Mayor Stephanie Miner

Karen Dewitt

  It’s supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s convention, but all of the focus Monday was on her primary challenger Bernie Sanders and his delegates, who continue to stew over a wikileaks release of DNC emails that showed favoritism to Clinton over Sanders.

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  A unique approach to housing the homeless took a step forward today when a small duplex opened in Syracuse to give two people a home of their own.  The tiny homes might be a novelty; the purpose might also be unique.

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A crowd of people marched Syracuse streets today to demand an end to violence and call for better treatment by Police.  Organizer Shauna Spivey-Spinner believes better relations in each community can help.

“We need community policing.  We need to know the cops in our neighborhoods and they need to know us.  You can’t expect someone from Solvay to come and work on the Northside when they know nothing about our neighborhoods so we need community policing.  We need to know who these cops are so we can trust them, because trust needs to be built.”  

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The impact of gun violence in is seen and heard on a regular basis in Syracuse.  Parents Rita and John Fredette know this firsthand.  Their son Joshua was killed in 2005.

"A monster stole the breath away from my son," Rita Fredette said.   "No matter what we all do to stop  and impact violence, that cannot heal my heart.  

"How do you get well?  I don't know," John Fredette said.  "Every day is yesterday, July 2, 2005."

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  Any followers of city politics in recent years know Mayor Stephanie Miner has long waved a flag - and anything else at her disposal - to bring more attention to the plight of failing infrastructure.  She's held press conferences at the spots of road sinkholes and  broken water mains, brought in outside politicians and national engineers to try and stir up more interest.

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Syracuse Common Councilors have approved a slightly revised version of the Miner administration’s $706 million budget for the coming fiscal year that starts July 1.  Like the mayor’s plan, there will be no increase in taxes or water rates.  Council Finance Committee Chair Nader Maroun says the option was there.

City Sues Inner Harbor Developer Over Broken Agreement

Dec 15, 2015
Scott Willis / WAER News

 The City of Syracuse has filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the company set to develop the inner-harbor. 
 

COR Development Company struck a deal Tuesday with the approval of the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency (OCIDA).

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Visitors to Washington Square Park on Syracuse’s north side are likely to notice the brightly painted and newly renovated playground.  The additions are meant to get more people to use the park, and make playing there safer.  Mayor Stephanie Miner recognized community leaders at an on-site dedication today for their involvement in the project. Maureen Dore helped with fundraising efforts and says the playground is attracting newcomers.

Danforth Middle School Students Hold Peace Parade to End Local Gun Violence

Dec 3, 2015
Matthew Gutierrez

  More than 100 Danforth Middle School students braved the rain and cold Thursday afternoon for a peace parade to call for an end gun violence in their neighborhoods.

The march was part of a program that featured presentations from Mayor Stephanie Miner and other community leaders. Seventh grader Agnes Niyuker  says the purpose of the march is to spread the word that safer streets will give students a better chance to grow as young citizens.   

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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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