Upstate NY

AP Photo/Allen G. Breed

The Christmas trees still decorating many living rooms around the region are some of the lucky ones not stricken by phytophthora. 

It’s a disease Christmas tree farmers in upstate New York have been battling for years.

The pro-business group Unshackle Upstate says upstate New York needs to be granted special tax breaks to help counter the economic recession that continues to afflict that part of state.