Chris Bolt

News Director

Maybe I was destined for a career in radio when I built my first stereo receiver from a Heathkit box…then later spent time running wires over beer-stained floors for local bands in Colorado bars.  I remember becoming enamored with Public Radio's story-telling style covering an exiled music group that had come to Syracuse from El Salvador.  The piece involved interviewing through an interpreter and mixing in the music with a strongly-political story of death squads.  Over the next 23 years I’ve enjoyed covering the issues, people, events, challenges and accomplishments of Central New York. 

I came to Syracuse to finish a Broadcast Journalism degree at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School.  I’ve worked at WAER since 1990 and truly enjoy our mission of educating and engaging the community, while training aspiring journalists and broadcasters.  I’m passionate about the area’s lifestyle and efforts to improve its vitality.   When not on a story, in a studio or editing and mentoring students, I can probably be found outside.  I love Central New York’s natural areas and waterways, as well as golfing and biking opportunities.  

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  What goes on inside the Onondaga County Justice Center jail might be under just a bit more scrutiny after a Jail Oversight Committee was approved Tuesday by County lawmakers. 

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Education will be a big issue in 2015, with lines already drawn between teachers at public schools, and Governor Andrew Cuomo, and the charter school movement.

Before the New Year even began, the state’s largest teachers union was already making its displeasure with Governor Andrew Cuomo known, by protesting outside the governor’s mansion.

New York State United Teachers President Karen Magee says teachers are angry over what they see as Governor Cuomo’s increasingly negative view of their union, and the public education system in general.

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  2015 is greeting Central New Yorkers with a renewed threat of the flu virus.  Statewide the number of cases almost doubled in the past week, jumping 90 percent.  Onondaga County's Health Department knows how dangerous the disease can be with two deaths just before the New Year.  

  Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo died on New Year’s Day, just hours after his son , Governor Andrew Cuomo, gave his inaugural address for his second term in office.

  Central New Yorkers might take some time as the year draws to a close to think about their finances, past and future.  Citizens Bank here in New York has some common sense tips, such as creating a budget based on the past year’s spending.  Manager of Everyday Banking John Rosenfeld says people are often surprised where their money went.  He suggests sometimes professional advice can help.

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  O-K…so Christmas Day has come and gone…and I don’t know what your living room floor looks like.  But there’s probably some clean-up work to do.  Kristin Lawton with the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency knows there’s all kinds of debris you want to get rid of.

“Cardboard boxes, catalogs and magazines, gift boxes, gift bags, greeting cards and envelopes, and of course wrapping paper.  The important thing to remember about those gift bags and cards and wrapping paper is, if they’re paper items they can go in the blue bin.  But any of those metallic or glossy foil items, those need to go in your trash, because they are not recyclable in the paper stream.” 

Lawton realizes it takes a little more effort to separate just what can be recycled…but suggests a little organization on clean-up.  And when it’s time to get rid of the tree, there are also some suggestions, whether you have curbside pick-up or bring it to a mulching station.

“We do ask that you put them out to your curb or bring them to OCRRA (compost stations) completely naked, as in no plastic bags, not lights, no tinsel, no strands of anything, no ornaments.  What happens with these trees is they are chipped up and made into mulch and we can’t be chipping up your tinsel and other things because that wouldn’t make very good mulch.” 

Lawton says the compost sites are open December 29th thru January 10th…they’re in Amboy and Jamesville. 

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  Lots of people will be traveling into and out of Central New York this holiday by planes, trains and buses.  And many of them might be seated next to someone with too much cologne or someone who just ate garlic and anchovy pizza or one who’s done more traveling than showering recently.  You know, a passenger that smells. 

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  About 150 families in Syracuse could find out in the next few weeks if they’ll have to pony up as much as $1200-a-year for flood insurance…even though the city doesn’t think they’re in any danger of a flood.  

Kelly Homan-Rodosky

  Amid the holiday season an important but somber anniversary might have been lost.  However Syracuse University staff traveled to Arlington Cemetery Sunday to remember the victims of the Pan Am Flight 103 Bombing.  Communications Manager Kelly Homan Rodoski (roe-DOSS-ski) says the 26 years have not diminished the impact for families.

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  Upstate New Yorkers seem ready to have renewable energy replace any power and economic boost that might have been gained by Hydro-fracking.  The Cuomo administration banned expanded gas drilling.  Now a poll by the group A Renewable America finds almost five-out-of-six people believe renewable energy is a key strategy for energy independence and reduced costs.  Matt McArdle chairs the New York Biomass Energy Alli

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