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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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Food Stamp Program Makes Fresh Produce More Affordable

Jan 16, 2018

Rebeca Gonzalez grew up eating artichokes from her grandmother's farm in the central Mexican state of Tlaxcala. But for years after emigrating to the U.S., she did not feed them to her own kids because the spiky, fibrous vegetables were too expensive on this side of the border.

When she prepared meals at her family's home in Garden Grove, Calif., Gonzalez would also omit avocados, a staple of Mexican cuisine that are often costly here.

Who can say why some gimmicks take off and others flop? But the Google Arts & Culture app tapped into the zeitgeist over the weekend, until it seemed like just about everyone with access to a camera phone and a social media account was seeking and sharing their famous painting doppelganger.

Volunteers Celebrate King's Legacy By Giving Back

Jan 15, 2018
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The Southwest Community Center in Syracuse hosted a food and clothing drive on Monday in celebration of Martin Luther King’s life and legacy. 

More than 150 people gathered at the Southwest Community Center to pack clothes, toiletries and food. The packages will go to 12 organizations working in Onondaga County. Nancy Kern Eaton is the president of United Way of Central New York which cosponsored the event.

From the moment Donald Trump was elected president, questions started arising about his ability to separate his private business deals from his official duties. Critics became especially alarmed about his overseas holdings, fearing they could influence his foreign policy decisions.

In the year since taking office, has he found ways to address the ethical questions that could taint his foreign policy credibility?

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Hours after the U.S. government announced it would again begin processing renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals due to a federal court order, President Trump claimed that the program — which has granted a temporary legal reprieve to people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children — was "probably dead."

President Trump surprised lawmakers at the White House last week when he used a live, televised meeting ostensibly about immigration legislation to voice his support for earmarks.

"Maybe you should start thinking about going back to a form of earmarks," Trump said, laying out a familiar — but hotly contested — argument that when earmarks were in fashion, Washington worked better. "Maybe that brings people together. In our system right now, the way it is set up, will never bring people together."

The hubbub over the Republican tax plan has died down some since it passed, but the bill isn't forgotten — not by a long shot.

With another winter storm bearing down on Central New York, Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh announced a plan Friday to ensure timely snow removal from city-owned sidewalks and to urge residents to follow ordinances requiring them to do the same. 

The Mayor says he and leaders of the city are committed to:

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Congressmember John Katko and other members of a bi-partisan coalition in the house appear to be making progress on an infrastructure plan.  Transportation officials in Central New York welcome the additional attention…and investment.

When the federal highway system was built more than 50 years ago, it was a top national priority.  Since then, though, it’s probably safe to say maintenance hasn’t seen that same level of attention. 

"We do a lot with the little that we have in terms of funding, and we could certainly used more."

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Have you ever wanted to attend an ice block party outside in the cold?  Maybe you never thought of it, but you’ll get your chance next month at the 34th Syracuse Winterfest.  President Bill Cooper says the location for the block party is outside the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.

“Well, they’re making a huge ice-bar which will be featured for the cold-spell.  Then, they’re blocking-off Warren Street with food trucks, a warming tent, entertainment… culminating with fireworks off the parking garage."

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