Politics & Government

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
10:50 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Rep. Dan Maffei: Real Crisis Facing CNY Infrastructure

Rep. Dan Maffei hosting a roundtable discussion at the Erie Canal Museum.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Experts and community leaders joined Congressmember Dan Maffei Tuesday at the Erie Canal Museum for a roundtable meeting to talk about the state of the region's infrastructure.   

 The City of Syracuse, for example, has been dealing with dozens of water main breaks because of the extreme cold.   Much of the water system is at least 100 years old.  C & S Companies Engineer Orrin MacMurray  says Syracuse is not alone.

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"Cure Violence Program"
6:57 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Syracuse Agency Gets State Backing for Anti-Violence, Anti-Gang Program

Outreach workers intervene in violent situations as part of Cure Violence program.
Credit cureviolence.org

  A Syracuse gang prevention program is getting some significant financial backing from the state – hoping to make a difference where law enforcement can’t.  

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
6:13 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Miner Against Tax Incentives for Hotel at Destiny USA

Mayor Stephanie Miner discusses tax incentives for a hotel development at Destiny USA
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner said Wednesday she does not support any tax breaks for the proposed Destiny USA hotel.   Developers sent a letter to the mayor and County Executive Joanie Mahoney last week expressing their intentions to build a $75 million, 252-room hotel on a parking lot across Hiawatha Boulevard.  Miner said that, given the history Pyramid Development has in the area, any hotel construction at Destiny USA should be privately financed, without added incentives from Onondaga County:  

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CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY
6:03 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Syracuse Considering Crackdown on Those Who Don't Shovel Their Sidewalks

An uncleared sidewalk on Ostrom Ave. outside the WAER studios.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

 Syracuse homeowners might soon be a little more diligent about shoveling their sidewalks during the next snowfall.  But that all depends on how Monday goes – when Syracuse Common Councilors vote on whether the city should impose a $100 fine for homeowners who fail to clear their sidewalks.   Common Councilor Bob Dougherty revived and helped amend the legislation.  Dougherty knows the ordinance is controversial, but feels the city needs to start somewhere to get compliance.  Common councilor Kathleen Joy feels fines are the wrong approach.

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UNION IMPASSE
12:43 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Talks Break Down Between County and Union Workers

A CSEA slogan
Credit CSEA

Onondaga County and its largest union have reached an impasse in contract negotiations after more than a year of meetings on the subject.  Talks broke down Thursday during the twelfth session of talks between the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)  Local 834 and the county. 

President Kathy Zabinski says considering the way the talks have gone so far, the county worker isn't being valued.  She says the union members aren’t asking for too much:

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