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HOCKEY / SKATING RINK TO STAY OPEN YEAR-ROUND
2:28 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Meachem Rink to Reopen with New Refrigeration Technology. Price Tag: 460K in State Capital Dollars

From left to right: Common Councilor Bob Dougherty, Senator Dave Valesky, City of Syracuse Parks and Rec Commissioner Baye Muhammad, Mayor Stephanie Miner, and Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli (partially obstructed).
Credit John Smith/WAER News

The City of Syracuse Parks and Recreation Department had to put the Meachem Rink operations ‘on ice’ in April when the cooling system broke down.  Thanks to State Grants and the research for a less expensive solution, the rink will reopen in the fall.  Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli and Senator Dave Valesky helped to secure about $460,000 dollars in capital support.  Valesky says the timing was right after recently finalizing the State Budget.


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LAWRENCE J. HACKETT, JR. IS BEING HONORED
5:27 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Proposed Agent Orange Fairness Act Named After Syracuse Native

Judge Joseph Fahey speaks about his friend Lawrence J. Hackett, Jr.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

A Central New York Vietnam Veteran who likely died of cancer from Agent Orange exposure now has his name on proposed legislation to support other veterans and families.  The Lawrence J. Hackett, Jr. Vietnam Veterans Agent Orange Fairness Act unveiled today would ensure that veterans and their families would get the necessary healthcare and compensation to cover them.  A longtime friend of Hackett’s, Judge Joseph Fahey says his friend’s story is similar to others.


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EXPERT WORRIES ABOUT SAFETY OF US FORCES
12:39 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

National Security Expert at SU Feels Swap to Bring Sgt. Bergdahl Home was 'the Right Thing to do'

Director of National Security Studies at SU's Maxwell School, Bill Smullen.
Credit Maxwell School website.

The Director of National Security Studies at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School is relieved that a US soldier has been returned but, he's also concerned about the release of five high level Taliban operatives.  Bill Smullen has been keeping a close watch on developments.  He says the released detainees are dangerous planners and thinkers.

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Local News
2:39 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Move to Amend Spokesperson to Appear in Syracuse

National Move to Amend Spokesperson, David Cobb. He's also a Lawyer.
Credit Move to Amend website.

A national Democracy Activist speaking tonight (6/2/2014) in Syracuse is hoping to keep the momentum going for a movement to end Corporate Personhood.  In essence, he says it provides for the same rights as humans.  Move to Amend Spokesperson David Cobb says the problem is that several laws safeguard corporations through constitutional rights.

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COMMON COUNCIL OVERRIDES MAYOR'S VETO
2:46 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Lawmakers Flex Veto Power. Syracuse Property Taxes to Increase 1.5 Percent

Syracuse Common Councilor Kathleen Joy talks about why lawmakers decided to spend more money.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

Syracuse homeowners will be paying 1.5 percent more on their upcoming city tax bills in July.  The Syracuse Common Council approved the measure today to override Mayor Stephanie Miner’s spending veto. 

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