SYRACUSE COMMON COUNCIL http://waer.org en Syracuse Parking Ticket Fines to Increase in July http://waer.org/post/syracuse-parking-ticket-fines-increase-july <div>Those caught parking in front of a fire hydrant or in a fire lane in Syracuse will have to shell out twice as much in fines starting July&nbsp;1st. &nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The hefty $40 &nbsp;penalties are among nearly three dozen increases in parking fines approved by common councilors Tuesday. &nbsp; Parking in a handicap parking spot without a permit will get you a $75 ticket, up from $50. &nbsp;However, nearly all of the other fines increased by only $5. &nbsp;Councilor Nader&nbsp;Maroun says they haven’t changed since 1997.</div><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 17:53:18 +0000 Scott Willis 18877 at http://waer.org Syracuse Parking Ticket Fines to Increase in July Miner Vetoes Tax Increase http://waer.org/post/miner-vetoes-tax-increase <p>Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner vetoed a small tax increase Wednesday that was approved &nbsp;last week by Common Councilors. In her letter to the city clerk, Miner says her objection is based not only on the extra spending, but also on the process.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She says the Council "sprung" a last minute tax increase on residents inside $6.8 million in budget amendments, with no public </span>dialogue<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> beforehand.&nbsp;</span></p><p>In a release from Miner's office, she says:</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 22:23:52 +0000 Hannah Warren & Scott Willis 18233 at http://waer.org Miner Vetoes Tax Increase Syracuse Considering Crackdown on Those Who Don't Shovel Their Sidewalks http://waer.org/post/syracuse-considering-crackdown-those-who-dont-shovel-their-sidewalks <div>&nbsp;Syracuse homeowners might soon be a little more diligent about shoveling their sidewalks during the next snowfall. &nbsp;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. &nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Common Councilor Bob Dougherty revived and helped amend the legislation. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 23:03:34 +0000 Scott Willis 13984 at http://waer.org Syracuse Considering Crackdown on Those Who Don't Shovel Their Sidewalks Syracuse Common Council President Reflects on Missing the First March on Washington http://waer.org/post/syracuse-common-council-president-reflects-missing-first-march-washington <p></p><p>Syracuse Common Council President Van Robinson was 25 years old when he and some friends decided to head from New York City to Washington D.C. for the March on Washington in 1963.&nbsp;</p><p>They didn't quite make it.&nbsp; He did make it to the 25th Anniversary in 1988, and is in Washington for the 50th Anniversary of that historic day.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 12:31:23 +0000 Scott Willis 6947 at http://waer.org Syracuse Common Council President Reflects on Missing the First March on Washington Police Taser Policy Draws Questions at Syracuse Common Council Meeting after Shock of Disabled Man http://waer.org/post/police-taser-policy-draws-questions-syracuse-common-council-meeting-after-shock-disabled-man <p></p><p></p><p>The incident of Syracuse police using a taser on a man on a Centro bus has raised questions about use of force policies. &nbsp;Among the complaints are charges that top city officials are ignoring the issue. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 18:40:17 +0000 Chris Bolt 6672 at http://waer.org Police Taser Policy Draws Questions at Syracuse Common Council Meeting after Shock of Disabled Man