SYRACUSE COMMON COUNCIL

CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY
6:03 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Syracuse Considering Crackdown on Those Who Don't Shovel Their Sidewalks

An uncleared sidewalk on Ostrom Ave. outside the WAER studios.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

 Syracuse homeowners might soon be a little more diligent about shoveling their sidewalks during the next snowfall.  But that all depends on how Monday goes – when Syracuse Common Councilors vote on whether the city should impose a $100 fine for homeowners who fail to clear their sidewalks.   Common Councilor Bob Dougherty revived and helped amend the legislation.  Dougherty knows the ordinance is controversial, but feels the city needs to start somewhere to get compliance.  Common councilor Kathleen Joy feels fines are the wrong approach.

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MARCH ON WASHINGTON
8:31 am
Sat August 24, 2013

Syracuse Common Council President Reflects on Missing the First March on Washington

Syracuse Common Council President Van Robinson

Syracuse Common Council President Van Robinson was 25 years old when he and some friends decided to head from New York City to Washington D.C. for the March on Washington in 1963. 

They didn't quite make it.  He did make it to the 25th Anniversary in 1988, and is in Washington for the 50th Anniversary of that historic day. 

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Syracuse Police
2:40 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Police Taser Policy Draws Questions at Syracuse Common Council Meeting after Shock of Disabled Man

Barrie Gewanter of the New York Civil Liberties Union addresses Common Council meeting on police taser-use policy, that drew disabled advocates.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

The incident of Syracuse police using a taser on a man on a Centro bus has raised questions about use of force policies.  Among the complaints are charges that top city officials are ignoring the issue.

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STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT
10:56 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Syracuse Common Councilors Explore Consolidating Vehicle Repair, Maintenance

Councilors Jake Barrett, Helen Hudson, and President Van Robinson listen to Deputy Syracuse Fire Chief David Reeves.
Credit Maria Catanzarite, WAER News


The Syracuse Common Council is contemplating merging city vehicle maintenance and repairs under one roof. Councilors met with city department heads Monday morning.



With more than one-thousand City-owned vehicles on the streets, Council Committee members think one building will be enough to service all five departments. Councilor Helen Hudson says cutting costs is the main reason behind the proposal.

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2013 Elections
6:09 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Common Council Candidate Weighs in on Crime Prevention

2013 Elections include Common Council Races, as well as Syracuse Mayor.
Credit syracuse.ny.us

Syracuse may be on track for its highest homicide year on record, an issue bringing a local common council candidate out to discuss his crime fighting strategies.


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