New York State Fairgrounds

Scott Willis / WAER News

Much of the $50 million  transformation of the state fairgrounds is beginning to wrap up, and Governor Andrew Cuomo stopped by Wednesday to take a look.  The governor also announced the launch of an effort to look into privatizing fairgrounds operations.

Cuomo says for decades, the fairgrounds has been a metaphor for Upstate New York.  It just wasn’t getting the investment it deserved.  Now, that’s changing.

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  One of the people through the turnstiles at the State Fair Tuesday was Governor Cuomo.  He was ready to share with fairgoers his vision for a new look to the fairgrounds.  The visit was making good on a promise to move the attraction into the future.

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Thousands of cars, from hot rods to classics to muscle cars will be on display at the New York State Fairgrounds Friday through Sunday for the 2015 Syracuse Nationals.  Organizers expect 8000 cars and as many as 80,000 visitors.  

Tourism officials told the Business Journal that last year's event boosted the local economy by $13 million.  Organizers call the Nationals the largest car show in the Northeast. 

The sight and sound filled my eyes and ears, a piece of America on Memorial Day Weekend so right.

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  Onondaga County's top Politician gave a pretty positive review as regards budget matters, progress and taxpayers.  The State of the County address also gave Joanie Mahoney a chance to review her impacts and legacy as she enters an election year.

Mahoney gave a number of reasons why over her tenure in office property tax levies have been reduced by some 22 %.  She credits belt tightening, increased sales tax revenues due to some wise investments and activities, as well as reduced mandates such as Medicare. 

Mark Bialczak

When the officer off the exit points you to pull to the right up to the Orange lot to park on the way to fairgrounds, you know something big's going on.

Hannah Warren/WAER News

The usual fall expos at the New York State Fairgrounds took place this weekend alongside a crowd of costumed heroes and characters from Japanese television shows.

Fandom members from far and wide converged at the fairgrounds Art & Home Center for the fifth annual Syracuse Anime Convention, which has been extended to a two-day event for the first time in its history.