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June 20, 2012

Business Beat: Flood-damaged market to reopen

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The Freshtown supermarket in Margaretville, which was destroyed by last summer's storms, will reopen at 9 a.m. Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, according to a media release from the owners.

The market, which was the only grocery store in the area, had been closed since the storms, which struck the region in late August.

According to the release, the family-owned PSK Supermarkets company, which owns Freshtown, kept its management staff on the payroll while the store was shuttered.

"It was a long slog working out the details, the insurance, the financing and everything else," Noah Katz of PSK Supermarkets said in a media release. "We're relieved that this phase of rebuilding is complete."

According to the release, Katz and his brother Dan are now focused on the rebuilding of the adjacent space to house the CVS Pharmacy, which is still displaced. The CVS building collapsed shortly after the storm.

Verizon 4G service to start in Oneonta, Cooperstown

Verizon will begin offering its 4G Long Term Evolution high-speed data service to the Oneonta and Cooperstown areas starting Thursday, according to a media release from the company.

The new network, available to wireless customers, should offer average download speeds between 5 and 12 Mbps and average upload speeds between 2 and 5 Mbps. The 4G network will also be available at spots along the Interstate 88 corridor.

Additional local cell sites will get the technology over the next several months. Full nationwide deployment of the company's 4G LTE network is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2013.

Pride of New York Bills pass Assembly

Two bills aimed at helping promote New York products have passed the state Assembly, according to a media release from Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson.

The first of the two bills would establish the "Dine: Pride of New York" program by creating a logo for restaurants that have 15 percent or more of their products made in New York. Qualifying restaurants would be able to display the logos on their doors, store fronts or websites, allowing restaurant patrons to easily identify and support local products, while simultaneously encouraging more businesses to buy local.

The bill was referred to the Senate rules committee on June 14, according to Magee's office.

The second bill would establish the "Shop: Pride of New York" program and allow food wholesalers to display the Pride of New York logo if 20 percent or more of their products are New York products.

"The Pride of New York program helps to promote the state's agriculture industry and local businesses, something we need to do with the economy struggling," Magee said in a media release.

All qualifying businesses would be given advertising and promotional materials free of charge and would be further promoted by having their business name on the Pride of New York website, Magee noted.