Local News
4:49 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Political Heavyweights join Neighbors to Oppose Inmate Halfway House in Tipperary Hill

Senator Charles Schumer joins neighbors to oppose the siting of a halfway house for former federal prison inmates that could go into the Tipperary Hill area.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

  A proposed halfway house may be too close for comfort for the Tippery Hill neighborhood.

Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Dan Maffei joined local residents to oppose a plan by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Schumer says community opinions should play a large role in the decision making process.

“The Federal bureau of prisons is an agency but it should take into account local concerns, a halfway house is something that has to be supported by a community to make it work and so one of the criteria they look at is community concerns and support.”

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Domestic Violence Report to Community
4:34 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

25 Years of Fighting Domestic Violence with a focus on the Work to be Done

Report to Community on Domestic and Sexual Violence shows police respond to 1300 calls for domestic disputes each month
Credit verahouse.org

  Vera House is celebrating its 25th Anniversary of fighting domestic and sexual violence today by allowing survivors to share stories about overcoming their abuse.

Jennifer explained how a period of abuse in her childhood led to decades of confusion and frustration in trying to cope with her experiences. She says she has learned to embrace the title of Survivor with the others that describe her life.

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9:05 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Halloween Is a Scarily Huge Holiday in Central New York for Adults, Too

A house in Eastwood is decorated for the holiday. It lights up at night.
Credit Mark Bialczak

  There was a time, soon after my candy-collecting years were said and done, when  I pretty much forgot about Halloween.

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Smart Schools Bond Act
5:30 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Cuomo Makes Case for Education Bond Act but Skeptics Remain

Credit elps.soe.ku.edu / University of Kansas

The November 4 ballot includes an amendment to borrow $2 billion dollars to buy new technology for school children, like I-Pads and other tablets.  Fiscal watchdogs are against it, and the education community has been lukewarm. But with one week left to go before voting day, Governor Cuomo who came up with idea, has finally started to push for it.

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Politics & Government
4:53 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

A New Face Soon to Become Onondaga County's New Sheriff

Candidate Conway connects with residents of Onondaga County
Credit conwayforsheriff.com

The Onondaga County Sheriff position is up for grabs for the first time since 1994. Longtime Sheriff Kevin Walsh is stepping down after twenty years. DeWitt Police Chief and Republican candidate Gene Conway will run against Democrat and veteran of the Onondaga Sheriff's office Toby Shelley. The department has recently dealt with a number of issues including over-time costs and allegations of officers filling out false time sheets. First-time candidate Conway is not happy with the negative image the local police and Sheriff's office has developed over the past few years.

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Politics & Government
5:06 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

$49.5 Million Dollar Onondaga Lake Amphitheater Funding Squeaks through County Legislature Committe

An artist's rendering of what the proposed Onondaga Lake Amphitheater would resemble.
Credit Onondaga County

A key vote next Monday could decide whether or not a nearly $49.5 million dollar amphitheater goes up along the western shoreline of Onondaga Lake. The County Ways and Means Committee had a lengthy debate over the projected revenue streams on Monday and narrowly passed $49.5 million dollars in bonds to cover construction costs.

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