Regional Coverage

6:41am

Fri August 23, 2013
Regional Coverage

Obama visits Syracuse, promotes college affordability plan

President Obama discusses higher education during his speech at Henninger High School.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

President Obama brought his message of affordable education for the middle class to Syracuse yesterday. It was an intimate atmosphere inside the gym at Henninger High School, with the crowd interacting with the president as he laid the groundwork for his plan.

"There aren't a lot of things that are more important than making sure people get a good education," Obama said. "That is key to upward mobility. That is key to a growing economy.  That is key to a strong middle class."

The crowd then started calling out and shouting to him.

"Love you back."

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4:37pm

Thu August 22, 2013
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Lt. Gov. Duffy officially opens New York State Fair

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy tries food while inside the Taste NY tent.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy filled in for Gov. Andrew Cuomo during the official opening of the New York State Fair in Syracuse today.  While Cuomo was hosting President Obama in Buffalo, Duffy was tasting New York state products in the new Taste New York Tent at the Fair.

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8:04am

Thu August 22, 2013
Obama visit to Syracuse

President Obama in Syracuse today

President Obama comes to Syracuse later today, where he will give a speech on college affordability and the middle class. The speech at Henninger High School is expected to begin at 6:00 p.m. Doors will open at 3:00 p.m. for those who have tickets, which were distributed earlier this week

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6:34pm

Tue August 20, 2013
Obama visit to Syracuse

In a shirt and tie, aspiring politician camps out to see Obama

Caleb Duncan, an incoming senior at Henninger High School, has been "freaking out" about the presdent's upcoming visit.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Caleb Duncan was probably the only person wearing a shirt and tie to wait in line overnight to get tickets to President Obama's scheduled Thursday visit to Syracuse.

"I’m thinking about getting a new suit," he said with laugh. He lined for tickets around 10:30 p.m. Monday.

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6:53am

Tue August 20, 2013
Obama visit to Syracuse

Tickets for President Obama visit to Syracuse to be made available Tuesday

President Obama gives a speech in Arizona, Aug. 2013
Credit whitehouse.gov

President Barack Obama will visit the Syracuse area this week, giving a speech at Henninger High School on the importance of an affordable education. The president's speech is expected to begin at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday.

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4:19pm

Fri August 16, 2013
Regional Coverage

Increase in barges coming through Oswego causes unanticipated problems

A sign warns certain boaters not to park in the area.
Gino Geruntino/WRVO

A dispute is brewing in Oswego over who should get to use some docking space right in the center of town.

George Broadwell owns two hotels, a restaurant and a convention center along the east side of the Oswego River.

Last year, he says he complained to city and state officials about the number of tugs and barges mooring along the river in front of his establishments. Earlier this year, even more tug boats and barges were mooring along the 600 feet of space in front of his property.

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8:37am

Thu August 15, 2013
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Maffei observes training mission at Oswego Coast Guard Station

Rep. Dan Maffei observed a joint exercise at the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Oswego
Gino Geruntino/WRVO

Rep. Dan Maffei observed a maritime exercise using unmanned aerial vehicles for civilian search and rescue in Oswego on Wednesday. Members of the U.S. Coast Guard and the 174th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard participated in the training.

Maffei, D-Syracuse, says the UAVs, called MQ-9 Reapers, used in the training rescue missions could save more time, money and lives compared to the current search measures.

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3:41pm

Wed August 14, 2013
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Red Cross finds tech solution to coordinate disaster volunteers

When disaster strikes, like the heavy rainfall and floods in upstate New York in late June and early July, many people want to help their neighbors in need but don't know where to direct their volunteer efforts. Now, the American Red Cross has released a new mobile application that it hopes will solve that problem.

The Team Red Cross app is making disaster relief more accessible to communities. Chief Communications Officer Matt Michael says this will make a big difference in community response.

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1:57pm

Fri August 9, 2013
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Red Cross chapter moves into new Syracuse offices

The Red Cross of Central New York moved into a former auto dealer in downtown Syracuse this week.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

The large windows that now face out onto the 300 block of West Genesee Street in the early 1900's used to display expensive roadsters made by the Chalmers Motor Car Company in Syracuse. They now are part of the new offices of the Red Cross of Central New York.

That sense of history attracted the charity to the location when they needed a more practical office space than the former one at Herald Place.

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3:48pm

Thu August 8, 2013
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Maffei, Hanna want federal dollars freed for Port of Oswego

Reps. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld), left, and Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse), center, pause during a press conference to watch rail cars pass at the Port of Oswego.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The federal government has an $8 billion harbor maintenance trust fund, but only $8 million of that has allocated for spending in this year's budget.

Central New York's congressmen are calling for more of that money to be released in order to pay for upgrades to the Port of Oswego and other shipping hubs. The money isn't being spent in order to make the budget deficit look smaller, they charge.

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7:22am

Thu August 8, 2013
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More police cameras being added to Syracuse's north side

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner announcing the new cameras along with neighbors from the city's Northside.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has announced that more police cameras will be going up in a part of the city's north side that has seen some high profile crime recently. The Syracuse Police Department will add seven cameras to the two currently tracking crime on Butternut Street. She says residents asked for more cameras, including Pond Street businessman Jai Suvedi, who says the current cameras have made a difference.

