Regional Coverage

6:25pm

Sun April 20, 2014
Regional Coverage

Joseph Fahey on The Campbell Conversations

Onondaga County Court Judge Joseph Fahey speaks with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

One of Syracuse’s most intriguing mayors is Democrat James McGuire, who in 1896 bucked a Republican establishment to be elected into office, at just 26.  This week on the Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher talks with his biographer, Onondaga County Court Judge Joseph Fahey, about the mayor’s times, his legacy, and his controversial activism on behalf of Irish independence. 

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12:47pm

Thu April 17, 2014
Regional Coverage

East Syracuse votes to merge police force with DeWitt

Ken Hawkins Flickr

The chief of the East Syracuse police department is now faced with the task of phasing out his force by the end of the year. Residents of the village last night voted to dissolve the department and merge it with the DeWitt police force.

The village rejected the measure the first time it came up in October 2012, but taxes have gone up 22 percent since then. The town board resurrected the idea this year and voters passed the measure Tuesday.

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5:48am

Thu April 17, 2014
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Amended taxi cab law passed by Oswego Common Council

Oswego City Hall (file photo)
Gino Geruntino WRVO

The Oswego Common Council has voted five to zero to amend its taxi cab law, after working on it for more than a year. The law originally barred people convicted of felonies from driving taxi cabs within Oswego city limits, but sparked a lawsuit from the Workforce Advocacy Center, a group opposing job discrimination.

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5:36am

Thu April 17, 2014
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Oswego County combating jail overcrowding with technology

The Oswego County Jail is attempting to streamline pre-trial processes and enhance technology.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

The Oswego County Jail's inmate population has grown over the past four years, and has forced Oswego County to send inmates elsewhere to be housed. County officials sat at least some of the blame lies with the state.

In this year's budget, Oswego County Sheriff Reuel Todd says he allotted $100,000 to cover the costs of housing inmates at outside facilities. But two months into the new year, Todd had already used $130,000 and is now requesting more funding.

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3:02pm

Wed April 16, 2014
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East Syracuse voting on future of police department

The village of East Syracuse is deciding this evening whether it can afford to continue staffing a fulltime police force.

In October 2012, residents of the village voted down the idea of dissolving its police force and merging it with that of neighboring DeWitt. But since that vote, taxes for residents have shot up 22 percent and the town board again approved the measure this spring.

For Janini Puliatti, having more eyes watching over the village is worth the expense.

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12:14pm

Tue April 15, 2014
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Onondaga Nation files human rights petition over land claims

Oren Lyons, the faithkeeper for the Onondaga Nation.
Ryan Delaney WRVO file photo

With its domestic options exhausted, the Onondaga Indian Nation has taken its land claim case to an international commission.

It’s been six months since the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the Onondaga’s claim to 2.6 million acres of land in central New York. In the lawsuit first filed in 2005, the nation says land was illegally taken from it in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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7:51am

Tue April 15, 2014
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Utica's arterial project provides city with next step in revitalization process

An outline of the changes that will take place along the north-south arterial.
NYS Department of Transportation

In the city of Utica, the north-south arterial, which connects three major state routes, has divided the west side from the rest of the city. But after years of debate, the state Department of Transportation is now rebuilding the road, with the goal to make the arterial safer and allow people and cars to move more freely between the two sections of Utica. The city says the project will also help its revitalization effort.

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6:29am

Mon April 14, 2014
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Quality of life, infrastructure investment key to urban renewal

NathanaelB / Via Flickr

Upstate New York’s cities need to make investments in quality of life if they want to recreate their past economic vitality, according to a local expert on cities.

Mildred Warner of Cornell University recently held a conference at the college on the economic state of upstate New York’s largest urban centers.

She says the region’s cities aren’t getting the "full gamut" of rediscovery by younger generations because they’re not investing enough in areas like quality of life and infrastructure.

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8:23am

Fri April 11, 2014
Gun control

Deadline for assault weapon registration nears

Mike Saechang Flickr

There’s an April 15 deadline for owners of assault-style firearms to register them with the New York State Police, but there’s concern the provision of the SAFE Act gun control laws will be ignored.

After New York passed strict gun control laws in January 2013, sales of assault-style weapons became illegal. But for those who already owned guns with features like a pistol grip and removable magazine, they must register them by Tuesday.

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7:03am

Thu April 10, 2014
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Activists discuss upstate New York drone use during visit to Utica

Military drones piloted from Syracuse attack targets in Afghanistan. Griffis Airport in Rome has been tapped to test the safety of commercial drones. With little fanfare, upstate New York has become central to adaptation of unmanned aerial vehicles. Wednesday night, the controversy over drones came to Utica.

