Onondaga County http://wrvo.org en Report: Only half of Onondaga County kids ready for kindergarten http://wrvo.org/post/report-only-half-onondaga-county-kids-ready-kindergarten <p></p><p>Only half of the children in Onondaga County are ready to start their primary school educations when they reach kindergarten, a new report from the Onondaga Citizens League has found.</p><p><a href="http://onondagacitizensleague.org/blog/studies/study-archive/early-childhood-education/" target="_blank">The report</a>, the latest from OCL in annual studies looking at community issues, says more focus needs to be put on educating children before they reach a classroom.</p><p>There are 27,000 children under the age of five in the county. They'll go to 18 different school districts.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:38:04 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54243 at http://wrvo.org Report: Only half of Onondaga County kids ready for kindergarten Onondaga County: Dr. Morrow's resignation was "premature" http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-dr-morrows-resignation-was-premature <p></p><p>Onondaga&nbsp;County's deputy executive for human services says it was "premature" for the county's health commissioner to resign.</p><p>Dr. Cynthia Morrow <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-reorganization-plan-led-morrow-resignation" target="_blank">resigned from her role</a> as the county's top health expert last week over the county executive's plans to reorganize child and maternal health services within county departments.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:18:10 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54138 at http://wrvo.org Onondaga County: Dr. Morrow's resignation was "premature" Deadline for assault weapon registration nears http://wrvo.org/post/deadline-assault-weapon-registration-nears <p></p><p>There’s an April 15 deadline for owners of assault-style firearms to register them with the New York State Police, but there’s concern the provision of the SAFE Act gun control laws will be ignored.</p><p>After New York passed strict gun control laws in January 2013, sales of assault-style weapons became illegal. But for those who already owned guns with features like a pistol grip and removable magazine, they must register them by Tuesday.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:23:20 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54128 at http://wrvo.org Deadline for assault weapon registration nears Emerald Ash Borer poses bigger threat to central New York trees that expected http://wrvo.org/post/emerald-ash-borer-poses-bigger-threat-central-new-york-trees-expected <p></p><p>Homeowners in parts of Onondaga County with ash trees on their property, need to take action sooner than expected to deal with the Emerald Ash Borer.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:07:56 +0000 Ellen Abbott 53718 at http://wrvo.org Emerald Ash Borer poses bigger threat to central New York trees that expected Onondaga County reorganization plan led to Morrow resignation http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-reorganization-plan-led-morrow-resignation <p></p><p>Onondaga<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County’s longtime health commissioner, Dr. Cynthia Morrow, has resigned in a disagreement over a portion of the planned reorganization of the county's human service agencies.</span></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:34:07 +0000 Ellen Abbott 53716 at http://wrvo.org Onondaga County reorganization plan led to Morrow resignation Onondaga County health commissioner resigns http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-health-commissioner-resigns <p>The head of Onondaga&nbsp;County's health department, <a href="http://wrvo.org/term/cynthia-morrow" target="_blank">Dr. Cynthia Morrow</a>, has suddenly resigned.</p><p>Morrow's resignation is effective immediately, according to Ben Dublin, a spokesman for County Executive Joanie Mahoney.</p><p>Mahoney accepted the resignation today, Dublin said.</p><p>Deputy Commissioner Michele Mignano has been appointed in her place for the interim and Dr. Morrow will stay on for a few weeks to help with the transition, Dublin said.</p><p>The county executive released this statement:&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:52:07 +0000 Ryan Delaney 53700 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse land bank to try deconstucting old homes instead of demolishing http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-land-bank-try-deconstucting-old-homes-instead-demolishing <p></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:49:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 52804 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse land bank to try deconstucting old homes instead of demolishing Mahoney says Destiny hotel may benefit from new duty-free rules http://wrvo.org/post/mahoney-says-destiny-hotel-may-benefit-new-duty-free-rules <p></p><p align="left" dir="ltr"><span lang="EN">The Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency (OCIDA) is getting to work on the latest request from the developer of Destiny USA for a tax break to build a 252-room hotel across the street from the mall.