August 16, 2012

Town of Dryden Industrial Development Agency to vanish

I had thought it was gone a while ago, but apparently Governor Cuomo signed legislation today ending the Dryden IDA (and 122 other local agencies and authorities)....

Posted by simon at 2:19 PM

August 3, 2012

Greek Peak files for Chapter 11

They couldn't find new financing after their previous lender was seized by federal regulators, and Greek Peak ski resort has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. They say that this won't affect operations, and season tickets will still be honored. Let's...

Posted by simon at 7:21 AM

July 14, 2012

Greek Peak in trouble; Seward to face primary opponent

It looks like Greek Peak's debts to a failed bank may be causing it major headaches. Let's hope they stay open - they're in Virgil, but despite the distance they still create business and definitely recreation for Dryden. (Update: More...

Posted by simon at 9:36 AM

July 7, 2012

Economic development by paying down (individual) debt

Long long ago I won an Empire State Scholarship, but couldn't accept the money that came with it because I went to college in another state - Pennsylvania. In the long run I did something more important to New York...

Posted by simon at 12:03 PM

December 9, 2011

Last-place region still funds some Dryden projects

The Regional Economic Development Council awards came out yesterday, and the Southern Tier region, of which Tompkins County and Dryden are a part, received the least funds. Per capita, I'm sure our $49.4 million beat New York City's $66 million,...

Posted by simon at 7:43 AM

November 30, 2011

Holidays coming to Dryden; economic development proposals

Cathy Wakeman reports on a variety of holiday happenings and more in her Dryden Town Talk column, starting with the Christmas tree lighting this Saturday, December 5th, on the Village Green in the Village of Dryden. There's also a piece...

Posted by simon at 12:58 PM

November 14, 2011

Economic development done wrong

Tracy Marisa of the Dryden Safe Energy Coalition (and of the One of Nine blog) has a Guest Viewpoint on how New York's Regional Economic Councils are heading the wrong way. Most of it strikes me as the usual Republican...

Posted by simon at 7:55 PM

September 4, 2011

How stable is the education business, anyway?

It's one of those days when I think One of Nine has an excellent point, something we need to prepare for....

Posted by simon at 8:10 AM

August 26, 2011

Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council

After decades of New York State economic development boondoggles, I'm not entirely convinced that the new Regional Economic Development Councils are going to be a dramatic improvement. Nor is it clear to me - despite growing up in and loving...

Posted by simon at 6:44 AM

August 22, 2011

RPM trees at Tompkins County Soil and Water office

Apparently RPM Ecosystems, one of the bigger companies to set up shop in Dryden in the last few years, didn't survive the current round of economic bleakness. I noted a bankruptcy filing last September. One small silver lining is that...

Posted by simon at 7:12 AM

July 31, 2011

P&C Fresh transition this week

Posted by simon at 1:56 PM

July 22, 2011

East Hill Plaza P&C to become P&C Fresh

Posted by simon at 12:32 PM

July 18, 2011

Information security issues at Dryden schools

This morning's Ithaca Journal report on an audit that found security issues in the Dryden Central School District, though it doesn't disclose what they are and the district is working to address them. There will be a forum exploring the...

Posted by simon at 12:23 PM

May 4, 2011

Higher education is not salvation

I don't get to agree with the folks over at One of Nine very often, but this time I think they've nailed it: So if upstate NY does decide to stick to its existing [higher education] knitting rather than diversifying,...

Posted by simon at 8:13 AM

March 26, 2011

Arrest in armed robbery; census; who matters?

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports on yesterday's arrest of a suspect in an armed robbery on East Main Street last week. The Town of Dryden grew 7% over the last ten years, moving from 13,532 to 14,435. The villages of...

Posted by simon at 11:09 AM

March 8, 2011

More on Varna moratorium, growth

This morning's Ithaca Journal examines prospects for a moratorium on development in Varna while the Master Plan is underway. Yesterday, I reported a bit on the residents' petition. What's new here is some perspective from Dryden Planning Director Dan Kwasnowski:...

