More complaints about pot holes has Mayor Stephanie Miner calling on Syracuse residents to help the city locate and fix them. New efforts and technology by the Department of Public Works are trying to solve a deep problem.
A state assembly member is ready to kick her campaign to jump to the federal government into high gear. Claudia Tenney is trying to wrestle the republican nomination away from incumbent congress member Richard Hanna in New York’s 22nd district. Tenney is calling Hanna a disappointment to conservatives…noting at least one publication calls him the third most liberal G-O-P house member. She believes asserting her conservative credentials will help her win a primary.
It’s probably happened to some of us – we’re focused on checking email or texting on the go that we might not be aware of our surroundings. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said smartphone robberies are becoming more of a problem because it can mean easy money.
“People who are on their smartphones often are distracted,” he said, “you know, if they’re listening to music or something. People just knock them over, grab [the cell phone], and it’s too easy.”
NY AG Schneiderman explains how thieves cash in on stolen smartphones.
A rise in smartphone robberies is why Schneiderman and the San Francisco District Attorney began the “Secure Our Smartphones Coalition.” Unlike other cities, Syracuse is lucky and has yet to report any fatality due to cell phone robberies. However, Frank Fowler, Syracuse Police Chief, said phone thefts have risen in the past year. According to Fowler, they account for more than 1/3 of all robberies.
“Robberies of any type of property places people in harm’s way. When we can discourage this type of robbery, we can have an opportunity to decrease our robberies by 35%, and that’s a great number.” The "kill switches" would make the phones less appealing to thieves. But Schneiderman says there's also little incentive for manufacturers and even the service providers, who are not cooperating.
The Chair of the Syracuse Common Council's Finance Committee is concerned the Mayor may be relying too much on the city's reserves in her budget proposal. Councilor Kathleen Joy and her colleagues began budget hearings Wednesday to go over the $660 million spending plan line by line. Joy says using 20 million dollars in rainy day funds doesn't seem to address past warnings from the Mayor herself.