At least two Syracuse Common Councilors are starting to take a stand against the almost automatic sale of hundreds of tax delinquent properties to the land bank and not giving others the option to buy. About 30 properties were on this week's agenda, and Councilor Nader Maroun voted no on all of them. At the council's previous meeting, Kathleen Joy issued a similar protest "no" vote on land bank properties.
Those caught parking in front of a fire hydrant or in a fire lane in Syracuse will have to shell out twice as much in fines starting July 1st. The hefty $40 penalties are among nearly three dozen increases in parking fines approved by common councilors Tuesday. Parking in a handicap parking spot without a permit will get you a $75 ticket, up from $50. However, nearly all of the other fines increased by only $5. Councilor Nader Maroun says they haven’t changed since 1997.
Public transport was one of many topics discussed at the Ida Benderson Seniors Action group forum where seniors addressed their needs. Drucilla Adams has a tough time walking up hills and has been affected by a change in bus routes.
“When there’s no bus, I can’t get there unless someone picks me up. I’m concerned because I know it’s a university section but we still are in the area and we still need some transportation on the weekends. I don’t go anywhere on weekends; I’m like in jail.”