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Central New Yorkers have grown all too accustomed to occasional beach closures over the summer due to unsafe levels of bacteria in the water. Cornell University and a bio-technology device maker are working on a new and much faster way to test the water and get swimmers back in the lake. 

For Ruth Richardson, this is where she says her heart meets her science.

In 2017, there were some 798 homeless in the greater Syracuse area living in emergency shelters or transitional housing.  Many were unsheltered.  This episode of City Limits on the Front Lines, supported by the Central New York Community Foundation, is a story of personal redemption, shared responsibility, and the power of community. 

Joe Lee joined Al-Amin Muhammad, once a homeless statistic himself, and a dedicated core of volunteers one Saturday morning as they set out to change lives one sandwich at a time.

Scott Willis / WAER News

The city of Syracuse is looking for some answers after a portion of wall fell from the elevated train tracks downtown Thursday.  Mayor Ben Walsh says for now, the debris has been cleaned up, but the portion of Clinton Street remains closed between Jefferson and West Onondaga streets.  He explains jurisdiction for the rail lines and the viaduct rest with the Federal Rail Administration and the New York Susquehanna and Western Railroad. 

Walsh wants to know if anyone knew the bridge was dangerous … and he’s looking for some information.

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The Interim President of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is finding the college and its faculty are ready to put the tensions with the past president behind them.  Dr. David Amberg was chosen to spend a year or two repairing some of the damage.  President Quentin Wheeler announced his resignation last March … effective June 30th.  Amberg knows where he has to start bringing the college together.

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Time is running out to sign up for a free summer program dedicated to giving young women an opportunity to develop tech skills and to explore STEM career paths.  The Girl’s Coding Program was created in partnership between AT&T and the CNY STEM Hub and is looking for 50 girls in 7th through 12th grade who want to gain hands-on experience with basic coding.  Director of Communications at SRC Lisa Mondello says with baby boomers retiring faster than ever, young women have a chance to break into the male-dominated tech industry.

Onondaga County Parks

Many Onondaga County residents might think they’re doing good by throwing anything plastic with a recycle symbol in their blue bin for recycling.  After all, we have one of the best recycling rates in the nation.  But Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency spokesperson Kristen Lawton says over-eager recyclers might actually be doing harm to the recycling stream.

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For the first time ever, public schools in Central New York and across the state are mandated to teach mental health awareness.  The idea is to help students understand their own well-being…and that of others who may be in distress.  

Director of the State Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Doctor Jay Carruthers  says a recent state survey shows that youth suicide attempts continue to rise.

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Anyone trying to take care of a claim at the Syracuse social security field office probably knows the wait times are extremely long.  In fact, Senator Chuck Schumer says the office has the largest case backlog in the state because the office can’t keep up with requests due to a lack of staffing and the flood of baby boomers reaching retirement age. 

He stopped by the Cicero Senior Center Monday, where some residents said they’ve experienced the delays first-hand.

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It can be difficult and lonely being the caregiver for a veteran or member of the military here in Central New York … but some help and support is now available.  Kristin Muir is taking care of her husband Justin, who spent two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Some days he does really well and some days are really hard.  Sometimes he needs help getting out of bed; sometimes he needs to be stretched.  A lot of times it’s emotional helping him with his flashbacks and memories and just trying to keep him back on track.”

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Many Central New Yorkers were directly affected by the Supreme Court ruling on the travel ban.  Recent refugees and immigrants, as well as local residents, were impacted emotionally and in concrete ways if they were hoping to be reunited with family members from other countries.  Local Islamic groups had a response some might find surprising.

In response to last week’s Supreme Court decision on the travel ban, Central New York Islamic Groups had a different reaction than just coming out in opposition.  And that came from the communities’ response to them.

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