Ryan Delaney http://wrvo.org en Vocal support, opposition to housing immigrant children http://wrvo.org/post/vocal-support-opposition-housing-immigrant-children <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner wants the city to be a temporary shelter for Central American children fleeing to the country, there is a vocal opposition against it.</span></p><p>There are strong opinions on both sides over whether Syracuse should become a temporary shelter site for the children.</p><p>The mayor was interrupted often Thursday evening by a boisterous crowd at a North Side meeting with shouts of "legal!" and applause for comments both for and against.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:39:44 +0000 Ryan Delaney 59428 at http://wrvo.org Vocal support, opposition to housing immigrant children Community job training program will expand http://wrvo.org/post/community-job-training-program-will-expand <p></p><p>A minority workforce training program on Syracuse’s North Side is being expanded with the help of several local agencies.</p><p>Northside UP, a community group targeting the immigrant population in the northern sections of Syracuse, has been running training programs called Green Train and Health Train.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The second has placed a few dozen people <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/hospital-invests-not-only-new-buildings-neighborhood" target="_blank">on the payroll on St. Joseph’s Hospital</a>, also located on the North Side. </span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:22:26 +0000 Ryan Delaney 59370 at http://wrvo.org Community job training program will expand Duffy will keep thoughts to himself on Moreland Commission http://wrvo.org/post/duffy-will-keep-thoughts-himself-moreland-commission <p></p><p>Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy says he had no direct knowledge of alleged meddling by his boss into an ethics commission the governor set up.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:54:34 +0000 Ryan Delaney 59339 at http://wrvo.org Duffy will keep thoughts to himself on Moreland Commission Women for Maffei hit back on some Katko comments http://wrvo.org/post/women-maffei-hit-back-some-katko-comments <p></p><p>Some supporters of Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) are pushing back on recent comments made his Republican challenger, John Katko.</p><p>Katko, a former federal prosecutor, has recently said he doesn’t support a law aimed at equalizing pay for women and men. And he says his Catholic faith guides his views on abortion.</p><p><a href="http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/07/race_for_congress_where_republican_john_katko_stands_on_the_issues.html" target="_blank">Those comments to The Post-Standard</a> have upset female supporters of Maffei, a Democrat.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00:59 +0000 Ryan Delaney 59313 at http://wrvo.org Women for Maffei hit back on some Katko comments Residents along Erie Canal are rediscovering it via bike http://wrvo.org/post/residents-along-erie-canal-are-rediscovering-it-bike <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many New Yorkers who live along the Erie Canal are rediscovering the waterway via long-distance bicycle trips.</span></p><p>The recreational trail along the canal is becoming a well-used resource by people living in towns that were built by the canal. And they’re spending money too.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:19:19 +0000 Ryan Delaney 59235 at http://wrvo.org Residents along Erie Canal are rediscovering it via bike A next step in Onondaga Lake restoration http://wrvo.org/post/next-step-onondaga-lake-restoration <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the removal and capping of industrial pollutants in </span>Onondaga<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Lake continues, planning for the next phase of restoration is beginning.</span></p><p>Honeywell’s dredging of the lake shore and wetlands restoration is meant to remediate and prevent further damage from chemicals dumped in and near the water. Now environmentalists are eyeing how to make Onondaga Lake useable again.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:48:43 +0000 Ryan Delaney 59180 at http://wrvo.org A next step in Onondaga Lake restoration Crashed Air Force drone was flying with gear that couldn't handle cold http://wrvo.org/post/crashed-air-force-drone-was-flying-gear-couldnt-handle-cold <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Besides some clouds on Nov. 12, 2013, Air National Guard crew members recalled to accident investigators that it was a nice day for flying.</span></p><p>But it was a cold, late fall day, just below freezing on the ground at Fort Drum, where the Air National Guard launches its remotely piloted aircraft for training missions over upstate New York.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:47:20 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58914 at http://wrvo.org Crashed Air Force drone was flying with gear that couldn't handle cold GOP candidate for NY attorney general says office isn't political http://wrvo.org/post/gop-candidate-ny-attorney-general-says-office-isnt-political <p>The Republican candidate for state attorney general says the man who holds the office now, and those who served before him, have treated it has a political stepping stone.</p><p>A.G. doesn't stand for "aspiring governor," John Cahill said.</p><p>Cahill was an aide and environmental conservation commissioner to former Gov. George Pataki, a Republican who ran the state from 1995 to 2006.</p><p>Cahill is now challenging Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman&nbsp;for the role of New York's top lawyer.