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How much is it costing our government to answer Freedom of Information Act requests?

How much is it costing our government to answer Freedom of Information Act requests?

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Watertown airline passenger growth

Watertown’s airport increased their passenger growth by opening flights to Chicago O’Hare. Take a look at other small- and mid-sized airports in New York.

Just by looking at this map, it would seem the airports farther north experience more passenger growth. It asks the reader to consider whether this is due to location (some airports as major hubs), size, types of airlines available, or otherwise. Watertown International Airport, for instance, redeveloped their airport in 2011 and partnered with American Eagle Airlines to offer flights to Chicago’s O’Hare–this increased their passengers by as much as five times. According to the local newspaper, flights per week also increased. Their goal was to better accommodate military personnel traveling to and from Fort Drum, among other business employees and visitors.

The other airports plotted on this map are mid- and small-sized airports throughout New York state. As seen with Watertown, passengers boarding increased nearly four fold. It’s still early to tell whether this growth has brought in more money to the city and county, as the data doesn’t track a long enough timeframe to gauge change. However, it’s something to keep an eye on, especially for surrounding cities looking to expand their economy in tourism and travel services.

Data source: Federal Aviation Administration.


A story of the local food system in Central New York. I talk to Allan Gandelman, owner of an aquaponics farm in Homer, where they are feeding communities with tilapia, vegetables and herbs.

FORECLOSED in syracuse

Padlocked door, boarded windows, mildewed walls. The home at 121 Anderson Ave. is one of 38 tax-defaulted properties seized by the Syracuse land bank.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office is allocating a $3 million grant to rebuild Syracuse vacant and abandoned neighborhoods.

Infographic: housing crisis is not over


“Broken Homes” live infographic.

graphic design

* Images used for educational purposes only.

Poster and user interface (1-page scrolling), click images to enlarge:

PosterProject_Siuuser interface web design

Tablet magazine design, 8-page interactive horizontal and vertical layouts:

Lost and Found in CNY: Man behind Toothpick City

Stan Munro is not your average engineer. He isn’t your average guy at all. Munro, who calls himself a toothpick engineer, started building toothpick renderings of well-known architecture 10 years ago. In about a year and a half, he had built his first Toothpick City—complete with the Sydney Opera House, Chrysler Building, Taj Mahal, Washington Monument, and Taipei 101.

Before toothpicking, Munro worked as a TV reporter for a morning show. Ever since toothpicks became his full-time job, Munro can’t imagine doing anything else. And 200 buildings later, he’s even more excited for Toothpick City II to come together.

More Lost and Found projects at CNY Stories.