New York Civil Liberties officials have data showing some court-appointed lawyers gave little to no aid to their defendants. They cited Onondaga County along with four others as having major deficits in their public defense system. Ray Mustafa Robinson is a Syracuse resident who has experienced the challenges of the public defense system firsthand:
Spending will decrease, taxes rates will fall, and water and sewer rates will go up if Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney’s budget goes through as is. She delivered her $1.24 billion spending plan Monday to lawmakers. Mahoney says the property tax levy will drop by 1.2 percent, to a historic low.
A Syracuse University counter-terrorism expert says President Obama did not have many options when he presented his plan Wednesday night to “dismantle and ultimately destroy” ISIS. Bill Smullen, Director of National Security Studies at the Maxwell School, says airstrikes are probably the only way the United States can have some impact without putting combat troops on the ground.
The Syracuse community could soon provide more oversight of the Onondaga County Justice Center under a local law introduced Monday to county lawmakers.
Legislature Chair Ryan McMahon presented a draft of the measure at a public safety committee meeting, framing it as a way to increase communication between local organizations, and also act as another check and balance to avoid making costly mistakes…
Legislator Ryan McMahon says that the oversight measure provides an opportunity for improvement and for community feedback.
McMahon said Monday that the community has been advocating for a measure like this one for three decades, and that it’s time to “bring a sense of confidence to the community,” while addressing any additional concerns different parties and law enforcement may have along the way.