Syracuse local news

CDC.gov

Onondaga County reports more than 1200 peple have confirmed flu cases so far this flu season.  That includes 270 cases the week ending January 28th. 

County Medical Director Dr. Quoc Nguyen relies on information provided by the State Health Department, which confirms cases.  He says the number of patients experiencing respiratory issues due to flu complications isn’t as high as in other parts of the state.

BelieveinSyracuse.org

Have you shared an opinion with others or on social media about the bad things we have to deal with living here?  Or perhaps you’ve come to the defense of our CNY lifestyle? Believe in Syracuse (BIS) founder, John DeSantis created this organization to address this debate.  

WAER File

The graduation rates at three community colleges in Central New York are going up, according to a new study.  However it also finds that only one-in-four students are graduating in three years.

Volunteers Celebrate King's Legacy By Giving Back

Jan 15, 2018
Central New York Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO

The Southwest Community Center in Syracuse hosted a food and clothing drive on Monday in celebration of Martin Luther King’s life and legacy. 

More than 150 people gathered at the Southwest Community Center to pack clothes, toiletries and food. The packages will go to 12 organizations working in Onondaga County. Nancy Kern Eaton is the president of United Way of Central New York which cosponsored the event.

https://www.cnysolidarity.org/

The Syracuse Democratic Mayoral Primary is tomorrow, but many residents might not know where the candidates stand on the issues.  So, a group of community based organizations has compiled a comprehensive look at the candidate’s positions. National Action Network, Syracuse Chapter Education Chair Talina Jones says they’re trying to empower voters after the 2016 presidential election left many feeling disheartened.

Bridget McAllister/WAER News

Nearly 30 Veterans with physical and psychological disabilities are learning skills this week at Syracuse University to successfully build and launch their own businesses.  The 11th annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities is offered through the Institute for Veterans and Military Families.   

Coordinator Elissa Gibbs says the mission of the program is to arm the men and women with the knowledge and support they need to get their business ideas off the ground.

Flickr/Governor Cuomo

A Liverpool business was shown Wednesday as an example of how Central New York’s economy is rising – and how the CNY Rising initiative is helping.  Governor Andrew Cuomo visited JMA Wireless, which recently expanded and added 280 jobs. CEO John Mezzalingua knows his high-tech business could go anywhere.  But he has roots -- and confidence -- here. 

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Members of the Congolese Community of C.N.Y. gathered at Syracuse City Hall as part of a flag raising ceremony.  Former Congolese Community President Cyprien Mahigo is concerned about people in the Congo and the partially reinstated U.S. Travel Ban.