Children’s and Families’ health was the focus of a new Syracuse city proposal to restrict smoking in public places. The measure passed, but not without concerns over who it might turn off of Syracuse’s festivals and events.
One of Karen DeCrow's long-time friends is remembering her as a sweet, kind, loving, and funny trailblazer for gender equality. DeCrow passed away Friday morning at her home in Jamesville after long battle with melanoma. She was 76.
A Syracuse coalition of community advocates, elected officials, and labor groups have joined a statewide campaign to raise the minimum wage as the legislative session begins to wind down.
They gathered in front of a fast food restaurant on Erie Boulevard Thursday to kick off their effort, which also includes empowering local governments to enact their own higher wages. Citizen Action Organizing Director Rosemary Rivera says Governor Cuomo has said he supports a statewide minimum of $10.10 an hour, up from the current $8.00.
From left to right: Common Councilor Bob Dougherty, Senator Dave Valesky, City of Syracuse Parks and Rec Commissioner Baye Muhammad, Mayor Stephanie Miner, and Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli (partially obstructed).
The City of Syracuse Parks and Recreation Department had to put the Meachem Rink operations ‘on ice’ in April when the cooling system broke down. Thanks to State Grants and the research for a less expensive solution, the rink will reopen in the fall. Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli and Senator Dave Valesky helped to secure about $460,000 dollars in capital support. Valesky says the timing was right after recently finalizing the State Budget.
A Central New York Vietnam Veteran who likely died of cancer from Agent Orange exposure now has his name on proposed legislation to support other veterans and families. The Lawrence J. Hackett, Jr. Vietnam Veterans Agent Orange Fairness Act unveiled today would ensure that veterans and their families would get the necessary healthcare and compensation to cover them. A longtime friend of Hackett’s, Judge Joseph Fahey says his friend’s story is similar to others.
Green Party candidate for Governor Howie Hawkins of Syracuse says many disenfranchised Working Families Party members might see him as the only progressive option after party leaders endorsed democrat Andrew Cuomo.
Hawkins says progressive voters feel Cuomo can't be trusted after flip-flopping on positions and walking back on promises made to the WFP. He says the WFP and the Greens actually aren't that far apart on the issues.
Howie Hawkins says he was ignored by the leadership of the Working Families Party when he suggested they endorse him instead of Andrew Cuomo. He says he's still reaching out.
Hawkins says if he starts drawing votes, that will strengthen the WFP on the inside, and may move Cuomo to fulfill some of his promises. He says WFP voters on social media are very unhappy with the governor, and many of them are turning to the Green Party. Hawkins says the same feeling might also apply to some unions and other groups, and says he'll be seeking their endorsements, as well. Meanwhile, he says he'll continue campaigning and explain Cuomo's real record.
Syracuse School District Officials announced the district received a donation of 100-thousand books to get kids to read over the summer. There are documented reasons to keep young minds active when school’s out.
The Director of National Security Studies at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School is relieved that a US soldier has been returned but, he's also concerned about the release of five high level Taliban operatives. Bill Smullen has been keeping a close watch on developments. He says the released detainees are dangerous planners and thinkers.
Onondaga County Emergency Management officials say there has been an increased focus on how to respond to any potential incident involving a train carrying crude oil. The volume of shipments of volatile crude from North Dakota on what critics have called flawed, outdated tank cars has skyrocketed through the county on its way to the Port of Albany.
That’s raised concerns from federal, state, and city officials about the danger and ability to respond.
Onondaga County Commissioner of Emergency Management Kevin Wisely explains how they're working with CSX railroad to prepare for any incident that may occur, including derailment of oil tank cars.
Wisely says he's also been on conference calls with state officials, and Gov. Cuomo has commissioned a task force to review incident prevention response capacity specific to crude oil. He says the state is also working with the Federal Railroad Agency to inspect rails.