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Four months after Congress authorized the Harriet Tubman home in Auburn as a National Historical Park, advocates are still waiting for the National Park Service to finalize the details.  Senator Chuck Schumer stopped in Auburn to call on the NPS to fast-track the designation so it can receive critical federal funding.    He visited not long after being elected senator about 15 years ago, and remembers people saying then how National Park status could boost Tubman’s…and the community’s exposure. 

What's Could be in Store for I-81 Without the Proper Funding?

Apr 9, 2015
Scott Willis / WAER

By the end of May, the federal highway trust fund is scheduled to run out of money,  leaving many including Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner asking what the future may hold for I-81.  At a press conference Thursday called by the Mayor, she asked Congress to find a way to get revenue back in the fund.  She says if not, the future of I-81 could be at stake.

John Smith / WAER News

  The Onondaga County 911 Center received nearly 600,000 calls in 2014 with an average pick-up time of 5 .9 seconds. Wednesday, members of the team were rewarded for their professional skills to help callers.  The Public Safety Dispatcher Employee of the Year Award was presented to Kelly Brigman.  Commissioner Bill Bleyle recalled a cell phone call for help she answered from an elderly man who struck his head on a tree.

Scott Willis / WAER News

It appears the problem of counterfeit cash circulating through the Syracuse area is growing, and affecting more businesses.  A little over a week ago, Syracuse Police issued an alert about phony $100 bills.    Senator Chuck Schumer stopped by a Byrne Dairy store in Camillus Monday, an example of 10 stores that have been victimized in the last 30 days.  

Empire brewing company general manager Breanne Barzee says they’ve received the funny money…

Both rooms were filled at the Tyrol Club in Solvay, packed with people upstairs and downstairs this past sunny but chilly Saturday.

Two more days of welcoming the green and red of Michigan State and Louisville around the hills of Syracuse, Central New Yorkers. Wave goodbye as the fans of North Carolina State and Oklahoma sadly make there way back home. Of course, since they still have those tickets to Sunday's Elite Eight game at the Carrier Dome and they've seen how welcoming it can be around here ...

WAER Is Giving You the Silent Treatment

Mar 23, 2015

  For the month of March WAER has decided to give its listeners the “Silent Treatment.” The Silent Treatment is an online fundraising campaign in which listeners and members are encouraged to donate in order to support programming efforts. However, no program will be interrupted on-air to ask listeners to do so. 

Mark Bialczak

 The St. Patrick's Day Parade means many things to many people.

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Central New Yorkers who visit the state fairgrounds for any number events year-round or just the 12-day fair probably have ideas of how $50 million  in state money might be used to re-imagine the venue.    Many have probably seen or at least heard of the plan presented by County Executive Joanie Mahoney at her state of the county address to make the fairgrounds a more modern, vibrant, year-round attraction.  Acting fair director Troy Waffner says it’s still just conceptual.

City of Syracuse-Office of the Mayor

  Workers and residents in Downtown Syracuse might have walked by Perseverance Park many times, but not really known its purpose.  An effort is underway to transform the space in order to attract some attention and people.

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