At least two Syracuse Common Councilors are starting to take a stand against the almost automatic sale of hundreds of tax delinquent properties to the land bank and not giving others the option to buy. About 30 properties were on this week's agenda, and Councilor Nader Maroun voted no on all of them. At the council's previous meeting, Kathleen Joy issued a similar protest "no" vote on land bank properties.
Syracuse homeowners might soon be a little more diligent about shoveling their sidewalks during the next snowfall. But that all depends on how Monday goes – when Syracuse Common Councilors vote on whether the city should impose a $100 fine for homeowners who fail to clear their sidewalks. Common Councilor Bob Dougherty revived and helped amend the legislation. Dougherty knows the ordinance is controversial, but feels the city needs to start somewhere to get compliance. Common councilor Kathleen Joy feels fines are the wrong approach.