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Well over one hundred Syracuse residents turned out Thursday evening at Doctor Week’s School for a “Snow Safety Summit” aimed at finding a long-term solution to keeping sidewalks clear of snow. The Walsh Administration hopes to turn the feedback into legislation.

Tony Patane lives on the north side, and says it’s about time the city starts to hold landlords and others responsible. 

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Designers of the project to re-envision Erie Boulevard presented concept sketches to the public Friday, giving Onondaga County residents a more concrete idea of their plans.  Elevating Erie is set to be completed by 2020, and will feature a biking and walking trail in the median of Erie Boulevard East. The path is part of a state-wide initiative to create an Empire State Trail which will span 760-plus miles from Buffalo to Manhattan and up to Canada.  Samuel Gordon is the Director of Planning and Zoning for the Town of DeWitt. He says the magnitude of the project will be a struggle. 

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Some Democratic lawmakers are pushing for a measure that would make anonymous political ads on Facebook  and other social media illegal. They say the ads are being abused to falsely represent  their positions on issues.

Senator Todd Kaminsky, a Long Island Democrat, says there’s been a lot of publicity about Russian operatives using Facebook and other social media to influence the 2016 Presidential race. But he says it’s also happening in New York races as well, and needs to stop.

It’s undermining our democracy,” Kaminsky said.


A Syracuse University Vice Chancellor told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week that the federal government should do more to support military families … or it might limit future military service.   Director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families Mike Haynie testified that failing to provide enough economic and educational assistance for military families is a threat to national security.

Making Movies from the Sky? State Drone Film Festival Seeks Entries

Feb 15, 2018
Chase Guttman

Central New York is quickly becoming a leading drone hub in America. Professional companies and hobbyists who have been capturing aerial views on their flights might want to consider taking their films to the next level. The second-annual New York State Fair Drone Film Festival is seeking entries for films produced with drones. Mike Massurin, the Managing Director of the film festival, says the competition added “news” to the list of categories.

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It could soon be a crime in Onondaga County to leave a dog outside in rain, sleet, snow, or extreme heat or cold for any more than two hours.  County lawmakers are making changes to the proposed Adrian’s Law to protect man’s best friend.  Adrian was a pit bull that froze to death in December in Syracuse.  Legislator Chris Ryan revised language in the bill to make it simple to enforce … for any breed of dog.

Syracuse Cultural Workers is collaborating with the family of Frederick Douglass to mark the 200th birthday of the abolitionist with a new edition of his autobiography. The goal is to distribute one-million copies of the book to young people across the U.S. Cultural Workers Sales manager Andy Mager says Douglass’s legacy still resonates today, especially when it comes to immigrants in the U.S.


A new program announced Wednesday by The Diocese of Syracuse aims to provide financial compensation to victims of sexual abuse by members of the clergy. Funding for the program will be coming out of the diocese’s general liability insurance, not from charitable donations made by parishioners. Bishop Robert Cunningham says the adoption of the program in Syracuse follows the success of similar programs at other New York dioceses.

Struggling to find a good paying job and being able to pay your bills at times is a significant challenge. Now imagine that you do not speak the language native to your home. How would you find work? Where would you turn to for assistance? City Limits' Brian Moore attempts to answer these question in this latest report.

Catch up on previous reports and find out more information on the project by going to CityLimitsProject.org

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On Thursday, Governor Cuomo will detail his proposals to help New Yorkers affected by changes to the federal tax law. But Republicans who rule the State Senate are cool to the ideas, including one that creates a payroll tax instead of a state income tax.

Cuomo’s budget director previewed the plans, on Monday which will be released as part of the 30 day amendments to the governor’s state budget proposal. Robert Mujica says if changes aren’t made to mitigate the cap on state and local taxes income and property deductions , then higher income New Yorkers will move out of state.