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What's Could be in Store for I-81 Without the Proper Funding?

Apr 9, 2015
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By the end of May, the federal highway trust fund is scheduled to run out of money,  leaving many including Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner asking what the future may hold for I-81.  At a press conference Thursday called by the Mayor, she asked Congress to find a way to get revenue back in the fund.  She says if not, the future of I-81 could be at stake.

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Indian Day at the 2015 State Fair will have an expanded visual presence to tell more of the history of the Iroquois nations. The day has been renamed Six Nations Day and is scheduled on the second Friday of the Fair.  Onondaga Nation Tadodaho Sid Hill says it will allow them to educate the public about their people.


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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has released her budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and it once again holds the line on property taxes and water and sewer rates.    Miner says the $674 million spending plan is the result of continued difficult fiscal decisions that don’t require more sacrifice from residents of the 23rd poorest city in the nation.    

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  The Onondaga County 911 Center received nearly 600,000 calls in 2014 with an average pick-up time of 5 .9 seconds. Wednesday, members of the team were rewarded for their professional skills to help callers.  The Public Safety Dispatcher Employee of the Year Award was presented to Kelly Brigman.  Commissioner Bill Bleyle recalled a cell phone call for help she answered from an elderly man who struck his head on a tree.

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  Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner proposes a city budget that holds the line on taxes, sewer and water fees.  Miner says in a release she’s keeping the city a good place to live.

 “From continued investments in programs like Say Yes to Education, we are demonstrating we are willing to make big ideas work for the people of our community. Additionally, by not raising taxes, water rates, and sewer rates, we are keeping Syracuse an affordable City where people can live, work, and raise a family.”

  Syracuse University professors are saying that Rolling Stone magazine needs to be held accountable for the inaccuracies in its recent campus rape story.  After an assessment from the Columbia School of Journalism regarding Rolling Stone’s “A Rape on Campus” story, three journalism professors from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at SU gave their reactions to the backlash the magazine is now facing.

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  Central New Yorkers might be worried about flooding over the next few days…with rain in today’s forecast coupled with the recent snowmelt.  One expert in flood repair has a very personal connection to a hidden threat of water damage.

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  In light of Financial Literacy Month and with this year’s tax deadline quickly approaching, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman offered New Yorkers some advice on how to avoid tax prep scams.

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It appears the problem of counterfeit cash circulating through the Syracuse area is growing, and affecting more businesses.  A little over a week ago, Syracuse Police issued an alert about phony $100 bills.    Senator Chuck Schumer stopped by a Byrne Dairy store in Camillus Monday, an example of 10 stores that have been victimized in the last 30 days.  

Empire brewing company general manager Breanne Barzee says they’ve received the funny money…

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As Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney finishes up her post at the New York Power Authority, she also begins a new appointment by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Mahoney is the new Chair of the Thruway’s Board and she says the first task is dealing with a $25 million dollar operating deficit. 

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