Oswego, NY – 60 years ago, Walter Greenberg was a young boy whose escape from Nazi Europe took him to a refugee camp at Fort Ontario in Oswego, NY. His journey and that of just a few hundred others, later became known as the Safe Haven Story. Now 72, the Rockland County, NY resident is back in Central New York for Holocaust Remembrance ceremonies at Syracuse's Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He spoke with WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.
Syracuse, NY – Photojournalist Matt Moyer saw the freedom granted to the Iraqi people with the fall of Baghdad to U-S troops in April 2003. His photographs were featured in National Geographic's June 2004 magazine. The LaFayette, NY native was back in Central New York to speak about his photos at Onondaga Community College. Mr. Moyer's exhibit "Images of Iraq" will be on display at OCC's Ann Felton Multi-cultural Center galley through April 27.
Oswego, NY – A north country Congressman has a challenger, even though the next election is 19 months away. Twenty-eight year-old novelist and substitute teacher W-L Swarts is mounting a campaign to unseat republican John McHugh, who's been in office since 1992. The independent candidate is from Oneida County. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski asked Swarts about his candidacy.
Oswego, NY – A former Pulaski resident has written a new book, and Central New York plays a supporting role in it. John Howell is author of "St. Jude's Gospel." He told WRVO's Skye Rohde that it's a story about underdogs overcoming the odds, faith rising from cynicism and the awakening of love.
Oswego, NY – The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the Oneida Indian Nation of New York owes property taxes to the City of Sherrill. The ruling could affect future native land claim cases and existing native casinos. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke with New York State Assemblyman David Townsend, a loongtime critic of the Oneida's business practices, about the ruling.
Syracuse, NY – An outspoken Indian land claim opponent is speaking out against the Onondaga Nation's land rights lawsuit filed in early March in Syracuse NY. The President of Upstate Citizens for Equality talked about the land claim with WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen.
Oswego, NY – There's a new venue in Central New York for alternative and foreign films. The Oswego Film Group will screen the movie "Hotel Rwanda" next Wednesday night at the Oswego Cinema. The group's founder, Jon Peck, told WRVO's Skye Rohde he wants to develop a forum for film buffs to watch and discuss acclaimed movies from all genres.
Oswego, NY – The New York state's largest teachers union has launched an anti-obesity program for school children. A pilot program introduced by the New York United Teachers is aimed at encoouraging students to develop good eating habits. The teachers' union's Richard Ianuzzi spoke with WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.
Oswego, NY – Professional groups representing colleges and faculty members have issued a white paper that examines higher education in New York. The groups, lead by the New York State Public Higher Education Conference Board, found that New York is failing to adequately support public higher education. The Conference Board is co-chaired by former State Comptroller H. Carl McCall.
Oswego, NY – The Republican-controlled New York State Senate plans on a vote to bring back the state's flawed death penalty law. WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen spoke with Onondaga County District Attorney, an outspoken proponent of reinstating New York's death penalty law.
Red Creek, NY – A local folksinger is working to highlight the lives of women in the Adirondacks from the 1800s to the present day. Peggy Lynn is visiting schools and libraries across central and northern New York to entertain students while educating them about some of the women who have helped shape Adirondack history. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report.
Oswego, NY – Advocates for embryonic stem cell research meet with NY legislators to discuss lifting the current state ban on that practice. One of those testifying before state lawmakers will be Robin Eliot - the chair of a group called "New Yorkers for the Advancement of Medical Research. He spoke with WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen.
Oswego, NY – A number of environmental groups around the state say Governor Pataki's plan to locate five native-run casinos in the Catskills region needs further study. One of those groups is "Environemtnal Advocates." WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen spoke with E-A's Jeff Jones about increased development in the former "Borscht-Belt."
Hamilton, NY – Colgate University's Upstate Institute has released the first part of a study examining the economic impact of New York's Oneida Indian Nation. Upstate Institute Director Jill Tiefenthaler explains the findings to WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen. (more information about the study is available at colgate.edu)
Oswego, NY – State University of New York Chancellor Robert King visited Oswego Wednesday to talk to college students about his new tuition proposal. King took time before his presentation to explain the plan to WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen.
Macedon, NY – What started out 20 years ago as a hobby is now a Central New York business success serving female cyclists. Terry Precision Cycling, located in Macedon, sold millions of dollars worth of bicycles, saddles and apparel last year. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this profile of Georgena Terry, the company's founder.
Syracuse, NY – The Onondaga County Justice System may soon place more emphasis on mental health in Family and Criminal Court cases. A group called the Partnership for Mental Health Alternatives has released its recommendations for better handling of mental illness in the criminal justice system. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report.
Oswego, NY – 115th District New York State Assemblyman David Townsend,(R) Kirkland, is urging Governor Pataki to delay action on proposed land claim settlements and casino compacts with five Native American Nations. Townsend asked Pataki to wait for the U-S Supreme Court to render a decision in a lawsuit filed by the City of Sherrill, Oneida Co. against the Oneida Indian Nation of New York. Townsend explains his position to WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen.
Oswego, NY – Many Americans see fat as a number on a scale or a social issue. But one local professor wants people to understand that fat is an experience too. Oswego State University professor Ira Sukrungruang and Ohio State University professor Donna Jarrell co-edited "Scoot Over Skinny," which they call the "fat nonfiction anthology." Sukrungruang spoke with WRVO's Skye Rohde about his book.
Wash. D.C. – Democrats are criticizing President Bush's plan to overhaul the Social Security system. New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer gave a hint of the Democratic response when he spoke Monday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Oswego, NY – Recent job cuts at two Lake Ontario nuclear power plants near Oswego, NY have raised questions about safety. While the 51 layoffs have an obvious effect on the workers who were let go, it also means more work for those left behind. That has some nuclear watchdogs concerned about the effect of low staffing levels on plant safety. Elizabeth Christense reports.
Oswego, NY – Much has been said about the flight of young talented people from upstate New York in search of better opportunities elsewhere. One group of young artists is staying. They're renovating space in a long vacant upper floor of a century-old downtown Oswego building into a community art gallery. WRVO's Mark Lavonier caught up with the 'founding' members who call themselves the 'Hat Factory' collective.
Oswego, NY – Wintertime in Central New York has always been tough for walkers. They brave ice, unshoveled driveways and cold air to get their exercise. But now there's another option. The Lowe's Home Improvement store in Oswego is welcoming walkers inside the store. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report.