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:44:35 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58932 at http://wrvo.org GOP candidate for NY attorney general says office isn't political Maffei picks up endorsement of business leaders http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-picks-endorsement-business-leaders <p>Rep. Dan Maffei has picked up the endorsement of an informal group of central New York business and economic leaders.</p><p>About two dozen executives are backing the Syracuse Democrat in his bid for re-election against Republican John Katko.</p><p>Eric Mower, of the advertising firm Eric Mower and Associates, says he’s neither a Republican nor Democrat and he supported former Rep. Jim Walsh, a Republican.</p><p>But he says has focused on the issues facing the region.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:41:15 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58891 at http://wrvo.org Maffei picks up endorsement of business leaders Air Force plane found deep below Lake Ontario from 1952 crash http://wrvo.org/post/air-force-plane-found-deep-below-lake-ontario-1952-crash <p>A team of shipwreck explorers recently discovered an Air Force plane deep below the surface of Lake Ontario, more than 60 years after it crashed.</p><p>It was late at night on September 11, 1952 when an Air force C-45 was flying from Massachusetts to Grifiss&nbsp;Air Force base in Rome. But before it could reach Grifiss, it lost an engine. The pilot set the plane on autopilot and the five member crew parachuted out.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:47:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58824 at http://wrvo.org Air Force plane found deep below Lake Ontario from 1952 crash With retirees eyeing urban setting, Ithaca faces housing crunch http://wrvo.org/post/retirees-eyeing-urban-setting-ithaca-faces-housing-crunch <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nine out of ten older people in Tompkins County want to stay close by for retirement, but a survey finds a majority want to move to more urban areas, which will put a strain on housing.</span></p><p>Ithaca is a city that already has a tight housing market. The <a href="http://www.tompkinscountyny.gov/cofa" target="_blank">Tompkins County Office for the Aging</a> found it will likely get tighter. The agency conducted a survey of people who recently retired or are about to.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:53:15 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58535 at http://wrvo.org Update: Five tornadoes hit upstate New York Tuesday http://wrvo.org/post/update-five-tornadoes-hit-upstate-new-york-tuesday <p><strong>Update, Friday, July 11:</strong></p><p>A fifth tornado from Tuesday's swath of powerful thunderstorms and twisters has been confirmed by the National Weather Service in Albany. <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&amp;issuedby=ALY&amp;product=PNS" target="_blank">This one in the eastern Adirondacks</a>. More from the Associated Press:</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:53:34 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58618 at http://wrvo.org Update: Five tornadoes hit upstate New York Tuesday SU: campus will be "dramatically" impacted by I-81 construction http://wrvo.org/post/su-campus-will-be-dramatically-impacted-i-81-construction <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Syracuse University campus would be greatly impacted by the reconstruction of Interstate 81 through the city, a university working group has determined.</span></p><p>When visitors to the Syracuse University campus exit the Interstate 81 viaduct, they’re currently faced with an “unattractive city fabric,” the study concludes.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:14:25 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58669 at http://wrvo.org SU: campus will be "dramatically" impacted by I-81 construction Syracuse schools, attorney general reach settlement on discipline http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-schools-attorney-general-reach-settlement-discipline <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Syracuse public school district and the state attorney general's office say they've reached a settlement to curb the district's alarmingly high suspension rate.</span></p><p>The district will amend its code of conduct under the agreement.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:01:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58698 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse schools, attorney general reach settlement on discipline How the weather service decides if a tornado touched down http://wrvo.org/post/how-weather-service-decides-if-tornado-touched-down <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At least </span><a href="http://wrvo.org/post/least-three-separate-tornados-hit-upstate-new-york-tuesday" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">four tornadoes ripped through central and northern New York</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tuesday evening. It's the National Weather Service that makes that determination if a funnel cloud touched down. It's a careful and calculated process.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:27:08 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58632 at http://wrvo.org How the weather service decides if a tornado touched down Powerful storm slams East Syracuse; fatalities in Madison County http://wrvo.org/post/powerful-storm-slams-east-syracuse-fatalities-madison-county <p>Trees were on front yards, on cars, in roads, on power lines and on top of houses in East Syracuse after a powerful storm system swept through the village Tuesday evening.</p><p>A few hours later, residents were using the remaining daylight to survey damage, many walking around or sitting in their driveway, others checking in on neighbors. Chainsaws were already roaring to begin cleaning up.