Mayor Stephanie Miner

IMMIGRATION CRISIS
11:50 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Syracuse Mayor, Bishop Offer Refuge for Migrant Children

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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

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Hotel Syracuse Reopening?
4:18 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Hotel Syracuse Takes Big Step Toward Renovation, Reopening

The historic part of the Hotel Syracuse has been vacant for 10 years, but could have new life after the eminent domain seizure and transfer to a developer.
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  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.

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Downtown Development
4:57 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Could Senator Schumer Help Bring a Grocery Store to Downtown Syracuse?

Senator Chuck Schumer plans to put some pressure on supermarket CEOs to consider a supermarket location in downtown Syracuse to cater to the growing residential population there.
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  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. 

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2014 Juneteenth Celebration
2:15 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Juneteenth Headed Back to the South Side this Year: Kickoff Friday, Parade and Celebration Saturday

Organizers joined elected officials in front of Syracuse City Hall to kickoff Juneteenth Friday morning
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  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. 

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Young Authors Program
2:21 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Middle School Authors Get to Hold Book Signing in Say Yes to Education Program

Three books written by students in Syracuse schools were published as part of a Say Yes to Education program.
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  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.  

Listen to Young Authors: Isabel Chaperone, Calista Williams, Cammi Nash and Jordan Collie read their work that was part of the published books.

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