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The Clinton Plaza Apartments downtown are in for some major renovations that will improve the exterior, but also fix up dozens of units that are uninhabitable.  Common councilors Monday approved a tax deal that will effectively cut their bill by two thirds for five years and about one third for the next five years, from what the city now receives from the property.  Councilor Kathleen Joy thought the tax break was well worth helping new owners turn around the building.

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  Syracuse area bar and tavern owners will have to crack down on underage drinkers or face a hefty fine of $10,000 and a possibly lose of their liquor license. The New York State DMV and  Liquor Authority are now making it a lot harder for underage drinkers to fly under the radar. With its full scale effort to train and enforce its underage drinking initiative across the state, the NYS Liquor Authority will be getting tougher on establishments by tracking the “last drink location” of underage drinkers and making it easier to detect fake ID’s its new vertical ID card for those under 21.

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  Help for small manufacturing businesses might be on the way. On Tuesday  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Syracuse announcing new legislation intended to help expand small businesses and boost manufacturing.  

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Democratic challengers running for Onondaga County Legislature say they want voters to have more access to government transparency and public input. The four fresh candidates in front of the County Courthouse in Syracuse unveiled a 5 point plan.  Tim Rudd is challenging 15th District Legislator and Legislature Chair Ryan McMahon. The group is calling for automatic public notices when a candidate’s financial disclosure forms are filed and higher amounts required in print.

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  The Iran nuclear deal doesn't have the support of man in line to be the next Democratic leader in the Senate...New York's own Chuck Schumer.  His position  and his reasoning could be a factor if senate democrats decide to follow suit, making passage of the deal that much less certain.  Below is Schumer's entire Medium post released to the media.  

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A name synonymous with Central New York’s chapter of the NYCLU for nearly 20 years has taken a new position with Onondaga County.  Lawmakers Tuesday confirmed Barrie Gewanter as the next executive director of the Onondaga County/Syracuse Commission on Human Rights.

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  About two dozen Central New Yorkers marched through downtown Syracuse Thursday to mark a milestone for older americans.  Members of the Alliance of Retired Americans and AARP joined in singing happy birthday to Medicare signed 50 years ago by President Lyndon Johnson.  Mike from Clay was also on hand.  He’s President of Syracuse Chapter 200 of the National Active Retired Federal Employees, and knows the importance of the program.

Advocates for highway and auto safety

  A change in federal law could mean trucks with double trailers, more than 80 feet in overall length will be driving on upstate New York roads and highways.  Senator Chuck Schumer says that would mean a dangerous change in traffic that puts people at risk.  On average 4000 people a year are dying from truck related crashes and Schumer worries that would only get worse. 

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There might finally be some movement to re-develop the long-vacant former NYNEX building in Syracuse across from city hall.  Common councilors today approved a $700,000 settlement with the owner…even though Isaac Jacobowitz of Brooklyn owes about $2 million in overdue property taxes and penalties. 

   Deputy Commissioner of Neighborhood and Business Development Ben Walsh says now the clock is ticking…

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  The nearly 19 million dollar expansion of Inficon’s facility in East Syracuse is entering its final stages.  Motorists passing by on I-481 have probably noticed the progress over the past several months.  President Steve Maier  says the high-tech company says the decision to expand was based on growth potential after almost 25 years at their current location.