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Have you ever wanted to attend an ice block party outside in the cold?  Maybe you never thought of it, but you’ll get your chance next month at the 34th Syracuse Winterfest.  President Bill Cooper says the location for the block party is outside the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.

“Well, they’re making a huge ice-bar which will be featured for the cold-spell.  Then, they’re blocking-off Warren Street with food trucks, a warming tent, entertainment… culminating with fireworks off the parking garage."

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As the heroin epidemic continues unabated, a paramedic who’s responded to drug overdoses for decades says it’s time to lift the stigma of addiction.  In this final part in our series, he says thinking differently might get more people the help they need…and save lives.

Director of Operations for TLC ambulance Lon Fricano says the more we talk about addiction and bring it out of the shadows, the stronger prevention and treatment efforts can be. 

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There’s no question the overdose antidote Narcan has saved the lives of numerous heroin and opioid addicts across Central New York.  In the next part of our series on the epidemic, seasoned paramedics say it can be a blessing…and a curse.

For most of us, a near death experience from a serious health issue or an accident would force a change in lifestyle or behavior.  But Director of Operations with TLC ambulance Lon Fricano says for addicts who might have just overdosed on heroin, they feel they’re going to die if they don’t get that next fix.

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Republicans in the State Senate say that, despite the over $4 billion structural deficit, taxes need to be cut further and a property tax cap must be made permanent.

Senate GOP Majority Leader John Flanagan says the state needs to cut income taxes, property taxes and energy taxes, in the midst of a brutally cold winter. And he says some tax cuts for middle class New Yorkers that begin to take effect this year need to be speeded up.

We actually want to accelerate the tax cuts,” Flanagan said.

City Limits- The Path to Homelessness

Jan 9, 2018

There can be a myriad of reasons that someone becomes homeless. But, what happens when youth have nowhere to live and what circumstances led up to it?  John Smith introduces us to two young people in that situation as part of the City Limits project.

If you like what you hear find more content from the project at CityLimitsProject.org . And subscribe in ITunes for automatic delivery of new episodes

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Syracuse Common Councilors Monday threw their support behind a month-long media blitz aimed at getting opioid addicts the help they need.  They also hope the “United to Fight it” collaboration will spur community discussion and action.

Family support navigator with the Prevention Network Jon Crandall says the epidemic is not fading…

"Onondaga County happens to have the highest rate of opioid overdose deaths  among all Central New York counties.  There have been 53 opioid related deaths reported since June 2017."

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Both Destiny USA and state fairgrounds events ended 2017 with sharp increases in the number of visitors over the previous year.  Tourism officials credit targeted marketing efforts and venue improvements.

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2018 will be a year of criminal trials for former associates of Governor Cuomo, as well as the former leaders of the legislature. Reform groups say they hope the lengthy court proceedings will spur lawmakers to enact some ethics reforms. 

Six continuous months of corruption trials kick off on January 22nd, when Cuomo’s former top aide Joe Percoco faces bribery charges for allegedly soliciting over $300,000 from companies doing business with the state. Blair Horner, with the New York Public Interest Research Group, says it will be a year unlike any other. 

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A Climatologist from the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University says Central New York’s biggest concern from the Nor’easter will likely be dangerously cold wind chills.  That could also mean breaking a few temperature records.

After a brief break of the really cold temperatures, we’re about to get even colder.  Jessica Spaccio says the coldest temperature changes will occur Thursday night through Sunday morning.

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Lethal batches of heroin are still showing up in Central New York as the addiction epidemic continues to take lives.  Three recent overdoses in Cayuga County illustrate the challenges of reaching addicts, and tracing the potent drugs.

Anytime police hear about clusters of heroin overdoses, they become suspicious about the composition of the drug.  Auburn Police Deputy Chief Roger Anthony says that happened last weekend…

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