Common Wealth reignites dialogue on future of Oneida Public Library  

On Dec. 31, 2015 Common Wealth published “Six alternatives to the Oneida Public Library’s $6.12 million expansion.” Within days the post’s commentary helped renew debate surrounding the Special Legislative District Public Library and options that its board of trustees might consider on behalf of its constituents and patrons.  On Jan. 4, 2016 Pat Albaugh, president,…

Can Rochester become the Silicon Valley of photonics?

Mark Peterson, CEO and president, Greater Rochester Enterprise recently said, “Rochester will be the Silicon Valley of optics, photonics and imaging.” At first glance Peterson’s statement is ambitious — even inspiring. And it’s all but appropriate for a leader who cherishes the role of Rochester region cheerleader. However, it’s an assertion that deserves further examination….

Shifts from big retail signal changes for jobs and consumers

   Walmart, the Arkansas-based retailer, recently announced plans to close 269 stores worldwide. The New York Times reports this may affect as many as 10,000 American workers. Another story highlights the rapid rise of income inequality. The concentration of wealth among a few has grown 84 percent in five years. Oxfam reports that, “Just 62…

Did Cuomo borrow a page from the Spitzer playbook? 

   New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced a series of policy proposals expected to be part of his forthcoming State of the State address (Matthew Hamilton’s report via the Albany Times Union provides perhaps the most comprehensive summary of the remarks). The measures will focus on additional investment in upstate New York coupled with…

Services, compromise hold the key for Oneida Public Library’s long-term success

The grassroots work to-date on behalf of Oneida Public Library (OPL) generated significant capital and established a bold vision for the library as community center. However, the OPL’s decision to pursue legal action against the towns of Vernon and Verona demonstrate how this project is now the source of conflict rather than community-building. Real opportunity…