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  It’s been exactly one month since about 500 Central New York Verizon workers joined roughly 40,000 others along the east coast and walked off the job.  Little movement has been made since the company’s "last and best final offer" two weeks ago.

Striking Verizon workers got a helping hand from members of other unions Thursday and Friday who grilled hotdogs and shared a lunch at the teamsters union hall on Spencer Street.  Executive Vice President of Communications Workers of America Local 1123 Nikki Tonas says helping each other is what a union’s about.

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A coalition of local and state advocacy groups gathered at the Camillus Erie Canal Park Thursday to push for closing the remaining gaps in the 360-mile canalway trail in time for its bicentennial next year.  Progress has been made, but the most challenging gap appears to be right here in Syracuse.

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Supporters and employees of Syracuse’s Rosamond Gifford Zoo got to hear today about accomplishments over the past year…and plans for the future.  Anyone who hasn’t visited in the past year or so will find some changes.

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  As the school year winds down, there’s a renewed effort to prevent alcohol-related accidents among teenagers.   Prom season is here, and with it comes a series of questions for area teens:  What to wear? Who to ask? Limo or no limo? But perhaps most importantly, how to handle the question of alcohol. The Prevention Network’s Philip Rose says students have come to see drinking and prom as linked.

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The City of Syracuse is embarking on the first complete revision its  zoning codes in nearly a century.   Officials say the overhaul of land use regulations is needed to keep the city economically competitive. 

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The administrator of board tasked with investigating allegations of police misconduct is stepping down Friday to take a related position in New York City.  WAER News caught up with Joe Lipari, who came to Syracuse in 2012 when the Citizen Review Board was trying to regain its footing after years of obscurity and inactivity.

GETTING STARTED

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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."

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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.

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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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