TAXES
6:23 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Miner Vetoes Tax Increase

Mayor Miner discusses the Common Council's budget and her line item vetoes
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner vetoed a small tax increase Wednesday that was approved  last week by Common Councilors. In her letter to the city clerk, Miner says her objection is based not only on the extra spending, but also on the process. 

She says the Council "sprung" a last minute tax increase on residents inside $6.8 million in budget amendments, with no public dialogue beforehand. 

In a release from Miner's office, she says:

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Brown v. Board of Ed 60th anniv
5:14 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Will Abandoning Common Core Set School Equality Back to Brown V. Board of Ed Days?

NYS Education Commissioner John King
Credit nysed.gov

New York’s Education Commissioner took the 60th anniversary of the Brown versus Board of Education decision to defend the Common Core standards in schools.  John King went after the programs critics.  He says Common Core is not about a federal curriculum or making testing companies get rich.

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US Attorney Release
3:14 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

David Renz Will Not Face Death Penalty Case from Federal Prosecutors

David Renz' mug shot from an earlier arrest

  

Federal officials have decided not to pursue a death penalty case against David Renz for last year's murder of a woman and rape of a child.  Renz pled guilty to killing Lori Bresnahan and assaulting the young girl. 

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Community
10:00 am
Wed May 14, 2014

A Visit to Onondaga Lake Park Can Open Your Eyes

Skateboard Park
Mark Bialczak

If you've lived in the Syracuse area since the 1980s, it may never have crossed your mind to pull into the park that borders Onondaga Lake over there on the Liverpool side. Too many memories of chemical dumps when the Allied factory used to churn out its product in the big plant on the shore, right?

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2014 NY GUBERNATORIAL RACE
6:22 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

GOP Pick for Lieutenant Governor is SAFE Act Opponent

Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss is the GOP choice for Lieutenant Governor.

GOP candidate for governor Rob Astorino says his choice for a Lieutenant Governor running mate will be the Chemung County Sheriff, Chris Moss, an avid opponent of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s gun control laws.

Moss, who would be the first  African American the state GOP would pick for Lieutenant Governor, is head of the New York State Sheriffs' Association.  In an interview with the Elmira Star Gazette, Moss called  parts of the gun control laws championed by Cuomo “ludicrous” and a “knee jerk reaction” to the Sandy Hook tragedy. 

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Nascar Driver Supports Healthy Mouth Movement
2:47 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Danica Patrick Comes to Syracuse as a Matter of Dental Health

Danica Patrick (right) smiles as she's about to be introduced at SU. Congressmember Dan Maffei is to her left.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

It’s not every day that an award winning Nascar Driver rolls into Syracuse. However, Danica Patrick joined forces with Aspen Dental today at Syracuse University to offer free Dental Care with a mobile dentistry office that’s catering to Veterans who are in need of some dental care.

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HISTORIC PRESERVATION
11:28 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Syracuse Land Bank Could be Key to Saving House Where "Oz" Creator Met His Future Wife

The house at 678 W. Onondaga St. was built in 1880.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

The abandoned, boarded-up Syracuse house where Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum first met his future wife might finally have a brighter future via the land bank.  Syracuse common councilors Monday approved the sale of the tax delinquent house at 678 W. Onondaga Street to the land bank, which then could choose to sell it to the Baum Foundation.  Executive Director Kathleen DiScenna says the couple met in 1881.   She says his late niece Cynthia told her,

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Mental Health Awareness
1:37 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Suicides for NY's Middle Aged Jump 42 % in a Decade, Ignoring Mental Health to Blame

Credit Newmentalhealthconnection.org

  One of the most prevalent health issues is literally killing people in New York at a rate that’s jumped in the last decade.  May is mental health awareness month…and experts say many either ignore or avoid getting diagnosed.  David Hullett is medical director for Optum, part of United Health Group to improve care and services.  He says disorders might hospitalize someone…but others are on the more mild side of the spectrum.

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Heroin Use Surges
1:08 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Heroin Overdoses Continue to Affect Communities Across CNY

Heroin use, abuse and overdoses all too common in CNY.

  With 2,000 reported heroin-related deaths in New York State in 2011, the nationwide heroin problem is becoming an epidemic. This epidemic is affecting both the city of Syracuse and its neighboring suburbs.

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Jay Field is a reporter for MPBN Radio based in the network’s Bangor bureau. In his reporting for the network’s flagship program, Maine Things Considered, Field enjoys exploring how real people’s lives are impacted by the unique policy challenges, economic, education, natural resource and otherwise, that come with daily life in a rural state.

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