Posted by simon at 6:51 AM

January 8, 2011

Poet's Landing approved by Planning Board

The Village of Dryden Planning Board unanimously approved a site plan for ten apartment buildings near Dryden High School, "Poet's Landing", including both senior housing and low-income housing. There's a lot to address in the approval: To mitigate safety concerns,...

Posted by simon at 6:48 AM

September 23, 2010

Cortland Produce coming to Dryden?

I'd just noticed the disappearance of Ithaca Produce, but now it looks like that building may soon be in use for its intended purpose once again. Cortland Produce is considering moving to that distribution facility, if they can sort through...

Posted by simon at 7:27 AM

September 16, 2010

Price King dethroned?

I'd heard that Dryden Mayor Randy Sterling was on WHCU talking about economic development because Stafford Chevrolet had a very empty parking lot - but couldn't find the interview on WHCU's site and missed the Cortland Standard article on it....

Posted by simon at 6:44 PM

August 10, 2010

Commercial real estate hangovers

As I drive around Tompkins County, whether in downtown Ithaca, Triphammer Road, or along Route 13 in Dryden, I keep seeing "for rent" signs on commercial buildings. Some of that has to do with the economic downturn, some has to...

Posted by simon at 5:20 PM

August 9, 2010

Ithaca metro area earnings growth in private sector

I know Tompkins County has a more stable economy than the rest of Upstate New York and even lots of other places, but I didn't expect to see this in a report today on income shifts in Metropolitan Statistical Areas...

Posted by simon at 5:13 PM

October 9, 2009

Town preserves land, encourages start-ups

Yesterday's Ithaca Journal had more of the kind of news I like to hear about Dryden. First, the Town is accepting a 12-acre land donation at the corner of Pinckney and Lower Creek Roads. It's not great land for building,...

Posted by simon at 12:24 PM

September 30, 2009

Scam avoidance, weekend activities

This morning's Ithaca Journal has an article on Freeville resident Don Decker's escape from a swindle, and tells the story of a variety of ripoffs. The cashier's check scam, in which someone sends a much-larger than necessary check as payment...

Posted by simon at 7:14 AM

September 25, 2009

New York: great place for investment?

Yes, I know. New York State, once on the cutting edge of American invention and industry, has been losing business, especially manufacturing, to the Sunbelt and other far-off places for decades. We're not the special place we once were when...

Posted by simon at 4:54 PM

January 23, 2009

Borg-Warner Layoffs

I'm posting this mostly because I haven't seen it in the Ithaca Journal, though it was in the Cortland Standard. Borg-Warner laid off around 200 employees earlier this month. I'd heard 175 from people talking at Agway, but saw a...

Posted by simon at 10:47 PM

April 28, 2008

NYSEG and Borg-Warner

I missed an interesting article in this morning's Ithaca Journal - thanks to David Makar for pointing it out. Borg-Warner will be moving 174 jobs from Oklahoma to their Lansing plant thanks in part to a $400,000 incentive from NYSEG....

Posted by simon at 9:51 PM

February 7, 2008

A bank mystery

I wish I could remember who told me this, but there's an ad in the classifieds of the Ithaca Journal (page 8C today) with yellow highlighting that's from someone looking to buy First National Bank of Dryden stock. Anyone know...

Posted by simon at 10:20 PM

January 21, 2008

A reason to worry about New York City

As financial institutions keep reporting staggering losses, the strongest financial engine of the state is looking pretty wobbly: Now, economists and city and state officials are acknowledging that 2008 could turn out to be far worse than their already dampened...

Posted by simon at 3:26 PM

January 11, 2008

People are not squid

NYCO's Blog always does an excellent job of taking conversations about Upstate New York that have gone into endless repeat and looking at them from a different angle. While Dryden may not have a lot of large industrial plants, her...

Posted by simon at 9:51 AM

September 24, 2007

The cost of business in New York, circa 1940

When the 1940 WPA Guide to New York State wrote of "smokeless factory chimneys," they weren't talking about environmentalism, but rather another long-standing problem here: In every city of the State, and there are 60 of them, the presence or...

