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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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The House passed a stopgap funding bill Thursday evening, though the measure now faces uncertainty in the Senate as Republican congressional leaders work to avert a government shutdown by late Friday night.

Republicans need 60 votes in the Senate to proceed on the four-week continuing resolution, which would extend funding only until Feb. 16. That is looking more and more difficult after most Democrats and at least three Republican senators have said they won't vote for the bill.

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A report by Governor Cuomo’s tax department lists ways that New Yorkers could get around the loss of some of their state and local tax deductions under the new law.  But all of them come with complications.

When the federal tax overhaul law was signed by President Trump last December, Americans lost their ability to deduct much of their state and local taxes from their federal tax forms. As Governor Cuomo has said repeatedly, the loss of what’s known as the SALT deductions harms taxpayers the most in relatively high tax states like New York.

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A state lawmaker from Cayuga County says there’s one big omission in Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal that could help erase some of the state’s red ink:

"It should be quite apparent there's another way of raising revenue.  It's called cutting spending.   The addition of new programs he's proposed..we have to raise revenue to cover it at a time he claims we have a huge deficit."

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Syracuse City Schools 8th graders are getting to explore what future careers might be for them.  The Career and Technical Education Expo was held Wednesday at the Public Service leadership Academy at Fowler.

Twenty-six programs covering professions such as the expanding drone industry, cosmetology and becoming an electrician or a welder were on display. 

8th graders will soon choose if a C-T-E track of study is right for them as they enter 9th grade.  All it takes is a fulfilling experience that leads to a spark of interest.

The State Department is withholding $65 million it planned to send to the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, calling for reforms and for other nations to step up their support — especially those that criticize the Trump administration's positions regarding Palestinians and Israel.

Colin Campbell needs help dressing, bathing and moving between his bed and his wheelchair. He has a feeding tube because his partially paralyzed tongue makes swallowing "almost impossible," he says.

Campbell, 58, spends $4,000 a month on home health care services so he can continue to live in his home just outside Los Angeles. Eight years ago, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, which relentlessly attacks the nerve cells in his brain and spinal cord and has no cure.

As the prospect of a long-term immigration deal for young people who were brought to the country illegally as children dwindles, the Justice Department is appealing a court ruling that blocked the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The department says it will take "the rare step" later this week of filing a petition asking the Supreme Court to intervene.

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Governor Cuomo released a $168 billion budget proposal Tuesday that he says is more of an economic transformation plan aimed at ensuring the state’s viability in light of the federal tax law.  He followed through on an idea presented in his state of the state address to restructure New York’s tax code.  Cuomo says instead of taxing income received by employees, the state would tax wages paid by employers to counter the loss of income deductibility.

Some things will never change in sports, one of those things is you can't win if you don't score points. Syracuse University Men's Basketball has struggled to do just that the past two seasons. WAER's Jack Patel explains some of the factors behind the recent struggle.

Also this week when SU left the Big East, they also left behind some of their biggest rivals. Now five years into ACC play who has stepped up as SU's biggest rival? WAER's Evan Stockton says the answer might just surprise you.

Capitol Hill Republicans are nervous about November. The margins of their majority are dwindling in both chambers. It's looking like a good year to run as a Democrat, and President Trump isn't helping with his weak polls and potent controversies.

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