Syracuse Common Council http://wrvo.org en Syracuse nixes smoking in parks; approves alarm fee http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-nixes-smoking-parks-approves-alarm-fee <p>The Syracuse Common Council has snuffed out the right to smoke in city parks and publicly-owned downtown gathering areas, like Clinton Square.</p><p>The council also formally added the dropping of cigarette butts on sidewalks to its anti-littering ordinance, punishable by a $50 fine.</p><p><a href="http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-moves-ban-smoking-city-parks" target="_blank">The laws were written by</a> councilor Bob Dougherty and Khalid Bey, who said they will shift the habits of smokers and protect people in public who don't want to be near second-hand smoke.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 10:24:56 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57068 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse nixes smoking in parks; approves alarm fee Syracuse lawmakers to vote on smoking ban in city parks and other gathering places http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-lawmakers-vote-smoking-ban-city-parks-and-other-gathering-places <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The Syracuse Common Council will vote Monday on a proposal to ban smoking in city parks and other areas. </span></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:54:07 +0000 Ellen Abbott 57018 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse lawmakers to vote on smoking ban in city parks and other gathering places Veto override means Syracuse will get small property tax increase http://wrvo.org/post/veto-override-means-syracuse-will-get-small-property-tax-increase <p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 20:37:28 +0000 Ellen Abbott 56611 at http://wrvo.org City of Syracuse short on lifeguards heading into summer season http://wrvo.org/post/city-syracuse-short-lifeguards-heading-summer-season <p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 10:32:50 +0000 Ellen Abbott 56572 at http://wrvo.org City of Syracuse short on lifeguards heading into summer season Syracuse moves to ban smoking in city parks http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-moves-ban-smoking-city-parks <p></p><p>Syracuse lawmakers are moving to ban smoking in city parks. And&nbsp;that includes some popular downtown hangout spots.</p><p>An ordinance brought up by the Common Council’s new health committee would prohibit smoking on any land managed by the Syracuse parks department. That includes around the fountains in Columbus Circle and Clinton Square and Hanover Squares.</p><p>The committee is also putting forward a measure to discourage smoking on sidewalks.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 23:52:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 56404 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse moves to ban smoking in city parks Syracuse Common Council wants nonprofits to be accountable for city funds http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-common-council-wants-nonprofits-be-accountable-city-funds <p></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 19:45:51 +0000 Ellen Abbott 56408 at http://wrvo.org Miner vetoes council's tax increase in Syracuse budget http://wrvo.org/post/miner-vetoes-councils-tax-increase-syracuse-budget <p></p><p>Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has vetoed a last-minute property tax hike the Common Council added to the city's spending plan because she says councilors didn't bring it up for public discussion first.</p><p>"When you don’t allow that process to happen, you create cynicism and you allow people to get turned off from the process," Miner said Wednesday.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 10:42:01 +0000 Ryan Delaney 55796 at http://wrvo.org Miner vetoes council's tax increase in Syracuse budget Common Council begins work on Syracuse budget http://wrvo.org/post/common-council-begins-work-syracuse-budget <p>The Syracuse Common Council is getting its hands on the mayor’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year, which doesn’t call for a tax increase.</p><p>More than half of the city’s $660 million budget goes to the school district.</p><p>For the rest of the budget, on the upside, the mayor’s office expects to see increased revenue from sales tax, parking fees and property tax collection -- thanks to the land bank, the agency tasked with handling the cities massive list of vacant properties.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:15:48 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54063 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse has a comprehensive plan for three decades of planning http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-has-comprehensive-plan-three-decades-planning <p></p><p>The city of Syracuse now has a document to base its urban planning decisions on for the next three decades.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:08:20 +0000 Ryan Delaney 52872 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse lawmakers set to vote on comprehensive plan, after delays http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-lawmakers-set-vote-comprehensive-plan-after-delays <p></p><p>After a year of delays and re-writes, Syracuse lawmakers are finally set to vote on a new comprehensive plan for the city.</p><p>City planners had been working on the vision for how the city should look in 2040 for two years.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Then it went to the council, where lawmakers had a lot of questions and proposed changes, which caused them </span><a href="http://wrvo.org/post/syracuses-council-accused-delaying-comprehensive-plan" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">to continually delay voting on it</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:30:49 +0000 Ryan Delaney 52628 at http://wrvo.org Fine dead, Syracuse looks for another sidewalk shoveling answer http://wrvo.org/post/fine-dead-syracuse-looks-another-sidewalk-shoveling-answer <p></p><p>Since Syracuse lawmakers handily defeated the idea of fining property owners who don’t clear snow from their sidewalks, they’ve begun discussing a bigger picture solution for snow-filled walkways.