Posted by simon at 8:48 AM

September 3, 2007

Upstate not dead

Gannett's Jay Gallagher must be spinning a bit. He wrote late last week about the failure of Upstate New York, presenting the Business Council's perspective, and today he writes about the Fiscal Policy Institute's rather different take on the economic...

Posted by simon at 12:51 PM

August 31, 2007

A growth shortage?

This morning's Journal reports that the Business Council of New York State's Public Policy Institute gave Tompkins County an "F" for not growing fast enough. We didn't beat the national averages in growth in the total number of jobs, average...

Posted by simon at 5:09 PM

August 30, 2007

Youth activities starting up; Tompkins economy slows down

Cathy Wakeman's Dryden Town Talk reported yesterday on scouting and youth activities. She noted that Girl Scouts had planted trees to help stabilize Virgil Creek, and both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are getting ready for more activity with the...

Posted by simon at 12:18 PM

July 30, 2007

McLean throws a party

This morning's Journal reports on McLean's Happenin' in the Hamlet party, which celebrate McLean with a special focus on Fall Creek, whose waterpower first encouraged the hamlet's development. In broader news, the Tompkins County economy expanded a bit in June...

Posted by simon at 12:37 PM

July 2, 2007

HUD loan sorted

I'm behind in covering the June Town Board meeting, and behind in covering the Dryden Courier. Fortunately Matt Cooper reports on the Town Board meeting in the June 20th Courier, so I can manage them together. The Courier leads with...

Posted by simon at 5:11 PM

June 18, 2007


About ten years ago, I went to a conference on web development. Everyone was talking about 'disintermediation' and how "brick and mortar stores" would get crushed. Consumers would be able to go straight to the manufacturer's web site, or to...

Posted by simon at 12:10 AM

May 14, 2007

Cayuga Press discussion

In my earlier post on the May Town Board meeting, I noted that: Peter Schug of Cayuga Press and his attorney Jonathan Orkin came in to discuss the HUD loan that is now in question because the company has moved...

Posted by simon at 9:02 PM

May 9, 2007

When a subsidized business moves to Cortland

A few years ago, the Town of Dryden secured a low-interest (2%) HUD loan for Cayuga Press to buy some new printers. It was part of the Town's economic development policy, though it came under some fire because of the...

Posted by simon at 12:54 PM

April 28, 2007

Upstate: twenty years ahead

I keep reflecting on something NYCO wrote a while ago: Some will say that upstate’s golden age was in the early 20th century when all sorts of technical innovation and manufacturing was going on; I disagree. Its golden age was...

Posted by simon at 2:52 PM

February 7, 2007

Tompkins doing all right, sort of

Ithaca College Professor Elia Kacapyr forecast an economic 2007 much like 2006 for Tompkins County yesterday. His economic activity index showed a decline of 0.1% last year, mostly because of the small number of jobs he saw created in the...

Posted by simon at 8:46 AM

October 6, 2006

53 temporary layoffs at Wilcox Press

This morning's Journal leads with a story announcing layoffs at Wilcox Press: Wilcox Press is laying off 53 of its 165 employees on a temporary basis as it seeks refinancing to weather competitive pressures in the commercial printing industry, the...

Posted by simon at 8:39 AM

September 20, 2006

Housing, budget

I'm behind on, well, everything, lately, but here's what the Journal's reported this week. On Monday, they reported that the Tompkins County housing market is steady, with the median price of a home sold January-June climbing from $150,000 in 2004...

Posted by simon at 7:55 AM

September 12, 2006

9/11 remembrance

I was looking through the print version of today's Journal and figured they just hadn't made it to yesterday's 9/11 memorial on the Village Green. The online edition, however, reports that around 80 people were there last night, with speakers...

Posted by simon at 8:03 AM

July 21, 2006

Local fast food?

I was happy to see Dunkin' Donuts come to Dryden, but I've had more thoughts on fast food recently. I found a chain, Burgerville (warning: site seems to be all Flash-based, or try this), which "prides itself in using the...

Posted by simon at 1:34 PM

July 10, 2006

Green New York?

