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The numbers are staggering.  On any given day, about 25 Syracuse residents are forced to pack up their belongings and find another place to live.  They’re among the 8,000 to 11,000 renters who are evicted every year in Syracuse.  That’s the highest rate in upstate New York.  Why evictions are so prevalent?  Where can people turn for help? 

An estimated 200,000 Americans struggle with a severe form of Tourette’s syndrome,  and as many as one in 100 milder and less complex symptoms such as chronic motor or vocal tics. Often times leading to misinterpretation of their symptoms as behavioral problems.

WAER’s Alexandra Jennerjahn has this special report on one Syracuse University student who has taken his experience with Tourette’s and turned it into an opportunity to encourage others.

Throughout the early stages of City Limits, we have briefly discussed the concept of food insecurity. How do families living in poverty function day to day when they are unsure of how they will obtain their next meal?

John Smith / WAER News

The $60 million terminal improvement project at Syracuse’s Hancock airport is coming along, but officials today took steps to speed things up to meet a late October completion date.  The Airport Authority Board approved spending additional money to negotiate with contractors and implement an accelerated schedule.  Executive Director Christina Callahan says they want to return to normal operations as soon as possible because the construction is clearly disruptive.

Refugee Center Open House Will Shows Off Changes

May 9, 2018
Chris Bolt/WAER News

A center that helps refugees settle into Syracuse wants the community to know more about what they do and about the new Americans they help. The RISE center might have a few surprises. 

“The biggest myth, of course, that’s continually propagated is that refugees are just here to collect social services and basically feed off of taxpayers.”           

For those struggling with poverty entering into a legal dispute is not only a challenge but it could also become nearly impossible. Ranging from evictions, divorce, and court hearings without the means to acquire legal assistance some are left to fend for themselves and they might not be equipped to do so adequately. 

Recently WAER held a City Limits Talk round table discussion centered around the topic of legal assistance and how it is impacting poverty in Syracuse. The discussion was moderated by WAER's News Director Chris Bolt.

The City Limits Talk panel included-

Chris Bolt/WAER News

Passage of the first city budget under the Walsh Administration went about as smoothly as could be expected as common councilors Monday gave it their stamp of approval with no changes.  Mayor Ben Walsh felt it was a good start of a productive working relationship with the council.

Those in our community who are unemployed or underemployed face a daily challenge of surviving from one day to the next and struggle to meet basic needs like food and shelter.  Who is there to catch them when they fall?  In this episode of City Limits, Brian Moore examines important safety net programs, challenges assumptions about who uses them, and the local impact from national policy-making.


A Range of Opinions on Proposed Ban for Single-Use Plastic Bags

May 1, 2018
Scott Willis / WAER News

Governor Cuomo has announced legislation to enact a ban on single-use plastic bags at all retail and grocery stores in New York State. While most agree that reusable fabric bags carried in and out of stores are the best option when it comes to cutting back on pollution, not all agree that plastic bags should be taken out of the equation completely.  Local organizations have mixed opinions about this opposed ban.

John Smith/WAER News

Getting a disease because of occupational hazards or even killed on the job happens more often than you may think.  A Workers Memorial Day gathering was held on Friday to remember Upstate workers who died because of either scenario was held in Liverpool.  Advocates are working to provide support to affected workers and immigrants.  Worker Justice Center of N.Y. Senior Advocate Carly Fox from Rochester advocates for health, safety, and compensation issues for migrant farm workers.  She says farmers have made some improvements but immigrants need their help to negotiate.

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