SYRACUSE COMMON COUNCIL

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Those caught parking in front of a fire hydrant or in a fire lane in Syracuse will have to shell out twice as much in fines starting July 1st.    The hefty $40  penalties are among nearly three dozen increases in parking fines approved by common councilors Tuesday.   Parking in a handicap parking spot without a permit will get you a $75 ticket, up from $50.  However, nearly all of the other fines increased by only $5.  Councilor Nader Maroun says they haven’t changed since 1997.

Miner Vetoes Tax Increase

May 14, 2014
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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner vetoed a small tax increase Wednesday that was approved  last week by Common Councilors. In her letter to the city clerk, Miner says her objection is based not only on the extra spending, but also on the process. 

She says the Council "sprung" a last minute tax increase on residents inside $6.8 million in budget amendments, with no public dialogue beforehand. 

In a release from Miner's office, she says:

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 Syracuse homeowners might soon be a little more diligent about shoveling their sidewalks during the next snowfall.  But that all depends on how Monday goes – when Syracuse Common Councilors vote on whether the city should impose a $100 fine for homeowners who fail to clear their sidewalks.   Common Councilor Bob Dougherty revived and helped amend the legislation.  Dougherty knows the ordinance is controversial, but feels the city needs to start somewhere to get compliance.  Common councilor Kathleen Joy feels fines are the wrong approach.

Syracuse Common Council President Van Robinson was 25 years old when he and some friends decided to head from New York City to Washington D.C. for the March on Washington in 1963. 

They didn't quite make it.  He did make it to the 25th Anniversary in 1988, and is in Washington for the 50th Anniversary of that historic day. 

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The incident of Syracuse police using a taser on a man on a Centro bus has raised questions about use of force policies.  Among the complaints are charges that top city officials are ignoring the issue.

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The Syracuse Common Council is contemplating merging city vehicle maintenance and repairs under one roof. Councilors met with city department heads Monday morning.



With more than one-thousand City-owned vehicles on the streets, Council Committee members think one building will be enough to service all five departments. Councilor Helen Hudson says cutting costs is the main reason behind the proposal.

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Syracuse may be on track for its highest homicide year on record, an issue bringing a local common council candidate out to discuss his crime fighting strategies.