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.
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:
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.
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: