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Apr 19, 2011 4:03 pm
Hannaford likely to build when ice cream season ends
Debra Gilbert of The Columbia Paper has an update on the Hannaford supermarket planned for the town of Livingston, that that the company's site engineer has received approval for the subdivision of an adjacent piece of property in order to add land for parking and other needs where Routes 82 and 9 meet. A state environmental quality review was put off until May, but Hannaford has heard from the state Department of Transportation, which called for left turn lanes to be added to the highways near exits. Delays in the permitting process mean that construction is not expected to begin until August allowing Happy Clown, the property's current occupant, to stay in business through the summer.

Albany area’s unemployment drops to 7.2%
Adam Sichko of the Albany Business Review writes that new state data reveals that the core Capital Region has an unemployment rate of 7.2 percent, the second-smallest of 11 upstate metro areas. That's 0.5 percentage points lower than it was a year ago, and below both the statewide unemployment rate (8 percent) and the national rate (9.2 percent). Only the much smaller Ithaca market had a smaller rate among upstate markets, at 5.4 percent.

New market coming to city
Jamie Larson writes in the Register-Star that a new outdoor market will be coming to Warren Street in Hudson starting May 21. Held in the lot in front of the 3FortySeven eclectic furniture and lighting emporium, at 347 Warren St., booth rentals will be open to "any who want to fill the visible space in the center of the city." “I wanted to have the space filled,” said 3FortySeven manager Giovanni di Mola, who added that he does not see it as competition for the Hudson Farmer’s Market, opening May 7, as it will have vendors offering a wide range of products, and not just food.

Study: States’ revenues up, localities lagging
Casey Seiler of the Times Union reports that a new State Revenue Report from the Rockefeller Institute is showing strong finances for the state now, but sagging outlooks for towns and counties. The report found state tax revenues grew by 7.8 percent in the final quarter of 2010 compared to the same quarter of 2009, in line with 42 other states experiencing similar income growth. Local tax revenues, however, have experienced the reverse trend with tax collections by local governments declining by 2.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010, mostly driven by declines in property tax collections.

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