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
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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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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.
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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.
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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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IMMIGRATION CRISIS
11:50 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Syracuse Mayor, Bishop Offer Refuge for Migrant Children

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Syracuse  Mayor Stephanie Miner today sent a letter to President Barack Obama formally extending her offer to use the City of Syracuse as a site for relocating Latin American children who have crossed the Southern border.  In a release, she says the City of Syracuse is known for welcoming new immigrants and it currently is home a large population of refugees from across the globe. Miner says the City of Syracuse has been visited by representatives from federal agencies seeking to review a site for possible placement of migrant children.  She says Federal officials have made it clear that the Department of Health and Human Services will pay for and provide all services for children through its network of grantees. Miner says before the children would be placed in Syracuse, they would undergo a well-child exam, tuberculosis testing, and a mental health screening.  The mayor says children stay an average of 35 days while awaiting a hearing before an immigration magistrate and do not attend local schools.  More information on this can be found on a page on the City’s website,www.syrgov.net/unaccompaniedchildren

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CARBON POLLUTION
7:05 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

EPA Hosts Discussion Panel in Syracuse on New Proposed Regulations

A view from the roundtable discussion held at the Syracuse City Hall Commons atrium downtown
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A few dozen Syracuse-area residents gathered today to talk about climate change at a community roundtable today hosted by EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck.  

She opened the discussion with some staggering statistics, noting that this past May was the hottest May in over 130 years of recorded temperature records.  Enck said that fossil fuel power plants - those that burn coal, oil, and gas - produce about 40% of all greenhouse gas pollution. The EPA has a history of regulating other air pollutants, and now it's planing to address the greenhouse gas pollution problem.

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BUILDING CLOSURES
1:19 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Water Main Breaks Close Civic Center, Chase Building Downtown

Syracuse Water Dept. workers repair a water main break at the intersection of E. Jefferson and Montgomery Streets that closed the Civic Center.
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Onondaga County officials today announced that the Onondaga County Civic Center will close to the public and most employees today as of 12:30 due to the loss of potable water and sanitary services after being impacted by a nearby water main break. 

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DRONE CRASH REPORT
12:29 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Crashed Air Force Drone was Flying with Gear that Couldn't Handle Cold

An MQ9 drone like this crashed into Lake Ontario last November.
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  The remotely piloted Air National Guard drone that crashed last November into Lake Ontario was flying with equipment that likely couldn’t function properly in cold weather.   Besides some clouds on Nov. 12, 2013, Air National Guard crew members recalled to accident investigators that it was a nice day for flying.

But it was a cold, late fall day, just below freezing on the ground at Fort Drum, where the Air National Guard launches its remotely piloted aircraft for training missions over upstate New York. 

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