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  • State: Rome auto dealer to pay state, serve probation after admitting tax evasion

    by Eric Reinhardt


    ROME, N.Y. — The owner and operator of a Rome auto-sales business will serve five years’ probation and pay the state more than $70,000 after pleading guilty to sales-tax fraud.

    Ricky Hoke, 61, of 4817 Humaston Road in Rome, had earlier been arraigned in Oneida County Court in January and pleaded guilty to a felony count of third-degree criminal tax fraud.

    Hoke was charged with underreporting sales taxes he collected from customers at his business, Hoke Auto Sales, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance said in a news release issued Friday.

     

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  • Syracuse Chiefs 2017 schedule stacked with promotions

    by Eric Reinhardt


    SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Syracuse Chiefs recently announced an active promotions schedule for the 2017 season.

    The first promotion is set for the minor-league baseball team’s opener on April 6 with General Manager Jason Smorol guaranteeing that the temperature will be at least 53 degrees, or fans can exchange their ticket stub for a ticket to any game in April or May.

    This season’s promotions also include 20 post-game fireworks displays, including what the Chiefs are calling “the biggest fireworks show to ever to be held at NBT Bank Stadium” on July 4th. 

     

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  • Report: Most CNY region unemployment rates decline in January

    by Eric Reinhardt


    Unemployment rates in the Syracuse, Utica–Rome, Binghamton, and Ithaca regions fell in January compared to a year ago, while the jobless rate in the Watertown–Fort Drum metro area rose slightly.

    The figures are part of the latest New York State Department of Labor data released Tuesday.

     

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  • Treehouse Reading & Arts Center formally opens in New York Mills

    by Eric Reinhardt


    NEW YORK MILLS, N.Y. — The Treehouse Reading & Arts Center formally opened on Friday at 587 Main St. in New York Mills.

    Joanna Robertson, a music educator, reading tutor, and literacy professor, owns and operates the business, the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce said in a news release.

    The chamber participated in Friday’s formal-opening ceremony.

     

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  • Builder of dreams, Woodhouse on track to double sales

    by Norman Poltenson

    No dreamer is ever too small; no dream is ever too big.  — Anonymous

     

    TRUMANSBURG — The request arrived while Patrick Seaman was on vacation. The Dream Factory of Central New York was eager to fulfill the wish of a seven-year-old girl — Isla Landon — who was losing her sight.


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  • Tompkins Financial embraces ‘fintech’

    by Norman Poltenson

    ITHACA — Dictionaries define a “disrupter” as someone who throws normal order into turmoil or even chaos. Ask an historian to identify a disrupter, and the response might be Alaric I, who led the Visigoths in the sacking of Rome, or Genghis Khan, who commanded Mongolian hordes in the conquest of Asia and Central Europe. 



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  • Conde Toy Shops-A Store that Provided Much More Than Fun

    by Thomas Hunter

    For several years prior to becoming a toy store owner, Harry L. Conde was president of the Syracuse Automobile Taxi Cab Company, reputed to be the first taxi cab company in Syracuse. Conde’s company also sold early 20th-century vehicles, including the Brush and the Thomas. Conde was Syracuse’s exclusive sales agent for the Thomas automobile, made in Buffalo from 1900 to 1919. 



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  • Clarkson University invites entrepreneurs to apply for North Country Regional Business Plan Competition on April 7

    by Eric Reinhardt

    POTSDAM — Clarkson University announced it is inviting entrepreneurial college students, high-school students, and transitioning veterans to apply to present at the annual North Country Regional Business Plan Competition on its campus on April 7.



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  • Syracuse, Ithaca regions gain more than 3,000 jobs in the last year

    by Eric Reinhardt


    The Syracuse and Ithaca areas each added more than 3,000 jobs between January 2016 and this past January.

    That’s according to the latest monthly employment report that the New York State Department of Labor issued on Thursday.

     

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  • Greater Utica Chamber to hold March 15 grand opening for new Landmarc Building office

    by Journal Staff

     

    UTICA, N.Y. — The Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce announced it will hold a ribbon cutting/ grand opening event Wednesday, March 15 at 5 p.m. at its new offices at the Landmarc Building at 520 Seneca St. in Utica.

    The chamber moved there nearly a year ago, from its previous home at 22 Genesee St.

    The move to 520 Seneca St. is a return to the chamber’s roots when it used to be located there before it was called the Landmarc Building, the organization said.

     

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