Ellen Abbott http://wrvo.org en Common councilors add their voice to high-speed internet push in Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/common-councilors-add-their-voice-high-speed-internet-push-syracuse <div><p><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5;">Syracuse common councilors are adding their voice to the ongoing fight for better internet&nbsp;access to the City of Syracuse.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px">Lawmakers unanimously agreed to a resolution&nbsp;that&nbsp;encourages Verizon to apply to the Public Service Commission for a franchise agreement that would establish FiOS internet and cable service inside city limits. Right now the fiber optic system is only&nbsp;available in select Syracuse suburbs.</span></p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:18:20 +0000 Ellen Abbott 61185 at http://wrvo.org Common councilors add their voice to high-speed internet push in Syracuse Teachout blasts Time Warner-Comcast merger, says she would stop it if elected http://wrvo.org/post/teachout-blasts-time-warner-comcast-merger-says-she-would-stop-it-if-elected <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New York state gubernatorial hopeful Zephyr </span>Teachout<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> wants the Time Warner-Comcast merger to be on the mind of Democratic primary voters when they go to the polls next month.</span></p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:43:57 +0000 Ellen Abbott 61071 at http://wrvo.org Teachout blasts Time Warner-Comcast merger, says she would stop it if elected Katko addresses 14-year-old gun theft that resulted in double homicide http://wrvo.org/post/katko-addresses-14-year-old-gun-theft-resulted-double-homicide <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican congressional candidate John </span>Katko<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he has no regrets about legally obtaining a gun to use for protection while he was a federal prosecutor in Syracuse.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He accuses political opponents of rehashing a 14-year-old story about&nbsp; the theft of that gun, and its use in a robbery that ended with the shooting death of two men in Syracuse.</span></p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:42:55 +0000 Ellen Abbott 61072 at http://wrvo.org Katko addresses 14-year-old gun theft that resulted in double homicide State Fair infirmary equipped to handle emergencies big and small http://wrvo.org/post/state-fair-infirmary-equipped-handle-emergencies-big-and-small <p></p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:34:10 +0000 Ellen Abbott 61060 at http://wrvo.org State Fair infirmary equipped to handle emergencies big and small 5K run at state fair to help doctors perform hip replacements in Ghana http://wrvo.org/post/5k-run-state-fair-help-doctors-perform-hip-replacements-ghana <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the first time ever at the New York State Fair, there will be a running event at the fairgrounds. The Bubble Blast </span>5K<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> run will take place Sunday. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of the beneficiaries of the fundraiser is a group of central New York medical professionals who take their skills to third-world countries.</span></p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:18:29 +0000 Ellen Abbott 60921 at http://wrvo.org 5K run at state fair to help doctors perform hip replacements in Ghana Craft distillers make their way to the New York State Fair http://wrvo.org/post/craft-distillers-make-their-way-new-york-state-fair <p></p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:55:57 +0000 Ellen Abbott 61015 at http://wrvo.org Craft distillers make their way to the New York State Fair Lawmakers, preservationists call for historic building renovation credit to be saved http://wrvo.org/post/lawmakers-preservationists-call-historic-building-renovation-credit-be-saved <p></p><p>Preservationists and Syracuse-area economic development specialists are uniting to try and save a federal tax credit that’s helped renovation of historic buildings.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:47:35 +0000 Ellen Abbott 60969 at http://wrvo.org Lawmakers, preservationists call for historic building renovation credit to be saved Snow shoveling legislation returns to Syracuse Common Council http://wrvo.org/post/snow-shoveling-legislation-returns-syracuse-common-council <p>Temperatures may still be in the 80s, but Syracuse's common councilors are looking beyond shorts and sandal weather. The issues of people not shoveling snow from their sidewalks is once again on the agenda.<br /><br />Last year, Councilor Bob Dougherty couldn’t get the votes to pass a law that would have ticketed property owners who didn’t clear snow off their sidewalks. So he’s spent the summer looking at what went wrong and devising a way to encourage homeowners to keep sidewalks clear when the inevitable Syracuse snow begins to fall.<br /> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:00:16 +0000 Ellen Abbott 60925 at http://wrvo.org Snow shoveling legislation returns to Syracuse Common Council Syracuse Common Council considers Ban the Box legislation http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-common-council-considers-ban-box-legislation <p></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:24:48 +0000 Ellen Abbott 60919 at http://wrvo.org Hotel Syracuse pilot program will help restore landmark to its former glory http://wrvo.org/post/hotel-syracuse-pilot-program-will-help-restore-landmark-its-former-glory <p></p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:34:23 +0000 Ellen Abbott 60877 at http://wrvo.org Hotel Syracuse pilot program will help restore landmark to its former glory Police departments get new vests through state-funded program http://wrvo.org/post/police-departments-get-new-vests-through-state-funded-program <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new state program is providing bulletproof vests for police departments across the state. One Syracuse Police detective is living proof of how important these vests are to an officer on the street.