More surveillance cameras are coming to Syracuse’s north side neighborhoods, where city officials are confident that these cameras will reduce neighborhood crime. Over a crowd of cheering citizens, Mayor Stephanie Miner announced Tuesday that a set of nine police cameras will be installed in the Washington Square neighborhood, and seven will go up in the Hawley-Green neighborhood within the next six months. Miner says these C.O.P.S (Crime Observation and Protection System) cameras have been used successfully throughout the City of Syracuse.
Those who organize Syracuse’s annual wreath laying at Columbus Circle say it might be time to celebrate all immigrants on Columbus day, not just Italians. Syracuse’s north side Italian American community raised the money to build the monument to Christopher Columbus in 1932, and an annual ceremony continued Monday for a 37th year. But president of the Columbus Monument Association Michael Vavonese says maybe the holiday should embrace all groups…
Michael Vavonese and Congressmember Dan Maffei suggest immigrants of all types need to be recognized for their contributions to Syracuse and Central New York.
Maybe one sign that the holiday and it's significance need re-thinking is the relatively low turnout at the ceremony. Elected officials and media almost equaled the roughly 20 spectators who attended. But Vavonese says when the monument was erected 82 years ago, the struggles of Italian immigrants were still fresh.
Vavonese and Domenick Brancato of Liverpool say younger generations don't connect with their heritage or identify with the struggles of their ancestors.
Domenick Brancato came to America from Sicily as a young boy in the late 1960’s. He’s run restaurants and pizza shops in the community for 30 years.
Brancato says identifying with one's heritage grows over time.
Members of the Josephine Federico youth chorus sang an Italian hymn as officials placed a wreath at the base of the monument on Columbus Circle.
An Onondaga County Grand Jury has indicted Glenn Collins on charges stemming from his alleged role in the death of his daughter. District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick says an investigation has shown Glenn Collins had been using a generator in the basement to power his Salina home after National Grid terminated his services as a result of years of non-payment. On August 28th, the day before his daughter Gabriella died, Fitzpatrick says Collins and a female friend had gone to the Turning Stone Casino, leaving Gabriella and his 14-year old son, Jaden, at home.
Baby Boomers in Syracuse don’t have to stop working when they retire, in the traditional sense… it could actually just be the beginning of new career. A new initiative in Syracuse hopes to get boomers putting their skills and experience to work to benefit the economy and local communities.