</p><p>Some Syracuse city councilors sat down Wednesday with public works, school district and parks department officials. They also talked to heads of community groups that organize sidewalk shoveling teams in the winter.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:39:02 +0000 Ryan Delaney 51968 at http://wrvo.org Fine dead, Syracuse looks for another sidewalk shoveling answer Cathedral Square residents want neighborhood to be smoke free http://wrvo.org/post/cathedral-square-residents-want-neighborhood-be-smoke-free <p></p><p>The Syracuse Common Council’s new health committee used its first meeting to discuss a smoking ban in the city’s Cathedral Square neighborhood.</p><p>The Cathedral Square Neighborhood Association has been looking to push out smoking for about three years. Now it sees a possible way to do that with the council’s newly formed health committee. The neighborhood includes the blocks surrounding Columbus Circle in downtown Syracuse.</p><p>There are a lot of questions left to be answered, like legality of such a ban and enforcement of it, said councilor Khalid Bey.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:39:25 +0000 Ryan Delaney 51613 at http://wrvo.org Cathedral Square residents want neighborhood to be smoke free Syracuse sidewalk shoveling fine may not be dead http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-sidewalk-shoveling-fine-may-not-be-dead <p></p><p>A fine for not shoveling sidewalks after big snowstorms for Syracuse residents may not be dead, despite being handily defeated in the Common Council a few weeks ago.</p><p>When councilor Bob Dougherty proposed fining residents $100 for not clearing walkways after snowfall, <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-common-council-votes-down-fine-unshoveled-sidewalks" target="_blank">he found little support</a>. Only fellow councilor Khalid Bey voted for the law with Dougherty.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 11:58:16 +0000 Ryan Delaney 51612 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse Common Council proposes fines for unshoveled sidewalks http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-common-council-proposes-fines-unshoveled-sidewalks <p></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 11:13:48 +0000 Ellen Abbott 50968 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse Common Council proposes fines for unshoveled sidewalks Syracuse Common Council revises disorderly houses ordinance http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-common-council-revises-disorderly-houses-ordinance <p></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:01:50 +0000 Ellen Abbott 49895 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse Common Council revises disorderly houses ordinance Syracuse elected officials sworn in, look to challenges ahead http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-elected-officials-sworn-look-challenges-ahead <p></p><p>Two Syracuse City Council members and three city school board members were sworn in at city hall on Monday. The new and returning office holders acknowledged there will be many tough issues for them to face in their terms.</p><p>Friends and family members cheered on as their elected officials took the oath of office in the packed Common Council Chambers.</p><p>President of the Syracuse Common Council Van Robinson was sworn in for a second term. He says it's his job to assure the people that Syracuse will not go down the road of bankruptcy, and that the city needs to grow.</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 23:52:03 +0000 Tom Magnarelli 49314 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse elected officials sworn in, look to challenges ahead GOP hoping to edge out a spot on Syracuse's Common Council http://wrvo.org/post/gop-hoping-edge-out-spot-syracuses-common-council <p></p><p>Syracuse Republicans are just a few dozen votes shy of winning back a city office as a race for Common Council will come down to absentee ballots, but the rest of city hall remained solidly Democratic after Tuesday's election.</p><p>The two new faces we know of for sure on the Common Council are Chad Ryan in the Second District and Pamela Hunter in an at-large spot. Ryan won Pat Hogan’s old seat, who was term-limited, by beating Republican Alex Walsh with 59 percent of the unofficial vote.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 06:48:36 +0000 Ryan Delaney 46726 at http://wrvo.org GOP hoping to edge out a spot on Syracuse's Common Council Election day could bring youth to Syracuse Common Council http://wrvo.org/post/election-day-could-bring-youth-syracuse-common-council <p></p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 11:51:28 +0000 Tom Magnarelli 46476 at http://wrvo.org Election day could bring youth to Syracuse Common Council Syracuse council delays vote on airport authority transfer http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-council-delays-vote-airport-authority-transfer <p></p><p>The Syracuse Common Council says it has delayed fully turning over control of the airport to a private authority in order to get the deal right.</p><p>Councilor Pat Hogan, who chairs the airport committee, says several union representatives and employees still had questions about the deal, which would be a 40 year lease.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 10:17:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 45288 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse council delays vote on airport authority transfer Syracuse lawmakers will rewrite drone ban language http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-lawmakers-will-rewrite-drone-ban-language <p>Syracuse lawmakers are re-working their proposed ban on the use of surveillance drones over city skies.</p><p>A draft of regulations were introduced on the council agenda at a study session last week, but were quickly withdrawn.</p><p>New draft federal guidelines out on drone use prompted the re-write. The federal rules will be incorporated into the city&#39;s, according to councilor Jake Barrett, who chairs the public safety committee.