</span></p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:35:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 60852 at http://wrvo.org Police departments get new vests through state-funded program New York State Fair offers visitors the chance to fix tax problems http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-state-fair-offers-visitors-chance-fix-tax-problems <p></p><p>The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is back at the New York State Fair this year. They had a very positive experience last year signing homeowners up for the STAR tax credit.</p><p>This year, Department Commissioner Tom Mattox says they’re taking it one step further by providing private assistance to resolve tax issues on the spot.</p><p>“Yesterday alone, we worked with a couple dozen taxpayers to resolve issues in real time," Mattox said. "Everything from eligibility for certain veterans exemptions to certain sales tax collection related issues."</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:05:42 +0000 Ellen Abbott 60777 at http://wrvo.org New York State Fair offers visitors the chance to fix tax problems Law enforcement officials remember lost officers at the state fair http://wrvo.org/post/law-enforcement-officials-remember-lost-officers-state-fair <p>Today is Law Enforcement Day at the New York State Fair. Police officials remembered officers lost in the line of duty with a special memorial. State Police Superintendent Joe D’Amico says it’s been a tough 15 months in his department, with five officers killed while on duty. He says it’s hard on morale.</p><p>“They’re friends, they're people you work with," D'Amico said. "You talk about the law enforcement family, and it really is. It’s more than just colleagues. People become very close, so it’s very difficult.”</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:52:30 +0000 Ellen Abbott 60775 at http://wrvo.org State Fair hydrofracking protests draw activists and politicians http://wrvo.org/post/state-fair-hydrofracking-protests-draw-activists-and-politicians <p></p><p>While Gov. Andrew Cuomo says there has been no progress on a decision about hydrofracking in New York state, the movement opposing the controversial gas extracting technology gets louder. There are a couple of candidates in the upcoming election who want to tap into this anti-fracking fervor.<br /><br />"We got the people power, la la la," yelled several protesters gathered at the New York State Fair in Syracuse. "We got the people power, la la la!"<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:37:37 +0000 Ellen Abbott 60760 at http://wrvo.org State Fair hydrofracking protests draw activists and politicians Cuomo opens New York State Fair amid downpour http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-opens-new-york-state-fair-amid-downpour <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was an opening day to remember for </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo at the New York State Fair. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cuomo opened the fair this morning with a ribbon cutting at the dairy cattle building. Standing next to politicians, goats and cows, he declared the 2014 edition of the fair open.</span></p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:15:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 60720 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo opens New York State Fair amid downpour Student athletes at Nottingham get a new kind of lesson from coaches http://wrvo.org/post/student-athletes-nottingham-get-new-kind-lesson-coaches <p></p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:55:03 +0000 Ellen Abbott 60713 at http://wrvo.org Student athletes at Nottingham get a new kind of lesson from coaches New unit at Upstate hospital helps seniors who need additional time healing http://wrvo.org/post/new-unit-upstate-hospital-helps-seniors-who-need-additional-time-healing <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Upstate Medical University Hospital’s community campus has added a new unit for older patients who may need a little more time recovering from a hospital stay.</span></p><p>There’s already a waiting list for the new Transitional Care Unit that's on the fifth floor of the former Community General Hospital. Unit nursing director Amy Rottger, says the idea is to help senior patients who, while clinically stable, still need physician oversight and specialized services.</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:16:46 +0000 Ellen Abbott 60687 at http://wrvo.org New unit at Upstate hospital helps seniors who need additional time healing Maffei says Katko crossed the line by talking about Democrat's wife, child http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-says-katko-crossed-line-talking-about-democrats-wife-child <p>The issue of central New York Congressman Dan Maffei's connections to Washington, D.C. has once again come up as a campaign issue. But it's the mention of his wife and newborn daughter that has the Democrat steaming.<br /><br />Maffei called a news conference Wednesday, telling reporters that Republican candidate John Katko crossed the line when mentioning the fact that Maffei’s wife works in Washington, D.C, and his baby was born in a Washington, D.C. area hospital earlier this summer<br /> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:13:40 +0000 Ellen Abbott 60673 at http://wrvo.org Maffei says Katko crossed the line by talking about Democrat's wife, child New York State Fair changes midway, keeps traditional flair http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-state-fair-changes-midway-keeps-traditional-flair <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every year there are new attractions or cosmetic changes at the New York State Fair in </span>Geddes<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. This year, when the fair gates open Thursday, visitors will see some of the most dramatic differences in decades.</span></p><p>It’s the biggest change at the fair in 73 years, says Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner. An all new midway, with long-time show operator James E. Strates out and Michigan-based Wade Shows in.