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Local representatives from towns and villages across Onondaga County are asking for more time if the Governor wants them to develop a shared services proposal to save money.  They say the state needs to take responsibility for billions of dollars in unfunded state mandates.

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Much like composers uniquely arrange all of the notes, Onondaga Community College Visual Arts Department Professors also made a masterpiece of their own in a wonderfully organized and colorful art gallery of Syracuse Jazz Fest history.  The newest exhibit that officially opened to the public this week is called “Jazz Fest Memories and Memorabilia.”  

Founder and Executive Producer Frank Malfitano lives and breathes the music industry.  He championed enough support over the years to keep the festival going strong for 35 years.  Malfitano points out that he feels indebted to the work of multi-talented individuals who also shape the festival.

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A Republican intends to challenge a two-time incumbent Democrat for the City Council’s 2nd District seat.  Edward Ott of Syracuse is challenging Councilor Chad Ryan.  As a driver for a wheelchair transport service, Ott feels his job brings “street-level perspective” to his campaign.  It’s something he feels that most city lawmakers never see, especially if they hold office jobs.

He says that people in the district have expressed issues with crime, the Father’s Day Riot last summer and other items they’re concerned about.

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Some lower income residents and immigrants in Syracuse may have a better option to acquire diplomas and career-ready skills when the OnTech Charter High School opens in the summer of 2018.  The school’s mission is to deliver an education that’s tailor-made to prepare marginalized students for the workforce using a technique called project-based learning, in addition to Regents coursework.  OnTECH’s founder and president, Ellen Eagen, explains how different this is from the test taking culture Americans are used to.

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After lengthy investigation into what caused the death of a 3 year-old girl in the parking lot of her nursery school in Syracuse in January, the Onondaga District Attorney says no charges will be filed.  Bill Fitzpatrick says 39 year-old Zung Tung, an immigrant who doesn’t speak English accidentally hit the accelerator instead of her brake pedal.

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The latest exhibit of photos taken by local photographers of a diverse range of birds returning to Onondaga Lake is coming up this weekend. The photos were taken in recently restored and enhanced areas along the lake shoreline.

Photographer Greg Craybas of Camillus started snapping photos six years ago after he noticed bald eagles on the commute to his dental practice on University Hill.

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The City of Syracuse’s longstanding infrastructure problems seem to be even more commonplace with water main breaks during the winter.  Members of the Rebuild New York Now coalition joined Mayor Stephanie Miner today to share similar concerns about the impacts of bad infrastructure on water quality or contamination.  She feels optimistic about Governor Cuomo’s pledge to spend a massive amount on infrastructure repairs.  Now she hopes state lawmakers will include those plans in the State Budget.

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Onondaga County is taking steps to reduce animal abuse in Central New York. Sheriff Eugene Conway today announced that his office would create and host an animal abuser registry to prevent animals from falling into the hands of abusers.

“Animal cruelty is a serious problem, and while New York has criminalized the cruel treatment of animals, animal abuse and cruelty continues to occur here in Onondaga County and elsewhere.”

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Much in the same way Syracuse University never seems to close due to inclement weather, the owner of the Varsity can relate.  In fact, he says they never close, as well.  Until today... or at least part of the day.  After all, there's a basketball game tonight.

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Criticisms of the latest version of President Trump’s Travel Ban have come from New York leaders.  You might have heard earlier on Morning Edition about concerns that the ban has a chilling effect no travel. 

The Finger Lakes area depends quite a bit on tourism for the local economy.  And policies that restrict travel – or inhibit it – could have trickle-down effects. 

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