Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner today sent a letter to President Barack Obama formally extending her offer to use the City of Syracuse as a site for relocating Latin American children who have crossed the Southern border. In a release, she says the City of Syracuse is known for welcoming new immigrants and it currently is home a large population of refugees from across the globe. Miner says the City of Syracuse has been visited by representatives from federal agencies seeking to review a site for possible placement of migrant children. She says Federal officials have made it clear that the Department of Health and Human Services will pay for and provide all services for children through its network of grantees. Miner says before the children would be placed in Syracuse, they would undergo a well-child exam, tuberculosis testing, and a mental health screening. The mayor says children stay an average of 35 days while awaiting a hearing before an immigration magistrate and do not attend local schools. More information on this can be found on a page on the City’s website,www.syrgov.net/unaccompaniedchildren.
The Hotel Syracuse is now in the hands of a developer who plans to reopen it. No one has rented a room there in more than a decade…but city leaders are optimistic that will change, after the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency took possession, then transferred it over.
Downtown Syracuse is in the midst of a renaissance. The number of people living downtown continues to grow by double digits each year. But the city is still missing one thing… a full service supermarket.
African Americans in and around Syracuse will once again recall the time when the last of the slaves finally found out about their freedom after the civil war. The City’s celebration of Juneteenth got underway Friday.
Students, parents, teachers and administrators gathered at Edward Smith School to celebrate one of the successes of Say Yes to Education. The Young Authors program held a book signing Thursday for the students that participated this year.