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The City of Syracuse is preparing to embark on a new, proactive approach to repairing sections of its aging infrastructure.  It’s the primary focus of the city’s innovation, or I-team.   Council public works committee chair Helen Hudson looks at it this way.  

"This is the new innovative approach they're taking to try to identify the problems before they become real problems."

Scott Willis

Syracuse university and the City of Syracuse have reached a deal on a new five-year, $7 million service agreement that offsets the cost of city services to the university while also providing funding to adjacent neighborhoods.  Officials say the deal shows how the two entities are woven together.  SU Chancellor Kent Syverud says if there’s one thing that brings the university and community together, it’s successful sports teams.

Judgment in Housing Discrimination Case Raises Awareness of Ongoing Barriers

Apr 6, 2016
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Some Central New Yorkers with disabilities have been getting discriminated against when they look for a place to live.  Recently, a two year-old case was finalized when a judge sided with CNY Fair Housing.  A judge agreed that a caseworker was illegally asked by a rental property owner if her client had a disability. 

   Once the property owner found out the client was disabled, Executive Director Sally Santangelo says the case-worker was told the housing was no longer available.

Scott Willis / WAER News

Residents in Oswego County who are concerned about substance abuse will have a chance Monday to  meet with Congressmember John Katko who will hold his fourth town hall meeting to discuss heroin and synthetic drug abuse. Like his past events, Representative Katko will be joined by a panel of community advocates and parents, healthcare professionals, educators, prevention and treatment specialists, as well as law enforcement and first responders to answer community questions. 

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  Two of the community’s longest-serving leaders in the human services field are retiring Thursday.   Michael Crinnin has been executive director of ACR Health, formerly Aids Community Resources, for more than 26 years.  Before that, he served as founding executive director of Arise for 10 years starting in 1979.  Meanwhile, Tom McKeown has been executive director of Arise since 2002.  Both men have spent their careers in human services, and both have seen significant, perhaps monumental changes concerning those with disabilities and HIV/AIDs during their long careers.

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  More than 100 people turned out on Tuesday morning to learn how entrepreneurs are starting and growing businesses here in Syracuse.  Troy Evans is co-founder of Common Space –a downtown apartment development joining work and living areas.  The idea builds off of a business model Evans saw where small businesses shared the same space.

Davis Hovey / WAER News

Recovering addicts.  

A parent who lost a child to substance abuse.  

Onondaga County’s health commissioner.  

Drug counselors.  

Federal prosecutors.

 

  All will be on hand Wednesday evening for a substance abuse forum organized by three east side school districts.  It could be the first of many discussions on a growing epidemic.

Local Screening of Documentary Highlights the Ongoing Threat of Nuclear Weapons

Mar 22, 2016
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  The producer of the film “The Forgotten Bomb” stopped in Syracuse Tuesday to share his journey visiting people and places affected by nuclear weapons.  Bud Ryan first visited Hiroshima in 1991 where he started to question the use of nuclear weapons. Ryan says seeing the perspectives of people who have lived through atomic bomb explosions inspired his research and film. He says his visit to the museum in Hiroshima was eye opening.

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St. Patrick's day in Syracuse is when nearly everyone tries to wear something green and becomes Irish at heart.  We caught up with a few genuine Irish folks at the annual ceremony at Stonethrower’s park on Tipperary Hill.

Many native Central New Yorkers trace their Irish heritage back many generations to the 1800's.  But some like Ellen Kriegenstack are first generation Irish-American.  She grew up in County Kerry, and came to Syracuse in 1967 on an American passport.  Her father served in the U.S. for 30 years. 

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More than 250 veterans and active members of the military gathered in Onondga Community College's SRC Arena Wednesday in hopes of networking, learning, and growing as entrepreneurs and business owners.  

  It was part of the Small Business Administration’s 9th annual Operation: Start Up and Grow Conference.

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