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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.  

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  A new $63 million surgical tower at St. Joseph’s Hospital is complete and ready to open later this month. The 104,000 square-foot addition features 110 private rooms with a view of Syracuse’s North Side Neighborhood. The hospital says research has shown private rooms create a healing environment that leads to people healing at a faster rate. Dr. Howard Zucker, the acting State Health Commissioner, says years ago, people’s senses automatically made them feel hospitals are not a place they would want to go visit.

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  Just down the road from our studio is a historic sculpture garden that used to be a hangout for the city’s elite. It just may not be the kind of public park you’d normally imagine.

In the early eighteen hundreds, Oakwood Cemetery – which is now just off Comstock Avenue – was where the wealthy gathered for leisure time and picnics.

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It’s been a long time coming, but Heath Park in Syracuse now has another entrance.  SUNY Environmental College of Science and Forestry has officially given two acres of land that borders a residential neighborhood to the city parks department.  

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More complaints about pot holes has Mayor Stephanie Miner calling on Syracuse residents to help the city locate and fix them. New efforts and technology by the Department of Public Works are trying to solve a deep problem.

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Since the first big thaw swept through the Syracuse area, you've probably noticed the big orange signs for detours and construction.Road construction season is well underway in an around Syracuse, and the city is trying to make navigating the streets a little more bearable. City Hall has launched a new website to inform residents and commuters about delays and detours caused by road work.

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner releases her budget proposal Tuesday, and it includes five million dollars to hire more police officers and firefighters.  As many as 25 new police officers and 25 firefighters could be on the streets starting next year.   Miner says it's about balancing retirements and new positions with overtime costs.    Miner says the city can’t hide behind its money troubles and do nothing.   Common Council majority leader Helen Hudson says unless the state or federal governments provide more resources, that’s all they can hire for right now.  

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It's finally official.  Nearly 6 years of work culminated Monday in the transfer of day-to-day operations of Syracuse's Hancock Airport from the City of Syracuse to the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority.  

Hancock was the last major airport in the state to make the switch.  Mayor Stephanie Miner says it will allow the airport to realize its full potential.