Zero Tolerance on Move Over Law to be Enforced in Onondaga County

Apr 10, 2017
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Law enforcement officials in Onondaga County will be targeting motorists next week who don’t observe the state’s Move Over Law. Today, County Police Chief Joseph Ciciarelli says they’re launching a zero tolerance enforcement of the law from April 17th through the 21st. James Waverkak of Meyer’s Towing works on the thruway and faces the dangers of the highway every day. He thinks only about 60% of drivers obey the Move Over Law.

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner released the final budget of her administration Monday, which she says was made more difficult by the late state budget and uncertainty about federal funding.  The $700 million spending plan includes $293 million for city operations, and $407 million for city schools, which anticipated $20 million in additional state aid.  But Miner says the state only came through with $12 million in its budget approved Sunday night. 

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast we hear about an emerging lacrosse program in Central New York. Jamesville-Dewitt is well know for their high school lacrosse success of recent years. Also Syracuse University has a storied history of success at the collegiate level, but they're not the only college program with success.

WAER's Tim Scott has the story of how Le Moyne College has established  a strong lacrosse program built to succeed for the long haul. And what future success might be in store for this Dolphins program led by  head coach Dan Sheehan

Syracuse Law Professor Endorses Legality of U.S. Missile Strikes Against Syria

Apr 7, 2017
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The chemical attack in Syria is being called a crime on humanity by a Syracuse University International law expert, who says from a moral aspect Bashar al-Assad needs to be stopped. Thursday night, President Trump ordered a missile strike against Syria as a response to the chemical weapon attack.  Syracuse University Law Professor David Crane says from a legal perspective international law does allow the United States’ reprisal.

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Symphoria is looking ahead to another successful season even though the current slate of performances doesn’t wrap up for another month. The orchestra is planning a variety of music at a range of venues in hopes of appealing to a broader audience.

From masterworks and pops…to kids, casual, and spark concerts, managing director Catherine Underhill says there’s likely to be something for everyone when the new season opens in September.  She feels it’s part of their mission to provide an opportunity to take in live music.

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Direct Care Professionals in Central New York who provide support to the developmentally disabled could have a significant wage increase on the horizon for the first time in 8 years.  Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders have agreed to include $55 million dollars in the state budget to raise their wages.  Access CNY Director Paul Joslyn says the money will go a long way to deliver the extra money his employees deserve for their dedication to very difficult work.

One Streak Ends While Another Continues For SU Men's Lacrosse Against Hobart

Apr 6, 2017

Syracuse (8-1, 3-0) snapped its one-goal game streak, but extended its win streak to six straight with its 17-11 win over in-state rival Hobart (4-6, 1-1). Senior Nick Mariano and sophomore Nate Solomon led the way for the Orange, each with four goals. Mariano tacked on a few more points to his stat line, adding three assists as well. Evan Malloy had a 17-save night against the team he made his first career start against 364 days ago.

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The namesake of New York’s Lauren's Law brought her advocacy for organ donation to a Donate Life ceremony Wednesday at Upstate University Hospital.  Seventeen-year-old Lauren Shields was just nine when she became a heart transplant recipient after a virus attacked her heart.  She says that she thinks about her donor everyday and how her donor lives on through her.

Second-Ranked Syracuse Visits In-State Rival Hobart

Apr 5, 2017

Second-ranked Syracuse (7-1, 3-0) heads west on I-90 to faceoff with Hobart (4-5, 1-1) on Wednesday night. Syracuse haven't lost to Hobart since 2013. The Orange got the better of the Statesmen when they met last season in 13-6 final that saw now senior attacker Jordan Evans score four goals.

There’s growing momentum behind a measure that would increase the age to buy tobacco products to 21 in Onondaga County.   The legislation would target the 45 percent of tobacco users in Onondaga County who are between the ages of 18 and 24 in the hopes of curbing the addiction in that age group.  Christopher Owens is the Director for the Center for Tobacco Health Systems at Saint Joseph’s Hospital, one of at least six members of a new workgroup pushing the measure.  He says New York State is already hitting the issue from all sides.