common council http://wrvo.org en Amended taxi cab law passed by Oswego Common Council http://wrvo.org/post/amended-taxi-cab-law-passed-oswego-common-council <p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:48:15 +0000 Gino Geruntino 54357 at http://wrvo.org Amended taxi cab law passed by Oswego Common Council Oswego city reporting app still a success, even with drawbacks http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-city-reporting-app-still-success-even-drawbacks <p>It's been about six months since the city of Oswego launched a mobile app allowing residents to report problems directly to city departments. The app, which cost $5,000 to build and $2,000 to maintain, has had a reduced number of reports recently, but Common Councilor Eric VanBuren said it has still been helpful for the city.</p><p>VanBuren helped get the app passed by the city last fall and said there are more than 400 users of the program.&nbsp; He said the app has been a good investment even though the winter season has reduced the number of reports received.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:14:48 +0000 Gino Geruntino 52177 at http://wrvo.org Oswego city reporting app still a success, even with drawbacks Oswego Common Council hoping for rebound after difficult 2013 http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-common-council-hoping-rebound-after-difficult-2013 <p></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:22:56 +0000 Gino Geruntino 50190 at http://wrvo.org Oswego Common Council passes 2014 budget http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-common-council-passes-2014-budget <p></p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:22:48 +0000 Gino Geruntino 49024 at http://wrvo.org Oswego Common Council passes 2014 budget Oswego residents speak out against proposed budget increase http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-residents-speak-out-against-proposed-budget-increase <p></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:34:38 +0000 Gino Geruntino 48870 at http://wrvo.org Oswego residents speak out against proposed budget increase Oswego's 5th Ward Common Council seat pits youth versus experience http://wrvo.org/post/oswegos-5th-ward-common-council-seat-pits-youth-versus-experience <p></p><p>Two candidates from vastly different backgrounds are attempting to become the new voice of Oswego's 5th ward, after Common Councilor Dan Donovan's retirement. It's the only open Common Council race in the November 5 election.<br /><br />One of those candidates is William "Billy" Barlow, Jr., 23, who is a small business owner and recent graduate of Arizona State University. Barlow, a Republican, says the city could benefit from making Oswego's downtown more vibrant and welcoming to out-of-town visitors.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:30:01 +0000 Gino Geruntino 46507 at http://wrvo.org Oswego's 5th Ward Common Council seat pits youth versus experience Syracuse councilor-at-large candidates focus on crime and the economy http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-councilor-large-candidates-focus-crime-and-economy <p></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 11:41:01 +0000 Ellen Abbott 42695 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse councilor-at-large candidates focus on crime and the economy Syracuse Councilor-at-Large candidates discuss city government http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-councilor-large-candidates-discuss-city-government <p></p><p>Three candidates running for Syracuse Common Councilor-at-Large in a September primary joined Grant Reheer's Campbell Conversation to talk about the role of the city's legislative branch of government.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 12:20:31 +0000 Ellen Abbott 42376 at http://wrvo.org Council wants to kick-start land bank operations http://wrvo.org/post/council-wants-kick-start-land-bank-operations <p>The Syracuse Common Council has proposed loaning the newly formed city-county land bank money so it can begin operating in earnest, but questions remain on the availability of those funds. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 17:12:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 30033 at http://wrvo.org North side hookah lounge will not be allowed to reopen http://wrvo.org/post/north-side-hookah-lounge-will-not-be-allowed-reopen <p>A hookah lounge on Syracuse's north side will not be reopening for a second time. The Common Council has rejected a permit for the business to do so. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 10:39:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 30003 at http://wrvo.org Council supports decrease in use of Syracuse hiring practice http://wrvo.org/post/council-supports-decrease-use-syracuse-hiring-practice <p>A few days after a state audit criticized a long-used Syracuse hiring practice to get around civil service laws, the Common Council probed the issue, but councilors came down more on the side of the mayor's office than the auditors. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 10:08:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 27929 at http://wrvo.org Council supports decrease in use of Syracuse hiring practice Common Council passes budget, but added spending in limbo http://wrvo.org/post/common-council-passes-budget-added-spending-limbo <p>Money the Syracuse Common Council added to Mayor Stephanie Miner&#39;s budget for a new downtown senior center, a small business loan program and teaching assistants may never get spent, despite Miner saying she&#39;ll sign the budget as passed.</p><p><a href="http://wrvo.fm/post/more-sales-tax-revenue-could-mean-more-investment-syracuse">The council OK&#39;d $2 million in additions to Miner&#39;s proposed budget</a> and then approved the spending plan Monday afternoon.</p><p>But following the vote, Miner said she won&#39;t authorize the additional spending. Tue, 08 May 2012 13:58:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 18856 at http://wrvo.org Common Council passes budget, but added spending in limbo Tax exemption for Syracuse bookstore hinges on public access http://wrvo.org/post/tax-exemption-syracuse-bookstore-hinges-public-access <p><a href="http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-bookstore-flash-point-debate-over-development" target="_blank">A new bookstore and fitness center on University Hill</a>&nbsp;in Syracuse may get a tax break after all.</p><p>The margin needed for approval has narrowed.</p><p><span style="white-space: nowrap;">Members of the Syracuse Common Council</span>&nbsp;and an economic development official confirmed Monday that new terms on the deal have been reached, at least in principal.</p><p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 21:11:13 +0000 Ryan Delaney 17365 at http://wrvo.org Tax exemption for Syracuse bookstore hinges on public access Tax break for Syracuse University bookstore lives to fight another day http://wrvo.org/post/tax-break-syracuse-university-bookstore-lives-fight-another-day <p>A tax-break deal for&nbsp;a new off-campus bookstore and fitness center for Syracuse University has gotten a reprieve.</p><p>The deal was slated for a vote in the Syracuse Common Council today, which, based on a whip count of the councilors, would have voted the deal down.</p><p>Instead, the council withdrew the legislation from the agenda, giving the project a shot to revise and resubmit.</p><p>The road ahead is far from certain though: Many councilors still have serious issues with a request from a private developer for <a href="http://wrvo.fm/post/syracuse-bookstore-flash-point-debate-over-development" target="_blank">a 30-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) deal to build a complex that it would then rent out to the university</a>.</p><p>&quot;I don&#39;t see where you would grant a PILOT in the most commercially viable area of the city and [for] a brand new building,&quot; said councilor Pat Hogan.</p><p>Hogan added he&#39;ll likely remain &quot;a solid no&quot; on the project. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 20:52:33 +0000 Ryan Delaney 16606 at http://wrvo.org Tax break for Syracuse University bookstore lives to fight another day Syracuse bookstore is flash point in debate over development http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-bookstore-flash-point-debate-over-development <p>The make-up of the Syracuse Common Council was different when Thomas Valenti and his firm, Cameron Group, first approached it six years ago, but the opposition to the proposed project is still the same.</p><p>Valenti wants to develop a new off-campus bookstore and fitness center for Syracuse University.</p><p>In order to do that, he&#39;s requesting a 30-year property tax break from the city.</p><p>And therein lies the sticking point.</p><p>&quot;If you have all of these grand ideas, then you should be able to finance this project,&quot; councilor-at-large Helen Hudson says. &quot;We just can&#39;t keep excepting all of these entities.&quot; Tue, 20 Mar 2012 22:02:07 +0000 Ryan Delaney 16281 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse bookstore is flash point in debate over development