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The new Marriott Syracuse Downtown is open and ready for business.  The official opening ceremony was held this morning at the new main entrance on East Onondaga Street.  After the doors closed in 2004, there was a decade of uncertainty for the hotel which originally opened in 1924.  However, one local man with a vision and expertise to restore large hotels tried to keep it from becoming obsolete.  Ed Riley has never been one to take full credit for the $74 million dollar transformation.

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  A law ten years in the making to punish repeat drunk driving offenders isn’t as far reaching as State Senator John DeFrancisco would have liked but, he feels it will get people to think twice about the consequences.  MaryJo Heitkamp-France joined DeFrancisco Wednesday announcing the signing of the law named for her daughter.

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The City of Syracuse continues an active role in joining together with community partners in the Governor’s effort to ‘End the Epidemic by 2020’ …ultimately ending the spread of HIV / AIDS.  The target goal of End the Epidemic is to reduce the number of new infections from the current roughly 3,000 a year in the state to 750 or lower.  Mayor Stephanie Miner’s task force is bringing together 20 healthcare and social service providers for those residents at risk.

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  An Onondaga County Grand Jury has determined a Syracuse Police Officer acted responsibly when she fired a fatal shot at an armed suspect.

D-A Bill Fitzpatrick says the Father’s day gathering in June heard in that 9-1-1 dispatch started out fine and then a dangerous scene unfolded as a gang related incident.  Officer Kelsey Francemone was the first to respond to a shots fired call.  Fitzpatrick showed a surveillance video from Stone Court Apartments leading up to the moment a crowd piled on top of her.

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Syracuse poverty rate ranks number 1 out of 100 cities for having the highest concentrations of poverty among Blacks and Hispanics. The 2015 findings were published by a Rutgers University Professor. We decided to examine some of the local efforts to eradicate poverty.

Learn more about these anti-poverty programs and initiatives, and hear from some of the people on tech front lines here.

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Syracuse poverty rate ranks number 1 out of 100 cities for having the highest concentrations of poverty among Blacks and Hispanics.  The 2015 findings were published by a Rutgers University Professor.  We decided to examine some of the local efforts to eradicate poverty.

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A long time Syracuse plastic maker seems to be bucking the trend of the declining manufacturing sector in Central New York. But it hasn’t come without some help from the state. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul stopped at the expansion of Tessy Plastics in Van Buren today to announce $13.5 million in aid.  Hochul says they’ve learned from the successful experience in Buffalo and believe Syracuse can have the same results.

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A crowd of people marched Syracuse streets today to demand an end to violence and call for better treatment by Police.  Organizer Shauna Spivey-Spinner believes better relations in each community can help.

“We need community policing.  We need to know the cops in our neighborhoods and they need to know us.  You can’t expect someone from Solvay to come and work on the Northside when they know nothing about our neighborhoods so we need community policing.  We need to know who these cops are so we can trust them, because trust needs to be built.”  

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  An expansion in the eligibility of federal food benefits could help local families and elderly.  It might also boost the local economy – if people take advantage.

The big change in the SNAP program is raising the eligibility threshold to 150% of the federal poverty level.  Food Bank of Central New York Outreach Director Amalia Swan can see a significant impact on those struggling.

Move to Amend is calling for a constitutional amendment to abolish the illegitimate courted-created concept that corporations and other artificial entities have inherited constitutional rights.
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Move to Amend is coming to Syracuse to promote ending the practice of allowing corporations to have constitutional rights.  The group feels those viewpoints are tied closely to the power and views of the wealthiest Americans. 

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