</p><p>Emergency crews requested power be shut off to the entire village as power lines were down across several streets and yards.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 01:41:47 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58573 at http://wrvo.org Powerful storm slams East Syracuse; fatalities in Madison County Miner calls for increased broadband access in Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/miner-calls-increased-broadband-access-syracuse <p>Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says the city can't have a modern economy without access to high-speed Internet and strong phone service.<br /><br />Miner has recently called for better broadband in Syracuse, and has signed a petition to the state's Public Service Commission asking for an investigation into broadband's rollout in the state.<br /><br />"And what I have seen firsthand is a number of businesses who said they wanted to locate to Syracuse, or expand in Syracuse, but couldn't because of a lack of access to affordable broadband or telecommunications," Miner said.<br /> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:08:28 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58350 at http://wrvo.org Red to green: Syracuse working to upgrade traffic signal system http://wrvo.org/post/red-green-syracuse-working-upgrade-traffic-signal-system <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s what every commuter hates when trying to get to work in the morning: red lights. They slow drive times down and waste gas, but&nbsp;the city of Syracuse is working to upgrade its traffic light system, so drivers see more green.</span></p><p>"By coordinating the traffic lights, what happens is, we can tell the traffic light not only how long to be green in a certain direction, but when to go green," explains Harry Carlson of the city's public works department.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:45:13 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58319 at http://wrvo.org Red to green: Syracuse working to upgrade traffic signal system City seizes Hotel Syracuse through eminent domain http://wrvo.org/post/city-seizes-hotel-syracuse-through-eminent-domain <p></p><p>The City of Syracuse has used legal channels to take control of the Hotel Syracuse after several efforts to redevelop the historic downtown lodging site have failed.</p><p>Syracuse and its economic development arm, the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency, transferred title of the property to the site's developer, Ed Riley.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:56:41 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58326 at http://wrvo.org City seizes Hotel Syracuse through eminent domain Fort Drum unlikely to house Central American immigrant children http://wrvo.org/post/fort-drum-unlikely-house-central-american-immigrant-children <p></p><p>Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) says the chances are slim that undocumented children caught trying to cross the US-Mexican border illegally will be housed at Fort Drum.<br /><br />The Army base is reportedly being considered to house hundreds of Central American immigrant children under a government program as soon as August</p><p>But Schumer says he’s spoken with officials at the Department of Health and Human Services:</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:37:57 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58323 at http://wrvo.org Schumer puts out the call for a downtown Syracuse supermarket http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-puts-out-call-downtown-syracuse-supermarket <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the number of people living downtown continues to grow, so does the need for a grocery store in the neighborhood. Sen. Charles </span>Schumer, D-N.Y.,<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he can help lure one to the central business district.</span></p><p>Schumer says the heads of major chains will listen to him. He's reaching out to a number of chains, like Tops and Whole Foods, to try to convince them to locate downtown.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 11:27:48 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58298 at http://wrvo.org Schumer puts out the call for a downtown Syracuse supermarket "Common problem" caused Air National Guard's drone to crash http://wrvo.org/post/common-problem-caused-air-national-guards-drone-crash <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An unmanned aircraft expert says a "not uncommon problem" caused an Air National Guard drone to smash into Lake Ontario last November.</span></p><p>The <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/air-guards-drone-crash-caused-multiple-malfunctions" target="_blank">Air Force says multiple communication and navigation failures</a> lead to the crash of an MQ-9 Reaper drone, piloted by the Syracuse-based 174th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard.</p><p>No one was hurt when the multi-ton aircraft plummeted into the lake 12 miles offshore, late last year.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:51:57 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58272 at http://wrvo.org "Common problem" caused Air National Guard's drone to crash Air Guard's drone crash caused by multiple malfunctions http://wrvo.org/post/air-guards-drone-crash-caused-multiple-malfunctions <p></p><p>Multiple communication and navigation failures on&nbsp;174th Air National Guard Attack Wing's MQ-9 Reaper unmanned drone flying over central New York last November caused it to crash in Lake Ontario.