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).
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.
Listen to John Smith's interview with Senator Dave Valesky and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner concerning the upgrades that will be made to Meachem Ice Rink in the Valley Section of Syracuse.
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.
Listen to Congressmember Dan Maffei talk about Agent Orange and what Veterans are covered for health insurance.
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.
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.