Presidential politics might be getting most of the coverage, but there’s work to be done in the House as well.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was at the Nova Bus manufacturing plant in Plattsburgh this morning where she announced legislation to enhance manufacturing education at the nation’s four-year colleges.

Manufacturing activity in New York shrank in April for the first time in four months, a sign that the strong dollar and sluggish consumer spending may be holding back factories.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York says that its Empire State manufacturing index fell to negative 1.2 reading from a plus 6.9 in March. The latest reading is the lowest since December.

A measure of new orders fell for the third straight month to negative 6, which suggests output may remain sluggish in the coming months. A gauge of hiring, however, rose.

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Officials with the New York Power Authority visited a manufacturer in Washington County today to announce a statewide program is helping the company make upgrades and secure 150 jobs.

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General Electric has announced that it will shutter its Fort Edward plant, but the union representing employees says it will fight its members’ jobs. 

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A study released today in Pittsfield, Massachusetts identifies manufacturing growth opportunities for a region that has seen job loss in the sector since the 1980s.

The Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation, or PERC, joined with the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute in its Berkshire Advanced Manufacturing Study. PERC’s President Jay Anderson says the $70,000 study didn’t produce anything earth shattering.

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick held a cabinet meeting and made stops in the western part of the state today.

Tim Bizony is a letter press operator and one of the workers Governor Patrick spoke with at the Crane & Company Stationary site in North Adams.

“He was genuinely interested in what I do,” Bizony said. “He was fascinated by the machine. He asked a lot of questions and I was glad I was able to answer them for him.”

Taconic HS and BCC Showcase High-Tech Partnership

Oct 2, 2013
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A western Massachusetts high school is showing off its new high-tech manufacturing equipment.

NY Sen. Gillibrand touts manufacturing legislation

Feb 18, 2013
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EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is making a couple of stops in upstate New York to talk about new federal legislation to boost high-tech manufacturing across the state.

Gillibrand says her first bill in the new Congress would create a federal funding competition encouraging regional public-private partnerships to spur growth of local manufacturing industries, especially in clean-tech and high-tech manufacturing.

U.S. Senator Gillibrand Aims to Boost Manufacturing

Feb 3, 2013

U.S. Senator from New York Kirsten Gillibrand has introduced her first piece of legislation in the 113th Congress, and she made a few stops in the Hudson Valley Friday to tout the measure she says will help revitalize manufacturing.