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports a quiet weekend for Dryden. (Actually, it doesn't report anything on Dryden at all, which I hope means a quiet weekend.) It does, however, include a piece by Jay Gallagher on New York State and...

Posted by simon at 8:42 AM

June 24, 2006

Dryden High graduates

Posted by simon at 11:18 AM

January 27, 2006

Looking ahead

There isn't much about Dryden in the regular edition of today's Ithaca Journal, but their print edition includes their 2006 Outlook sections, and there are some interesting stories there. In Dryden-specific news, it notes Challenge Industries taking over Finger Lakes...

Posted by simon at 8:36 AM

December 19, 2005

Maverick Boehlert

This morning's Journal is quiet on Dryden specifically, but does have an article on Congressman Sherwood Boehlert's efforts to push Congress in a more moderate direction. Democrats are lining up to challenge him, and he already has a Republican challenger...

Posted by simon at 8:40 AM

October 29, 2005

Hanshaw Road's namesake

This morning's Journal is quiet about Dryden, except for a mention in an article about how Hanshaw Road got its name. In the print edition, Elia Kacapyr looks over September's business activity and calculates that Tompkins County's economy is currently...

Posted by simon at 6:16 PM

October 9, 2005

Looking forward to the economy of the 1970s

It's been a while since I wrote about the 1968 General Plan, but I've finally scanned in the section on the local economy. You can read it in clearer (1125KB PDF) or selectable form (1035KB PDF). Dryden in 1968 had...

Posted by simon at 1:30 PM

September 8, 2005

Burn barrels; county economy

There's one Dryden note in today's Ithaca Journal, as a Briefly in Dryden item mentions that TC3 will be sponsoring a trip to Nicaragua this winter, and students can earn credits for the trip. There's also a report on a...

Posted by simon at 12:26 PM

June 4, 2005

Repairing Sapsucker Woods Road

This morning's Ithaca Journal takes a close look at the Town of Dryden's repairing a badly damaged section of Sapsucker Woods Road. It's good to see an explanation in depth of road repair and the problems which demand it. The...

Posted by simon at 10:07 AM

June 2, 2005

Hattery running for legislature

Today's Ithaca Journal has a brief item on Mike Hattery's announcement that he'll run for the County Legislature. (I covered Mike's announcement on Casey Stevens earlier this week, which had a lot more detail.) Ithaca College Professor Elia Kacapyr reports...

Posted by simon at 8:12 AM

May 9, 2005

County Empire Zone to take time

This morning's Ithaca Journal doesn't mention Dryden, but there's some county news worth watching. While Tompkins County will have one eventually, final approval for an Empire Zone may not come for another four years. Why? Each of the zones will...

Posted by simon at 8:52 AM

April 30, 2005

Wind turbines stopped

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports that Cornell has decided to stop its study of putting wind turbines on Mount Pleasant, publishing a brief press release to that effect after notifying residents at a meeting Thursday night. According to Simeon Moss,...

Posted by simon at 8:28 AM

March 30, 2005

Helping education through recipes in memory

Cathy Wakeman's Town Talk column in today's Journal looks at "Heavenly Recipes," a cookbook dedicated to the memory of Michele Longo Ferris. The cookbook is available at Hill's Drugs in Dryden, and all proceeds will be dedicated to education. Wakeman...

Posted by simon at 7:13 AM

January 27, 2005

Dryden opinions

Two Dryden residents write to express their opinions in today's Ithaca Journal. Peter Davies writes a guest column encouraging the Ithaca City School District to support rowing as a sport. Maureen Brull writes expressing her concern about Americans' "arrogant use...

Posted by simon at 8:28 AM

December 30, 2004

TC3 professor and husband injured in tsunami

TC3 Communications and Media Arts professor Christine Xaver and her husband Scott Weatherby, also a TC3 employee, were both injured in Sunday's tsunami. The couple was vacationing in Thailand while their son attended boxing camp. The Journal also published an...

Posted by simon at 9:56 AM

December 15, 2004

Holiday party, youth sports, optimism for local economy

It's been a quiet week in Dryden, but the Journal reports that the Varna Community Association will be ending that week with a holiday party for kids, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Friday in the Varna Community Center (map). Also,...

