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Syracuse Common Councilors Appoint Former Candidate to Fill Vacant At-Large Seat

In somewhat of a surprise move, Syracuse Common Councilors Monday unanimously appointed a candidate whose name had not been publicly mentioned to fill President Helen Hudson’s former at-large seat. Democrat Michael Greene’s resume rose to the top of the stack. New 5 th district councilor Joe Driscoll made the motion to appoint Greene after discussions revealed he’d have strong support. "He showed a tremendous work ethic that we all respected and admired in his unsuccessful bid for the 4th ...

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Syracuse Police Chief To Stay On During Transition

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Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler will continue to lead the department during the first year of the new mayoral administration. Fowler was sworn in by Mayor Ben Walsh Monday. The city will bring on the new police chief by the end of the year, according to the Mayor’s office.

Fowler was vague about what might be different in his job under the new administration. He also declined to comment on his past performance in the Syracuse Police Department, or talk about goals for the future.

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In somewhat of a surprise move, Syracuse Common Councilors Monday unanimously appointed a candidate whose name had not been publicly mentioned to fill President Helen Hudson’s former at-large seat.   Democrat Michael Greene’s resume rose to the top of the stack.

New 5th district councilor Joe Driscoll made the motion to appoint Greene after discussions revealed he’d have strong support.

This week on Stage Right Radio Stephen Shepard welcomes Abel Searor and Liam Fitzpatrick from the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild's 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Abel and Liam talk about how they prepared for their their production and Liam performs a song from the upcoming show.

Leaders in Washington continue negotiations to end a partial government shutdown, and they're getting their own messages out about how we got here. As NPR's Ron Elving writes, each party is accusing the other of being out of touch with Americans — and they're both probably right.

So we asked you what you want them to know.

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The first of a series of federal corruption trials begins Monday for several former associates of Governor Cuomo. The proceedings in the federal courthouse in lower Manhattan will focus on bribery and other charges against Governor Cuomo’s former closest aide, Joseph Percoco.

Say the word Pittsburgh to a Syracuse basketball fan and it means much more than simply a city in Western Pennsylvania. It symbolizes an epic college basketball rivalry going back to the days of the Big East Conference.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast Meredith Kava and Drew Carter take a look back at the rivalry and also examine the current state of the Pittsburgh program.

Vice President Pence says the U.S. will complete the plan to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of 2019, announcing a faster timeline for opening the embassy than had been previously reported. Pence announced the new deadline during his visit to Israel.

"In the weeks ahead, our administration will advance its plan to open the United States Embassy in Jerusalem — and that United States Embassy will open before the end of next year," Pence said.

Ask Republicans about Democrats, or vice versa, and sooner or later you will hear: "They're out of touch with the American people."

That statement was part of the soundtrack on Capitol Hill over the first weekend of the partial government shutdown, repeated so often that one ceases to hear it.

It's an all-purpose way of condemning the hated "other" party. And it conveys the assumption that whoever is speaking is not out of touch with the American people.

Saturday saw protesters take to the streets from New York to Los Angeles — from Nigeria to Iraq. Various incarnations of the second annual Women's March demanded social change, promoted female empowerment and declared a resistance to President Trump on the anniversary of his inauguration.

Last week in the Russia investigations: Will "infiltration" be the new "collusion" or "obstruction?" Another skirmish over executive privilege? Is the Russia imbroglio about the money-go-round? And will the shutdown disrupt Mueller's investigation?

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How much did Russia "infiltrate" political organizations inside the United States as part of its attack on the 2016 presidential election?

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