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  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand chose Fayetteville’s connection to women’s rights as a place to announce her bill to promote the anniversary of women’s suffrage.  She’d like to see more attention to the centennial of women’s right to vote, which comes around in 2020.  Gillibrand says the voting rights struggle is connected to women’s issues today.

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  Registered democrats will go to the polls Tuesday in the 24th congressional district to choose who they’d like to see replace incumbent republican John Katko.  In the first of our series on the upcoming primary, we hear what motivated political newcomers Steve Williams, Colleen Deacon, and Eric Kingson to run for congress.

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  The Fowler High School Class of 2016 graduates Thursday, but seniors put on their caps and gowns a day early to parade through local elementary schools. High fives and cheers could be seen and heard in the hallways of Bellevue Elementary School, with younger kids holding signs to congratulate the passing high schoolers. Graduating seniors Juliana Rodriguez and Ramel Davis say the excitement was palpable.

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  Syracuse school children no longer have to worry about being fined if they’re late to return a book to the city’s libraries.  Mayor Stephanie Miner announced Tuesday the city will pay $7,000 per year to cover the cost of the fines, as well as prevent blocks on library cards.  She says the idea is to keep children reading so they stay on track at school, especially during the summer. 

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What began in January as an ambitious reform package proposed by Gov. Cuomo to address a wave of corruption at the Capitol dwindled to just two proposals by the time the session closed.  Here’s a look at what happened:

Back in January, Governor Cuomo proposed a number of changes to react to a wave of corruption that led to the convictions of the two former leader of the legislature on felony corruption charges.

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Syracuse Police are trying to piece together what led to multiple shots being fired Sunday night at a large party that claimed the life of a 41-year-old man on the city’s near west side.  An officer also fired her weapon during the melee.  Mayor Stephanie Miner says police had an idea there could be a problem at an annual father’s day gathering near Skiddy Park.

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This year’s CNY Pride Week came to an end over the weekend with thousands of people attending the parade and celebrating with food, music and dancing at Syracuse’s Inner Harbor.  Rome resident Leo Byrom says joining the parade to support is like being with the family.  He says there are still people who feel alone and continue to hide themselves in the closet.

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  A group of women organized by Vera House wanted the message held inside the Stanford rape case victim's recent testimony to get a public presentation.  And with it the women, victims of abuse themselves, gave voice to the strong sentiments about what constitutes rape, how victims are dealt with in the court system, the continued ignoring of consent, and the devastation to the lives of victims.  

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner signed a law Thursday that she believes is a major step towards eliminating economic inequality in the City of Syracuse.   The Resident Hiring Ordinance requires 20 percent of workers on city contracts over $100,000 be residents of the city.

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Republican voters in the 22nd congressional district will have three candidates to choose from when they go to the polls on June 28th.

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