About two dozen activists held vigil today in front of the federal building in Syracuse urging President Obama to reject the expansion of the Keystone pipeline. The action follows the release late last week of the State Department’s final environmental impact review, on which the president is expected to base his decision. Long-time activist Sandy Porter says the process harms the environment from the time huge earth movers dig out the tar sands, to where they process it.
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:
Governor Andrew Cuomo joined local officials Wednesday in Solvay to unveil details of a plan to revitalize the western side of Onondaga Lake.
The $100 million project will include a 75-hundred seat lakefront concert pavilion across from the state fairgrounds. Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney says it fits into the larger picture of the lake’s rebirth.
The announcement of the project is part of Governor Cuomo's proposed budget, and comes after a plan to build a sports stadium in Downtown Syracuse fell through due to concerns from Mayor Stephanie Miner.