BUSINESSES REMAIN OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE FUTURE
6:56 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Armory Square Businesses Affected by Road Construction in Different Ways

Traffic on West Fayette is down to a single, one way street near Franklin
Credit John Smith/WAER News

Road Construction near Armory Square is affecting some businesses in different ways but, they remain optimistic of the future results for the Downtown Syracuse economy. Merchants and restaurants remain open and it doesn’t appear difficult to locate parking on the street or in a garage. Work on the expansion of the Connective Corridor has West Fayette Street down to a single, one-way lane near the Square but, the manager of the Marriot says it’s not interfering with customers booking rooms.

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Veterans Tuition
9:05 am
Tue July 22, 2014

SUNY Students Back Bill to Help Out-of-State Vets go to SUNY Colleges

Credit Clinton.edu

  A bill sits on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk that could make it easier for veterans to afford to go to college here in New York.  The Student Assembly of the State University of New York is lobbying for the measure.  Communications Director Juliann Schindler explains it would open SUNY campuses to out-of-state vets.

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Peakfest Music Event
2:10 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Greek Peak's New Owners Hold Music Festival to Increase Summertime Business

Todd Hobin's Band from CNY started Peakfest off
Chris Bolt/WAER News

The owners of Greek Peak Ski Resort hope to make their Peakfest Music Festival an annual event.  The also hope it will spur more visitors to the resort for things other than skiing.  

The first Peakfest features a lineup of classic rock bands to draw attention, including Dave Mason, Pure Prairie League and Firefall.  New York based Professor Louie and the Chromatix followed Todd Hobin to round out the musical lineup.  

WAER's Chris Bolt reports on the first annual Peakfest, including some of the music heard by the attendees.

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Loranzo State Historic site
12:11 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Lorenzo Driving Competition Brings Touch of History to Cazenovia

Horse and period carriage at Lorenzo Driving Competition
Hannah Warren/WAER News

About 100 horses and their owners turned out this weekend for the Lorenzo Driving Competition.  The annual Cazenovia event features horses and carriages that are judged.  The event also shows off the grounds of the Lorenzo State Historic Site.  The Lorenzo House was reopened after renovations.  It was the 38th year of the competition.

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EEE in Onondaga County
11:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Finding of EEE Disease Prompts Pesticide Spraying Set for Tuesday Night

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  Onondaga County health officials are ready to react to the finding of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in the area.  Interim Health Commissioner Michelle Mignano has ordered aerial spraying for the Cicero Swamp, scheduled for Tuesday night between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.  The disease, which can be transmitted to humans, along with a high mosquito count led to the decision to spray pesticides.  Those who live in the affected area are expected to be contacted.  But Mignano has released the following boundaries for the spraying.

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Music Festival
10:40 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Bugs Invade The NE Jazz & Wine Festival

Scott "Bugs" Allen
Credit Mel Rodz Photography

CNY Jazz Central Executive Director, Larry Luttinger, seems to have hit his stride with the NE Jazz & Wine Festival by connecting people's passion for music and wine and presenting it in an urban setting.  He will do so again July 25-26 in Clinton Square with the 2014 iteration of the popular event.

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Prior to coming to NPR, Snyder worked for sixteen years at West Virginia Public Radio. He held a variety of on-air as well as managerial positions at the station, including operations director, program director, and the morning and local news anchor and reporter. He also spent time as the station's afternoon anchor/reporter.

Snyder has been awarded a variety of state Associated Press Awards for his newscasting role in public radio. He was also a proud member of an award-winning news team in West Virginia.

NANO HUB
11:33 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Construction to Begin on CNY Nanotechnology Hub in DeWitt

Elected officials and business leaders turn the first shovels of dirt for the CNY Nano Hub in DeWitt.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Ground was broken Friday on a facility in a rural area of DeWitt that’s expected to bring more of Hollywood to Onondaga County.  In fact, the Central New York Hub for Emerging Nano Industries already has a tenant.

    During the state of the county address earlier this year, California-based film and TV company “The Film House” announced it will relocate its headquarters, production, post production, and distribution operations to the facility.  President and CEO Ryan Johnson was on hand for the groundbreaking. 

"Not only will we get to work with this first kind of educational institution that will drive production and innovations globally, it will help train and develop our future workforce so  we can continue to grow in Syracuse and  build the film industry in Upstate New York."

Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy was among the officials turning over the first symbolic shovels of dirt.

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy says the CNY Nano Hub will be the first accredited nanotechnology film hub in New York State. It'll be one of 5 nano hubs across the state.

 

  Justin Steele is director of the upcoming film “The Opium War,” which will be filmed and produced in Central New York using the hub’s resources.  But Onondaga County executive Joanie Mahoney says the hub goes beyond the film industry. 

County Executive Joanie Mahoney CNY should count itself lucky to be the next home for a nanotechnology hub.

  15 million dollars in state money will build and equip the facility at the Collamer Business Park, but officials say that should leverage 150 million dollars in private investment over seven years.  The project is expected to create 350 permanent, high-tech jobs and 150 construction jobs.  

WHAT'S NEXT FOR LT. GOV. DUFFY?

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PUBLIC TOURS OF CENTER SATURDAY JULY 19th.
3:04 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

74 Million Dollar Upstate Cancer Center is a Reality; Center to Open August 25th

The exterior of the new Upstate Cancer Center on East Adams Street in Syracuse.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

A dream that’s been in the making for a very long time came true for Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse today.  The hospital held the official ribbon cutting of the 74 Million Dollar Upstate Cancer Center to provide expanded care and treatment in a welcoming, state of the art building.

Listen to John Smith's story about the new Upstate Cancer Center.

  

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