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Experts at Syracuse University are trying to start a national dialogue on how to best use forensic technology to address national security concerns.  They kicked-off the two-day symposium Monday with a keynote lecture by Congressmember and SU law school alumnus John Katko.    The former long-time federal prosecutor told about 100 students and faculty that he dealt with forensics from day one on the job, though the technology wasn’t what it is today.  He says it’s evolved from analyzing hair samples, wire taps, and gunpowder residue to using search warrants on cellphones.

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Syracuse University was the latest stop Thursday for Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.  She's visiting colleges and universities in an effort to push lawmakers to approve Governor Cuomo's proposal for a uniform sexual assault policy at every institution in the state. The "Enough is Enough" campaign was originally part of the state budget before it and many other policy initiatives were dropped. Hochul says the policy begins with a uniform definition for consent.

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has released her budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and it once again holds the line on property taxes and water and sewer rates.    Miner says the $674 million spending plan is the result of continued difficult fiscal decisions that don’t require more sacrifice from residents of the 23rd poorest city in the nation.    

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  Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner proposes a city budget that holds the line on taxes, sewer and water fees.  Miner says in a release she’s keeping the city a good place to live.

 “From continued investments in programs like Say Yes to Education, we are demonstrating we are willing to make big ideas work for the people of our community. Additionally, by not raising taxes, water rates, and sewer rates, we are keeping Syracuse an affordable City where people can live, work, and raise a family.”

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As Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney finishes up her post at the New York Power Authority, she also begins a new appointment by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Mahoney is the new Chair of the Thruway’s Board and she says the first task is dealing with a $25 million dollar operating deficit. 

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  Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders reached a framework budget agreement late Sunday night and say they hope to work out remaining details and begin passing bills today to meet the midnight Tuesday deadline.

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  The city of Syracuse is changing its yard waste schedule pick up to give residents an extra week to make that initial spring clean up and set out their brush and leaves. Department of Public Works Commissioner Pete O'Connor says it'll make the process more reliable for residents and help his crews keep on schedule. The new schedule begins with the northeast quadrant on April 4 and April 5.

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Onondaga County residents are being asked to engage in a community conversation about the future of local governments.  A commission on government modernization called Consensus is holding the next in a series of presentations Tuesday, March 24th in DeWitt.  Onondaga County is the first in the state to undertake a baseline review of government structure, their costs, and the nature and extent of services provided to residents.  

Chair of public engagement with Consensus Melanie Littlejohn knows the concept is not new, but the report is intended to continue the conversation. 

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