CNY School Boards Association
4:47 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

School Funding Crisis Brings Together Local Districts, Public

North Syracuse Junior High hosts meeting on School Funding Crisis
Credit nscsd.org

  The financing of our schools has reached a crisis point. Onondaga County schools alone have lost $270 million  since 2008. 

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Personal Finance Safety
6:03 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Tax Season Brings Out Tax Scams for Central New Yorkers

Time to get out the pen and calculator to figure taxes...but also time to beware of tax scams and cheats, says the IRS.
Credit asktaxquestions.org

  Central New Yorkers are starting start to gather their financial information and receive W-2 forms for tax season.  The time is also ripe for scam artists preparing their schemes.  

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ENERGY
4:12 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Syracuse Activists Urge Pres. Obama to Reject Keystone XL Pipeline

An activist holds a sign during a vigil in front of the federal building in Syracuse.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

About two dozen activists held vigil today in front of the federal building in Syracuse urging President Obama to reject the expansion of the Keystone pipeline.   The action follows the release late last week of the State Department’s final environmental impact review, on which the president is expected to base his decision.  Long-time activist Sandy Porter says the process harms the environment from the time huge earth movers dig out the tar sands, to where they process it.  

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UNION IMPASSE
12:43 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Talks Break Down Between County and Union Workers

A CSEA slogan
Credit CSEA

Onondaga County and its largest union have reached an impasse in contract negotiations after more than a year of meetings on the subject.  Talks broke down Thursday during the twelfth session of talks between the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)  Local 834 and the county. 

President Kathy Zabinski says considering the way the talks have gone so far, the county worker isn't being valued.  She says the union members aren’t asking for too much:

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ONONDAGA LAKE IMPROVEMENT
6:35 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Concert Pavilion a Centerpiece of Onondaga Lake Revitalization Plan

A picture of what the proposed Lakehouse Concert Pavilion would look like on Onondaga Lake.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Governor Andrew Cuomo joined local officials Wednesday in Solvay to unveil details of a plan to revitalize the western side of Onondaga Lake.  

The $100 million project will include a 75-hundred seat lakefront concert pavilion across from the state fairgrounds.  Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney says it fits into the larger picture of the lake’s rebirth.   

The announcement of the project is part of Governor Cuomo's proposed budget, and comes after a plan to build a sports stadium in Downtown Syracuse fell through due to concerns from Mayor Stephanie Miner. 

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Community
8:21 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Somebody Asks You for Money. How Do You React?

Downtown Syracuse
Credit Mark Bialczak

I think the request startled me.

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Local News
6:06 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Syracuse, Other Cities See Drop in Jobless Rate to 6-Year Low

Job seekers crowd into a job fair earlier this month where many employers had active openings.
Credit WAER File

The Syracuse area posts an improvement of a full 2% in the latest unemployment numbers released by New York State.  The December jobless rate released Tuesday by the State Labor Department dropped to 6.5%, the lowest in more than 6 years.  That compares to 8.5% in December of 2012.

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