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.
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.
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.
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.