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37 People Become U.S. Citizens At Syracuse Naturalization Ceremony

Nov 17, 2016
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Thirty seven people from 23 different countries completed the final step to become United States citizens Thursday at Onondaga Community College.  They recited the Oath of Allegiance as delivered by Judge Michael Hanuszczak. 

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Earlier this year the tragic story of Baby Maddox Lawrence captivated the Central New York Community.  Today her father, Ryan Lawrence was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison with the possibility of parole for her murder.  Lawrence expressed regrets in court and took responsibility.

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Syracuse Girls World Expo took place at the State Fairgrounds over the weekend to empower teenage girls to discover their potential and pursue success in different fields.  Inside the Horticulture building, East Syracuse manufacturer Darco was showcasing basic skills involved in manufacturing and encouraging girls to get hands-on experience of working with metals. Darco’s community engagement manager Mel Menon says they want people to see that women can also operate machines.

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Over 200 law enforcement agents, medical professionals, therapists, and educators gathered at the Oncenter to learn about ways to protect children from physical and sexual abuse.  The Stand Against Child Abuse Conference took place Tuesday in Syracuse.

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Syracuse police will be able to continue a series of events to ease tensions over police-community relations seen in uprisings across the nation.  The department has teamed up with InterFaith Works of C-N-Y for conversations in each area of the city.  President Beth Broadway says the Syracuse Police force demographically is mainly white…so policing in communities of color is critically important.

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Some Onondaga County lawmakers are raising questions about the 350 (M) million dollar development of the inner harbor after bribery and corruption charges were leveled against the developers.  Steven Aiello and Joseph Gerardi were charged with bribing state officials for preference on state contracts and projects.  Legislature Chair Ryan McMahon notes that’s the same company that’s developing the Inner Harbor.

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The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office released more details from a recent prostitution sting in Salina that led to eight men being arrested including the former Dean of the Whitman School at Syracuse University. The sting was a joint investigation with the State Police. Sheriff Gene Conway was publicly criticized for withholding further details on the investigation. However, he said the delay was necessary because the sting was compromised.

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Central New York could be seeing more tourists from places such as China, the U.K., Ireland and Australia thanks to the I Love New York Campaign.  For the past few days, about 50 motorcoach and tour operators have been sightseeing what the area has to offer. Visit Syracuse President David Holder says the tourism industry will grow if there is a relationship between tour operators and local tourist sites.

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  Syracuse residents who got the shock that their property is now in a flood zone can find out more information at a meeting this week.  They’ll find out what’s at stake in the future of flood risks and costs.

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Driver’s will be get reacquainted to programming themselves to be extra observant for students and yellow school buses with flashing lights as a new school year begins this week in Onondaga County.  Law enforcement from Cicero, DeWitt, Geddes, Liverpool, and North Syracuse came together today at Liverpool Elementary to remind drivers it’s time for them to be more vigilant.  North Syracuse Police SGT. Jeff Tripp says drivers will be watched closely.

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