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6:37am

Tue April 8, 2014
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Syracuse considers adding more police, firefighters

Mayor Stephanie Miner flanked by the police and fire chiefs and some members of Common Council as she announces her proposal to include a new class of police and firefighters in the fiscal year 2014-15 budget Monday.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

If Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner’s proposed budget is approved as is by the Common Council, the city will soon beef up its police and fire departments.

Miner says even as the city budget continues to be tight, it’s time for the new officers, with more than 200 potential police and fire retirements looming this year.

"You always are trying to manage, and manage and looking at how many retirements you're going to have and how many you’ve already had, where your needs are and how you can balance those needs,” Miner said.

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8:20am

Mon April 7, 2014
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Syracuse Housing Authority marks 75 years

The Syracuse Housing Authority, the agency overseeing publicly-subsidized housing in the city, is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

As it marks the milestone, the authority has a waiting list 3,000 names long to get into one of its units. There are twice as many people waiting to get a Section 8 voucher that helps low income people pay rent. And the federal dollars coming to SHA is significantly less than it used to be.

Still, SHA executive director Bill Simmons says the authority is doing more and they’re moving in a "unique direction" toward a focus on home ownership.

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7:39am

Fri April 4, 2014
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Advocates say Cuomo missed chance to counteract Supreme Court ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court decision McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down some campaign donation limits is expected to have an effect in New York. Reform advocates say Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers missed a key chance this week to counter act the ruling.

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6:35am

Thu April 3, 2014
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New York State Police cracking down on drivers passing stopped buses

Capt. Jeffrey Raub, with the New York State Police, discusses the importance of reducing incidents involving drivers and school buses.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

On Thursday, the New York State Police will be watching for people who illegally pass school buses.

“Law enforcement across the entire state will be following school buses," says Capt. Jeffrey Raub, a zone commander out of North Syracuse. "We’re doing that so we can observe violators who are passing busses when the busses are stopped."

Raub says police agencies are hearing from school districts about people who illegally pass school buses that are stopped to drop off or pick up students. And this crackdown will target those areas.

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4:02pm

Sun March 30, 2014
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Tim Kennedy on The Campbell Conversations

Syracuse Media Group President Tim Kennedy (left) speaks with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

Like other newspapers, The Syracuse Post Standard has struggled in recent years, and it has made significant changes in the way it delivers the news and how it tries to interact with the public.  In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, host Grant Reeher talks with Tim Kennedy, the person now in charge of navigating its course.  Find out why he sees a bright future of opportunities for the Syracuse Media Group, despite the hits the company has taken.

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6:36am

Fri March 28, 2014
School Delays

School delays for Friday

Jason Kuffer Flickr

Rain is falling across much of the region this morning, but a wintry mix is affecting areas to the north and east of Syracuse, causing a few school delays. Continue to check back for updates.

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7:19am

Thu March 27, 2014
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Oswego exploring all options to cut costs, generate revenue

Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen has looked at every department in the city, and is making changes to certain cost structures. That includes raising the price of some city fees.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Many upstate New York municipalities are struggling with higher taxes and are scrambling to find additional revenue sources. The city of Oswego is no different and the mayor is trying several approaches to raise money.

Mayor Tom Gillen says the city is examining every nook and cranny of the budget to try to find ways to save money or bring in revenue.

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6:30am

Thu March 27, 2014
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ACR Health hopes program will reduce heroin deaths

Prevention Director Erin Bortel holds a vial of Narcan, which could be used to save someone suffering from a drug overdose.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Along with a spike in heroin and other opiate use in central and northern New York has come a jump in the number of  drug overdose deaths. One Syracuse health organization hopes to bring that number down by teaching people how to administer a drug that can stop the effects of an overdose.

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4:43pm

Tue March 25, 2014
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Oswego County Legislature to consider new fiber optic Internet plan

Gino Geruntino WRVO

The chairman of the Oswego County Legislature wants to bring another option for high-speed fiber-optic broadband service to the county. Kevin Gardner introduced the plan during his recent State of the County address, saying it would begin by connecting county-owned properties and then making the service available to town governments.

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8:14am

Mon March 24, 2014
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Utica loves its chicken riggies, but would it taste good as a potato chip?

A typical bowl of chicken riggies served at Babe's Macaroni Bar and Grill in North Utica.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Syracuse has salt potatoes, Rochester has the garbage plate and Buffalo has the chicken wing. And for the Mohawk Valley, the iconic food has to be chicken riggies. The central New York pasta dish has become so popular it commands its own festival. Now, one Utica resident has entered the unique flavor of peppers, chicken, rigatoni and pink tomato sauce into a national contest.

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4:01pm

Sun March 23, 2014
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Kevin Dunn on The Campbell Conversations

Kevin Dunn, professor of political science at Hobart and WIlliam Smith Colleges, speaks with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

Sub-Saharan Africa is a big waterfront to cover, about 50 countries, with great diversity, but this edition of the Campbell Conversations attempts to cover it.  Host Grant Reeher speaks with Hobart and William Smith political science professor Kevin Dunn, who has written numerous books on the region.  They explore recent trends, common misperceptions, American foreign policy, and the increasing influence of China.

