Stephanie Miner http://wrvo.org en Vocal support, opposition to housing immigrant children http://wrvo.org/post/vocal-support-opposition-housing-immigrant-children <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner wants the city to be a temporary shelter for Central American children fleeing to the country, there is a vocal opposition against it.</span></p><p>There are strong opinions on both sides over whether Syracuse should become a temporary shelter site for the children.</p><p>The mayor was interrupted often Thursday evening by a boisterous crowd at a North Side meeting with shouts of "legal!" and applause for comments both for and against.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:39:44 +0000 Ryan Delaney 59428 at http://wrvo.org Vocal support, opposition to housing immigrant children Syracuse could become temporary home for immigrant children http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-could-become-temporary-home-immigrant-children <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Syracuse could be a potential landing spot for unaccompanied immigrant children who’ve been crossing the Mexican border in droves in recent months. Mayor Stephanie Miner is hoping a letter to the president can bring those kids to central New York sooner rather than later.</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:54:51 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59057 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse could become temporary home for immigrant children Miner calls for increased broadband access in Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/miner-calls-increased-broadband-access-syracuse <p>Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says the city can't have a modern economy without access to high-speed Internet and strong phone service.<br /><br />Miner has recently called for better broadband in Syracuse, and has signed a petition to the state's Public Service Commission asking for an investigation into broadband's rollout in the state.<br /><br />"And what I have seen firsthand is a number of businesses who said they wanted to locate to Syracuse, or expand in Syracuse, but couldn't because of a lack of access to affordable broadband or telecommunications," Miner said.<br /> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:08:28 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58350 at http://wrvo.org Meeting of teachers' union, superintendent called "productive" http://wrvo.org/post/meeting-teachers-union-superintendent-called-productive <p><strong>Updated, 1:55 p.m. with comment from superintendent:</strong></p><p>The first meeting between the president of the Syracuse teachers' union and the superintendent of the school system since their relationship publicly disintegrated last week has been called "productive."</p><p>Syracuse Teachers Association President Kevin Ahern and Superintendent Sharon Contreras met Friday morning <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/miner-looks-move-teachers-union-district-forward-talks" target="_blank">under the invitation of Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner</a>.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:43:35 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57655 at http://wrvo.org Meeting of teachers' union, superintendent called "productive" Miner looks to move teachers union, district forward in talks http://wrvo.org/post/miner-looks-move-teachers-union-district-forward-talks <p>The head of the Syracuse public school teachers union and the superintendent of the district will sit down this week in hopes of repairing a fractured relationship.&nbsp;</p><p>Mayor Stephanie Miner, a former labor lawyer, will mediate the discussion.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:26:40 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57292 at http://wrvo.org Miner looks to move teachers union, district forward in talks Syracuse police union reaches 5-year contract with city http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-police-union-reaches-5-year-contract-city <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Syracuse police officers have reached a new labor contract with the city, more than three years after the old one expired.</span></p><p>It's not uncommon for police union contracts to lapse, but this one stretched on for a while, mostly over health care costs and coverage.</p><p>The new contract is for five years, but it applies retroactively to when the old one expired at the end of 2010. The 428 Syracuse police officers will have to pay about twice as much for health insurance, but will get two percent raises for 2013, 2014 and 2015.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:56:03 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57236 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse police union reaches 5-year contract with city Syracuse schools superintendent loses support of teachers http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-schools-superintendent-loses-support-teachers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Syracuse's public school teachers have overwhelmingly said they no longer have the confidence in Sharon Contreras to lead the city's school district.</span></p><p>The president of the Syracuse Teachers Association, the union representing 2,800 teachers in the district, kicked off what turned into a lengthy and raucous board of education meeting Wednesday evening at Dr. King Elementary School.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 03:14:24 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57199 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse schools superintendent loses support of teachers Syracuse's Meachem Ice Rink gets a new ice mat, will reopen http://wrvo.org/post/syracuses-meachem-ice-rink-gets-new-ice-mat-will-reopen <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There will be skating at the </span>Meachem<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Ice Rink in Syracuse’s Valley neighborhood starting in October.