Onondaga County

9:11am

Thu May 16, 2013
Regional Coverage

"Opt-out" deadline for NY gun law passed, with backlog of applications

As the deadline for the "opt-out" portion of the New York SAFE Act passed Wednesday, the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department was still wading through thousands of forms from gun owners who don't want their pistol permit information available to the public.  

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4:56pm

Wed May 15, 2013
Arts

Symphoria launches first full season of concerts

A brass quartet provided musical accompaniment for the announcement of Symphoria's new season.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

For the first time since before the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra went bankrupt two years ago, musicians will play a full season of symphonic music. The Symphoria's "Music in the Key of CNY" series marks a big moment for the fledgling musical group.

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3:25pm

Wed May 15, 2013
Politics

Primary challenge for Syracuse council president dropped

Gary Morris endorses Van Robinson, left, for Syracuse Common Council president as Mayor Stephanie Miner looks on.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Syracuse Democratic party activist Gary Morris has dropped his bid to become president of the Syracuse Common Council and endorsed current president Van Robinson Monday.

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11:36am

Tue May 14, 2013
Health

Cynthia Morrow on the Campbell Conversations

When it comes to health, what does the region do well, and what does it do poorly? What are the next frontiers in making the community healthier? In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Onondaga County Health Commissioner Cynthia Morrow reflects on recent statistics about the county's health, discusses different approaches that communities and government can take toward improving health, and speculates about possible futures.

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3:48pm

Mon May 6, 2013
Politics and Government

D.A. Fitzpatrick supports unsealing juvenile records involving sex crimes

Juvenile records are automatically sealed in New York state, so they don't prejudice a prosecutor or judge, but state Sen. John DeFrancisco is proposing an exception. He wants those records be available to court officials if they involve sex crimes.

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9:10am

Thu April 18, 2013
Business

Chenango County named latest foreign trade zone in N.Y.

In March, the federal government awarded Chenango County, northeast of Binghamton, foreign trade zone status. That means county businesses can import goods without paying a tariff. They also pay a lower tariff if those goods are sold within the United States and no tariff if the final product is exported.

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6:09am

Tue April 9, 2013
Politics and Government

Proposed Syracuse budget includes cuts, consolidations

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner's proposed election year budget includes no increases in taxes or fees; there are also no proposed layoffs. But despite spending cuts and consolidations, the city's fund balance takes a big hit, in order to fill a multi-million dollar budget hole.

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9:37am

Wed April 3, 2013
Regional Coverage

Onondaga County legislature hopes to close pawn shop loophole

Tuesday's Onondaga County Legislature meeting
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

It'll be easier for police to recover stolen goods from pawn shops and second-hand stores throughout Onondaga County, if a law approved by the county legislature goes into effect. The legislation is aimed at closing a loophole that pushes criminals outside Syracuse city limits to sell stolen goods.

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4:32pm

Wed March 20, 2013
Politics and Government

Onondaga County wants to consolidate human services agencies

There could be changes coming to the human services agencies and departments in Onondaga County government.  County Executive Joanie Mahoney says there's a two-fold reason for a proposed realignment.

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9:16am

Mon March 18, 2013
Regional Coverage

Public wants park space at Onondaga Lake

Central New Yorkers want a public park available to everyone along Onondaga Lake. That was the upshot from the latest survey on the future of what was once the most polluted lake in the nation.

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8:53am

Thu March 7, 2013
Politics and Government

Onondaga County takes measures to shorten wait for pistol permits

The Onondaga County Sheriff's Department has received the go-ahead to do whatever necessary to ease the pistol permit backlog that's mushroomed in central New York, because of the dramatic increase of the number of permit applications coming into the Syracuse office.

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3:11pm

Wed March 6, 2013
Politics and Government

State of Onondaga County is financially sound

Unlike many other local governments in New York state, Onondaga County has weathered the recent fiscal crisis, and come out on firm financial footing. In her State of the County address Tuesday night, County Executive Joanie Mahoney credits recent budget cutting tactics for the difference.

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9:14am

Wed March 6, 2013
Politics and Government

Onondaga County is latest to call for repeal of gun control law

A resident addresses the Onondaga County Legislature before it voted on a resolution on the NY SAFE Act
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Onondaga County is the latest county government in New York state to call on Albany to repeal the SAFE Act.  The county legislature voted Tuesday to ask the state to scrap the new state law, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called the toughest gun control law in the country.

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9:12am

Mon February 25, 2013
Gun Control

Onondaga County Legislature will voice opinion on state's gun laws

The Onondaga County Legislature is expected to join a growing list of county governments cementing their opposition to New York's new, stricter, gun control laws.

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3:30pm

Fri February 22, 2013
Regional Coverage

Onondaga County sheriff speaks out against new gun control rules

The Onondaga County sheriff’s office is speaking out on New York’s new gun control rules for the first time.

