John Smith

Syracuse poverty rate ranks number 1 out of 100 cities for having the highest concentrations of poverty among Blacks and Hispanics.  The 2015 findings were published by a Rutgers University Professor.  We decided to examine some of the local efforts to eradicate poverty.

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  When you think of a hospital Emergency Room, the words fantasy and whimsy aren’t the first that come to mind. Today Upstate University Hospital opened its new Pediatric E.R. aimed at giving a more kid-friendly experience to younger patients. Chair of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Gary Johnson understands how difficult a hospital visit can be for families.

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A routine oversight hearing by the state Assembly turned testy when Governor Cuomo’s Economic Development Czar, Howard Zemsky, endured over two hours of questions about Governor Cuomo’s economic development programs, which are currently under federal investigation.

  Zemsky answered questions for over two hours from Democratic and Republican Assemblymembers, who wanted to know why the economic development program known as Start UP, which offers a ten year tax break for new high tech businesses who locate on college campuses , is seeming to take so long to begin.


Onondaga and Oswego counties are among 20 others to fall under a newly issued drought warning by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.   Governor Cuomo says in a release that recent rains helped to reduce the severity of drought conditions to the east.  But much of the state from Onondaga county westward didn’t receive enough rain.

New York State officials are trying to stop companies from marketing products they say prevent or protect against the Zika Virus. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today sent cease-and-desist letters to seven companies that are taking advantage of public concern about the outbreak.

Family Business Re-Opens it's Doors in the Hawley-Green Community

Aug 3, 2016
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  Ninety-seven years and four locations later Thanos Import Market has moved to the Hawley-Green neighborhood in Syracuse. Run by Soula Carni and her family, the market provides Greek, Italian, and Mediterranean food as well as deli sandwiches. Thanos manager, City Councilor, and Soula’s son Joe Carni say the new location is perfect.

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The Syracuse Chiefs baseball team has a new lease at NBT Bank stadium that includes more support from Onondaga County.  It appears both sides want to keep the team in Syracuse despite some lingering struggles.  Chiefs General Manager Jason Smoral says the contract approved by county lawmakers  provides essential support for the next ten years…


Utica Area Republican Congress Member Richard Hanna made public his decision Tuesday to vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton.  In a letter to The Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse-dot-com, Hanna says he fears Donald Trump will make issues such as tax reform, infrastructure, immigration and the environment much worse.  In the opinion letter Hanna further calls Trump offensive and narcissistic. 

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Dozens of protestors traveled to Albany Monday to protest the Public Service Commission’s decision to approve large subsidies for Upstate nuclear power plants. Nuclear Information and Resource Center Executive Director Tim Judson says nuclear power has gotten too expensive.