PARKS AND RECREATION
6:38 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

ESF College Foundation Donates Land to Expand Heath Park

Mayor Miner and ESF President Wheeler unveil the new entrance and sign at the James E. Heath park in Valley
Credit John Smith / WAER News

It’s been a long time coming, but Heath Park in Syracuse now has another entrance.  SUNY Environmental College of Science and Forestry has officially given two acres of land that borders a residential neighborhood to the city parks department.  

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA
6:25 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Governor Cuomo, Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on Medical Marijuana Program

Kate Hintz and her daughter Morgan at the state capitol Thursday as the governor and legislative leaders announced an agreement on a medical marijuana program.
Credit Karen DeWitt

Governor Cuomo and the legislature have agreed to a limited medical marijuana program for patients with cancer, AIDS, and childhood seizure disorders.  It will not allow the drug to be smoked.  Cuomo, who  had expressed reservations about allowing medical marijuana, says the bill will grant sick people access to the drug, while imposing limits that will prevent abuse of marijuana.

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DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT
12:54 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Downtown Syracuse Builds on Success, Sees Growth Spreading

From left to right, Livability.com's Matt Carmichael, Downtown Committee Chair Jim Breuer, and Committee Executive Director Merike Treier talk shop before the meeting at the OnCenter.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

An observer of population trends and urban issues says Syracuse appears to be on the right path toward making its downtown a more thriving place.

Matt Carmichael is editor of livability.com, and was the keynote speaker at Wednesday’s annual meeting of the Downtown Committee. 

Downtown Committee Executive Director Merike Treier says downtown's growth seems to be spreading or strenghening nearby neighborhoods previously disconnected from the city's core, like the Inner Harbor and Franklin Square. 

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NY-22 PRIMARY
2:03 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Utica-area Rep. Richard Hanna Stands by His Record as Primary Approaches

Rep. Peter King of NY-2, left, and Rep. Richard Hanna of NY-22.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

With primary elections a week away, Utica-area Congressmember Richard Hanna seemed to be trying to bolster his Republican credentials Tuesday by bringing Long Island colleague Representative Peter King to Central New York.  

 Hanna is facing a primary challenge from Tea Party candidate and state assemblymember Claudia Tenney of New Hartford.  She’s accused him and the Republican Party of abandoning their conservative principles of less government and lower taxes.  Hanna says he doesn’t get too mired in the politics of his positions.  

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Community
11:15 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

After the Report about Race and School Discipline, What's in Your Heart?

  The story I read Saturday by Post-Standard reporter James T. Mulder  told of how an investigation by the state's Attorney General found that black students in the Syracuse city school district are twice as likely to be disciplined as white students.

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PRIDE WEEK 2014
11:56 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

CNY Pride Week Underway; Parade Saturday

CNY Pride Board President Bruce Carter, left, helps raise the rainbow flag.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Dozens gathered in front of Syracuse City Hall Monday to mark the start of CNY Pride Week with the raising of the rainbow flag.  The annual event gives the LGBT community and its supporters a chance to reflect on progress made on equal rights and the challenges remaining.  

 

Locally, Syracuse has been a leader in recognizing gay rights with others following suit.  The city adopted a  law in 1990 prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment, public accommodations, and housing.

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Minimum Wage Hike
10:20 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

New Minimum Wage Study Shows Range of Benefits and Who Would Gain

Credit oxfam.org

  The debate over raising the minimum wage is heating up in New York and in Congress.  A report out by Oxfam America is highlighting benefits the group says would come from an increase to $10.10 an hour.  M-I-T Sloan School of Management researcher Zeynep Ton finds investing in people can be a good business strategy.

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2014 Juneteenth Celebration
2:15 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Juneteenth Headed Back to the South Side this Year: Kickoff Friday, Parade and Celebration Saturday

Organizers joined elected officials in front of Syracuse City Hall to kickoff Juneteenth Friday morning
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  African Americans in and around Syracuse will once again recall the time when the last of the slaves finally found out about their freedom after the civil war.  The City’s celebration of Juneteenth got underway Friday. 

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