"So as we see Butternut Street between now and before, is totally changed, in this corridor," Suvedi said. "A lot of the crimes have decreased."

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1:06pm

Tue August 6, 2013
Transportation

Transportation planners move forward with next step for I-81

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

After a few weeks delay, transportation planners in central New York are moving forward with the next step in the lengthy process of deciding Interstate 81's fate in downtown Syracuse.

The 1.4 mile stretch of elevated highway through downtown, known as the viaduct, is reaching the end of its useable lifespan.

On Monday, the Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council approved a $32 million study as part of the next phase of the project. This coming after a lengthy public engagement process and studies by SMTC itself.

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5:46pm

Mon August 5, 2013
Transportation

Military drones will soon be flying over Syracuse

Col. Greg Semmel, commander of the 174th Air National Guard Attack Wing, discusses plans to fly drone training missions over Syracuse, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Central New York's Air National Guard unit, the 174th Attack Wing, will soon be flying drone training flights over a large portion of the city of Syracuse.

The 174th was granted permission from the Federal Aviation Administration last month to expand its permitted airspace south into Oswego, Madison and Onondaga Counties. The airspace includes the northern half of Syracuse and stretches from Camillus to Fayetteville from west to east.

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5:14pm

Mon August 5, 2013
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Activists walk Auburn to promote Tubman national park

Harriet Tubman home in Auburn
Heather L via Flickr

More than 100 people walked an Auburn street this weekend to help unveil a highway sign commemorating the work of abolitionist Harriet Tubman. The walk is part of an effort to put Tubman’s home one step closer to becoming a national park.

Harriet Tubman’s great-grandniece Geraldine Copes-Daniels of Auburn believe her ancestor is long overdue for national recognition.

“Tonight we’re trying to do what she did, but hers was a longer way…People of today don’t realize what she’s done,” said Copes-Daniels.

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6:00pm

Sun August 4, 2013
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Kathleen Stress on The Campbell Conversations

Food Bank of Central New York Executive Director Kathleen Stress
Credit Food Bank of Central New York

  How has Upstate New York been coping with the problem of hunger?  How have the challenges changed in recent years?  And how does the concern for proper nutrition fit with the need to feed people who are going hungry?  On this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher discusses these questions with Kathleen Stress, the executive director of the Food Bank of Central New York.  Some of the answers might surprise you.

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4:09pm

Thu August 1, 2013
Transportation

Group forms to oppose tear down of I-81 through Syracuse

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

Brushing off concerns it may be too little, too late, a new group of business owners and lawmakers has formed to oppose the seemingly narrowed options for the next incarnation of Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse.

Save 81 launched Thursday to call for more options for what to do about the aging 1.4 mile stretch of I-81 through the city. While the group is opposed to the "urban boulevard" idea pushed for by many city residents, it said it has no "pre-ordained design" as an alternative.

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2:57pm

Thu August 1, 2013
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Syracuse airport receives federal grant

Hancock International Airport
City of Syracuse/Department of Aviation

Syracuse's Hancock Airport is getting a $4.5 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration that officials say will help keep flights on time.  Airport Commissioner Christina Callahan says the funds will pay for a new taxiway, and area where diverted planes can go.

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8:30am

Thu August 1, 2013
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Syracuse weighs options for taking over delinquent owner-occupied properties

The city of Syracuse is cracking down on property owners who don't pay taxes. But, as lawmakers prepare to vote on whether the city should seize over 100 tax delinquent properties, there are some concerns about those properties that aren't vacant.

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8:16am

Fri July 26, 2013
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Harborfest attracts people, dollars to Oswego County

Oswego Harborfest/Facebook

The city of Oswego's Harborfest began last night, and is estimated to draw more than 100,000 people to the area for a weekend of music, food and fireworks. For Oswego Mayor Thomas Gillen, it's also a boon for the city's coffers.

"We hope to make probably $50 million for the weekend," Gillen said. "It's a big impact on the entire community within ten miles of the city of Oswego. Hotels, restaurants, just general sales tax revenue is dramatically impacted over this. So, it's an incredible economic boon to the city and the community. It comes at a cost, though."

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5:55pm

Thu July 25, 2013
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Report: Syracuse Police detective improperly used SUNY-ESF lab

The state Inspector General's office has issued a report that largely clears the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry of any wrongdoing surrounding the use of a forensics lab at the college.

The Onondaga County District Attorney's office rose concerns in April about Syracuse Police forensic evidence used in several shooting cases. That prompted the state forensics commission to ask the Inspector General to conduct the investigation.

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6:50am

Mon July 22, 2013
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Logeun's Crossing brings COR Development, Upstate Medical University together

Rubble is left in the wake of the demolition of the former Kennedy Square apartment project, in preparation for the development of Logeun's Crossing on Syracuse's east side.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

It's been almost two years since the ground breaking of the Logeun's Crossing project on Syracuse's east side.

