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Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney is optimistic that the ideas in her shared services proposal will save enough money to earn matching dollars from the state.   The roughly 100 ideas aim to streamline and reduce the cost of local government.  Mahoney released her plan last week, which is a combination of proposals from her office, and others from the consensus commission and municipalities. 

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Monday morning might be a good time to take advantage of the opportunity to safely dispose of old thermostats and prescription drugs sitting around the house.  The Onondaga Resource Recovery Agency is holding its Mercury and Medication Drop-off Event at the Rock Cut Road Transfer Station.  OCRRA spokesperson Kristen Lawton says the event is vital for getting old mercury thermostats and thermometers out of homes and disposed of properly.

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The state Board of Elections quietly voted this week to turn over some data on New York’s voters to a Trump Administration panel looking at whether there was mass voter fraud in the 2016 Presidential election. The move makes New York the first state to comply with the controversial request, after officials initially said they would resist the request.

Did you know that the passenger pigeon was the most abundant bird in North America at one time with over five billion birds at it's population peak? This week on Science on the Radio Dr Marvin Druger will not only discuss the rise of this one-time popular bird but also ultimately it's fall.

Also, listen this week to hear about some theories on ways to restore the Passenger Pigeon to existence. 

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Syracuse University football is in its first week of summer training camp and expectations are high. The Orange is trying to improve on a 4-8 season from a year ago, which was Coach Dino Babers’ first at SU.  Despite the losing record, the team’s offense was able to pile up yards.  The passing attack amassed 321 yards per game, ranking 11th nationally. 

Quarterback Eric Dungey was injured and didn’t play all the games last season.  He says he has a new outlook for this season and is excited for the season to start.

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The often reticent  New York Assembly Speaker, Carl Heastie, showed a different side of himself when the lifelong Star Trek fan visited a museum in New York’s North Country that replicates the fictional Starship Enterprise. 

It’s a Trekkie’s dream- to sit in  Captain Kirk’s chair,  stand on a transporter pod, hold an actual communicator prop from the television show. New York’s Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie got to do all of that when he visited the Star Trek Set Tour museum in Ticonderoga, as part of a tour of New York’s North Country.

What are the prospects that Republican State Senator John DeFrancisco of Syracuse will challenge Governor Andrew Cuomo for Governor? 

DeFrancisco says he first wants to see if he can gain enough support from republican committee members and is traveling across the state to get the word out about his vision for the state.  He feels that it’s a critical time for him to decide whether or not to run.

"While population throughout the United States is growing, we had a net loss.  That means are voting with their feet.   They're expressing how they really feel by leaving the state.  That confirms what I've heard from  especially small business owners and people worried about their job, and seeing their kids not coming back to the state.” 

The Senator says that voters want to be confident about elected officials and thinks Cuomo has a credibility issue.

"If you talk to most New Yorkers who have any  involvement in politics, I would like to find out who, give me one person...have them call me, who trusts Andrew Cuomo to be truthful when he says something.  It's just not the case.” 

DeFrancisco feels that Cuomo likes to take credit for projects such as the recent expansion of the subway system on 7th Avenue in New York.  However, he alleges that the Governor distanced himself from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority when problems occurred.

“… but, then, you don’t a few months later say that it’s not you (Governor Cuomo) that’s running the Metropolitan Transportation Authority; it’s all (Mayor Bill) de Blasio’s fault, even though you appoint the Chairman to that group and you have a substantial influence over the majority of that group.  So, that’s the type of thing, I think, that people get tired… I know I do, of hearing things one day and then a totally opposite spin on something the next day because it achieves a political result.”

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Onondaga County residents will have a chance Thursday to offer their input on County Executive Joanie Mahoney’s shared government services plan.  The public hearing follows a series of meetings Mahoney held with local government and school district officials.

There are just shy of 100 ideas to streamline and reduce the cost of government, some from the county executive herself, and others from the consensus commission and municipalities. County Legislature Chair Ryan McMahon says t 

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This week on Masters of Scale Red Hoffman sits down with Airbnb's Brian Chesky. If you want your company to truly scale, you first have to do things that don't scale. Handcraft the core experience. Get your hands dirty. Serve your customers one-by-one. And don't stop until you know exactly what they want.

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Senator Chuck Schumer stopped on the shores of Owasco Lake Monday to call on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to do its part to allow a wetlands restoration project to go forward.  Officials say it would reduce sediment and nutrient run-off that’s causing algae blooms and affecting the drinking water supply for Auburn and a dozen other towns.

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