168th NY State Fair
4:21 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Veterans' Day at NYS Fair Honors Past, Welcomes New Military Forces

Troops were out in force at Veterans' Day at the New York State Fair Thursday.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

  It was as if Veterans' Day came early today during a ceremony in Syracuse to honor Veterans and those currently serving in the US Armed Forces.  The State Fair is honoring veterans with a day reserved just for them.  Among all of the flags waving in the breeze special attention was paid to our nation’s flag and the 200th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner.

Veteran Harold Mundstock of North Syracuse served in Vietnam and was teary-eyed thinking about those he served… and his wife’s brother who served 27 years in the US Air Force and then contracted Agent Orange.

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168th New York State Fair
5:38 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Women's Day at NY State Fair includes Motivation, Support, Advice

Picture of Harriet May Mills and cakes honor 80th annual Women's Day at NY State Fair
Credit John Smith/WAER News

  On the 80th Anniversary of Women’s Day at the New York State Fair… Leading ladies have returned to Central New York to inspire and empower women. Syracuse native Yvonne Conte began as a stand-up comic but has been motivating and encouraging women through motivational speaking for almost 20 years.  She was the keynote speaker for today’s annual luncheon.

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12:26 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Elimination of Popular Historic Tax Credit Could Threaten Redevelopment Projects

Hotel Syracuse Lead Developer Ed Riley, left, at a press conference Tuesday at the Persian Terrace in the Hotel Syracuse. Seated from left are Centerstate CEO Pres. Rob Simpson, Preservation League of NYS Pres. Jay DiLorenzo, and Rep. Dan Maffei.
Scott Willis WAER News

The renovation of older buildings in Syracuse and Upstate New York could face a more uncertain future without a popular economic development tool.  Those hoping to save the federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit form the chopping block in Congress gathered Tuesday in the Persian Terrace at the Hotel Syracuse to sound the alarm.  The hotel’s lead developer Ed Riley has his credit already in hand, and says the project wouldn’t be possible without it.  

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Women's Equality Day
5:12 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Struggle for Women's Rights Recognized on 94th Anniversary of Right to Vote


  The rights of women from voting to employment and other rights are being celebrated today.  It was on this date 94 years ago that the right for women to vote in the U-S was made official.  Retired educator and businesswoman Marilyn Bero is on the Board of the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls.  She wonders if younger women realize the struggles their fore-mothers fought through.

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5:13 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Six Fallen Officers Remembered, Honored at NYS Fair Ceremony

A wreath is placed at the fallen officers memorial at the state fairgrounds.
Scott Willis WAER News

Amid the fun and food at the state fair Friday was a sobering moment of remembrance and reflection for the six law enforcement officers who’ve died in the line of duty during the past year.  Bricks bearing their names were added to memorial in front of the horticulture building.  New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was on hand for the ceremony on law enforcement day, which was attended by family and friends of the fallen troopers and officers. 

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