Regional Coverage

7:40am

Wed October 2, 2013
Regional Coverage

Fort Drum civilian workers hit with furloughs, again

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Fort Drum is among the many arms of the federal government dealing with furloughs as a result of the government shutdown. Workers deemed non-essential were sent home midday yesterday.

A division spokeswoman said the timing is bad for the post, because because it comes on top of a nearly two-year hiring freeze that has many departments already down to bare bones staffing. And this is a busy time for Fort Drum, with multiple units preparing for imminent deployments, and others returning and going through reintegration.

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6:26am

Fri September 27, 2013
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U.S. Defense Secretary calls for military security reviews

The mass shooting at the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard earlier this month prompted Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to call for security reviews at all military facilities. Fort Drum declined to comment on how the post is being affected by that decision, but this week the Department of Defense gave details about how the larger review process would take shape.
 

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7:54am

Thu September 26, 2013
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New work space fills gap for small food producers

Christine Hoffman has just moved her jam and jelly business, The Spicy Wench, into the new shared-use commercial kitchen in Sackets Harbor.
Joanna Richards

A new commercial kitchen in Sackets Harbor is starting to help small food producers grow their businesses. The shared-use facility is the first of its kind in Jefferson County.

In a dining room full of chattering officials from local government, agriculture and economic development, people dug into the first products of the new kitchen: Christine Hoffman's pepper jelly and fruit jam.

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7:18pm

Wed September 25, 2013
Transportation

I-81 debate is personal for those who live in highway's shadow

Interstate 81 carries tens of thousands of cars through downtown Syracuse every day, but its infrastructure is aging.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A decision on one of Syracuse's largest development projects of the century is still years away, but already opinions are becoming entrenched as others plea for more talking and new ideas.

A 1.4 mile elevated stretch of Interstate 81 running right through downtown Syracuse, known as the viaduct, will soon need to be replaced and state and federal transportation officials are in the midst of a lengthy decision process to decide how the next incarnation of the roadway will look and work. A decision is penciled in for 2017.

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3:13pm

Wed September 25, 2013
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Turning guns to jewelry to help fight gun violence

Jewelry pieces crafted from guns and bullets by Liberty United
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

The city of Syracuse is joining forces with a company that turns the remnants of guns and bullets into jewelry, and turns the profits towards helping reduce gun violence.

At a press conference in Syracuse Wednesday, Peter Thum, founder of Liberty United, showed off some of the jewelry that's been created from the remnants of melted-down guns and bullets confiscated by police -- some of them from Syracuse.

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7:42am

Wed September 25, 2013
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City of Oswego launches mobile reporting app

The city of Oswego has launched an app allowing residents to report issues directly to the necessary department.

Sixth ward Common Councilor Eric VanBuren researched the free app and brought it to the Common Council for approval. He says the program will reduce waste and hold the city more responsible for addressing concerns.

"You know, someone would submit that request to us or to someone else, there was no visibility to it," VanBuren said. "Now, when you see that, other people can see it as well."

The app also provides several benefits.

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7:27am

Wed September 25, 2013
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New series of public meetings being held to decide I-81's future

A series of neighborhood meetings will help the Department of Transportation decide I-81's future.
Zack Seward WXXI

New York state is holding another round of meetings regarding a topic that could change the face of Syracuse. The Department of Transportation begins a series of neighborhood sessions on Wednesday meant to get more feedback on the future of the Interstate 81 viaduct through downtown Syracuse.

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7:27am

Mon September 23, 2013
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Syracuse joins federal government in motion to try to change civil service tests

The city of Syracuse has joined the federal government in a legal motion that could end up changing the civil service tests that are the baseline for hiring police and firefighters across the state.

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7:48am

Thu September 19, 2013
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Anti-fracking group sues NY Department of Health

CREDO.fracking Flickr

It’s been nearly a year since the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state health commissioner would conduct a review to determine whether hydrofracking could be done safely in New York. Since then, little information has been released on the ongoing study. Now, an anti-fracking group is suing the state to find out what exactly is being reviewed.

The 23-year-old Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (SLPWA) filed papers in the New York State Supreme Court to demand that the public be allowed to know what exactly Cuomo’s health commissioner is reviewing.

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6:39am

Wed September 18, 2013
Transportation

Rob Simpson of CenterState CEO: Think bigger on future of I-81

Interstate 81 carries tens of thousands of cars through downtown Syracuse every day, but its infrastructure is aging.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Rob Simpson, head of the economic booster organization CenterState CEO, has called on state transportation planners and central New Yorkers to think bigger when it comes to making the decision about the future of the elevated portion of Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse.

The 1.4 miles of elevated highway is beginning to crumble. Transportation planners are in the midst of a lengthy process to decide the final form of a redesigned I-81. Most debate has centered around rebuilding the viaduct through downtown or re-routing it around the city.

