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Syracuse police will be able to continue a series of events to ease tensions over police-community relations seen in uprisings across the nation.  The department has teamed up with InterFaith Works of C-N-Y for conversations in each area of the city.  President Beth Broadway says the Syracuse Police force demographically is mainly white…so policing in communities of color is critically important.

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  Syracuse residents who got the shock that their property is now in a flood zone can find out more information at a meeting this week.  They’ll find out what’s at stake in the future of flood risks and costs.

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Syracuse poverty rate ranks number 1 out of 100 cities for having the highest concentrations of poverty among Blacks and Hispanics.  The 2015 findings were published by a Rutgers University Professor.  We decided to examine some of the local efforts to eradicate poverty.

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  Governor Cuomo was in town today to celebrate two local businesses’ plans to create and retain 450 jobs in Downtown Syracuse. The newly restored Hotel Syracuse was the backdrop for his remarks about the economic revitalization happening in Upstate New York State.

“Hotel Syracuse reborn, new advanced manufacturing high-tech companies locating in downtown Syracuse, who ten years ago would have been on the first plane to Austin, Texas or to South Carolina now locating here because they see the economic future.”

One of the officials closely tied to business development for the City of Syracuse during the past six years is taking a job in the private sector.  Deputy Commissioner Ben Walsh has led the way on a number of important projects, but knows many challenges remain.  He says things have taken shape since he was appointed in 2010 at the end of the recession.

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The City of Syracuse is continuing its partnership with an S.U. geography professor in an effort to tackle the city’s most pressing infrastructure problems.  University students will help the city’s innovation team with research and investigation in hopes of identifying solutions.

  Assistant Professor Jonnell Robinson has been Syracuse’s community geographer for more than a decade.  Now as a faculty fellow with the innovation team, she knows there are challenges ahead to address infrastructure that’s hidden and taken mostly for granted.

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  The City of Syracuse continues the emergency demolition of 331 S. Salina St. after the building partially collapsed on Feb. 4.  South Salina St. between Fayette St. and Jefferson St. remains closed to vehicular traffic until further notice. 

The narrow, five-story structure has been vacant for many years. Its ownership has been in dispute for at least two years. The owner of the building says he will reimburse the city for the $235,000 cost of demolishing the structure. reports this is one of four buildings owned by a Brooklyn real estate investor.

  Syracuse Economic Officials know the area has some advantages for businesses to move here, and boost employment.  Now they’re hearing this might be the ‘best place in the nation’ for certain kinds of jobs.  

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  Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner proposes a city budget that holds the line on taxes, sewer and water fees.  Miner says in a release she’s keeping the city a good place to live.

 “From continued investments in programs like Say Yes to Education, we are demonstrating we are willing to make big ideas work for the people of our community. Additionally, by not raising taxes, water rates, and sewer rates, we are keeping Syracuse an affordable City where people can live, work, and raise a family.”

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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.