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  It’s been exactly one month since about 500 Central New York Verizon workers joined roughly 40,000 others along the east coast and walked off the job.  Little movement has been made since the company’s "last and best final offer" two weeks ago.

Striking Verizon workers got a helping hand from members of other unions Thursday and Friday who grilled hotdogs and shared a lunch at the teamsters union hall on Spencer Street.  Executive Vice President of Communications Workers of America Local 1123 Nikki Tonas says helping each other is what a union’s about.

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A coalition of local and state advocacy groups gathered at the Camillus Erie Canal Park Thursday to push for closing the remaining gaps in the 360-mile canalway trail in time for its bicentennial next year.  Progress has been made, but the most challenging gap appears to be right here in Syracuse.

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Supporters and employees of Syracuse’s Rosamond Gifford Zoo got to hear today about accomplishments over the past year…and plans for the future.  Anyone who hasn’t visited in the past year or so will find some changes.

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The second of the state’s top three powerful politicians in two weeks was sentenced to prison in federal court Thursday. Dean Skelos got five years for corruption, along with his son, Adam who received six and a half years.

Despite pleas from two men and their lawyers that they did good works and were very sorry, Judge Kimba Wood told Dean Skelos and his son Adam that they “ caused immeasurable damage to New Yorkers’ confidence in the integrity of government”, and ordered prison terms. Dean Skelos must also pay over $800,000 in fines and restitution.

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  As the school year winds down, there’s a renewed effort to prevent alcohol-related accidents among teenagers.   Prom season is here, and with it comes a series of questions for area teens:  What to wear? Who to ask? Limo or no limo? But perhaps most importantly, how to handle the question of alcohol. The Prevention Network’s Philip Rose says students have come to see drinking and prom as linked.

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The City of Syracuse is embarking on the first complete revision its  zoning codes in nearly a century.   Officials say the overhaul of land use regulations is needed to keep the city economically competitive. 

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Advocates for farm workers  are trying a new route to gain the right to form a union and be allowed benefits afforded to other laborers in New York. They are suing the state government. Governor Cuomo says he agrees with the farmworkers and won’t be defending the law in court.

For decades, migrant farmworkers and their advocates have tried to get a law passed to place the laborers under the protection of the state’s labor laws, giving them the right to form unions, and collectively bargain with their farmer employers for better working conditions.

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Syracuse Common Councilors have approved a slightly revised version of the Miner administration’s $706 million budget for the coming fiscal year that starts July 1.  Like the mayor’s plan, there will be no increase in taxes or water rates.  Council Finance Committee Chair Nader Maroun says the option was there.

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