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Scott Willis, WAER News

The transgender community in Syracuse fears for its safety now that the killer of a young trans-woman is free. 

Green’s mother Roxanne says she has little faith in the legal system, after the Appellate Court in Rochester released Dwight DeLee on probation last week.

Mayor Stephanie Miner
Miner for Mayor

Syracuse’s Democratic state lawmakers say Mayor Stephanie Miner has been a tireless advocate of Syracuse and a close partner in government. 


Assemblymembers Bill Magnarelli and Sam Roberts, plus Senator Dave Valesky endorsed Miner’s campaign for re-election today in front of H.W. Smith school.  The building is the last to be renovated under phase one of the massive Joint Schools Construction Project.  Bill Magnarelli says Miner made sure legislation for phase two made it through the legislature:

Christian Bersani/WAER News

A Syracuse company that manages Medicaid transportation announced Wednesday it will add 80 new jobs in its Syracuse headquarters. 

Maria Catanzarite, WAER News

Senator Chuck Schumer stopped by Syracuse Tuesday to call on the Federal Transportation Department to propose a fix for flawed rail cars called the DOT 111. 

He says the hundreds of cars that travel through the center of Syracuse every day are the same ones that derailed in Quebec a few weeks ago, killing dozens and wiping out a small town.  

Maria Catanzarite, WAER News


The Syracuse Common Council is contemplating merging city vehicle maintenance and repairs under one roof. Councilors met with city department heads Monday morning.



With more than one-thousand City-owned vehicles on the streets, Council Committee members think one building will be enough to service all five departments. Councilor Helen Hudson says cutting costs is the main reason behind the proposal.

Chris Bolt, WAER News

Syracuse mayoral candidate Pat Hogan further expanded his campaign platform Monday by releasing his Equal Rights Plan.


CHAT Camp Helps Non-Verbal Kids Connect

Aug 9, 2013
Maria Catanzarite, WAER News

The Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University brought together five area children to take part in a week-long camp for kids who chat a bit differently. Everyone has a voice—some just use the touch of a screen. 

Today was the final day of the first-ever CHAT camp, or also known as the camp of “communicative hope through assistive technology.” Speech and language pathologist Beth Tollar thinks kids with unique ways of speaking need to know they aren’t alone.

Syracuse Latino Festival Returns for 2013

Aug 8, 2013
Fanny Villarreal
John Smith, WAER News

The Syracuse Latino-Americano Festival is back again, and organizer Fanny Villarreal says it is going to be better than ever before.

Centro bus video; screen capture

A cross cultural coalition of more than a dozen advocacy groups is stepping up pressure on the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County, and Centro in light of the treatment of Brad Hulett. 

The story has gathered momentum since the Post-Standard published a story last week about Hulett’s plans to sue the city, county, and Centro over the incident that took place back in May.  Regional director of the NYCLU Barrie Gewanter sums up what happened…

WAER News- Christian Bersani

From volcanoes in science class to high-energy Zumba workouts, O.C.C. is opening its doors to college life for students with learning disabilities from all over the Onondaga County.


The week-long New Visions program is currently underway for handicapped community members who wish to experience college as any other student would.  Program Director Amy Mech says this is a chance for disabled students to be educated and build social skills in a much more familiar setting.

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