SYRACUSE COMMON COUNCIL

PARKING
1:53 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Syracuse Parking Ticket Fines to Increase in July

A no stopping zone and fire hydrant along Ostrom Avenue.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

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.

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TAXES
6:23 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Miner Vetoes Tax Increase

Mayor Miner discusses the Common Council's budget and her line item vetoes
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

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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CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY
6:03 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Syracuse Considering Crackdown on Those Who Don't Shovel Their Sidewalks

An uncleared sidewalk on Ostrom Ave. outside the WAER studios.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

 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.

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MARCH ON WASHINGTON
8:31 am
Sat August 24, 2013

Syracuse Common Council President Reflects on Missing the First March on Washington

Syracuse Common Council President Van Robinson

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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Syracuse Police
2:40 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Police Taser Policy Draws Questions at Syracuse Common Council Meeting after Shock of Disabled Man

Barrie Gewanter of the New York Civil Liberties Union addresses Common Council meeting on police taser-use policy, that drew disabled advocates.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

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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