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Dozens of environmental advocates gathered in front of Congressmember John Katko’s office today urging him to oppose a proposal that would open the door to oil and gas drilling in part of the arctic national wildlife refuge.  The measure is included in the tax reform bill being debated this week in congress.

Co-organizer of the rally Tara Miller with the group Defenders of Wildlife says any move to allow drilling off the pristine north slope of Alaska does not belong in the budget.

U.S. Department of Justice

Starting today, Central New Yorkers might notice commercials from tobacco companies airing during primetime on TV informing the public about the realities of their products.  Tobacco giants were recently ordered to admit they’ve been misleading the public about the dangers of their products for decades. 

"So it's pretty far reaching, and with good reason.  The tobacco companies have defrauded the public about their product and the products are deadly and their products are addictive."

Scott Willis / WAER News

It was 35 years ago on Thanksgiving when the Ronald McDonald House of Central New York first opened its doors on East Genesee Street in Syracuse.   The charity had humble beginnings giving local families an affordable place to stay while their children received medical care just a few blocks away.

Executive Director Beth Trunfio says the seed was planted by a group of local parents with children receiving cancer care in the late 1970’s.

Scott Willis / WAER News

About 12,000 active and retired Syracuse-area Teamsters are among union members nationwide who could get relief for their pensions after significant cuts to payments and benefits.   Senator Chuck Schumer stopped by the Local 317 union hall today to outline a restoration plan that could be included in the upcoming federal budget.

DACA Recipients Call On Katko To Support A 'Clean' Dream Act

Nov 21, 2017
Kijin Higashibaba/WAER News

Immigrants and their supporters are calling on Congressman John Katko to support legislation for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA.They say they want Katko to support a “clean” Dream Act. Rebecca Fuentes is with United We Dream.


"The federal govt is proposing legislation but it’s tied to more enforcement, a wall. We don’t want that, we want it clean."


Vera House

A night of dinner, live music and dancing will raise funds for Vera House in December as they continue to support people with services who are going through domestic violence.  This year will mark the 26th annual “New Beginnings” GalaThe organization supports victims of domestic violence.  Executive Director Randi Bregman says the event used to be known as “Home for the Holidays.”

Scott Willis / WAER News

A grassroots environmental group is asking Central New Yorkers to help the area earn a Guinness World Record title on Friday.  The goal is to distribute the most reusable shopping bags in 24 hours.  Mainstream Green founder and president Dana Johnston says they hope to give away 5,100 of the bags at Destiny USA during one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

WAER's Matt Mitchell

Recent changes in state law have brought incredible growth to New York State’s brewing industry, with even more brewery openings on tap in 2018.

Brewing veteran Pete Kirkgasser owns one local beneficiary of this brewing law overhaul. Priding itself as a neighborhood favorite centered around friendly conversation, his Eastwood Brewing Company celebrated its four-year anniversary on Saturday.

Centerstate C.E.O

As you shop for people on your holiday shopping list, how much of the items are produced locally?  Organizers of an annual event hope that you consider supporting local restaurants, wine and brewers and the products that have made them well known.  The 8th annual “Buy Local Bash” will be held this evening.  The Event Coordinator Shannon Fults of Centerstate C.E.O. says vendors enjoy meeting with prospective customers.

The Central New York chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union is hosting a panel discussion about the ongoing plans for I-81, and how it will impact racial isolation and economic exclusion in Onondaga County. 

The panel will be moderated by Director Yusuf Abdul-Qadir. He says plans for the highway must include consideration of the issues of poverty and segregation in the city.

“It’s unfathomable that we would have a community that has the highest concentrations of poverty of African Americans and Latinos and not use this as a means to address those issues."