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Sen. DeFrancisco: We haven't heard the end of Destiny USA

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Good morning and good Thursday. Here's your Trail Mix to start the day.

One politician is still preaching against the tax breaks for the Destiny USA mall.

The Assembly takes up proposed Thruway toll hikes.

Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?


Governor Cuomo is in Charlotte, North Carolina today to attend the Democratic National Convention, and anti-fracking ads followed him to the Tar Heel State (Jon Campbell, Gannett).

National Grid is footing the bill to clean up Utica's old industrial harbor, reports Steve Hughes of the Utica Observer-Dispatch.


The Democrat and Chronicle's Donyelle Davis takes a look at the five biggest construction projects in the region.

State Senator John DeFrancisco was one of Destiny USA's biggest skeptics when he was on the Common Council. Now he tells all to the Syracuse New Times.

Empire State Future thinks Shoppingtown Mall in suburban Syracuse could be the perfect example for its mall to Main Street theory.

Renovations of Rochester's Public Market are now award-winning (Troy L. Smith, Rochester Business Journal).


Consumer confidence among upstate New Yorkers was down last month (Rick Seltzer, CNY Business Journal).

Kodak is heading to a photography trade show, even though it's getting out of the picture business (Matthew Daneman, Democrat and Chronicle).

The state Assembly has held its first hearing on proposed Thruway toll hikes for trucks (Karen Dewitt, NYS Public Radio).


Luis Martinez has this guest essay in the Democrat and Chronicle to help you decide if entrepreneurship is the path for you.

There's a growing skills gap in Rochester (Rachel Barnhart, Rochesterian).

Hospitals and medical labs need more technicians to keep up with a growing number of medical tests (Cathleen F. Crowley, Times-Union).

WRVO/Central New York reporter for the Innovation Trail