in the wrong direction.  51 percent of New York City and downstate voters felt the state was headed on the right track.


Nearly 92% of teachers were rated highly effective or effective in the first year of a new evaluation system according to the state Education Department. The results are for 126,829 teachers outside New York City. The results come after the state released new student assessment scores as part of the Common Core program last summer, that showed just 31% of New York students in elementary and middle schools were proficient in math and reading.



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