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John Smith, WAER News

Syracuse’s 11th Annual Downtown Dining Weeks have produced mixed results for some of the participating restaurants. 

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The Syracuse Police Department is about to order 45 new police vehicles to upgrade its aging and run-down fleet.  Common councilors unanimously approved the $1.6 million in spending, but not without some discussion about the number of cars that go home with officers on a routine basis.  

Ben Miller, WAER News
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The leader of the union representing tipped service workers in the Syracuse area says the base wage hike will not only benefit employees, but also the larger economy. The State Labor Department this week approved a $7.50 hourly wage to take effect at year's end for waitstaff, banquet servers, and other hospitality workers who also receive tips. President of Unite Here Local 150, Ann Marie Taliercio, says the 50% increase will help some at the bottom of the scale and shouldn't hurt business.

Tina Norris of Cicero

A number of people remembered to bring their camera to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. And now, some of those photos will appear on a billboard. 

John Smith, WAER News

The Syracuse Police Department receives one of its most diverse groups of incoming officers. 

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The newly proposed Federal Aviation Administration’s regulations for small commercial drones won’t significantly affect the mission of Central New York drone developers.  

visitsyracuse.com

  Just like a new car, a fast food chain, or other consumer product, Syracuse needs to market itself.  Today the Convention and Visitors Bureau, also called Visit Syracuse, launched a new way to try and get people to come.  The hope is to attract tourists, businesses, and conventions.

Most places try and tell potential visitors the assets of their regions…which Visit Syracuse Director David Holder says needed to be fine-tuned.

TownofDewitt.org

  Dewitt residents have a chance to have a say in how the town improves pedestrian safety.  A new initiative hopes to make it easier to get around by foot, by bike, stroller or whatever.

Meghan Scott has lived in Dewitt for years on one of many residential streets without a sidewalk or much shoulder.  She’s noticed an increase in traffic volume and speed -- not great for her young family that likes to get outside. 

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