Cuomo outlines plan to stave off further NY deficits

Dec 5, 2011

Today in your Trail Mix:

Fighting the state deficit.

Medical research in Rochester - and medical research drama in Buffalo.

Plus: A beer boom in Binghamton.

Deficit

This weekend, Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined a plan to stave off further deficits in New York. He spelled out his ideas in an op-ed sent to several newspapers. Part of this strategy would raise taxes on folks with high incomes. (Joseph Spector, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Biomedicine

Researchers at the University of Rochester were recently granted a patent for research leading to vaccines for HPV, or human papillomavirus. More than 50 percent of adults are thought to have contracted this STD at some point in their lives, although most cases are benign. (Sean Lahman, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

A renowned Buffalo researcher is crying foul at his treatment by Roswell Park Cancer Institute - and he’s letting the media know. Khushi Matta is accusing the medical institution of unceremoniously dismissing him following a brouhaha regarding who received credit and compensation for cancer research. (Susan Schulman, Buffalo News)

Consumer spending

Local shops in Syracuse are celebrating consumers’ interest in their wares this holiday season. What’s prompted this new attraction to small, mom and pop-type stores? (Bob Niedt, Syracuse Post Standard)

Four new breweries are planning to pop a top in Binghamton. As we’ve seen before, the Great Recession hasn’t dampened folks’ appetite for frosty libations. (My-Ly Nguyen, Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin)

Infrastructure

Since New York is close to its debt ceiling and cannot borrow much money, Governor Cuomo has opened talks with unions about borrowing from their pension funds to work on road and bridge projects. (Jon Campbell, Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin)