Durrie Lawrence http://wrvo.org en Syracuse City School District budget calls for more layoffs http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-city-school-district-budget-calls-more-layoffs <p>Projections unveiled at the Syracuse City School District budget meeting last night could push the total number of positions the district has eliminated since 2009 to more than 1,000. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:13:30 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 33382 at http://wrvo.org Area ski resorts enjoy benefits of snowstorm http://wrvo.org/post/area-ski-resorts-enjoy-benefits-snowstorm <p>This season's snowfall has brought back revenue for many winter sports industries in central and northern New York, after last year's winter with lower than normal snow levels. Friday's snowstorm that blanketed the East Coast was beneficial to area ski resorts, including Greek Peak in Cortland County. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:10:14 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 33164 at http://wrvo.org Local company wants American steel used in public projects http://wrvo.org/post/local-company-wants-american-steel-used-public-projects <p>Nucor Steel employs about 300 people in Auburn, New York. Company officials asked for Rep. Dan Maffei's support of infrastructure projects that use American steel, when he paid a visit recently. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 21:19:17 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 32976 at http://wrvo.org Snow may be plentiful, but snowmobile clubs low on funds http://wrvo.org/post/snow-may-be-plentiful-snowmobile-clubs-low-funds <p>There's been a lot of snow lately for snowmobilers around central New York, but last year's slow season has impacted funding for the clubs who maintain the trails. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 20:53:15 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 32904 at http://wrvo.org Snow may be plentiful, but snowmobile clubs low on funds Maffei answers questions on immigration, gun control http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-answers-questions-immigration-gun-control <p>At a news conference in Auburn, central New York Cong. Dan Maffei commented on a couple of hot-button issues facing Congress currently. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 21:42:28 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 32750 at http://wrvo.org State law proposed to withhold state payments to some tax delinquent landlords http://wrvo.org/post/state-law-proposed-withhold-state-payments-some-tax-delinquent-landlords <p>Proposed state legislation would allow social services officials to withhold rent payments for low-income housing when the landlords haven’t paid their taxes. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 12:27:58 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 32139 at http://wrvo.org New York gets mixed grades in tobacco report http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-gets-mixed-grades-tobacco-report <p>The American Lung Association has published its annual “State of Tobacco Control” report, and New York state did not fare well. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:55:32 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 32000 at http://wrvo.org Area members of Congress push for funding of weatherization program http://wrvo.org/post/area-members-congress-push-funding-weatherization-program <p>Members of Congress are asking the president to include a federal program to help low-income families insulate their homes in next year's budget. Rep. Dan Maffei says this is especially important in upstate New York, where heating a home can cost hundreds of dollars each year. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 14:08:47 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 31832 at http://wrvo.org Area members of Congress push for funding of weatherization program Maffei hopes for bipartisan cooperation on the economy http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-hopes-bipartisan-cooperation-economy <p>Just a week after being sworn in a second time, Syracuse area Rep. Dan Maffei appeared back in the district in East Syracuse Friday afternoon. The Democrat from DeWitt said that he hopes Congress will be able to work through their differences by focusing on the economy. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:26:14 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 31764 at http://wrvo.org Oswego fire department critical of proposed city budget cuts http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-fire-department-critical-proposed-city-budget-cuts <p>There's a public hearing Monday night for the proposed Oswego city budget, which includes cuts to various programs to deal with a budget shortfall. One of the loudest voices against the cuts has been the Oswego Fire Department. If the budget is passed, the Fire Department could see their ambulance corps reduced, fewer firefighters assigned for each shift, and one fire station closed. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 21:46:55 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 29655 at http://wrvo.org Food pantries help the needy this holiday season http://wrvo.org/post/food-pantries-help-needy-holiday-season <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">It's a familiar scene during the holidays—in food pantries across the nation, volunteers are packing up boxes of frozen turkey, potatoes, and cranberry sauce for needy families on Thanksgiving day. At a small food pantry in Oswego, the scene was no different. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 21:13:42 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 29479 at http://wrvo.org Food pantries help the needy this holiday season Liverpool roofing company fined for violating safety codes http://wrvo.org/post/liverpool-roofing-company-fined-violating-safety-codes <p>A Liverpool construction company has been fined more than $60,000 by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, for violating safety codes. This is not the company's first offense.</p><p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 22:00:00 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 28894 at http://wrvo.org Rose-laying ceremony at SU remembers victims of Pan-Am Flight 103 http://wrvo.org/post/rose-laying-ceremony-su-remembers-victims-pan-am-flight-103 <p style="MARGIN-BOTTOM:0in">Bells tolled at 2:03 p.m. Friday as&nbsp;Syracuse University remembered an event that shook the campus community 24 years ago.