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The state Democratic Party, led by Governor Andrew Cuomo, is offering carrots and sticks to two rival factions of Democrats in the State Senate, in an effort to get them to reunite and potentially rule the chamber.

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Two local governments have found another way to share services without a mandate from the state.  Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has agreed to offer the city’s grant application services to the Town of Cicero.  Town Supervisor Mark Venesky says while Cicero might qualify for state, federal, or foundation grant money for social and infrastructure programs, the town couldn’t afford contractors to look into it.

City Planning Commission Rejects Request to Demolish Eastwood Building

Nov 28, 2017
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Community reservations and questions about city permits appears to have temporarily stopped the demolition of a building on James Street in Eastwood. A businessman envisions a future of the building located next door to him.

Stephen Skinner owns the Palace Theater and several properties with street-level businesses. He believes community turn-out at a Syracuse Planning Commission meeting on Monday night resulted in its decision to reject a permit to knock down a vacant building next to the Palace.


Cornell University, New York Sea Grant, and charter boat captains have teamed up on a high-tech mission to learn more about the behavior of King Salmon in the Lake Ontario ecosystem.  They’re already getting valuable information from pop-off satellite tags attached to the fish. 

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Dozens of environmental advocates gathered in front of Congressmember John Katko’s office today urging him to oppose a proposal that would open the door to oil and gas drilling in part of the arctic national wildlife refuge.  The measure is included in the tax reform bill being debated this week in congress.

Co-organizer of the rally Tara Miller with the group Defenders of Wildlife says any move to allow drilling off the pristine north slope of Alaska does not belong in the budget.

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Starting today, Central New Yorkers might notice commercials from tobacco companies airing during primetime on TV informing the public about the realities of their products.  Tobacco giants were recently ordered to admit they’ve been misleading the public about the dangers of their products for decades. 

"So it's pretty far reaching, and with good reason.  The tobacco companies have defrauded the public about their product and the products are deadly and their products are addictive."

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It was 35 years ago on Thanksgiving when the Ronald McDonald House of Central New York first opened its doors on East Genesee Street in Syracuse.   The charity had humble beginnings giving local families an affordable place to stay while their children received medical care just a few blocks away.

Executive Director Beth Trunfio says the seed was planted by a group of local parents with children receiving cancer care in the late 1970’s.

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About 12,000 active and retired Syracuse-area Teamsters are among union members nationwide who could get relief for their pensions after significant cuts to payments and benefits.   Senator Chuck Schumer stopped by the Local 317 union hall today to outline a restoration plan that could be included in the upcoming federal budget.

DACA Recipients Call On Katko To Support A 'Clean' Dream Act

Nov 21, 2017
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Immigrants and their supporters are calling on Congressman John Katko to support legislation for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA.They say they want Katko to support a “clean” Dream Act. Rebecca Fuentes is with United We Dream.


"The federal govt is proposing legislation but it’s tied to more enforcement, a wall. We don’t want that, we want it clean."


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A night of dinner, live music and dancing will raise funds for Vera House in December as they continue to support people with services who are going through domestic violence.  This year will mark the 26th annual “New Beginnings” GalaThe organization supports victims of domestic violence.  Executive Director Randi Bregman says the event used to be known as “Home for the Holidays.”