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UNION IMPASSE
12:43 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Talks Break Down Between County and Union Workers

A CSEA slogan
Credit CSEA

Onondaga County and its largest union have reached an impasse in contract negotiations after more than a year of meetings on the subject.  Talks broke down Thursday during the twelfth session of talks between the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)  Local 834 and the county. 

President Kathy Zabinski says considering the way the talks have gone so far, the county worker isn't being valued.  She says the union members aren’t asking for too much:

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ONONDAGA LAKE IMPROVEMENT
6:35 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Concert Pavilion a Centerpiece of Onondaga Lake Revitalization Plan

A picture of what the proposed Lakehouse Concert Pavilion would look like on Onondaga Lake.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Governor Andrew Cuomo joined local officials Wednesday in Solvay to unveil details of a plan to revitalize the western side of Onondaga Lake.  

The $100 million project will include a 75-hundred seat lakefront concert pavilion across from the state fairgrounds.  Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney says it fits into the larger picture of the lake’s rebirth.   

The announcement of the project is part of Governor Cuomo's proposed budget, and comes after a plan to build a sports stadium in Downtown Syracuse fell through due to concerns from Mayor Stephanie Miner. 

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Community
8:21 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Somebody Asks You for Money. How Do You React?

Downtown Syracuse
Credit Mark Bialczak

I think the request startled me.

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Local News
6:06 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Syracuse, Other Cities See Drop in Jobless Rate to 6-Year Low

Job seekers crowd into a job fair earlier this month where many employers had active openings.
Credit WAER File

The Syracuse area posts an improvement of a full 2% in the latest unemployment numbers released by New York State.  The December jobless rate released Tuesday by the State Labor Department dropped to 6.5%, the lowest in more than 6 years.  That compares to 8.5% in December of 2012.

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ONONDAGA COUNTY SHERIFF'S RACE
11:10 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Law Enforcement Veteran John Balloni Wants to be the Next Onondaga County Sheriff

Surrounded by supporters, John Balloni announces his candidacy for Onondaga County Sheriff.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

John Balloni confirmed Monday what many already suspected…that he’s running for Onondaga County Sheriff.  He’s been raising money for months, and retiring Sheriff Kevin Walsh has publicly supported Balloni as his successor.   He told a crowd of about 50 supporters yesterday that in an age of tight budgets and sparse manpower, he wants more partnerships with local police agencies to boost community policing.  But he stopped short of a full endorsement of consolidation.

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