Upstate Medical University is combining forces with COR Development to turn 14 acres of blighted properties off of East Fayette Street into a mix of residential, retail, office and educational space. COR President Steve Aiello says they've finished tearing down the old Kennedy Square apartment complex, and can start working on the basic framework of the new neighborhood.

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3:33am

Mon July 22, 2013
The Salt

New York Toasts Long-Awaited Revival Of Its Distilleries

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 11:30 am

Tuthilltown Spirits in New York makes a clear corn whiskey, and the first legal aged whiskey in the state since Prohibition, among other products.
Joel Rose/NPR

A century ago, New York could claim that much of its liquor was local, thanks to distilleries large and small that supplied a lot of the whiskey, gin and rum that kept New York City (and the rest of North America) lubricated. Then Prohibition arrived and the industry largely dried up, before trickling back to life in the 21st century.

Now, distillers in New York state are toasting a revival 80 years in the making.

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6:32am

Fri July 19, 2013
Regional Coverage

Sen. Ritchie wants 315 area code plan put on hold

A map of New York shows each of the state's area codes.
NANPA.com

The amount of available phone numbers within the 315 area code continues to dwindle, prompting the state's Public Service Commission to look into adding another area code.

The PSC has offered two options for the region, which covers all or part of 18 central and northern New York counties. One plan is to split the zone, with some residents getting a new area code. Another option is to overlay a new area code on top of 315, then issue the new code to new customers. In this scenario everyone would be required to dial the area code, even for next door neighbors.

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8:55am

Thu July 18, 2013
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Cuomo announces state aid for Mohawk Valley flood victims

New York National Guard/flickr

New York state is stepping in where the federal government has not. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the state would come up with $16 million for people affected by the recent floods that ravaged the Mohawk Valley and other parts of New York state.

Cuomo told local officials at Herkimer County Community College that the state will fill the gap using federal rules to offer cash from state coffers to flood victims.

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7:23am

Thu July 18, 2013
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Renz pleads guilty to murder and sexual assault charges

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick addressing the media after Renz pleaded guilty to first degree murder and predatory sexual assault charges in Onondaga County Court this morning.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

A brutal murder and rape case that shocked central New York earlier this year is closed. In a plea deal with prosecutors, David Renz, 29, pleaded guilty Wednesday to first degree murder and sexual assault charges in the death of Lori Bresnahan and the rape of a 10-year-old girl in a mall parking lot in Clay last March.  

The deal basically assures that Renz will spend the rest of his life in prison, said Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick.

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6:46am

Tue July 16, 2013
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Historic Syracuse home slowly being renovated

The Babcock-Shattuck home in Syracuse's Westcott neighborhood was built in the 1890's but has been vacant for decades.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Renovations have slowly been continuing on an historic home on Syracuse’s east side.

The Babcock-Shattuck House stands at the gateway to Syracuse’s Westcott neighborhood. It’s also a rare empty property in an otherwise vibrant area.

It was built around 1895 and last served as a home for Jewish war veterans. It's been empty since the late 1980's.

Now, the University Neighborhood Preservation Association is working to convert the vacant property into four condos.

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5:15pm

Sun July 14, 2013
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Oren Lyons and Andy Mager on The Campbell Conversations

Onondaga Nation Faithkeeper Oren Lyons (left), Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign Coordinator Andy Mager (center) and Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher (right)

While the state-level negotiations on the casinos were taking place, another separate process was marking a much longer history of native and non-native relationships—The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign.  On this week’s edition of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher speaks with Onondaga Nation Faithkeeper Oren Lyons and the Renewal Campaign’s Project Coordinator Andy Mager, about the campaign’s aims, and the importance of recognizing and honoring the past in order to improve the future. 

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9:13am

Wed July 10, 2013
Transportation

D.O.T. delays next step of I-81 challenge

Zack Seward WXXI

The next stage of the planning process regarding the future of the elevated portion of Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse has been pushed back a few weeks, as heat grows on state officials over the process.

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9:00am

Tue July 9, 2013
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Renovations on Syracuse's Central Library begin

Ellen Abbott/WRVO

It's been almost two years since Onondaga County lawmakers approved funding for renovation of the Central Library in downtown Syracuse. Now the first steps in revamping the facility are starting.

The Central Library has been ensconced in the Galleries of Syracuse for 25 years now. When it opened up, the Galleries was a retail hub, that's now morphed into what amounts to an office building. Central Librarian Doreen Milcarek says the facility needs to downsize, a move that will reflect staffing cutbacks and the changing needs of library patrons.

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2:38am

Tue July 9, 2013
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Protesters pressure Watertown Walmart on animal welfare

Crystal Gordon and Jeni Haines, animal welfare activists with the L.A.-based Mercy For Animals, demonstrate outside Watertown's Walmart store Monday morning.
Joanna Richards WRVO

Animal welfare demonstrators caught motorists' and shoppers' attention Monday morning along Watertown's busy Arsenal Street. A giant balloon showed a bruised and wounded pig confined to a tiny metal crate, and two activists held a sign reading, “Walmart tortures pigs” on the grassy median in front of Watertown's Walmart store.

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