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Funding for research takes off, but flights to Albany shut down

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Grounded: Colgan Air will no longer be flying from Buffalo to Albany for Continental.

Research funding

The Democrat and Chronicle has details about the merger of Albany's nanotech center and Rochester's infotonics center:

The deal unites the research skills and corporate ties of the Albany center and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the State University of New York at Albany with the processing and manufacturing ability of the Canandaigua center.

Congressman Maurice Hinchey says he's nabbed $10.5 million for Binghamton University's Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging Center. The dollars will be used to develop defense applications, and they're coming out of the House Appropriation's defense subcommittee.

SUNYIT, outside Utica, is also getting a chunk of federal cash, according to the Observer-Dispatch. The school will get $4.5 million from the same committee Hinchey tapped for BU. This money will go to cybersecurity research.

Natural gas drilling

Just outside Binghamton, Vestal will not take a position against natural gas drilling. The town board passed on the idea Monday, according to the Press & Sun-Bulletin.

There's a new website offering jobs in the natural gas industry, according to the Press & Sun-Bulletin. But it's hard for locals to tap those employment resources, according to National Public Radio.

The end of air (travel)

Colgan Air is canning its service between Buffalo and Albany. That means the biggest upstate city in the state and the capitol will no longer have an air link, according to the Times-Union. But at least you can still take the train - it's better than the stand-up airplane seat that the New York Times is reporting about.

Street beat 1

Neighbors in Albany are hitting the street to detail code violations and fight blight.

(Below the) street beat 2

An underground party in Rochester went down yesterday - literally underground. For the World Canals Conference, the city hosted a party in a former aqueduct downtown. Details from the Democrat and Chronicle.

Working in WNY

There's a new report about western New York's labor market, which breaks down notions about an expensive, union dominated workforce. It was released by the University at Buffalo's Regional Institute, and researcher Kathryn Foster. From the Buffalo News:

"This is not your grandfather's economy," she said. "It is remarkable to the extent the Western New York economy mirrors the national economy.

Power assets for sale?

National Grid could put its U.S. holdings on the block if it runs low on cash, according to its CEO. The Times-Union grabbed the story from the Daily Telegraph in the U.K.

Yahoo's new home

Yahoo is in business in Lockport. The search giant opened its data center yesterday. Officials with Yahoo say this is just their first step in the Buffalo region and that more operations and jobs could be forthcoming, according to the Buffalo News.

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