</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:23:54 +0000 Ellen Abbott 56918 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse's Meachem Ice Rink gets a new ice mat, will reopen 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 Group argues lack of high speed Internet hurts business in central New York http://wrvo.org/post/group-argues-lack-high-speed-internet-hurts-business-central-new-york <p>State, local and federal elected officials have created a new coalition meant to bridge the digital divide in central New York, as they say a lack of quality high speed Internet has become an economic development issue in Syracuse.<br /><br />About two years ago, Bob Slivinski of Encompass Technologies&nbsp; and Syracuse Innovations Group decided they wanted to move their office out of East Syracuse. But when they looked at offices in the city of Syracuse, the lack of fiber optic Internet stopped them cold.<br /> Fri, 16 May 2014 20:13:13 +0000 Ellen Abbott 55897 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 Syracuse Common Council approves small tax hike for city residents http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-common-council-approves-small-tax-hike-city-residents <p></p><p>Syracuse's Common Councilors are raising taxes in the city in a way they say won’t be painful.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 11:07:29 +0000 Ellen Abbott 55453 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse Common Council approves small tax hike for city residents New Syracuse sports stadium is still possible http://wrvo.org/post/new-syracuse-sports-stadium-still-possible <p></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 10:11:55 +0000 Ellen Abbott 55164 at http://wrvo.org New Syracuse sports stadium is still possible Miner says she's not involved in picking replacement for party co-chair http://wrvo.org/post/miner-says-shes-not-involved-picking-replacement-party-co-chair <p>Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says she's not involved in picking a replacement to help run the state Democratic Party. She stepped down from her role as co-chair of the party last week.</p><p>Miner had the job for two years, but left to, as she puts it, give someone else a chance.</p><p>Since taking the post, though, she publicly&nbsp;disagreed and had a falling out with the state's most powerful Democrat and person who appointed her to the post: Gov. Andrew Cuomo.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:59:38 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54701 at http://wrvo.org Miner says she's not involved in picking replacement for party co-chair Syracuse has repaired 2,000 potholes since April 1 http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-has-repaired-2000-potholes-april-1 <p></p><p>Public works crews have already patched 2,000 potholes on Syracuse streets in April, but there are so many more, they now have their own email address.</p><p>City officials Tuesday unveiled a new pothole repair truck and called on residents to help report potholes around town. A quarter of those repaired so far came from city complaints, officials said.</p><p>Finding more shouldn't be a problem.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:34:11 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54649 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse has repaired 2,000 potholes since April 1 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 considers adding more police, firefighters http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-considers-adding-more-police-firefighters <p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:37:38 +0000 Ellen Abbott 53915 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse considers adding more police, firefighters Syracuse airport is out of city control and flying solo http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-airport-out-city-control-and-flying-solo <p></p><p>Syracuse's Hancock International Airport, the region's major passenger airport, is now under the control of a private authority after an official handover from the city of Syracuse.</p><p>The hope is the airport will be more cost-efficient and creative.</p><p>Hancock airport was the last in the state to transfer to private control. <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-council-delays-vote-airport-authority-transfer" target="_blank">It was a long process</a>, said Mayor Stephanie Miner.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:58:05 +0000 Ryan Delaney 52155 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse airport is out of city control and flying solo Syracuse's water main breaks get attention from Albany http://wrvo.org/post/syracuses-water-main-breaks-get-attention-albany <div><p>Assemblyman Felix Ortiz is touring the state, talking with cities about aging infrastructures,&nbsp;hoping the state can come up with some help for communities plagued by collapsing streets and broken water mains.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:12:27 +0000 Ellen Abbott 52143 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse's water main breaks get attention from Albany Miner's stadium task force sits down, without key voices http://wrvo.org/post/miners-stadium-task-force-sits-down-without-key-voices <p></p><p>Syracuse’s recently created stadium task force sat down together for the first time Tuesday. Its job is to take a deeper look at the idea of a new athletic venue in the city that the mayor put the brakes on a few months ago.</p><p>Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner had too many unanswered questions to get behind a new stadium for Syracuse University next to <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/logeuns-crossing-brings-cor-development-upstate-medical-university-together" target="_blank">the Kennedy Square redevelopment project</a> on the city’s Near Eastside.