5:50 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Syracuse Forced to Shut Down Lead Abatement Program as a Result of Federal Cuts

Syracuse has an estimated 60,000 homes which were constructed before lead paint was banned for residential use.
Credit (c) Brad Spelich, WAER.

Syracuse’s successful program to remove lead from city homes will be shut down by year's end after being denied federal funding.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development did not approve the city's latest grant request. It is the first time they have denied such a request in almost 20 years.  Syracuse had received about $28 million in HUD grants, since 1995, to remove lead from more than 2,500 homes and apartments.  Mayor Stephanie Miner says the cut in funding means lead will not be removed from approximately 135 homes in Syracuse next year.

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8:34 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Thanks to 'Empty Bowls,' More Bellies Will Be Filled by Food Consortium

A big crowd gathered Friday for Syracuse's Empty Bowls fundraiser at the Nancy Cantor Warehouse
Mark Bialczak

The phrase empty bowls can bring many sad images to mind, can't it?

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The Future of I-81
4:12 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Urban Planning Expert Will Share His Ideas at Next I-81 Speaker Series

I-81 bridge in Syracuse, NY
Credit WAER

A leading expert in urban design and infrastructure planning will bring his experience to Syracuse on Wednesday, September 24th as the next speaker in the I-81 Speaker Series. Harvard Design critic, Peter Park, says there are many lessons to be learned from building highways through US cities, and it's a good starting point to understand what worked and what didn't.

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10:53 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Grant Could Bridge Gap Between Skills and Jobs in CNY

Sen. Chuck Schumer greets workers at the Byrne Dairy Ultra Dairy plant in E. Syracuse.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Senator Charles Schumer stopped by the Ultra Dairy plant in East Syracuse Monday to promote an initiative he hopes will teach new skills needed to land advanced  manufacturing jobs in Central New York.   The State University of New York has applied for a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to support a career training program.  If approved, the funding would go to Onondaga Community College and nearly 30 other SUNY schools, in addition to local businesses like Byrne Dairy. Schumer says that jobs in mechatronics are more advanced than traditional manufacturing jobs because they require skills in engineering, mechanics and electronics.  He gives an example of how it might work:

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8:02 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Six Months from St. Patrick's Day, Everybody Feels Irish in Clinton Square

Spirits forever at the Syracuse Irish Fest
Mark Bialczak

There's more than one day in Syracuse when everybody seems Irish, claims they are Irish, acts like they were Irish.

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