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Onondaga County Controller Bob Antonacci says state government is likely to negate any savings that might result from merging local governments.  One of the public’s main criticisms of the Consensus Commission’s draft report is that it did not include any savings estimates.

Antonacci has officially entered the continuing debate about the pros and cons of consolidation with a column published by syracuse.com. 

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Emergency Medical Service providers in Central New York respond fast when you need them and what they encounter on each call is constantly evolving.  About 200 of them learned about latest treatments and emergency trends today during E-M-S Teaching Day.

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  Any followers of city politics in recent years know Mayor Stephanie Miner has long waved a flag - and anything else at her disposal - to bring more attention to the plight of failing infrastructure.  She's held press conferences at the spots of road sinkholes and  broken water mains, brought in outside politicians and national engineers to try and stir up more interest.

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  It’s been exactly one month since about 500 Central New York Verizon workers joined roughly 40,000 others along the east coast and walked off the job.  Little movement has been made since the company’s "last and best final offer" two weeks ago.

Striking Verizon workers got a helping hand from members of other unions Thursday and Friday who grilled hotdogs and shared a lunch at the teamsters union hall on Spencer Street.  Executive Vice President of Communications Workers of America Local 1123 Nikki Tonas says helping each other is what a union’s about.

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A coalition of local and state advocacy groups gathered at the Camillus Erie Canal Park Thursday to push for closing the remaining gaps in the 360-mile canalway trail in time for its bicentennial next year.  Progress has been made, but the most challenging gap appears to be right here in Syracuse.

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Supporters and employees of Syracuse’s Rosamond Gifford Zoo got to hear today about accomplishments over the past year…and plans for the future.  Anyone who hasn’t visited in the past year or so will find some changes.

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The second of the state’s top three powerful politicians in two weeks was sentenced to prison in federal court Thursday. Dean Skelos got five years for corruption, along with his son, Adam who received six and a half years.

Despite pleas from two men and their lawyers that they did good works and were very sorry, Judge Kimba Wood told Dean Skelos and his son Adam that they “ caused immeasurable damage to New Yorkers’ confidence in the integrity of government”, and ordered prison terms. Dean Skelos must also pay over $800,000 in fines and restitution.

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  As the school year winds down, there’s a renewed effort to prevent alcohol-related accidents among teenagers.   Prom season is here, and with it comes a series of questions for area teens:  What to wear? Who to ask? Limo or no limo? But perhaps most importantly, how to handle the question of alcohol. The Prevention Network’s Philip Rose says students have come to see drinking and prom as linked.

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