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 20:27:44 +0000 Ryan Delaney 45289 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse lawmakers will rewrite drone ban language Syracuse Common Council considers beefing up noise nuisance laws http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-common-council-considers-beefing-noise-nuisance-laws <p></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:53:32 +0000 Ellen Abbott 44034 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse Common Council approves more foreclosures http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-common-council-approves-more-foreclosures <p>Syracuse Common Councilors have agreed to begin foreclosure proceedings on more than two dozen addition tax delinquent properties, that will be turned over to the land bank. This is the third round of foreclosure decisions by lawmakers in the last month. But, there is an end game in sight.<br> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 19:51:19 +0000 Ellen Abbott 43878 at http://wrvo.org The Campbell Conversations: Syracuse Common Council Candidates http://wrvo.org/post/campbell-conversations-syracuse-common-council-candidates <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">(</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Editor's note: Common Councilor Jean Kessner was invited to participate in the panel, but was unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict)</em></p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 14:15:04 +0000 Grant Reeher 42491 at http://wrvo.org The Campbell Conversations: Syracuse Common Council Candidates Common Council votes to turn properties over to Land Bank http://wrvo.org/post/common-council-votes-turn-properties-over-land-bank <p></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 18:45:28 +0000 Ellen Abbott 42208 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse weighs options for taking over delinquent owner-occupied properties http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-weighs-options-taking-over-delinquent-owner-occupied-properties <p>The city of Syracuse is cracking down on property owners who don't pay taxes. But, as lawmakers prepare to vote on whether the city should seize over 100 tax delinquent properties, there are some concerns about those properties that aren't vacant.<p>The process of getting these delinquent property owners to either pay up, or risk losing their home, started last fall with the creation of the land bank. City officials hope tougher tax collections can bring millions into the city's coffers at a time when Syracuse is in financial peril. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 12:30:44 +0000 Ellen Abbott 41956 at http://wrvo.org Privacy vs. economic benefit, as Syracuse weighs drone use http://wrvo.org/post/privacy-vs-economic-benefit-syracuse-weighs-drone-use <p></p><p>Syracuse lawmakers have begun weighing the economic benefits and potential uses of drones with the surveillance and privacy concerns that arise simultaneously.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 20:02:08 +0000 Ryan Delaney 40229 at http://wrvo.org Privacy vs. economic benefit, as Syracuse weighs drone use Councilor accuses mayor of misleading about planning merger http://wrvo.org/post/councilor-accuses-mayor-misleading-about-planning-merger <p>An increasingly disgruntled Syracuse common councilor accused the mayor's office of misleading taxpayers about the city and Onondaga County's <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-onondaga-county-combine-planning-offices" target="_blank">merger of their planning departments</a>.</p><p>Just as Monday's routine pre-meeting study session was wrapping up, councilor Lance Denno called the mayor's press secretary, Alexander Marion, before them.</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 12:49:19 +0000 Ryan Delaney 40053 at http://wrvo.org Councilor accuses mayor of misleading about planning merger Syracuse lawmakers take up the I-81 debate http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-lawmakers-take-i-81-debate <p>Just a handful of Syracuse residents turned up to the Common Council's first public hearing on the lengthy and divisive debate over the future of Interstate 81 through the city's core.</p><p>Previous public forums hosted by transportation planners <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/sticky-notes-and-surveys-pave-way-i-81s-future-syracuse" target="_blank">brought out hundreds of people</a> and generated an equal number of comments and different opinions.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 12:40:59 +0000 Ryan Delaney 39341 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse lawmakers take up the I-81 debate Lawmakers block vote on Connective Corridor maintenance http://wrvo.org/post/lawmakers-block-vote-connective-corridor-maintenance <p><span style="font-size:14px">Concerns over tax increases for businesses along the Connective Corridor in Syracuse have derailed plans to keep the new infrastructure maintained.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px">When it was time to vote on creating a new Special Assessment District for the businesses on the eastern end of the Connective Corridor, Councilor Lance Denno tabled the resolution, essentially blocking a vote at today's meeting. He says some businesses would see their city tax bill double if this new district is created.</span></p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:14:06 +0000 Ellen Abbott 39311 at http://wrvo.org Lawmakers block vote on Connective Corridor maintenance Deal announced to keep The Sound Garden in Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/deal-announced-keep-sound-garden-syracuse <p>It looks like The Sound Garden, a popular new and used music and videogame store in downtown Syracuse, will be staying put after all.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px">Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner Friday afternoon announced a deal has been reached on proposed legislation that would exempt games, videos and music from the provisions of the city's new secondhand dealer law. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px">Those provisions had forced the owner of the store to make plans to close down the Armory Square fixture. The Sound Garden has a second location in Baltimore, Md.</span></p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 19:24:42 +0000 Ellen Abbott 39181 at http://wrvo.org Deal announced to keep The Sound Garden in Syracuse