Posted by simon at 8:54 AM

November 27, 2004

State budget and TC3

Today's Journal reports on Governor Pataki's apparently sustained veto of $325,000 in aid to TC3. The article left me wondering if the college aid was included in a list of vetoes the Senate couldn't override because the Assembly hadn't overridden...

Posted by simon at 8:28 AM

November 2, 2004

Election news, bookkeeper sentencing

There's lots of news about today's election in the Journal, including general instructions for voting and a list of election-day dinners including the one at the Dryden United Methodist Church. The Journal takes a look at how Tompkins County residents...

Posted by simon at 7:20 AM

September 7, 2004

County economy expands

There doesn't appear to be any Dryden news or opinion in this morning's Ithaca Journal, so I'm hoping everyone had a pleasant and quiet Labor Day weekend. There is, however, a bit of good news on the county level, as...

Posted by simon at 7:04 AM

September 3, 2004

Rural small businesses, guide dog, sports

This week's Dryden Courier looks at the county's efforts to encourage rural small businesses. The Planning Department found that while 35% of the population lives in rural areas of the county, 55% of the small businesses are there. The county...

Posted by simon at 7:53 AM

June 18, 2004

Family reunion, TC3 tuition hike

This week's Ithaca Journal seems to be overflowing with Dryden-related news. This morning's paper brings an article on an upcoming family reunion for Freeville resident Donna Freedline supported by the Fairygodmother Foundation and an article on TC3's 5.4% tuition hike,...

Posted by simon at 7:33 AM

June 5, 2004

Dryden budget, IDA, Sodom and Gomorrah

Today's Ithaca Journal takes a close look at the numbers in the revised Dryden school budget, which will increase the tax rate from $21.92/$1000 to $22.56, a 3.39% rate increase. The tax levy increases 10.69%, though spending increases only 7.11%....

Posted by simon at 8:28 AM

April 23, 2004

History and development

The news in today's Ithaca Journal is county news, not Dryden news. The Journal looks at "Creating a Competitive Workforce Advantage," a conference that was sponsored by Tompkins County Area Development, Tompkins Workforce New York, and the Tompkins County Chamber...

Posted by simon at 7:50 AM

April 9, 2004

County has second-highest population growth in state

The Ithaca Journal reports that Census Bureau estimates find Tompkins county grew 1.6% last year, well above the state's overall growth of 0.3%. Orange County grew 2.1%, and the other counties with major growth were all in the Hudson Valley....

Posted by simon at 8:29 AM

March 30, 2004

Sustainable Tompkins salon meets

Thirteen people, including four Dryden residents, met last night at Rogues Harbor in Lansing as part of the Sustainable Tompkins project. This was the first meeting of the "salon", which will gather every Monday there through May 3. (There are...

Posted by simon at 8:20 AM

March 1, 2004

Fifth grader to New Zealand, economy to improve

In today's Dryden Town Talk, Cathy Wakeman tells of Kody Kirkland, a fifth-grade student at Dryden Elementary who will be a "student ambassador to Australia and New Zealand" along with sixteen other kids from central New York and a dozen...

Posted by simon at 7:41 AM

January 29, 2004

Winter driving, roads, economy

There's a lot of Tompkins County news in the Ithaca Journal today, though not much specific to Dryden. The editorial page is largely focused on winter driving issues, including an editorial, a guest column on safe driving, and two letters....

Posted by simon at 8:24 AM

January 1, 2004

Looking forward and back

The Ithaca Journal welcomes the New Year with warm wishes to new leaders in local municipalities, including Dryden, and reports mixed results for the county's economy in November....

Posted by simon at 11:31 AM

December 8, 2003

Cakes and coffee

Cathy Wakeman reports in her Dryden Town Talk that Googer's Bakery and Coffee Shoppe will be opening today at 22 West Main Street. I've enjoyed the food at Googer's Cakes and Things on Route 13 very much, and I look...

Posted by simon at 10:25 AM