Challenges Ahead for Roswell Park

March 19, 2012 Updated Mar 19, 2012 at 9:24 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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March 19, 2012 Updated Mar 19, 2012 at 9:24 AM EDT

The state wants Roswell Park Cancer Institute to become it's own operation, independent of New York State, over the next two years.

You've probably gotten fliers in the mail about it. The 2012 state budget proposal would give Roswell $100 million in funding on that condition. A report in this week's Business First looks at the issue.
Roswell officials say they will explore the possibility of going independent and being less reliant on state funding, but say the timeline is too short, especially because the process would require state funding. Roswell Park was a division of the State Department of Health for more than 50 years, then began shifting to a public benefit corporation model in 1988. That took almost ten years to complete.

To tweet or not to tweet? A Business First report shows how some law firms are using social media as a marketing tool, devoting man hours and resources to Facebook and Twitter, while others question the return on the investment. The ones that embrace it, like Jeffrey Freedman, say it gets the firm's name out to potential clients. Plus it's a way to share the latest news on bankruptcy and social security. Other attorneys avoid it, especially firms that advise clients on social media and see liability up close.

You can read more in this week's Business First.