</span></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:50:13 +0000 Ellen Abbott 52253 at http://wrvo.org Mahoney says Destiny hotel may benefit from new duty-free rules Nation's first nano film school to launch in Onondaga County http://wrvo.org/post/nations-first-nano-film-school-launch-onondaga-county <p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:19:48 +0000 Ellen Abbott 52229 at http://wrvo.org Nation's first nano film school to launch in Onondaga County Katko selected by GOP as designated candidate to challenge Maffei http://wrvo.org/post/katko-selected-gop-designated-candidate-challenge-maffei <p>Former U.S. Attorney John Katko walked out of the Republican convention in Syracuse this weekend as the party designated GOP candidate in the race for central New York's 24th Congressional District. It was the culmination of months of politicking by eight candidates who wanted the chance to unseat democrat Dan Maffei.<br /><br />"Cayuga, Wayne County, Oswego and Onondaga County has selected on the first round of voting to take on Dan Maffei, U.S. Attorney John Katko."<br /> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:22:23 +0000 Ellen Abbott 52123 at http://wrvo.org Katko selected by GOP as designated candidate to challenge Maffei Recycling comes at a cost http://wrvo.org/post/recycling-comes-cost <p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:41:28 +0000 Ellen Abbott 51994 at http://wrvo.org Recycling comes at a cost Excellus health insurance launches new community campaign http://wrvo.org/post/excellus-health-insurance-launches-new-community-campaign <p>Excellus BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) is launching a new campaign to remind people of the importance of taking prescription medications as directed. In many hospitals, it’s called medication adherence, and it’s an issue that’s becoming a hot topic in the health world today.</p><p>BCBS Regional President Arthur Vercillo says statistics show 75 percent of patients don’t take their prescriptions as directed.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:21:11 +0000 Ellen Abbott 51590 at http://wrvo.org Excellus health insurance launches new community campaign Destiny USA asking Onondaga County for tax breaks for proposed hotel http://wrvo.org/post/destiny-usa-asking-onondaga-county-tax-breaks-proposed-hotel <p></p><p>The information gathering phase of a proposed 252-room hotel project next to the Destiny USA mall in Syracuse has started.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:20:11 +0000 Ellen Abbott 51153 at http://wrvo.org Destiny USA asking Onondaga County for tax breaks for proposed hotel Hancock Air Base anti-drone protesters sentenced http://wrvo.org/post/hancock-air-base-anti-drone-protesters-sentenced <p></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:11:49 +0000 Ellen Abbott 51152 at http://wrvo.org Hancock Air Base anti-drone protesters sentenced Crouse's opioid program expanding to meet rising needs for treatment http://wrvo.org/post/crouses-opioid-program-expanding-meet-rising-needs-treatment <p></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:41:46 +0000 Ellen Abbott 50963 at http://wrvo.org Crouse's opioid program expanding to meet rising needs for treatment New Onondaga County program combines pet adoption with inmate rehabilitation http://wrvo.org/post/new-onondaga-county-program-combines-pet-adoption-inmate-rehabilitation <p></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 12:50:54 +0000 Ellen Abbott 50913 at http://wrvo.org New Onondaga County program combines pet adoption with inmate rehabilitation Cuomo to push government consolidation; Onondaga County executive says it's already working http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-push-government-consolidation-onondaga-county-executive-says-its-already-working <p></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 21:00:26 +0000 Ellen Abbott & Catherine Loper 49595 at http://wrvo.org Annual 'Christmas Bureau' helps low-income families http://wrvo.org/post/annual-christmas-bureau-helps-low-income-families <p></p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 21:03:42 +0000 Ellen Abbott 48995 at http://wrvo.org Annual 'Christmas Bureau' helps low-income families Onondaga County, Syracuse look to consolidate government