Politics & Government

Report Those Potholes
4:36 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

See Any Potholes Syracuse? (can you miss 'em?) Mayor Miner Wants to Know

Mayor Miner publicizes ways residents can report potholes and track their repair.
Credit Chenelle Terry/WAER News

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.

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NY 22nd Cong Dist
5:58 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

An Opponent for Rep Richard Hanna Ready to Attack His Record

NYS Assembly Member Claudia Tenney is challenging Richard Hanna for the GOP nomination for Hanna's congressional seat.
Credit Tenney's Assembly Website

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.

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City Infrastructure
6:19 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

City Lawmakers Want to Include Fixing Infrastructure Problems in This Year's Budget

Syracuse Common Councilors consider including fixing water main breaks and potholes in this year's budget proposal on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
Credit John Smith, WAER News

The city of Syracuse’s aging infrastructure and cold temperatures last winter is causing water main breaks to become even more common.  

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PUBLIC SAFETY
11:27 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Lawmakers Pressure Cellphone Makers, Carriers to Install Kill Switch

NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman at Syracuse City Hall Friday with Congressmember Dan Maffei and State Senator Dave Valesky.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

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. 

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City Budget
5:00 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Miner's Proposed Budget Poses Concerns for Key Council Member

Chair of Syracuse Common Council's Finance Committee, Kathleen Joy.
Credit syrgov.net

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.

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