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Hanging Flowers add Beauty to Downtown Syracuse

Downtown Syracuse is already in bloom for summer this year. More than 330 hanging flower baskets are dressing up city streets in Clinton Square, Armory Square, and even near the fountain at Hanover Square
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NYS Grants Support Proven Strategies to Reduce Gun Violence in CNY

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  Syracuse activists feel they’re gaining momentum after the State Assembly passed the New York Health Act.  The vote Wednesday was 90 to 47.  They hope the legislation will pave the way for everyone in New York State to someday have equal access to health care.  The act aims to provide universal healthcare by eliminating insurance co-pays, premiums, deductibles or provider networks.

This post has been updated to reflect that Pataki is officially running.

George Pataki announced his presidential candidacy in Exeter, N.H., on Thursday. He's the eighth official Republican entrant in the 2016 race for the White House. The field is expected to double over the next couple of months. Pataki has made numerous visits and a few friends in recent months in the Granite State, home of the first primary in 2016. Still, the mention of his name in most of the country might prompt questions of, "Who?" and possibly, "Why?"

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  Syracuse and Onondaga County will share nearly $1.2 million in grant money on what experts say are programs proven to reduce gun violence and homicides. It’s the fourth highest award in the state among the 17 counties reporting 87 percent of the violent crime outside of New York City.  Mike Green heads the state Division of Criminal Justice Services, which administers the grants.  He says jurisdictions have wide leeway in how they use the funding, with the caveat that any spending on additional officers or overtime goes to support specific, evidence-based strategies.

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     Downtown Syracuse is already in bloom for summer this year. More than 330 hanging flower baskets are dressing up city streets in Clinton Square, Armory Square, and even near the fountain at Hanover Square

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  Syracuse Police got one more way today to go after the stores that sell synthetic marijuana and other designer drugs...using a law originally meant to cut down on noise and petty crime.  The Common Council approved expanding the Nuisance Abatement law to include synthetic cannabinoids...and phenethylamines.  Councilor Pam Hunter say a spike in calls for people using these substances is creating a safety hazard for first responders. 

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  Dozens of Memorial Day parades went on throughout Central New York yesterday.

The Memorial Day Parade in Camillus drew large crowds, including the West Genesee High School Marching Band.  

But the event was not all hot dogs and apple pie. Gulf War Air Force Veteran Eric Coburn remembered a friend who did not die in action overseas, but more recently.

The sight and sound filled my eyes and ears, a piece of America on Memorial Day Weekend so right.

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Unlike 2011, Onondaga County voters will actually have someone other than Joanie Mahoney to choose from for county executive on the ballot this November.  The county democratic committee Thursday evening designated two-time sheriff candidate Toby Shelley to challenge two-term incumbent Republican Mahoney.

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  Syracuse Economic Officials know the area has some advantages for businesses to move here, and boost employment.  Now they’re hearing this might be the ‘best place in the nation’ for certain kinds of jobs.  

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Of all the conflicts facing soldiers overseas, the Secretary of the Army says the budget is perhaps their biggest threat.  John McHugh stopped by Syracuse University Thursday to learn more about its innovative veteran and military-connected programs.  He says how the military responds to emerging issues such as ISIS’s growing control of Iraq, Russia’s activity in Eastern Europe, and others is dictated and affected by funding. 

   McHugh says the army can barely meet its current missions with 450,000 troops.

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