Governor Cuomo detailed his Upstate Agenda, which includes $10 billion in capital investments, at the Rochester Rotary and Rochester Business Alliance Luncheon.
Plans call for which another $10 billion in capital investments in the next state budget, to be awarded through another competition, similar tot eh regional economic development councils.
New York state currently ranks 2nd in maple syrup production, and studies are being conducted at Cornell University to see if production can be extended to birch & walnut syrup, Cornell agriculture department spokesperson Julie Suarez explains:
(Julie Suarez 3-12-15)
Suarez said that only 1% of the states maple trees are tapped; New York still trails Vermont for maple Syrup production,
Governor Cuomo today announced that as a result of the Agricultural Land Assessment Cap, last year farmers across the state paid $11 million less in agricultural property taxes. Cuomo said that Coupled with the 2% property tax cap, New York farmers are enjoying a more predictable property tax climate, leading to increased productivity and profitability on farms across the state. New York’s property taxes have been held to an average growth rate of 2.2% during the past three years, nearly 60% less than the 5.3% rate of growth over the previous ten years.
State Senator Jim Seward commented on the State Senate’s Republican leaderships’ “Brighter Future” budget resolution for fiscal year 2015-16.
Seward stated that the senate’s broader tax cut proposal would apply to all STAR eligible homeowners, or approximately 3.3 million people, the senate budget proposal will make the statewide property tax cap permanent & it eliminates the $1 billion that remains of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) scheme imposed by Democrats in 2010, and increases state school aid significantly over what the governor has proposed. The additional $1.9 billion school aid increase advanced by senate Republicans is also distributed fairly and equitably to every region of the state.
State Police at Oneonta arrested 34 year old Richard Siar of Walton, for Driving While Intoxicated with a reportable B.A.C. almost double the legal limit. Troopers responded to a report of an intoxicated driver at the drive thru McDonald’s Restaurant on State Route 23 in Oneonta, Siar was issued tickets for Town of Oneonta Court on March 24th.