24th Congressional Election
6:25 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Rep Maffei says Fixing Roads, Water Systems, Airport Will Boost Economy; Opponent Calls it Politics

Credit John Smith/WAER News

  U.S. Represenative Dan Maffei says Central New York has the potential to transform into a bustling hub for global commerce… but that’s reliant upon one thing, a revamped infrastructure.  Maffei discussed his ideas to revitalize and invest in infrastructure projects across the region Monday.  He was joined by local elected officials from cities and counties in the region.

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University Avenue Project
11:17 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

SU Bookstore & Fitness Center Project Hits Snag: University Fires Developer

Artist's rendering of University Ave. bookstore, fitness center and retail project that has been cancelled by SU due to problems with the developer.

  A project by a private developer that was going to house a new Syracuse University bookstore and Fitness Center has to be put on hold after several financial problems couldn't get resolved.  Cameron Group was gong to build the center on University Ave., adjacent to an existing parking garage.  The University was then going to lease back most of the space to house its primary bookstore, while the developer would rent space to other retailers.

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Universal Pre-K
2:49 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

Expansion of Universal Pre-K in New York Going Slower than Expected

Fewer than one-fourth of New York School districts are ready to participate in expanding Universal Pre-K.
Credit Americanprogress.org

  The enthusiasm to expand universal Pre-Kindergarten education across the state is fizzling over money issues…even though the Governor promised a blank check to districts earlier this year.  Now education advocates are saying the effort to get more four-year-olds into full-day preschool might need some retooling.

  It was just this past March during budget talks when expanding Universal Pre-K to all new York families who wanted it was a hot topic.

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Entertainment
12:51 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Jazz Journeys - Episode 14

The legendary Little Jimmy Scott

Vocalist Little Jimmy Scott was an NEA Jazz Master yet he never quite got the recognition he deserved in the jazz world despite having one of the most unique voices in American musical history.  Jimmy Scott passed away on June 12th at the age of 88 and on this edition of Jazz Journeys we look back at the life and legacy of an amazing singer.

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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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