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5:44am

Fri February 1, 2013
Regional Coverage

Post-Standard takes leap into digital era

The newspaper business is changing. It has to, in a digital world where information is as close as an app on a phone, or a tap on a computer. The question is, how will newspapers make that change? The Syracuse Post-Standard, owned by Advance Newspapers, has made its move, and the change is about to occur.

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9:06am

Mon January 28, 2013
Regional Coverage

Pawn shops finding ways around Syracuse laws

The city of Syracuse is asking Onondaga County to help crack down down on burglaries. Syracuse officials want to make it harder for burglars to sell stolen items to second hand shops throughout the county.

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3:01am

Tue January 22, 2013
Regional Coverage

Onondaga County increases Veterans Services staff as need goes up

Onondaga County lawmakers this month approved a new staff member for the Veterans Service Agency. an increase of returning veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan is putting more stress on the agency.

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11:15pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Regional Coverage

Miner running for mayor again

Mayor Stephanie Miner announces her re-election bid at Syracuse's Inner Harbor
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

The political season in the city of Syracuse has begun.  Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has made a relatively early announcement of her intentions to run for re-election.

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4:23pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Regional Coverage

One district attorney sees plusses and minuses to new gun control law

Reaction to New York's new gun control law from prosecutors is generally positive. For one central New York District attorney it closes some loopholes, but leaves others open.

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5:44am

Thu January 10, 2013
Environment

Central New York prepares for the Emerald Ash Borer

A section of tree showing the serpentine galleries of the emerald ash borer larvae.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Flickr

It's only a matter of time before the ash tree population in central New York is decimated by the Emerald Ash Borer. A task force is at work getting ready for the invasion of the deadly insects, that are now in massive numbers only two counties away from Onondaga County.

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8:35am

Fri January 4, 2013
Regional Coverage

Groups calls for Onondaga County jail oversight board

The United as One Coalition is taking its case for an Onondaga County jail oversight board to county lawmakers.  Coalition members want the Onondaga County Legislature to create a board that they say could ultimately save lives.

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9:11am

Wed January 2, 2013
Environment

Last year's Christmas tree is this spring's mulch

Onondaga County will be collecting Christmas trees to be turned into mulch.
lizard10979 via Flickr

If you're putting away Christmas decorations and taking ornaments off the tree, Onondaga County's recycling agency wants to make sure that old tree gets re-purposed.

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7:13am

Wed December 19, 2012
Regional Coverage

Onondaga County moves to sell Van Duyn nursing home

The Onondaga County Legislature met Tuesday to vote on the sale of the Van Duyn nursing home.
Credit Ellen Abbott / WRVO

Onondaga County lawmakers have taken the first steps to moving the 185 year old Van Duyn nursing home off county tax rolls.

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5:07pm

Fri November 30, 2012
Health

World AIDS Day remembered, activists worry disease is often forgotten

Ellen Abbott WRVO

World AIDS Day was remembered in Syracuse this morning during a service of remembrance. Participants say they are worried that the disease, which has been around for over 30 years now, has become forgotten.

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9:00am

Thu November 29, 2012
Arts

New Syracuse orchestra to debut in December

A new orchestra is rising out of the ashes of the old Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. The new group has announced it will make its official debut at a holiday concert December 14.

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9:55am

Tue November 27, 2012
Regional Coverage

Ambulance company starts fall prevention program for seniors

Gertrude Hoenig and WAVES coordinator Dan Taylor in Hoenig's home
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

An ambulance company in Onondaga County has started a program it hopes will help one of biggest causes of injury among the elderly.  The focus is on making senior's homes safe from falls.

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4:14pm

Fri November 16, 2012
Health

Flu season starting early in upstate New York

Lance McCord Flickr

The flu is making an early appearance across upstate New York this fall, from the North Country through the Mohawk Valley. With the holiday season approaching, experts say it becomes more important than ever to take precautions.

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9:07am

Fri November 16, 2012
Regional Coverage

Onondaga County considers smoking ban in parks

Sudipto Sarkar Flickr

Onondaga County lawmakers are considering the possibility of a smoking ban in county parks and the perimeter of county facilities.  But an initial proposal from the county executive's office needs to be whittled down before lawmakers will agree to it.

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3:33am

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Buerkle-Maffei race disputed

Dan Maffei addresses supporters shortly after midnight. The Associated Press reports the Democrat will be returning to Congress in New York's 24th Congressional District.
Olivia Fecteau WRVO

The candidates in the 24th congressional district contest were prepared for the race to go down to the wire, since polls predicted that democrat Dan Maffei and Ann Marie Buerkle were locked in a statistical tie, with Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum trailing behind. But it looks like former Congressman Maffei will be returning to Washington to represent central New York in Congress.

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