</p><p style="MARGIN-BOTTOM:0in"> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 20:31:21 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 28175 at http://wrvo.org Rose-laying ceremony at SU remembers victims of Pan-Am Flight 103 SU community reacts to Dalai Lama events http://wrvo.org/post/su-community-reacts-dalai-lama-events-0 <p>Before, after, and in between the forum events with the Dalai Lama at Syracuse University Monday, the Schine Student Center was abuzz with the excitement of the day. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 13:18:59 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 27205 at http://wrvo.org SU community reacts to Dalai Lama events Giant peace sign to celebrate International Peace Day http://wrvo.org/post/giant-peace-sign-celebrate-international-peace-day <p>Syracuse University marked International Peace day by creating a giant human peace sign on the quad. Community members and students were invited to wear orange and stand together so that a photographer could be hoisted into a crane to take an aerial photo. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 20:27:10 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 26391 at http://wrvo.org Giant peace sign to celebrate International Peace Day Buerkle and Maffei in virtual tie http://wrvo.org/post/buerkle-and-maffei-virtual-tie <p><span lang="">Democratic congressional candidate Dan Maffei and incumbent Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle head into the fall campaign in a statistical tie, two years after Republican Buerkle unseated Maffei by only 648 votes. </span> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 20:55:43 +0000 Durrie Lawrence & Catherine Loper 25295 at http://wrvo.org Shoppers gather to support Craft Chemistry in the first "Cuse Mob" http://wrvo.org/post/shoppers-gather-support-craft-chemistry-first-cuse-mob <p>An advocacy group for local businesses in Central New York organized the first &quot;Cuse Mob&quot; on Saturday by inviting people through Facebook and Twitter to spend $10 at an independently owned craft and gift shop on Syracuse&#39;s North End. As a local band played outside, an estimated 200 people visited Craft Chemistry in just an hour.</p><p> Mon, 07 May 2012 14:12:39 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 18820 at http://wrvo.org Shoppers gather to support Craft Chemistry in the first "Cuse Mob" Long lines and inspiration accompany Hillary Clinton at SU http://wrvo.org/post/long-lines-and-inspiration-accompany-hillary-clinton-su <p>Even before the doors opened for students to find a seat to see <a href="http://www.state.gov/secretary/"><strong>Secretary of State Hillary Clinton</strong></a> speak at <a href="http://www.syr.edu"><strong>Syracuse University </strong></a>Monday morning, a line began to form. Over the next couple of hours, it kept growing as a sturdy column of students, faculty, and community members stretched through campus in the cold rain.</p><p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 13:50:05 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 18103 at http://wrvo.org Long lines and inspiration accompany Hillary Clinton at SU Schumer defends lower student loan rates http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-defends-lower-student-loan-rates <p><strong><a href="http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/studentloans.jsp">Federal Stafford Loans</a></strong> allow students to defer student loan&nbsp;payments while attending school full-time. Although current interest rates hold at 3.4%, they are set to double on July 1st as a result of the expiration of the 2007 College Cost Reduction and Access Act.</p><p>Speaking on the steps of <strong><a href="http://www.syr.edu/">Syracuse University</a></strong> on Monday, <strong><a href="http://schumer.senate.gov/">Senator Schumer</a></strong> pledged to put his weight behind a bill to keep student loans at their current rate for another year.</p><p>&quot;It is now a greater burden than almost any other lending burden around,&quot;&nbsp;Schumer said. &quot;For the federal goverment to charge 6.8 percent at a time when interest rates are so low, is almost highway robbery.&quot; Tue, 17 Apr 2012 14:52:42 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 17728 at http://wrvo.org Schumer defends lower student loan rates March for Trayvon Martin hopes to spark dialogue on race in central New York http://wrvo.org/post/march-trayvon-martin-hopes-spark-dialogue-race-central-new-york <p>One month after the death of 17-year-old&nbsp;Trayvon&nbsp;Martin in Florida, rallies across the nation have continued to call for the prosecution of the shooter, George Zimmerman.&nbsp;Three young Central New York women organized a silent march of nearly one thousand people through downtown Syracuse on Friday evening.</p><p> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 20:00:00 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 16962 at http://wrvo.org March for Trayvon Martin hopes to spark dialogue on race in central New York Central New York students rally in support of Florida teen killed last month http://wrvo.org/post/central-new-york-students-rally-support-florida-teen-killed-last-month <p>As investigations continue in the Trayvon Martin case, last night marked the first of a number of protests and rallies planned in the city of Syracuse. About 200 Syracuse University students and faculty gathered on the main quad to protest the killing of the Florida teen.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 11:13:07 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 16630 at http://wrvo.org Central New York students rally in support of Florida teen killed last month Homebrewing on the rise in central New York http://wrvo.org/post/homebrewing-rise-central-new-york <p>Business is booming for Central New York microbreweries. In 2011, 14 new microbreweries opened their doors in New York state alone. This brings the total number up to 81, according to the State Liquor Authority.</p><p> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 13:07:05 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 15233 at http://wrvo.org Homebrewing on the rise in central New York Syracuse workshops aim to increase voter turnout http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-workshops-aim-increase-voter-turnout <p>According to the U.S. Census, in the 2010 elections, about 38% of New Yorkers voted. In a poll of people who <em>didn&#39;t</em> vote, nearly 27% of respondents said they were &quot;too busy.&quot; In downtown Syracuse, local residents are working to improve voter turnout rates through a series of educational workshops.</p><p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 18:11:34 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 15175 at http://wrvo.org