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Adirondack Council’s Wild Rivers Wilderness

The Adirondack Council’s plan for land acquired by New York state in the Adirondacks is gaining public support.  .

Both The New York Times and the Syracuse Post Standard have endorsed the proposed “Wild Rivers Wilderness” plan that would designate motor free areas for the Hudson River Corridor and Essex Chain of Lakes balancing adjoining lands that allow motorized recreation. The plan will also support more increased economic activity for Adirondack communities.

For more information on the plan, visit the Adirondack Council’s website.


Governor Cuomo weighs in on taxes

Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke at Onondaga Community College yesterday where his remarks focused on Start-Up NY and taxes.  The Governor called New York’s tax rates “onerous,” and promoted his plan to completely eliminate state taxes for some businesses for a designated time period, as opposed to lowering the tax rates for all companies across the state. Specifically, he noted that the did not want to reduce taxes downstate, and was focusing Upstate’s economy as it has been, “shedding job and people for decades.”

Read more on the Governor’s trip on the Syracuse Post Standard website.

Progress 2013: Central New York horizon spotted by cranes, construction projects

Good news for Central New York: This story comes to us from Post-Standard reporter Charles McChesney:

Perhaps the clearest view of Central New York’s future comes not by looking left or right, but by looking up.

In Syracuse, the horizon is broken by lines of cranes. There are buildings going up and old buildings being rebuilt in a way that doesn’t simply update them, but rethinks their purposes.

Consider the Pike Block, a $25 million project combining four downtown buildings into a facility that will be home to 78 apartments, two restaurants and four stores.

“This had to happen,” said David C. Nutting, CEO and chairman of VIP Structures Inc., the company developing what had been four run-down properties where South Salina meets Fayette Street.

On a damp winter day, Nutting leads a visitor through the gutted remains of the former Witherill Building, the Chamberlin Building, the Wilson Building and the Bond Building. A new central corridor and elevators will connect all four, creating what Nutting said will be “a community more than an apartment building.”

Two courtyards — one for residents and one for people visiting retailers or restaurants — will link trendy Armory Square to the Pike Block and from there to South Salina Street, the city’s traditional commercial center.

Decades of damage can be seen on the parts of the buildings that remain. Smoke stains from a long-ago fire scar one wall, signs of water rot mark a ceiling. Whole sections of the buildings have been cut away and reframed with modern materials.

“It’s been an interesting project,” Nutting said. “It’s three-to-one the most complex project we’ve ever done.”

Half smiling, he added: “Had we known what we would ultimately find out, it’s questionable whether we would have gone on with this.”

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