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Music for the Mission

A new song dropped today featuring more than 40 local musicians lending their voice to raise funds by the sale of each download with a goal to feed 100,000 families.  Their efforts came from an idea from a Co-Founder and singer Angela Moonan who wanted to open up the conversation about those less fortunate in communities across Upstate New York.

New York State Democratic Committee and New York State Republican Committee

Both major political parties hold their conventions later this week.

The Democrats and the Republicans are holding their events simultaneously, on May 23 and 24, the Republicans are in New York City and the Democrats are in Long Island. 

On Wednesday, the GOP is expected to nominate Marc Molinaro as their candidate for governor. Molinaro, the 42-year-old Dutchess County Executive, has been in politics since he was a teenager, becoming Mayor of his hometown of Tivoli when he was 19.

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The Syracuse Police department will soon begin the process of outfitting one hundred officers with body cameras under a pilot program approved Monday by common councilors.  It appears both the community and officers are asking for the devices.

First Deputy Chief Joe Cecile says the field trial agreement with Axon corporation is free of charge, and builds upon a separate, earlier effort with a handful of officers.

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A third year grad student who is pursuing his Masters of Fine Arts Degree in painting at Syracuse University has found his work on full display at the U.S. Bowling Congress event in Syracuse.  Even before players and people go inside to the lanes, they’ll likely stop in the foyer entrance to see a display of suspended bowling balls from the ceiling.  They’re colorful and arranged by Mark Zbikowski, Jr. who is also a practicing professional artist.  He calls the sculpture, “It’s In Our Blood 2.0.”

The numbers are staggering.  On any given day, about 25 Syracuse residents are forced to pack up their belongings and find another place to live.  They’re among the 8,000 to 11,000 renters who are evicted every year in Syracuse.  That’s the highest rate in upstate New York.  Why evictions are so prevalent?  Where can people turn for help? 

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Danforth Middle School in Syracuse has been awarded a $5,000 dollar to support additional STEM programming.  The school will create a new afterschool club through the STEM Talent Pipeline Grant from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.   Spokesperson Laura Perloff says the “hands-on” training could lead to one of the currently more than 53,000 bio-pharmaceutical jobs in New York.

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A bill that would give victims of child sexual assault a window to bring old cases against their abusers is stalled in Albany.  A group advocating for the Child Victims Act is raising awareness about the measure in hopes of countering opponents of the bill … and perhaps making New York safer for kids. 

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A Syracuse Music Festival this weekend will be enriching to more than just the audience that goes to hear former Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Founder John McEuen and other musical acts.  Aspiring youth musicians in the area will get a chance to learn about the music business from someone who’s been in it for more than 50 years. 

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The Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse is preparing to roll-out some prehistoric creatures that are coming back to life through animatronics.  The Exhibit known as “Dinosaur Invasion!” will run through the summer and kick off on May 25th.  Friends of the Zoo President Janet Agostini says the exhibit will represent the various classes of Dinosaurs.

Syracuse University

Syracuse University is investing $118 million dollars to replace the existing Carrier Dome roof and other upgrades that should be ready by Football season 2020 and provide a stadium-like experience.  Over the weekend the University’s Board of Trustees signed-off on the plan to install the suspended roof and updates inside.  Athletic Director John Wildhack says the focus is on students and the fan experience.

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