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Some Onondaga County lawmakers are raising questions about the 350 (M) million dollar development of the inner harbor after bribery and corruption charges were leveled against the developers.  Steven Aiello and Joseph Gerardi were charged with bribing state officials for preference on state contracts and projects.  Legislature Chair Ryan McMahon notes that’s the same company that’s developing the Inner Harbor.

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Nearly two-dozen members of various community groups gathered Thursday in front of the Inner Harbor Hotel to call on the developer and the county to hire local residents. The protesters say the $44 million in tax breaks given to COR Development do not provide enough community benefits.  

  Urban Jobs Task Force President Aggie Lane says it’s important that the project does not deny people the opportunity to have a good quality of life.

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The old boathouse at Syracuse’s Inner Harbor is the place where two local SUNY Universities learned they would be getting $20 million to expand educational programs on Onondaga Lake.  Governor Cuomo made the announcement and explains it will support college programs focused on job training. “Identify the job and the dream for that job. That’s what OCC does which is exactly right. ESF, water research and quality, it’s going to work for the lake, but it also has commercial applications.

Cor Inner Harbor development
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Walking through downtown Syracuse, you see construction sites everywhere.  A new hotel in Armory Square, office buildings being converted to apartments, and new medical facilities are just a few of the pricey developments that could put people to work. 

But the Urban Jobs Task Force says developers of these sites are hiring few, if any, local workers.  At a press conference Wednesday, Task Force member Aggie Lane says she is frustrated that those developers are not being held responsible for giving back to the community they’re building in.  

Scott Willis / WAER News

Syracuse’s Inner Harbor will soon be home to a 130-room Starwood-brand hotel as the first part of the larger, 350-million dollar mixed-use waterfront development project.  Governor Cuomo stopped by Thursday to make the announcement.  In his remarks, he acknowledged the decades-long struggle for any significant progress on the 28 acre parcel.