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:58:05 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58187 at http://wrvo.org Air Guard's drone crash caused by multiple malfunctions Audit faults Griffiss airfield development agency management http://wrvo.org/post/audit-faults-griffiss-airfield-development-agency-management <p>A state audit has criticized the management of the agency redeveloping the former Griffiss Air Force base in Rome.</p><p>The Authorities Budget Office is a state office overseeing economic development agencies. <a href="http://www.abo.ny.gov/reports/compliancereviews/GriffissLocalDevelopmentCorporationFinalReport2014.pdf" target="_blank">The ABO audit</a> says the Griffiss Local Development Corp. took a “cavalier” approach to handling its funds.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:22:20 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58117 at http://wrvo.org Tighter curves could minimize impact of new I-81 viaduct http://wrvo.org/post/tighter-curves-could-minimize-impact-new-i-81-viaduct <p>Tighter curves built into a new Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse could mean fewer buildings along the highway’s path would need to be torn down.</p><p>Rebuilding the mile and a half of elevated interstate through the city is one of two options transportation planners are recommending for how to replace the current, aging viaduct.</p><p>But a new viaduct would have to be significantly wider than the current one in order to be up to highway standards. It could also be up to ten feet higher.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:39:18 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58012 at http://wrvo.org Tighter curves could minimize impact of new I-81 viaduct Kessner likely to drop challenge to Senator Valesky http://wrvo.org/post/kessner-likely-drop-challenge-senator-valesky <p></p><p>Jean Kessner&nbsp;has gotten her wish and will likely drop her challenge of state Sen. Dave Valesky in Democratic Party primary.</p><p>Kessner, a Democrat herself and Syracuse Common Councilor, was circulating petitions to challenge Valesky (D-Oneida), unless he rejoined the mainstream Democrats in the state Senate.</p><p>Valesky has been a member of the Independent Democratic Caucus, which controls the Senate along with the minority Republicans, since 2011.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:49:49 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57977 at http://wrvo.org Kessner likely to drop challenge to Senator Valesky Hanna defeats Tenney in GOP primary for 22nd District http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-defeats-tenney-gop-primary-22nd-district <p>Rep. Richard Hanna is all but guaranteed a third term in the House of Representatives after he beat back a challenge from the political right in Tuesday's Republican Party primary.</p><p>Hanna, R-Barneveld,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;came out on top in a challenge from the more conservative Claudia&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tenney</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a state&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">assemblywoman</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. She said Hanna was too moderate.</span></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 05:31:56 +0000 Ryan Delaney & Matt Richmond 57868 at http://wrvo.org Hanna defeats Tenney in GOP primary for 22nd District Tunnel, depressed highway are out in plans for new I-81 http://wrvo.org/post/tunnel-depressed-highway-are-out-plans-new-i-81 <p>Syracuse looks less likely to go through its own <a href="http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/highway/TheBigDig.aspx" target="_blank">Big Dig</a>, as state highway transportation officials recommend a tunnel or depressed highway are not the best options for a rebuilt Interstate 81 through Syracuse.</p><p>Transportation officials have been considering <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/16-different-paths-new-interstate-81" target="_blank">several variations of four core options</a> for a new I-81: a rebuilt viaduct, a street-level boulevard, a tunnel, or sunken roadway.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:39:56 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57772 at http://wrvo.org Tunnel, depressed highway are out in plans for new I-81 SU nixes contract with developer for new bookstore http://wrvo.org/post/su-nixes-contract-developer-new-bookstore <p>After years of trying to build a new off-campus bookstore and fitness center, Syracuse University's efforts took a big step back Friday.</p><p>The university canceled its contract with the developer it had selected to build the project along the 600 block of University Ave., just north of the school's main campus.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 22:41:31 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57688 at http://wrvo.org SU nixes contract with developer for new bookstore Meeting of teachers' union, superintendent called "productive" http://wrvo.org/post/meeting-teachers-union-superintendent-called-productive <p><strong>Updated, 1:55 p.m. with comment from superintendent:</strong></p><p>The first meeting between the president of the Syracuse teachers' union and the superintendent of the school system since their relationship publicly disintegrated last week has been called "productive."</p><p>Syracuse Teachers Association President Kevin Ahern and Superintendent Sharon Contreras met Friday morning <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/miner-looks-move-teachers-union-district-forward-talks" target="_blank">under the invitation of Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner</a>.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:43:35 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57655 at http://wrvo.org Meeting of teachers' union, superintendent called "productive"