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Ever since the Trump Administration entered the White House in January, local groups have been vocal about expressing their thoughts concerning policies on immigration, proposed federal spending cuts or plans to replace Obamacare.  This weekend, one group has decided to create their own public town hall meeting after requests for Congressmember John Katko to hold - in person - town halls never happened.  The gathering will be hosted by the C.N.Y. Solidarity Coalition.  Federal legislative team member Donna Oppedisano thinks the audience will hear more of those consistent messages.

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Two buses with very different groups of passengers are traveling overnight from Syracuse to Washington DC for Friday’s inauguration of Donald Trump.  Both supporters and protesters want to make a statement.  Randy potter admits, even as the CNY for Trump director, he had occasional doubts about whether he’d be witnessing his candidate take the oath of office. 

"I did kind of have a feeling about this," Potter said.  "I had a good feeling.  The gleam was there, the hope was there."

Potter was on a bus of about 43 other supporters going to DC

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Massive tents on the quad, painters in the main entrance of Hendrick’s Chapel and a walk-through balloon bouquet were all indications Thursday that something of significance will be happening soon at Syracuse University. A full day of events will coincide Friday with the inauguration of a new chancellor.  As part of the celebrations, Kent Syverud wanted to involve students by encouraging them to submit ideas for projects they would like to launch to improve the campus and local community.  Allie Curtis is one of the contestants.