Politics & Government

4:54 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Syracuse National Security Expert Reacts to President Obama's ISIS Plan

The areas under attack or control by terrorist group ISIS as of President Obama's speech Wednesday evening.
Credit Institute for the Understanding of War / http://www.understandingwar.org

  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.

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Onondaga County Justice Center
7:31 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Jail Oversight Committee Could Add Further Supervision to Operations at the Justice Center

From left to right, Onondaga County Legislator John Dougherty, Chairman Ryan McMahon, and Chief Custody Deputy Esteban Gonzalez (right) attend a hearing announcing the new jail oversight measures.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

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…

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.  
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11:22 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Mayor Miner Says Economic Vitality and Livability Should be the Primary Focus of I-81 Replacement

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has released her first public opinion about the future of I-81 thorough he city…but stops short of endorsing any specific replacement plan.  

  On the last day of the public comment period, Miner sent a letter to New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald saying she supports the state’s decision to eliminate a stacked viaduct, tunnel, depressed highway, and rehabilitation as alternatives as options.  But Miner doesn’t say what should replace the aging, obsolete viaduct.  

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Chuck Schumer is on a Mission During his Visit
8:53 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

You Never Know Who You Might Bump into at the New York State Fair

Senator Chuck Schumer greeted guests a the New York State Fair Saturday
Credit John Smith/WAER News

As traffic jams galore on Interstate-690 and Hiawatha Boulevard had  Jason Aldean  fans jittery to make the sold out Grandstand concert on time, Senator Chuck Schumer made sure he arrived early. His 'flesh pressing' mission is to shake 10,000 fairgoers hands !

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Politics & Government
2:20 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Can Education Issue and New Party Steer Voters Toward Trailing GOP Candidates in NY State Races?

State Comptroller Candidate Bob Antonacci (left) and Lt. Governor Candidate Chris Moss announce new "Stop Common Core" party and ballot line, on which they'll appear.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  The republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor joined State Comptroller Candidate Bob Antonacci today in Syracuse to announce a way to get more votes in November – possibly from people who aren’t republicans.  They filed 62,000 petition signatures to create the “Stop Common Core” party and ballot line.  Antonacci has heard plenty of opposition to the school-standards policy while campaigning.

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