Onondaga County

Politics & Government
4:53 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

A New Face Soon to Become Onondaga County's New Sheriff

Candidate Conway connects with residents of Onondaga County
Credit conwayforsheriff.com

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.

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LEAD ABATEMENT
5:50 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Syracuse Forced to Shut Down Lead Abatement Program as a Result of Federal Cuts

Syracuse has an estimated 60,000 homes which were constructed before lead paint was banned for residential use.
Credit (c) Brad Spelich, WAER.

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.

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ONONDAGA COUNTY BUDGET
11:45 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

County Exec. Mahoney Releases Budget Proposal; Also Asks for $49.5 Million for Amphitheater

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney delivers her budget address. Legislature Chair Ryan McMahon is in the background.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

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.  

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EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
6:38 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Onondaga Citizens League Report Warns of Underinvestment in Young Children

Sherry Cleary speaks about the "Thrive By Five" report
Credit WAER News

The Onondaga Citizens League released a report calling attention to a serious lack of investment in the community’s youngest children. The report, entitled “Thrive by Five,” acknowledges the fact that New York State is making provisions to improve kindergarten and Pre-K but warns that officials have failed to place enough emphasis on the earliest developmental stages.

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Speaker Tonight @ Civic Center
3:33 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

How the I-81 Replacement Project Might Learn from Boston's 'Big Dig'

The start of a speaker series about the future of Interstate 81 takes place tonight at Civic Center

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

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