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:07:31 +0000 Ryan Delaney 51873 at http://wrvo.org Miner's stadium task force sits down, without key voices Syracuse patching twice as many water main breaks as normal http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-patching-twice-many-water-main-breaks-normal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Water department crews have spent a lot more time this winter digging into frozen ground, shoveling asphalt and sifting through mud to find holes in Syracuse’s plumbing as an unusually high number of water main breaks is putting a strain on city resources.</span></p><p>Since the beginning of the year, the city’s century-old water system has sprung more than a hundred leaks. That’s more than two a day that city works crews have had to patch and twice the number the city normally deals with.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:40:39 +0000 Ryan Delaney 51862 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse patching twice as many water main breaks as normal Miner says tax break for Destiny USA hotel would be a "mistake" http://wrvo.org/post/miner-says-tax-break-destiny-usa-hotel-would-be-mistake <p>S<span style="line-height: 1.5;">yracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says giving the Destiny USA entertainment and shopping center a tax break to build a hotel would be “a mistake,” but the mayor actually has little say over those incentives.</span></p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:51:28 +0000 Ryan Delaney 51299 at http://wrvo.org Miner says tax break for Destiny USA hotel would be a "mistake" $100 million for amphitheater, housing coming to Solvay http://wrvo.org/post/100-million-amphitheater-housing-coming-solvay <p>A combined $100 million redevelopment project for the western side of Onondaga Lake will bring new housing and street upgrades to the village of Solvay and a 17,000 seat entertainment venue to the shoreline of the lake.</p><p>It's not the project Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney hoped to bring Gov. Andrew Cuomo to town to announce, but when Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner derailed Mahoney's and Syracuse University's idea for a new athletic stadium in the city, the county executive quickly shifted to this one.</p><p>"This project hits it exactly right," said Cuomo.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:37:06 +0000 Ryan Delaney 50591 at http://wrvo.org $100 million for amphitheater, housing coming to Solvay Mayors testify at annual Tin Cup Day in Albany http://wrvo.org/post/mayors-testify-annual-tin-cup-day-albany <p>Mayors from around the state -- including Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner -- testified before the state legislative fiscal committees. In what’s traditionally known as Tin Cup Day, many asked for more money, while others asked for authorization to collect more money from their citizens.<br /><br />First up was New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who came armed with a new report that he says shows how he could enact universal access to pre-kindergarten at a “rapid pace,” in an expansion that he calls one of the largest in the nation’s history.<br /> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:10:38 +0000 Karen DeWitt 50505 at http://wrvo.org Mayors testify at annual Tin Cup Day in Albany Miner focuses on city development, proposed stadium in State of the City address http://wrvo.org/post/miner-focuses-city-development-proposed-stadium-state-city-address <p>Mayor Stephanie Miner is putting together a task force to consider the community and economic impacts of a new sports arena in the city of Syracuse. The mayor put the issue, which has had the town buzzing in recent weeks, in her annual State of the City speech.<br /><br />"I am neither in favor of a stadium nor against a stadium, but there has to be a process where people can get their questions answered," Miner said.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:32:35 +0000 Ellen Abbott 50336 at http://wrvo.org Miner focuses on city development, proposed stadium in State of the City address 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 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 Green Party mayoral candidate says Syracuse needs more community policing http://wrvo.org/post/green-party-mayoral-candidate-says-syracuse-needs-more-community-policing <p></p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:00:39 +0000 Ellen Abbott 46550 at http://wrvo.org Green Party mayoral candidate says Syracuse needs more community policing Renovations give Syracuse more affordable housing options http://wrvo.org/post/renovations-give-syracuse-more-affordable-housing-options <p></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:49:34 +0000 Ellen Abbott 46351 at http://wrvo.org Renovations give Syracuse more affordable housing options Syracuse Mayor Miner hosts Twitter town hall http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-mayor-miner-hosts-twitter-town-hall <p>A week before hoping to win re-election, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner hosted her first Twitter town hall, one of her few large public engagement efforts this campaign season.</p><p>Miner spent just under an hour Tuesday fielding questions on the social media site via the hashtag <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23askmayorminer&amp;src=typd&amp;f=realtime" target="_blank">#AskMayorMiner</a> and responded through the <a href="https://twitter.com/Syracuse1848" target="_blank">city's official account</a>.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 20:34:20 +0000 Ryan Delaney 46338 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse Mayor Miner hosts Twitter town hall