News from the Associated Press - April 18, 2014

Associated Press
April 18, 2014

NY jobless rate up slightly in March to 6.9 pct.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state labor department says the unemployment rate was up slightly to 6.9 percent in March from 6.8 percent in February.

It says New York City also saw a slight increase to 8 percent from 7.9 percent a month earlier. In March 2013, the unemployment rate was 7.9 percent overall and 8.8 percent in New York City.

The number of unemployed New Yorkers increased from 655,700 in February to 663,100 last month, while the state has added 108,200 private sector jobs in the past year.

The labor department reported the statistics Thursday.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the national unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7 percent, down from 7.5 percent a year earlier.

 

Syracuse mayor resigns as Democratic Party chair

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is resigning from her position as co-chair of the state's Democratic Party.

In a letter sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state committee Thursday afternoon Miner says she chose to resign now to give the committee ample time to find a replacement before the November elections.

Cuomo chose Miner and Assemblyman Keith Wright to co-chair the committee in May 2012. But the relationship between Cuomo and Miner has been strained at times, with the two butting heads on several issues including state aid to cities.

Miner also authored an article in the New York Times last year criticizing Cuomo's proposal to let municipalities borrow money to off-set pension costs.

Her resignation comes just one month before the party convention.

 

NY awards grants for eco-friendly transportation

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is awarding more than $4 million in grants to projects designed to make the state's transportation systems more energy efficient.

The projects include an effort to use a natural mushroom byproduct as vehicle insulation, and a proposal to make New York subway tunnel lights more efficient.
Seventeen businesses are set to receive a portion of the $4.3 million in funds announced Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo says the money is an investment in innovative technologies that will make the state more energy efficient.

Other projects receiving funding include proposals to develop wireless charging stations for electric vehicles in New York City and research into hybrid buses.

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