Mayor Stephanie Miner

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner releases her budget proposal Tuesday, and it includes five million dollars to hire more police officers and firefighters.  As many as 25 new police officers and 25 firefighters could be on the streets starting next year.   Miner says it's about balancing retirements and new positions with overtime costs.    Miner says the city can’t hide behind its money troubles and do nothing.   Common Council majority leader Helen Hudson says unless the state or federal governments provide more resources, that’s all they can hire for right now.  

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It's finally official.  Nearly 6 years of work culminated Monday in the transfer of day-to-day operations of Syracuse's Hancock Airport from the City of Syracuse to the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority.  

Hancock was the last major airport in the state to make the switch.  Mayor Stephanie Miner says it will allow the airport to realize its full potential.  

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner said Wednesday she does not support any tax breaks for the proposed Destiny USA hotel.   Developers sent a letter to the mayor and County Executive Joanie Mahoney last week expressing their intentions to build a $75 million, 252-room hotel on a parking lot across Hiawatha Boulevard.  Miner said that, given the history Pyramid Development has in the area, any hotel construction at Destiny USA should be privately financed, without added incentives from Onondaga County:  

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Syracuse-area tourism officials say the proposed Destiny USA hotel is a great step for generating interest and economic growth in the area.   Destiny officials sent a letter to the county executive and mayor expressing their intentions to build a $75 million, 252-room hotel as part of their master plan.  Convention and Visitors Bureau President David Holder says Destiny as a destination appears to be coming to fruition, and there are still untapped markets.   He says the area is ready for another hotel.

 

ONONDAGA COUNTY WEIGHS IN

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  Property owners and businesses, schools and hospitals, local governments and law enforcement – all were addressed with specific programs in Andrew Cuomo’s latest budget proposal.  

Syracuse Police

The 70-year-old victim of what's been called an unprovoked attack on Valley Drive in Syracuse has died of injuries sustained in the beating.  Suspect 18-year-old Romeo Williams is in custody for the assault and Syracuse Police say they'll consult with Onondaga County District Attorneys to consider further charges. 

Railroad Spike jewelry
Liberty United

Guns currently in possession of the Syracuse Police will now be headed for new lives – as high-end jewelry.  The city announced a partnership today with a company called Liberty United, which melts down the metal from guns and turns the new alloys into bracelets, necklaces and rings.  Money from selling the jewelry is directed back to gun-violence prevention programs in participating communities. 

Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler announced during a press conference earlier today that 18 year old Romeo Williams is now in custody in connection with the attack that took place over the weekend in a 7-11 parking lot on Valley Drive. He said James Gifford, 70, was attacked from the front without evident provocation,

“Williams lunged at him, striking him in the face so violently that it knocked him to the ground rendering him unconscious.”

Pat Hogan
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Mayor Stephanie Miner and Democratic Mayoral candidate Pat Hogan gathered with their respective campaign advisors and supporters as the primary results came in.



Hogan's fell behind in the race against incumbent Mayor Miner. In his speech after his defeat, he pointed out that only half the Democrats who voted in the primary support Miner, and acknowledged Alfonso Davis's efforts leading up to the primary election.

Stephanie Miner Holds Onto Democratic Nomination in Primary

Sep 11, 2013
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Mayor Stephanie Miner will once again be the democratic party’s candidate for mayor of the City of Syracuse.

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