County Executive Joanie Mahoney

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  Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney presented her budget proposal to lawmakers Thursday, which includes no property tax increase for 2017.   The $1.3 billion spending plan represents a 1.9 percent increase over 2016.  But there are signs that the budget is a bit more strained than in recent years.  While the property tax levy stays flat, Mahoney says they’re also predicting a modest increase in sales tax revenue that’s roughly half of what it has been.  

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  Local residents who like the idea of a trail around Onondaga Lake might like to know about a federal program that could help complete it.  After years of a construction stalemate, Onondaga County has applied for a federal transportation grant that would pay most of the cost of finishing the 13-mile loop.  Senator Chuck Schumer was in Syracuse on Monday touting the benefits of completing the trail.

Families in Syracuse’s Outer Comstock neighborhood are celebrating major improvements to Comfort Tyler park thanks in part to a long-time neighbor whose offices are across the street near Manley Field House.  The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation’s Courts4kids program provided funding for a pair of basketball courts that complement a series of other renovations.  

  It’s the seventh such court upgrade at parks throughout the city.  Coach Jim Boeheim says it’s just their way of giving back to a community that’s rallied behind SU’s basketball program.

Unlike 2011, Onondaga County voters will actually have someone other than Joanie Mahoney to choose from for county executive on the ballot this November.  The county democratic committee Thursday evening designated two-time sheriff candidate Toby Shelley to challenge two-term incumbent Republican Mahoney.

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Groups that might not normally line up behind a Republican candidate endorsed Joanie Mahoney Wednesday for her re-election as Onondaga County executive.  The Alliance Network and other community leaders announced their backing at the Dunbar Community Center on Syracuse’s South Side.  Alliance Founder Walt Dixie has some specific accomplishments for which he credits Mahoney and her leadership, starting with the Jail Oversight Committee.

As Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney finishes up her post at the New York Power Authority, she also begins a new appointment by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Mahoney is the new Chair of the Thruway’s Board and she says the first task is dealing with a $25 million dollar operating deficit.

Central New Yorkers who visit the state fairgrounds for any number events year-round or just the 12-day fair probably have ideas of how $50 million  in state money might be used to re-imagine the venue.    Many have probably seen or at least heard of the plan presented by County Executive Joanie Mahoney at her state of the county address to make the fairgrounds a more modern, vibrant, year-round attraction.  Acting fair director Troy Waffner says it’s still just conceptual.

  Onondaga County's top Politician gave a pretty positive review as regards budget matters, progress and taxpayers.  The State of the County address also gave Joanie Mahoney a chance to review her impacts and legacy as she enters an election year.

Mahoney gave a number of reasons why over her tenure in office property tax levies have been reduced by some 22 %.  She credits belt tightening, increased sales tax revenues due to some wise investments and activities, as well as reduced mandates such as Medicare. 

  Progress continues on Onondaga County’s Amphitheater project…despite winter weather and environmental concerns.  WAER’s Chris Bolt reports local contractors can also find out how to get involved tonight.

Dredging of Onondaga Lake Concludes One Year Ahead of Schedule

Nov 3, 2014
elected officials gather around a podium at the Onondaga Lake shore to announce that dredging of the lake has finished ahead of schedule
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Politicians and scientists from around Central New York gathered Monday to mark a major milestone in the restoration of Onondaga Lake. Honeywell, which has been overseeing the lake’s restoration, announced that the dredging of the lake has been completed one year ahead of schedule. 

This comes after decades of concern regarding contamination levels in the lake. SUNY-ESF president Doctor Quentin Wheeler put the importance of the newly dredged lake in perspective: