New York and the Oneida Nation have announced a deal that will see the tribal nation return one quarter of casino revenues to the state in exchange for exclusive gaming rights in a 10-county area of Central New York.
State officials say that 25-percent return is worth $50 million.
The announcement, which came from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, comes a week after he again called for New York state to expand gambling in Upstate New York.
Dr. Angelo Fatta has been elected chair-elect for the League of American Orchestras’ board of directors.
Fatta, a one-time chair of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, assumes his year-long role in June. His election to succeed Lowell Noteboom, former chair of the St. Paul, Minn., Chamber Orchestra will take hold in June 2014.
The league represents 800 orchestras around North America and serves as an advocate for issues related to orchestras.
The Toronto Star reports that a cellphone video appears to show Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine. The paper says the video "is being shopped around Toronto by a group of Somali men involved in the drug trade."
The Niagara County Electricians Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee is recruiting up to 14 electrician apprentices.
Applications are available at Local Union 237, located at 8803 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Niagara Falls, N.Y., from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, except holidays, during the recruitment period. Applicants must complete applications on the premises, and pay a $10 testing fee at that time.
The fee can be waived for those who prove financial need.
For the eighth year in the row, the Buffalo History Museum will be hosting a one-Friday-a-month concert series out on a portico overlooking Mirror Lake and the Japanese Gardens in Delaware Park. It's one of the most intimate and exquisite views around, enhanced only by the premier sounds of some of the area's best musicians. Party on the Portico is also one of the most happening summer happy hour spots, where friends convene to chillax, have a cocktail and enjoy the fantastic scenery of the park-scape.
Buffalo set the Upstate New York pace for private-sector job growth in April, tacking on 6,400 jobs, a growth rate of 1.4 percent, compared to the same period a year ago.
Taking account of both private- and public-sector jobs, the gain in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area was 4,600, or 0.8 percent, from April 2012. Leisure and hospitality was among the leading gainers, up 6.2 percent.
Rochester added 1,700 private-sector jobs, up 0.4 percent, and 2,600 jobs, up 0.5 percent, overall.
Public art is getting a bog boost in Buffalo thanks to the work of a new non-profit organization called Community Canvases. Founders Jim Montour and Alex Cornwell (photo) have finally gotten the conversation started, and with it the engines are turning. The two began by analyzing the social issues behind graffiti, when they were brought together by North Council Member Joe Golombek, and before long they had gone from a fairly simple research project to a full-blown public art initiative.