http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-syracuse-look-consolidate-government <p></p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:48:50 +0000 Ellen Abbott 48678 at http://wrvo.org Onondaga County, Syracuse look to consolidate government Simulation offers glimpse into world of poverty http://wrvo.org/post/simulation-offers-glimpse-world-poverty <p></p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:30:45 +0000 Ellen Abbott 48620 at http://wrvo.org Simulation offers glimpse into world of poverty Health navigators say Affordable Care Act sign-ups have been successful http://wrvo.org/post/health-navigators-say-affordable-care-act-sign-ups-have-been-successful <p></p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 13:09:58 +0000 Ellen Abbott 46793 at http://wrvo.org Miner wins reelection in Syracuse, Greens say party shows strength http://wrvo.org/post/miner-wins-reelection-syracuse-greens-say-party-shows-strength <p></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 13:20:05 +0000 Ellen Abbott 46740 at http://wrvo.org Miner wins reelection in Syracuse, Greens say party shows strength Onondaga County Elections Commissioners struggle to get people to polls http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-elections-commissioners-struggle-get-people-polls <p></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 13:15:28 +0000 Ellen Abbott 46623 at http://wrvo.org Onondaga County Elections Commissioners struggle to get people to polls 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 Onondaga County has its own spooky stories to share on Halloween http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-has-its-own-spooky-stories-share-halloween <p>Ghost stories abound during the Halloween season and the Onondaga Historical Association has collected some of the best known ghostly tales in Onondaga County.</p><p>One of the most told ghost stories in central New York is "the Bride of the 13 Curves."&nbsp; OHA Curator of History Dennis Conners said it starts on Cedarvale Road.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 22:54:59 +0000 Ellen Abbott 46470 at http://wrvo.org Onondaga County has its own spooky stories to share on Halloween Start of flu season best time to get vaccinated http://wrvo.org/post/start-flu-season-best-time-get-vaccinated <p></p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 11:51:46 +0000 Ellen Abbott 46137 at http://wrvo.org Start of flu season best time to get vaccinated Mahoney says it's "pure rumor" she'll be lieutenant governor http://wrvo.org/post/mahoney-says-its-pure-rumor-shell-be-lieutenant-governor <p>Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney says it's "pure rumor" that she will replace Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s re-election bid next year.</p><p>The Republican county executive's name popped up in the news as rumors have grown recently that <a href="http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/22976/20131011/will-l-g-bob-duffy-be-on-the-2014-ticket" target="_blank">Duffy will step down</a>. Mahoney endorsed Cuomo, a Democrat, in his initial election bid and the two have remained close allies.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 17:55:34 +0000 Ryan Delaney 46005 at http://wrvo.org Mahoney says it's "pure rumor" she'll be lieutenant governor EPA praises Onondaga County for green infrastructure work http://wrvo.org/post/epa-praises-onondaga-county-green-infrastructure-work <p></p><p>A top official at the Environmental Protection Agency was in Syracuse on Monday to highlight the county's work in green infrastructure.</p><p>Hitting on Onondaga County's <a href="http://www.ongov.net/sustainability/water/str.html" target="_blank">Save the Rain program</a>, EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe outlined the agency's updated national green infrastructure strategy.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:23:43 +0000 Ryan Delaney 45985 at http://wrvo.org EPA praises Onondaga County for green infrastructure work Onondaga County creates two new departments, shrinks another http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-creates-two-new-departments-shrinks-another <p>Onondaga County is making massive changes to the part of its bureaucracy that helps families and individuals in need. The recently passed county budget reshuffles the traditional way residents have been getting services for years.<br /> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 12:44:06 +0000 Ellen Abbott 45604 at http://wrvo.org Onondaga County lawmakers bring back bail program http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-lawmakers-bring-back-bail-program <p></p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:56:10 +0000 Ellen Abbott 45432 at http://wrvo.org Onondaga County lawmakers bring back bail program