Politics & Government

SYRACUSE LAND BANK
12:13 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Syracuse City Councilors Question Property Sales to Land Bank

This house on Curtis St. is for sale by the Syracuse Land Bank.
Credit Syracuselandbank.org

At least two Syracuse Common Councilors are starting to take a stand against the almost automatic sale of hundreds of tax delinquent properties to the land bank and not giving others the option to buy.    About 30 properties were on this week's agenda, and Councilor Nader Maroun voted no on all of them.  At the council's previous meeting,  Kathleen Joy  issued a  similar protest "no" vote on land bank properties.

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LABOR RELATIONS
11:25 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Syracuse Police Labor Agreement Ratified by Common Council

Syracuse’s 428 police officers are working under a new contract for the first time in more than three years.  Common councilors Monday gave their approval to the five year agreement retroactive to 2011.  Police Benevolent Association President Jeffrey Piedmonte says both city and union negotiators put a lot of work into the talks, which culminated in a agreement in mid-June.  He says health insurance was a key sticking point…the deal calls for officer contributions to more than double starting in September.

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USDA FUNDING FOR RURAL AREAS
7:05 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

US Agriculture Secretary Announces Rural Infrastructure Funds

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (left) and CoBank CEO Bob Engel (right) discuss the U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund in Bridgeport, NY
Credit John Smith / WAER News

The US Agriculture Secretary visited the Town of Sullivan in Bridgeport Wednesday to unveil a $10 billion equity program that will provide low-cost loans for rural areas with infrastructure projects on their wish list.

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Politics & Government
6:34 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Crowd of 200 or More at Syracuse Protest for Peace and Freedom for Palestinians

As many as 200 attended a protest over Israel's actions in the Middle East in the conflict with Palestinians.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  Several hundred people held signs and emotionally chanted slogans in Downtown Syracuse Friday to free Palestinians and end the violence in Gaza.

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SHARON CONCERNED ABOUT TRAGIC DEATHS IN SYRACUSE
3:03 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Republican Sharon Enters Race for the 128th State Assembly District

Republican State Assembly Candidate John Sharon
Credit John Smith/WAER News

Republican John Sharon is shopping for voters and support in the 128th State Assembly District. He announced his intentions to run at his community based campaign headquarters located in the Valley Shopping Plaza in Syracuse. The private practice Lawyer also formerly worked 35 years for the Onondaga County Law Department where he rose to Senior Deputy County Attorney and handled litigation. Sharon says he’d like to be part of the solution to problems in the State.

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