Mayor Stephanie Miner

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    A simple walk across a street Tuesday carried with it a lot more significance than just getting to the other side.

“West Street used to be referred to the nine lines of fury, is what we called it here in our neighborhood and in our office,”  West Side Initiative Director Maarten Jacobs said. “With nine lanes being used by cars, the community for a long time really felt isolated and separated from the rest of the city because of those nine lines.”

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  A Report Card on New York State’s infrastructure today supports Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner’s call for help in fixing up roads, bridges and water systems.  A national engineers study has details and recommendations.

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  Hundreds of millions of dollars are needed the truly fix up the roads, water systems and other infrastructure problems in Syracuse.  Mayor Miner and others renewed that call to New York State on Thursday by visiting Oak Street, where a 6 foot wide section of the road hole caved in earlier in week.  The cave in was just one the latest examples of how the aging backbone of the city is in need of immediate attention.

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  Anticipation and excitement are building as the Onondaga Nation gets ready to host the first game of the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship on Friday.  

"We have teams here now.  The teams are arriving every day. They're practicing right now.  The excitement is huge."

Onondaga Faithkeeper Chief Oren Lyons and Tadodaho Sidney Hill were among those on hand Tuesday morning for the raising of the Haudenosaunee flag in front of Syracuse City Hall.  Mayor Stephanie Miner read a proclamation…

"Whereas, nearly one thousand years ago, the Onondaga Nation, together with their Haudenosaunee brethren, began playing the "Creator's Game," now known as lacrosse, in an area that was to become the City of Syracuse and the County of Onondaga.”                                 

Now, for the first time ever, an international sporting event will be held on indigenous lands.  The Onondaga Nation will host lacrosse teams from a dozen countries, and Sid Hill couldn’t be more proud.

"For us to host an event around the world, a sporting event of this magnitude, we call it our game...I can't imagine what is means for everybody.  Just the pride for us to be able to do that is amazing."

Hill says this tournament is an opportunity to show the world who they are…

"We have to educate people, we are still here,  we're a proud nation, like any other nation is proud of their culture, of their heritage, it's just something that we've worked for.  It's all coming together, and for us to host other nations, it's just an awesome event."

The Onondagas spent more than $6.5 million to prepare for the games.  Most of it went toward the building of a new pavilion.  Most of the games will be played there or the nearby arena.  A few will be played in the county’s war memorial, including the game following the opening ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday.   The finals will be held September 27th in the Carrier Dome.  A schedule and more information is at  

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An effort to improve the appearance and safety of Syracuse’s South Side was on display Thursday as Mayor Stephanie Miner and Police Chief Frank Fowler observed crews cutting down trees and shrubs.  Miner says the effort by the Multi-Agency Service Team, or M.A.S.T  on Fitch Street is focused on eliminating vacant lots and overgrown shrubbery that aids criminals.

"The environment is one part that allows criminals to feel safe.  That's the last thing that we want is criminals feeling safe and secure in our city."

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  Seniors from Corcoran High School we’re out enjoying the nice day with a picnic just for them Monday at Santaro Park on Onondaga Hill.  They signed a board indicating where they’ll enjoy a tuition-free education through the Say Yes to Education program. It’s a perk that’s provided to all graduating students in good academic standing in the Syracuse City School District.  Jakubek  Wicks decided he wanted to pursue his love of music in his hometown.

  Infrastructure might not be Mayor Stephanie Miner’s favorite subject.  But she got to hear about ways to improve water, transportation and other assets from lots of smart minds... as a participant in last week’s Clinton Global Initiative.  Miner heard from other civic leaders and major project financiers that the need for investments is widespread…but the political mood is stalling progress.

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Part of springtime for Syracuse home owners is to get outside and put their finishing touches on their properties with landscaping, painting or adding something new. It can become competitive on a friendly level and the Eastwood Neighborhood Association is looking for 20 of the best homes.

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  The change to nice weather means another reality… it’s time for property owners to spruce up their properties.  In recent days, you’ve probably seen city D-P-W trucks going through neighborhoods removing yard waste and other items brought to the curb. If not, they’re on the way. Mayor Stephanie Miner says we’re beginning to see what was hidden from view during the winter.

“It ended very suddenly and we have as a consequence lots of litter and trash and debris throughout the city.”

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has released her budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and it once again holds the line on property taxes and water and sewer rates.    Miner says the $674 million spending plan is the result of continued difficult fiscal decisions that don’t require more sacrifice from residents of the 23rd poorest city in the nation.