The Onondaga County Sheriff position is up for grabs for the first time since 1994. Longtime Sheriff Kevin Walsh is stepping down after twenty years. DeWitt Police Chief and Republican candidate Gene Conway will run against Democrat and veteran of the Onondaga Sheriff's office Toby Shelley. The department has recently dealt with a number of issues including over-time costs and allegations of officers filling out false time sheets. First-time candidate Conway is not happy with the negative image the local police and Sheriff's office has developed over the past few years.
Syracuse’s successful program to remove lead from city homes will be shut down by year's end after being denied federal funding. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development did not approve the city's latest grant request. It is the first time they have denied such a request in almost 20 years. Syracuse had received about $28 million in HUD grants, since 1995, to remove lead from more than 2,500 homes and apartments. Mayor Stephanie Miner says the cut in funding means lead will not be removed from approximately 135 homes in Syracuse next year.
Spending will decrease, taxes rates will fall, and water and sewer rates will go up if Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney’s budget goes through as is. She delivered her $1.24 billion spending plan Monday to lawmakers. Mahoney says the property tax levy will drop by 1.2 percent, to a historic low.
Boston University Professor Virginia Greiman shares her experiences as a consultant on Boston's Big Dig road project tonight at a presentation and Q & A session in the Onondaga County Civic Center. It's meant to provide some insight into the process Syracuse is going through with the necessary replacement for Interstate 81'S elevated portion.