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Utica-area Congressmember Claudia Tenney says it appears the final tax reform bill will include most of the provisions she’s fought for over the past few weeks.  But that doesn’t mean she isn’t continuing to advocate for New York.  Tenney knows the legislation continues to change, and so far she says, it’s been for the better.

"There's a lot on it.  We're not sure what the final bill is going to look like, but it's been improved."     

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More than a decade after it closed, the former Camillus Cutlery headquarters in the Village of Camillus has been renovated into mixed-used commercial, retail, and residential space.   For years, revitalization of the 115-year-old building seemed almost impossible.  Original redevelopment plans fell through, and a fire burned down the former factory next door in 2013.  Now, developer Doug Sutherland and Mayor Patricia Butler-Rhoades reflect on the $9.7 million transformation into Camillus Mills.

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Development around Syracuse University and along the Genesee Street corridor is leading to ‘transformation.’  That was the message from the University Hill Corporation at its annual meeting today.  President David Mankiewicz draws attention to numerous housing and other projects underway right now. 

“The Marshall, a $40.5-million mixed-use complex, is being built at 727 S. Crouse Ave.  Pete Campus is constructing Theory Syracuse, a 604 bed, $66-million project.  The 505 on Walnut; it represents an investment of $46.4 million.”

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This week on Science on the Radio Dr. Marvin Druger is talking about the Drosophila, often known as the fruit fly. You have probably seen these little guys before as they as they typically boast a pale yellow to reddish brown to black exterior with red eyes.

They can be found in deserts, tropical rainforests, cities, swamps and alpine zones. And that's just the tip of it, Dr. Marvin Druger tell us much more about these curious little insects.

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Musicians, singers, and dancers will once again fill the stage at the civic center this weekend for Symphoria’s Holiday Pops concerts. The symphony’s principal pops conductor described what’s new and how the program comes together. 

Sean O’Loughlin says he spent a week back in September crafting an arrangement that won’t be heard anywhere else.

 “Symphoria is playing music literally, this holiday season, that it’s the only place that you’ll hear it, including a new opening overture that I wrote called Holiday Wonder which captures the theme of our concerts.”

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The Onondaga County/ Syracuse Human Rights Commission honored International Human Rights Day with speakers at All Saints  Roman Catholic Church that reminded people of violence and discrimination faced by LGBTQ community members, those with disabilities, and people who've immigrated or resettled here from other countries.  Commission Executive Director Barrie Gewanter noted human rights day came out of the International Declaration of human rights adopted in 1948.  

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There’s now one official candidate running for governor of New York in 2018, and that’s the Assembly’s Republican leader Brian Kolb. He announced in a video released Tuesday.

Kolb, who’s been an Assemblymember since 2000, is also a businessman. He’s the founder and past President of two companies in the Rochester area, where he grew up.  Kolb says he’d draw on the experiences of both worlds if he were to lead the state. He says he’s been traveling and meeting with New Yorkers, and asking them whether or not state government is working for them.

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Two professors studying the presence and impact of two toxic chemicals found in and around Onondaga Lake say more testing needs to be done to determine the concentrations on Murphy’s Island, where the county plans to extend a recreation trail.  So far, research indicates a relatively low risk if the contaminants are beneath the surface.

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Automotive Technology students at Onondaga Community College could be landing internships with a high-end electric vehicle company by the fall of 2018.  A letter-of-intent has been reached between the college and Tesla.  The company brought an EV worth about $147,000 to the college with doors that mechanically lift upwards.  Perhaps the white leather seats and large electronic dashboard will also draw you in.  However, if you’re an Automotive Technology student like Anton Prusakob, you look beneath the surface.

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At an event that’s become increasingly rare in state politics, two politicians from opposing parties sat down together and had a civil discussion about issues facing New York.  And their names are certainly familiar to Central New Yorkers.

Democrat and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, along with Republican State Senator John DeFrancisco spoke in Albany during a forum about state issue and politics.

To have a vibrant civic dialogue is important,” said Miner. “The fact that it’s been missing, we’ve all suffered for it.”

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