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Those in our community who are unemployed or underemployed face a daily challenge of surviving from one day to the next and struggle to meet basic needs like food and shelter.  Who is there to catch them when they fall?  In this episode of City Limits, Brian Moore examines important safety net programs, challenges assumptions about who uses them, and the local impact from national policy-making.


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The snow is gone, hopefully for good, and that’s left behind the usual layer of litter in and around Syracuse.  Mayor Ben Walsh announced an effort today that he hopes inspires residents to pick up trash not just now, but year round.  It’s called Clean-up ‘Cuse: Adopt a Block, where individuals, school groups, businesses, organizations and others can conduct monthly litter clean-ups in a two block area. 

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Green party candidate for Governor Howie Hawkins is calling for a massive expansion of public housing in the state in an effort to make housing more affordable.  But he says it’s a different approach than the old, large-scale projects of decades past.   

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The first fight over a late entry of a Democratic Congressional Candidate in the 24th District has been settled by the State Board of Elections.  Juanita Perez-Williams was granted approval to face-off against the Onondaga County Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate Dana Balter in June.  Perez-Williams says that she assessed things on the sideline before launching her campaign.

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A Syracuse University Law School Graduate has helped create a program to keep young people out of the criminal justice system … so they don’t continue in a life of crime.  Amber Givens-Davis is a District Court Judge in Dallas.  She worked with 3 other judges after seeing a lot of young people, mostly first-time offenders in their courts.  Criminal Court Judge Lisa Green wanted to prevent those appearances.

A Range of Opinions on Proposed Ban for Single-Use Plastic Bags

May 1, 2018
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Governor Cuomo has announced legislation to enact a ban on single-use plastic bags at all retail and grocery stores in New York State. While most agree that reusable fabric bags carried in and out of stores are the best option when it comes to cutting back on pollution, not all agree that plastic bags should be taken out of the equation completely.  Local organizations have mixed opinions about this opposed ban.

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It was the sixth time the Syracuse university Men's Lacrosse team would find itself in a one-goal game this season.  But unlike four of the previous five, SU didn't find a way to pull it out at the end.  Virginia downed the Orange 11-10 Friday Night in a game that could have implications on where - or if - the team plays in the NCAA championships.

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Getting a disease because of occupational hazards or even killed on the job happens more often than you may think.  A Workers Memorial Day gathering was held on Friday to remember Upstate workers who died because of either scenario was held in Liverpool.  Advocates are working to provide support to affected workers and immigrants.  Worker Justice Center of N.Y. Senior Advocate Carly Fox from Rochester advocates for health, safety, and compensation issues for migrant farm workers.  She says farmers have made some improvements but immigrants need their help to negotiate.

Cuomo Cease and Desist Threat for ICE Conduct Draws Local Support

Apr 26, 2018
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking a harsh stance against Immigration Enforcement. He issued a cease and desist letter to ICE yesterday to put an end to what he called reckless and unconstitutional enforcement. If the agency doesn’t comply, he will sue. New York Immigration Worker Coalition organizer Fabiola Ortiz Valdez appreciates Cuomo’s actions, but doesn’t think they’re enough.

Cynthia Nixon Talks Immigration at Campaign Stop in Syracuse

Apr 26, 2018
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Democratic challenger for Governor Cynthia Nixon visited Syracuse Thursday, campaigning on an issue for which Governor Cuomo just made headlines. Nixon said efforts to protect immigrants and undocumented workers don’t go far enough.

Cuomo recently banned Immigration Enforcement from state buildings unless they have a warrant. Nixon said she would go further, keeping federal agents out of courts, to prevent immigrants from being arrested and deported from unrelated court proceedings.

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