</p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:39:46 +0000 Ellen Abbott 60567 at http://wrvo.org New York State Fair changes midway, keeps traditional flair New dental program provides free care for homeless, uninsured http://wrvo.org/post/new-dental-program-provides-free-care-homeless-uninsured <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s a new free dental clinic in the city of Syracuse, attached to the </span>Amaus<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Health Services clinic at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Syracuse. The idea is to offer basic dental care to the homeless and people who have no dental insurance.</span></p><p>The first patient is a Syracuse man named Barry. He says his mouth is a mess after years of neglect.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:15:07 +0000 Ellen Abbott 60267 at http://wrvo.org New dental program provides free care for homeless, uninsured Onondaga County legislators request take home vehicle audit http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-legislators-request-take-home-vehicle-audit <p>The Onondaga County Comptroller’s Office will start an audit of so-called take home cars used by employees of various county agencies after the work day is done.<br /><br />Onondaga County Legislator Chris Ryan says the idea is to get a kind of macro look at how county employees use these government-owned vehicles.<br /><br />"What we’re trying to find out through an audit, is the amount of vehicles out there, how many miles, what are they being used for, how many times have they been responding out of hours with such vehicles,” Ryan explained.<br /> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:46:27 +0000 Ellen Abbott 60119 at http://wrvo.org Onondaga County legislators request take home vehicle audit Increase in complaints over fire pits in Syracuse has lawmakers looking for compromise http://wrvo.org/post/increase-complaints-over-fire-pits-syracuse-has-lawmakers-looking-compromise <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">For many in central New York, this is fire pit season. In the city of Syracuse, common councilors are looking for ways to keep disputes about fire pits from burning out of control. Lawmakers have been receiving complaints from some homeowners who say their houses get filled with smoke from neighborhood fire pits. &nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 11:56:03 +0000 Ellen Abbott 60113 at http://wrvo.org Increase in complaints over fire pits in Syracuse has lawmakers looking for compromise Schumer visits Syracuse to push for ABLE Act savings plan http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-visits-syracuse-push-able-act-savings-plan <p></p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:14:49 +0000 Ellen Abbott 60040 at http://wrvo.org Schumer visits Syracuse to push for ABLE Act savings plan Purple Heart Day special for one central New York veteran http://wrvo.org/post/purple-heart-day-special-one-central-new-york-veteran <p>Today is Purple Heart Day -- the annual, nationwide commemoration of the thousands of American soldiers either killed or wounded while serving in the military who have received the medal. And it is an extra special day for one central New Yorker.<br /><br />Dan Hunnicutt is an acting chaplain in Oswego County who runs a ministry with his family meant to help veterans. He often wears his medals when he goes to meet troubled vets as a kind of conversation starter. He now has a new one to share.<br /> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:22:31 +0000 Ellen Abbott 60057 at http://wrvo.org Purple Heart Day special for one central New York veteran Bedbug problem hits Syracuse again http://wrvo.org/post/bedbug-problem-hits-syracuse-again <p></p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:59:06 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59787 at http://wrvo.org Bedbug problem hits Syracuse again Onondaga County extends public comment period for amphitheater project http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-extends-public-comment-period-amphitheater-project <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Residents have almost an extra month to weigh in on the initial environmental impact statement for the proposed Lakeview Amphitheater facility along </span>Onondaga<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Lake. This move follows criticism among lawmakers and the public that the environmental scoping process for the $100 million project was rushed.</span></p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 10:44:27 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59994 at http://wrvo.org Onondaga County extends public comment period for amphitheater project Syracuse combats lack of affordable housing by educating landlords http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-combats-lack-affordable-housing-educating-landlords <p></p> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 19:59:55 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59972 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse combats lack of affordable housing by educating landlords Syracuse groups come together to stop youth substance abuse http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-groups-come-together-stop-youth-substance-abuse <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A group of organizations in Syracuse is creating a coalition meant to attack the problem of youth substance abuse in the city.</span></p> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 11:37:29 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59885 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse groups come together to stop youth substance abuse Madison County to take advantage of new federal bank program http://wrvo.org/post/madison-county-take-advantage-new-federal-bank-program <p></p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:34:39 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59782 at http://wrvo.org Madison County to take advantage of new federal bank program Health advocates promote "She Matters" mammogram campaign in Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/health-advocates-promote-she-matters-mammogram-campaign-syracuse <p></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:08:08 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59705 at http://wrvo.org Health advocates promote "She Matters" mammogram campaign in Syracuse