Innovation Trail

This week on the Innovation Trail we'll introduce you to a one-of-a-kind maple syrup producer in Dutchess County.  The condiment goes hand-in-hand with pancakes but at Madava Farms the people at Crown Maple are hoping to change the way we think about the all-natural sweetener.

For years Syracuse has debated what to do with the over one mile stretch of Interstate 81 that cuts through the city.  Do they rebuild it or just tear it down?

Right now the highway divides downtown from the booming University Hill area.  Ultimately the decision will rest in the hands of the Federal Government and the NYS DOT but at least one group has come forward with a proposal that they say could connect the city in a way that I-81 can't.

Watch Jenna Flanagan's full story above.

'Do we have the surplus water to sell and if we do, is it in our best interest?'

That's the question the Kingston Water Department Superintendent Judith Hansen is asking these days. 

To the rest of the world New York is a city, an urban jungle of towering skyscrapers and international culture. But north of the city, New York, the state, is a vast array agricultural enterprises. Farming is and has always been integral to the state economy and a group of young farmers in the Catskills are working together to help each other sustain their new businesses.

One of the biggest challenges for small upstate cities like Schenectady or Troy can be the abundance of "zombie properties" or residences that have long since been abandoned.  Four of these municipalities in the greater Capital Region are hoping the Center for Technology in Government can help them fight this urban blight and make their communities come alive again.