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Syracuse Common Councilors Wednesday approved what they fear might be the city’s last application for an annual allotment of federal grant money.  The anticipated $4.5 million in year 43 of Community Development Block Grant funding is expected to come through as planned sometime this summer.  But the program’s future is in question after President Trump proposed to cut it from the budget.  Councilor Helen Hudson says  CDBG currently comprises only three percent of the federal budget.

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An 18-year veteran of the Syracuse Police force was honored Tuesday for her dedication to keeping animals safe in the community.   The recognition came one day after the sheriff announced an animal abuser registry.

The Humane Society of the United States bestowed its Humane Law Enforcement award upon Officer Rebecca Thompson for her compassion and for enforcing animal cruelty laws.  She says she’s always taken notice of pets while on the job.

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The City of Syracuse’s longstanding infrastructure problems seem to be even more commonplace with water main breaks during the winter.  Members of the Rebuild New York Now coalition joined Mayor Stephanie Miner today to share similar concerns about the impacts of bad infrastructure on water quality or contamination.  She feels optimistic about Governor Cuomo’s pledge to spend a massive amount on infrastructure repairs.  Now she hopes state lawmakers will include those plans in the State Budget.

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and the leader of the opposition in the legislature, Senate GOP Leader John Flanagan, both agree that a new provision in the federal health care act repeal will harm the state and its taxpayers. Cuomo calls it a “targeted war on New York”.

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Men's basketball head coach Jim Boeheim and SU athletic director John Wildhack address the media in a press conference Monday, talking about the unexpected departure of assistant coach and head coach designate Mike Hopkins, who has been a part of Boeheim's staff for over 20 years. Hopkins took the head coaching job at the University of Washington on Sunday. The two speak of the future of the program, with Boeheim deciding to remain the coach of the team, but does not mention how long his contract will go.

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Onondaga County is taking steps to reduce animal abuse in Central New York. Sheriff Eugene Conway today announced that his office would create and host an animal abuser registry to prevent animals from falling into the hands of abusers.

“Animal cruelty is a serious problem, and while New York has criminalized the cruel treatment of animals, animal abuse and cruelty continues to occur here in Onondaga County and elsewhere.”

This week on the best of WAER Sports Podcast, we shine the spot light on Jordan Evans & Scott Firman. Both are vital members of the current Syracuse Lacrosse Men's Team. They also played Lacrosse for the same high school.

WAER's Noah Eagle examines the 8 year trip that the team mates and friends have taken and the past  they continue to represent. 

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About 400 people showed up at a Town Hall on Preserving Democracy to share opinions and ask questions of Congress Member John Katko – who wasn’t there.  People voiced concerns about health care and not wanting a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, about funding for Planned Parenthood and family planning services, about climate change and other environmental concerns, about education, and about honesty of the President.

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Agencies in Syracuse that provide services to vulnerable residents are finding that they, themselves, might be vulnerable to severe cuts in funding under President Trump’s budget blueprint.  It appears to be the latest dip on the roller coaster of federal support.

Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of Syracuse Mason Kaufman knows the massive increase in military spending has to come from somewhere, but the questions is where.

"Why Meals on Wheels programs, who have been struggling with funding provided by the government over the past decade."

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says President Trump’s proposed cuts to federal aid to cities would gut economic development and affordable housing in a city that’s the center of the area’s economy.

"If you take away all of the resources, you can't turn to us and say 'what are you doing about the burgeoning homeless population?'”                                             

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