Innovation Trail

This week in our latest Innovation Trail report, Jenna Flanagan visits one downstate company hoping to grow and distribute medical marijuana after the state passed legislation allowing it last year.

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The Cuomo Administration hopes to fix New York’s communication problem by giving everyone in the state high-speed internet access through a new program called Connect New York. Its goal is to make sure residents in the underserved urban and rural parts of the state can access the internet at 25Mbps and eventually expand that to 100Mbps by providing state matching grants to broadband service providers. But is reaching some of New York’s most underserved regions as easy as logging on?

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.