City Sues Inner Harbor Developer Over Broken Agreement

Dec 15, 2015
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 The City of Syracuse has filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the company set to develop the inner-harbor. 

COR Development Company struck a deal Tuesday with the approval of the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency (OCIDA).

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The synthetic drug epidemic continues in Central New York, and Congressmember John Katko and his colleagues have submitted legislation aimed at getting the drugs off the shelves.   If approved, the measure would remove a key barrier to prosecuting those who sell the substances.  Law enforcement officials on all levels have been saying for years that their hands are often tied because the drugs have to be on the federal drug analog statute to warrant arrests. 

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Visitors to Washington Square Park on Syracuse’s north side are likely to notice the brightly painted and newly renovated playground.  The additions are meant to get more people to use the park, and make playing there safer.  Mayor Stephanie Miner recognized community leaders at an on-site dedication today for their involvement in the project. Maureen Dore helped with fundraising efforts and says the playground is attracting newcomers.

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  Some of Central New York's Jewish residents took a day of Hanukkah to show solidarity with local Muslims.  More than 30 people gathered at the menorah in Clinton Square to protest against what they call growing Islamophobia.  Mara Sapon-Shevin is against singling out any religion.

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The second of the state legislature’s two former leaders has now been convicted on multiple corruption charges, after a jury lost no time in finding former Senate Leader Dean Skelos and son Adam guilty on all eight counts.

Dean Skelos and his son Adam were found guilty of charges including extortion and bribery, after prosecutors said they schemed to use the former Senate Leader’s influence with the real estate industry to obtain no show jobs for his son.

With the conviction, Skelos automatically loses his seat in the Senate.

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  Central New York’s Regional Economic Development Council continued its winning ways this year, walking away from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) and Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Awards with a total of $500 million.

The region will receive the money over the course of five years in roughly $100 million increments.  

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  As many as 1000 northside residents are expected to turn out for next week’s family Christmas party put on by the Butternut Community Police center.  The success of 7th annual gathering illustrates just how much of a positive impact the center has on the lives of children in that neighborhood.

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About 500 additional Syracuse high school students will have the option to ride the bus come February after an agreement with Centro.  The city school district announced Monday the maximum walking distance for students  has been reduced from two miles to 1.5 miles.  Centro director Frank Kobliski says it was a matter of logistics and no extra buses.

  Syracuse University introduced its next head coach today.  The news broke Saturday that Dino Babers would take over the football program.  Monday morning he told reporters and others from the SU athletic staff that he can win with the talent in the program.

“Most college football teams have enough guys that you can win it’s whether they’re unselfish enough to move to spots where you can win.” 

Babers says the players on the team simply have to be unselfish and more about team success.

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Syracuse University football fans can hope that the new orange coach will have the same success as he had in his previous stop.  Dino Babers was named as SU's new football coach Saturday, taking over for Scott Schafer, who coached his last game last Saturday  - a win over Boston College.