Buffalo Billion

In the land of milk and Cuomo, opportunity flows

By GREGORY ZELLER // Unemployment’s down, personal income’s up and private-sector jobs across New York State have never been more plentiful. These statistical truths and more color Empire State Development Corp.’s 2017 Annual Report, a 128-page economic-development bouquet wherein the Fortune 500 flock to Cuomoland and a river of golden opportunity flows from the gleaming capital – more specifically, $1.8 billion in ED grants, loans and tax credits, dispersed by Albany over the 12 months…


SolarCity announces delays on Buffalo plant

The state’s gamble on SolarCity in Buffalo has slipped into a lower gear. The firm’s $900 million factory, which is being built and equipped with $750 million in state incentives, was expected to reach full production during the first quarter of next year. Push that back by at least three — and maybe six — months, SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive announced this week, blaming longer than expected lead time on equipment needed to get the plant…