The debate polarized the community and lawmakers over the summer.

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12:17am

Wed September 18, 2013
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Sequester may mean more cutbacks at Fort Drum

Soldiers participate in a homecoming ceremony at Fort Drum.
Credit WRVO file photo

Fort Drum may be facing personnel cutbacks as a result of the federal budget reductions known as sequestration. The post submitted recommendations to the Department of the Army about how it would want to make the cuts, if needed.  

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5:45pm

Tue September 17, 2013
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Former 10th Mountain Division soldier to receive Medal of Honor

Captain William Swenson, pictured during his 2009 deployment to Afghanistan with the Army's 10th Mountain Division, will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions during combat there.
Credit Fort Drum

A former 10th Mountain Division soldier will receive the nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during a 2009 battle in Afghanistan. 

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10:14am

Tue September 17, 2013
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Schumer comments on Washington D.C. Navy Yard shooting

New York Senator Chuck Schumer called yesterday's shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. "tragic." He also touched on a common theme of the recent gun control debate- mental health.

"So I think we have to look at that very carefully, without pre-judging what happened in D.C.," Schumer said. "But certainly, it needs a careful look. These things are occurring much too frequently."

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7:44am

Tue September 17, 2013
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Tailwater Lodge to bring more dollars, attention to Salmon River

A sample show room at the Tailwater Lodge is decorated using modern and rustic pieces. The renovations will not be completed for a few more weeks.
Gino Geruntino/WRVO

The village of Altmar attracts anglers of all types who fish along the Salmon River, known for its Chinook and Coho salmon and steelhead trout. But one Syracuse-based real estate developer is hoping the river will attract dollars as well.

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8:26am

Fri September 13, 2013
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Fort Drum shortlisted for missile defense site that may never be built

A missile interceptor site in Alaska.
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The Department of Defense is including Fort Drum, near Watertown, as one of five sites to be studied for a new East Coast missile defense program. Local officials hailed the decision. But the Pentagon itself says it has no money to build the site.

Fort Drum will be considered along with Camp Ethan Allen in Jericho, Vermont, and military sites in Maine, Ohio, and Michigan.

Cong. Bill Owens says a missile interceptor base would bring billions of dollars in investments and more troops to the Jefferson County region.

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7:57am

Thu September 12, 2013
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Syracuse University names new chancellor and president

Syracuse University incoming Chancellor and President Kent Syverud.
Credit Syracuse University

Syracuse University has announced that Kent Syverud has been named the university's new chancellor and president. 

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7:53am

Thu September 12, 2013
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Syracuse Common Council considers beefing up noise nuisance laws

Members of the Syracuse Common Council are considering beefing up fines for residents accused of disturbing the peace.

These are the kinds of complaints lawmakers hear a lot, according to northside Syracuse councilor Jake Barrett. He says these types of complaints affect the quality of life of city residents, and can be big or small.

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3:05pm

Wed September 11, 2013
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Syracuse commemorates 9/11

From l-r Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, and Syracuse Fire Chief Paul Linnertz mark the 12th anniversary of 9/11 in a ceremony in downtown Syracuse
Tom Magnarelli/WRVO

Public officials, current and retired police officers and firefighters, and citizens gathered at Forman Park in downtown Syracuse this morning to commemorate the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler, Syracuse Fire Chief Paul Linnertz lit candles and stood in front of the police memorial. Seventeen minutes of silence was observed representing the time between the first and second planes hitting the twin towers of the World Trade Centers.    

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4:28pm

Tue September 10, 2013
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Oswego Police Department steps up patrols


While students attending SUNY Oswego continue to get settled this school year, the Oswego Police Department is using more officers and patrolmen to keep the city's quality of life high. Lt. Charles Searor says the department is also trying out a new proactive method of enforcing the law and teaching students the proper way to live in residential neighborhoods.

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7:40am

Tue September 10, 2013
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Syrian protesters gather at Syracuse University for peace vigil

Two protesters hold a sign during a peace vigil at Syracuse University.
Tom Magnarelli/WRVO

A vigil was held at Syracuse University Monday evening in opposition to a proposed U.S. led military strike in Syria. About 30 people came to show support. Syria is currently in a civil war, and the United Nationas estimates more than 100,000 people have died since 2011.

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3:51pm

Mon September 9, 2013
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Syracuse Common Council approves more foreclosures

Syracuse Common Councilors have agreed to begin foreclosure proceedings on more than two dozen addition tax delinquent properties, that will be turned over to the land bank. This is the third round of foreclosure decisions by lawmakers in the last month. But, there is an end game in sight.

