Police Chief Frank Fowler

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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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A community group is rallying diverse support for the expansion of Pre-K in Syracuse, with supporters saying it could improve the economy and diminish crime.  

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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. 

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.”