crime cameras

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As the year ends, so do the Common Council terms of several well-known faces.  Councilor-at-Large Jean Kessner ends an eight-year run.  She hopes she’s remembered more for helping people than for any specific bills or laws she helped pass.

“When you go to ban-the-box or section-8 housing (measures), or any of the other things that we’ve passed, is that we just want to give people opportunity.  We don’t have money to hand out, but we can provide a level playing field.  That’s really, really important to me.” 

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Visitors to Washington Square Park on Syracuse’s north side are likely to notice the brightly painted and newly renovated playground.  The additions are meant to get more people to use the park, and make playing there safer.  Mayor Stephanie Miner recognized community leaders at an on-site dedication today for their involvement in the project. Maureen Dore helped with fundraising efforts and says the playground is attracting newcomers.

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  People in downtown Syracuse will be covered by the watchful eye of crime cameras in more places from this point forward.  The Downtown Committee had a little different reason to seek out the high-tech crime fighting tools.

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A mother in Syracuse’s Strathmore area is on a mission towards making things safer for her family and her neighborhood. In the summer and fall of 2014 Tracy Grimm’s son was attached and robbed twice while coming home from school thru Upper Onondaga Park. The first incident led to an arrest and conviction of the juvenile offenders. In the second incident no one was ever charged because the assailant could not be pinpointed in the crowd.