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4:24pm

Fri September 6, 2013
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Watertown meets primary candidates for City Council

From left, Stephen Jennings, Jasmine Borreggine, Jeff Smith, Teresa Macaluso, Rod LaFave, and Cody Horbacz listen as local media figures ask questions during a City Council primary Meet-the-Candidates event Thursday night at the Italian-American Civic Association in Watertown.
Credit Joanna Richards

Watertown is holding a primary election next Tuesday for two seats on the City Council. The election is non-partisan, so all six candidates are running for the chance to move on to the general election in November. A Meet-the-Candidates event was held Thursday at the city's Italian-American Civic Association.

 

The candidates weighed in on issues ranging from economic development, to fluoride in the water supply, to making Watertown a more welcoming place for dogs during the two-hour question-and-answer session. Several dozen people came to listen.

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7:11am

Fri September 6, 2013
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Syracuse's Hancock International Airport selected for TSA's PreCheck program

A view of Syracuse's Hancock International Airport, which was recently selected for the TSA's new PreCheck program.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Syracuse's Hancock International Airport is one of the medium size airports that will offer the TSA's new PreCheck program, becoming one of 60 across the country that will be able to take advantage of the expedited screening.

The PreCheck initiative is a frequent traveler screening program that will make it easier for frequent fliers to get through the screening process. Syracuse Aviation Commissioner Christina Callahan says there should be demand in Central New York.

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4:03pm

Wed September 4, 2013
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Butter to compost could be example of future recycling laws

Butter from the NY State Fair sculpture has ended up at an OCRRA composting site.
OCRRA

Vendors and displays are packed up, and the New York State Fair in Syracuse is over for another year. But one of the iconic sights of the fair will live on, giving a glimpse of what could be the next big recycling trend in New York state.

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3:47pm

Fri August 30, 2013
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Syracuse Protestors say U.S. should not use military force in Syria

Protestors gather in front of the Federal Building in Syracuse to speak out again potential U.S. military action in Syria
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Central New Yorkers took to the streets of Syracuse today to protest the possibility of any U.S. military strike against Syria.  

Protesters stood in front of the Syracuse Federal Building looking for support, and passersby honked horns in suport. About 20 protesters carrying signs that said things like "find another way: and "No U.S. Intervention."

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1:55pm

Thu August 29, 2013
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Mohawk Valley homeowners to start receiving aid checks

One Oneida resident's backyard was heavily damaged by rapidly rising flood water. Residents are now getting checks to help cover damages.
Gino Geruntino WRVO/File photo

Two months after heavy flooding ravaged the Mohawk Valley, homeowners in Oneida, Herkimer and Montgomery Counties are receiving checks to help them rebuild. Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in Herkimer and Oneida on Thursday to tell residents that checks are being sent out immediately.

"Today we're going to be issuing checks to 1,200 homeowners, renters and businesses, total of about $13.6 million," Cuomo said. "Five hundred fifty-eight people in Herkimer [County], 145 in Oneida, 104 in Montgomery will receive funding."

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6:43am

Wed August 28, 2013
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Thousands flock to NY State Fair to register for STAR exemptions

Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Darrell Aubertine registers for his STAR Exemption in the Center of Progress Building at the New York State Fair.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Navigating through the Center of Progress Building at the New York State Fair is always a little difficult. But this year, it isn't the crowds at the cookware or candy booths that's creating roadblocks. Fairgoers are flocking to the New York State Taxation and Finance booth after getting letters last week explaining the need to register.

"We have a little bit of a line here. Can you wait?"

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7:55am

Tue August 27, 2013
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DiNapoli discusses upcoming pension rate numbers, impact on municipalities

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
Ellen Abbott WRVO file photo

The New York state comptroller's office this week comes out with some numbers of great interest to local governments. Pension rates are one of the reasons many local governments, including the city of Syracuse, say they are in financial peril.

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5:55pm

Mon August 26, 2013
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DiNapoli returns unclaimed funds to rightful owners

New York State Comptroller was at the New York State Fair Monday to distribute unclaimed funds.

It was kind of like the lottery at the New York State Comptroller's booth at the New York State Fair in Syracuse today.  Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli gave out $40,000 worth of checks to central New Yorkers out of the state's unclaimed fund account.

"The largest one was for a library in Madison County for $13,000.  We had $12,000 for an individual.  So it's real money.  Most of the recoveries are 50 to 100 dollars, but can be in the thousands of dollars," said DiNapoli.

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5:55pm

Mon August 26, 2013
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Two Row Wampum campaign took message throughout New York state

Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign

A 13-day trip down the Hudson River was successful in bringing the message of the Two Row Wampum to some New Yorkers who may not have known about it, according to organizers.  

The idea behind the trip was to make non-native people aware of the agreement between Native Americans and European settlers, and how the ideals embodied in that Two Row Wampum agreement are relevant today. This year is the 400th anniversary of the agreement. Jake Edwards of the Onondaga Council of Chiefs says there were warm welcomes from everyone who watched the paddlers go by.

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