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7:49am

Fri March 21, 2014
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Oswego County nuclear plants will soon replace public warning system

Constellation Energy Nuclear Group and Entergy are working together to replace the sirens surrounding the nuclear plants.
Constellation Energy Group

Oswego County's three nuclear energy facilities will soon begin a project to replace the county's aging public warning system.

Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, which owns the two Nine Mile Point nuclear plants, and Entergy, which owns the James A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant, will invest more than $1.5 million to replace the existing sirens in the ten mile radius around the plants.

Jill Lyon, with Constellation, says the sirens are currently used by several groups.

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7:42am

Fri March 21, 2014
Public Radio Presents

State of the Re:Union

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State of the Re:Union is hosted by Public Radio Talent Quest Winner and performance artist Al Letson. With a journalistic, documentary-style approach, each hour-long program focuses exclusively on one city, region, or other community and features interviews, commentary, recordings, listener-generated letters, and music. Join WRVO over the next several weeks as we bring you episodes from all over the country. Here's a look at our upcoming shows:

The Southwestern Range: Sunday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m.

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6:39am

Thu March 20, 2014
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Schumer vows to fight troop reduction at Fort Drum

Sen. Charles Schumer says he will use his politial power to protect Fort Drum from further cuts.
David Sommerstein NCPR

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer says he’s not afraid to use his political might to protect Fort Drum from cuts to the military budget. Schumer held a press conference at Watertown City Hall Wednesday as the Pentagon prepares to axe up to 100,000 Army troops.

The possibility of an Army downsizing to 1940s levels is fraying nerves in military communities nationwide. But on Monday, concern deepened. The Army circulated a sort of worst-case scenario report – and it included assessing the loss of nearly 90 percent of the troops stationed at Fort Drum.

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6:06am

Wed March 19, 2014
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After losing home in fire, Fulton woman pushes for national first responder holiday

Beverly Belton is working with Congressman Dan Maffei to pass legislation creating a national holiday for first responders.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Only days after a fire tore through her home last year, a Fulton woman wanted to make sure the men and women who saved her life were honored for their actions. Now her efforts have grown into a campaign to honor first responders with a national federal holiday.

It was the evening of June 1 when Beverly Belton's house caught fire. She was completely unaware anything was going on, even as the flames burned in the attic above her.

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9:43am

Mon March 17, 2014
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Randi Bregman on The Campbell Conversations

Vera House Executive Director Randi Bregman

Domestic abuse and sexual violence are complicated social problems that many people find difficult even to talk about.  In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, host Grant Reeher has a frank and open discussion with Vera House executive director Randi Bregman, about the nature of the problems, the best ways to address them, and the personal experience of working with the victims.

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8:51am

Mon March 17, 2014
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Syracuse: a little more Irish than the rest of New York

The "green on red" traffic light on Tipperary Hill in Syracuse has become a landmark of Syracuse's Irish culture.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

It’s said that on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish. In Syracuse, that’s a little truer. A sixth of the population claims to be of Irish ancestry, more than any other city in New York state.

It was the potato famine in Ireland and the rise of the salt industry in central New York both happening in the mid-1800s that brought so many Irish people to the city, according to Dennis Connors, curator of the Onondaga Historical Association.

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6:49am

Mon March 17, 2014
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Syracuse land bank to try deconstucting old homes instead of demolishing

This house at 257 South Collingwood Ave. in Syracuse was the first the city's new land bank sold. Older, damaged homes will be deconstructed or demolished.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Greater Syracuse Area Land Bank is going into the deconstruction business. Taking apart old homes piece by piece will be an option to just tearing them down.

In the last year, the land bank has acquired 165 properties that had been seized by the city for back taxes. Many are in such bad shape they have to be torn down. Instead of demolition though, Land Bank Executive Director Katelyn Wright says there is some money available for deconstruction.

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2:35pm

Fri March 14, 2014
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Hunger increasing in central and northern New York

The number of people who are hungry in central and northern New York is climbing. The latest survey from the Food Bank of Central New York shows an increase in food requests as well as some changes in the kinds of people who are asking for help.

At the height of the recession in 2008-2009, the Food Bank of Central New York saw a 12 percent increase in the number of meals requested across its 11-county service area. Those numbers stabilized, but now they are going back up -- climbing seven percent last year.   

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2:22pm

Fri March 14, 2014
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Oswego County Legislature votes to oppose Cuomo's tax freeze plan

Gino Geruntino WRVO

The Oswego County Legislature is joining several other counties across New York to oppose Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed property tax freeze plan. They voted to support another option proposed by the New York State Association of Counties, to eliminate the cost of state funded mandates instead. The final vote was 16 to 8, with 1 absentee.

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