Now comes word, via the Times-Union of Albany, that Utica has managed to clinch another top spot by having the lowest level of consumer confidence in the state:
Siena has found consumer confidence generally going down in New York since it peaked in the first quarter of 2007. The Albany region has mostly followed the trend except for a slight bump up last fall. The most upbeat area appears to be New York City; the least is Utica. The Binghamton area has the biggest decline; Rochester fell the least.
That's what happens when people are paying a significant percentage of their home's value in property taxes every year.
Update: In response to a question, I'm basing the number of unsolved murders on the city's own records- 4 victims in the April Fools Day arson fire and the fatal shooting of Richard Savage over the weekend.