Economic Development
8:12 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Sen. Chuck Schumer Flexes Political Muscle to Redevelop Vacant Gas Stations

Credit Waleed Shaikh, WAER News
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer says redevelopment of these properties is long overdue.

Senator Chuck Schumer stopped by Syracuse to urge the owners of three abandoned gas stations at a key gateway to work with the city to sell or redevelop the properties.  All three are at the corner of East Brighton Ave. and East Seneca Turnpike.  The one at 1001 E. Brighton has been vacant for 15 years.

The two other properties are across the street at 962 E. Brighton Ave. and 571 E. Seneca Turnpike, which are seen behind Sen. Schumer.  

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Trey Graham edits and produces arts and entertainment content for NPR's Digital Media division, where among other things he's helped launch the Monkey See pop-culture blog and NPR's expanded Web-only movies coverage. He also helps manage the Web presence for Fresh Air from WHYY.

Outside NPR, Graham has been a lead theater critic at the Washington City Paper, D.C.'s alternative weekly newspaper, since 1995, which means he's seen a good deal of superb theater and a great deal of schlock. He's still stage-struck enough to believe that the former makes up for the latter.

Music Festival
2:57 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Syracuse Jazzfest Organizers Fill in Some Details

Syracuse Jazzfest Director Frank Malfitano goes all patriotic as he announces the final lineups for the July 4, 5, 6 event.
Credit Chris Bolt, WAER News



More information has just been leaked about what’s coming up at the Syracuse M and T Jazzfest at Jamesville beach July 4th, 5th, and 6th.

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Shawn Johnson covers the State Capitol for Wisconsin Public Radio. Shawn joined the network in 2004. Prior to that he worked for WUIS-FM, a public radio station in Springfield, Illinois. There, Shawn reported on the Illinois legislature. He also managed the station's western Illinois bureau, where he produced features on issues facing rural residents. He previously worked as an Assistant Producer for WBBM-AM radio in Chicago.

Shawn's work has earned awards from the Associated Press and has been featured on National Public Radio.


Gay Rights
7:52 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

CNY Pride Event Attracts Thousands to Syracuse's Inner Harbor

Hundreds of gay rights supporters watch live song-and-dance routines along the shores of Onondaga Lake at the annual CNY Pride Festival on Saturday, June 15, 2013.
Valerie Crowder, WAER News

A colorful family of gay rights supporters celebrated love, openness and equality on Saturday, June 15, along Syracuse’s Inner Harbor .  The CNY Pride Parade and Festival attracted church groups, businesses, community organizations and hundreds of families and individuals. 

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Politics & Government
3:14 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Onondaga County Lawmakers Don't Get Much Feedback On OCC budget

An empty podium greeted Onondaga County lawmakers at a public hearing on OCC's budget.
Credit John Smith, WAER News

County legislators are considering Onondaga Community College’s budget proposal.  

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End of Slavery Remembered
2:04 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Juneteenth Cultural Celebration in Syracuse is This Weekend

Credit John Smith / WAER News

From its small beginnings at the South West Community Center, the Annual Syracuse Juneteenth Festival this weekend is estimated to attract a record 25-thousand people this year.

The event marks the date of the emancipation of a quarter million slaves in Galveston, Texas in 1865.  At Friday’s flag raising ceremony, Juneteenth committee board member Gale Barnes addressed the diverse significance of the festival.

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New Study
12:53 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

How Good of a Home is Syracuse for Refugees Resettled From Other Countries?

Refugee Report "World at our Doorstep" examines how Syracuse is meting needs of thousands of people resettled from other countries

Chris Bolt report on new Onondaga Citizens League study "World at our Doorstep."

The process to help refugees resettle in the Syracuse area could be a little easier on the people and families that have come from places such as Sudan, Bosnia, and other troubled countries. 

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Life After Military
4:06 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Federal Veterans Leader in Syracuse says Unemployment for Servicemen Improving

Veterans Unemployment Down

The city of Syracuse is being reminded that the phrase “support our troops” holds true both on and off the battlefield. Politicians, business owners, and community organizers came together today to discuss veteran unemployment, and the role that the city and local employers can play in solving this problem.

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Politics & Government
3:16 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Common Couniclors Nix Plan to have Businesses Pay for Upkeep of Connective Corridor

Businesses spared extra tax for upkeep of Connective Corridor

With an overwhelming “no,” the Syracuse Common Council shot down a plan to have businesses along the Connective Corridor pay a special maintenance tax. 

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