Syracuse Common Council


Mon June 10, 2013
Regional Coverage

Lawmakers block vote on Connective Corridor maintenance

The Syracuse Common Council tabled a vote on instituting a fee for Connective Corridor maintenance.
Connective Corridor

Concerns over tax increases for businesses along the Connective Corridor in Syracuse have derailed plans to keep the new infrastructure maintained.

When it was time to vote on creating a new Special Assessment District for the businesses on the eastern end of the Connective Corridor, Councilor Lance Denno tabled the resolution, essentially blocking a vote at today's meeting. He says some businesses would see their city tax bill double if this new district is created.

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Fri June 7, 2013

Deal announced to keep The Sound Garden in Syracuse

The Sound Garden, a new and used music shop, as been a staple of downtown Syracuse for several years.
elh70 via Flickr

It looks like The Sound Garden, a popular new and used music and videogame store in downtown Syracuse, will be staying put after all.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner Friday afternoon announced a deal has been reached on proposed legislation that would exempt games, videos and music from the provisions of the city's new secondhand dealer law.

Those provisions had forced the owner of the store to make plans to close down the Armory Square fixture. The Sound Garden has a second location in Baltimore, Md.

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Mon June 3, 2013

Hogan announces run for mayor

Hogan announced his run for mayor with fellow Democrats and city firefighters
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

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Syracuse Common Councilor Pat Hogan has officially announced that he'll join the primary for mayor of Syracuse.

Hogan says this election will paint a clear difference between him and Mayor Stephanie Miner, who's running for re-election.

"It's a choice between collaboration or combativeness, constituents or cronyism, community or concentration of power and transparency or closed door deals," he said.

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Thu May 30, 2013

Common councilor announces bid for re-election

Syracuse Councilor at Large Jean Kessner announes her re-election bid in front of the Hotel Syracuse.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

One of the sitting Syracuse common councilors who failed to get support from the Syracuse Democratic Committee this spring, has announced a primary run.

Syracuse Councilor at Large Jean Kessner will soon begin gathering the 1,000 valid petition signatures she'll need by mid-July to wage a primary election to hold on to her seat.

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Thu May 23, 2013

One Democrat unhappy with Mayor Miner's leadership of the party

While Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is busy rallying Democrats across New York state as part of her role as co-chair of the New York State Democratic Party, one Syracuse Democrat is accusing her of dividing the party in her hometown.

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Wed May 15, 2013

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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Mon May 13, 2013
Regional Coverage

City plans to take over Hotel Syracuse on hold for now

For the second time in less than two years, back taxes have been paid on the Hotel Syracuse, effectively scuttling plans for the city of Syracuse to take control of the property, and sell it to a developer. So, city officials are now looking at a "Plan B."

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Wed May 8, 2013
Regional Coverage

Syracuse Common Council restores fire department cuts, but that may not last

Syracuse Common Council receives a standing ovation after restoring budget cuts to the fire department.

The pleas of Syracuse firefighters pleas were answered by the city's common councilors as they voted to restore cuts to the fire department.   But, the vote by the council to shift money in the mayor's proposed budget, doesn't mean the Syracuse Fire Department will get that money.

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Mon April 22, 2013

Homeowners push for student zoning to fight rental properties

A rental property on Euclid Ave., in the University Area neighborhood of Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Southeast University Neighborhood Association has been fighting back against an invasion for decades.

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Tue April 9, 2013

Council gets earful on proposed closure of Fire Station 7

Syracuse firefighter union representative Lonnie Johnson, left, speaks to the Common Council.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Syracuse lawmakers Tuesday got an earful about the pros and cons of closing down a fire station as the Common Council held a hearing on the future of Station 7 on the city's east side.

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Mon April 1, 2013

Syracuse council approves "booting," wants more fiscal input

Syracuse will contract out some parking enforcement to crack down on drivers with several unpaid tickets.
quinn.anya via Flickr

Syracuse will begin going after the roughly 19,000 drivers with multiple unpaid parking tickets in a few months thanks to a new deal to ramp up "booting."

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Fri March 22, 2013
Politics and Government

22-year-old to run for Syracuse Common Council

Joe Carni announces his campaign for Syracuse Common Council
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

The son of a former Syracuse Common Councilor has announced plans to run for the Syracuse 1st District councilor seat. Joe Carni is the latest of a crop of young candidates Republicans are hoping will revitalize their party in the City of Syracuse.

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Tue March 19, 2013
Regional Coverage

New private jet hangar coming to Syracuse airport

The control tower at Syracuse's Hancock Airport.
mrsmecomber via Flickr

A group of private jet owners will build and operate its own hangar at Syracuse's Hancock Airport.

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Mon March 18, 2013

Syracuse council will rework "Ban the Box" legislation

The Syracuse Common Council has temporarily pulled the "Ban the Box" legislation in order to conduct more public outreach and rework the legislation.

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Tue March 5, 2013
Politics and Government

Syracuse's council accused of delaying Comprehensive Plan

Syracuse's Director of Planning and Sustainability Andrew Maxwell accused the Syracuse Common Council Monday of "moving the goalposts" on enacting the city's 2040 Comprehensive Plan, which would be a guide to future zoning and land-use policies in the city.

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Thu February 7, 2013
Regional Coverage

"Ban the Box" employment proposal controversial

The Syracuse Common Council is considering legislation that would prohibit businesses from screening prospective job applicants about their history of criminal convictions, early on in the hiring process. It's a concept meant to stop discrimination against potential employees with a criminal record.

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Wed January 2, 2013

Syracuse reducing use of criticized hiring practice

The city of Syracuse has reduced the number of city workers it has on the rolls of a non-city run agency as a way of skirting civil service rules.

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Tue December 18, 2012
Regional Coverage

Syracuse approves plan to share funds with new land bank

The Syracuse Common Council voted Monday to give the city's newly formed land bank a loan for startup costs and to share property tax revenue so the land bank can function over the long term, but some felt the details of those plans left a lot to be desired.

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Thu December 13, 2012
Regional Coverage

Funding structure for Syracuse's land bank slightly clearer

About 9 percent of properties in Syracuse are tax delinquent.
Credit Jinjian Liang / via Flickr

It began sending out foreclosure notices for the first time last month, but a long-term funding source for Syracuse and Onondaga County's newly formed land bank is just starting to come into focus; though some details remain to be worked out.

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Tue September 25, 2012
Politics and Government

Common councilors try to better understand Syracuse's fiscal problems

Syracuse common councilors are trying to get a clearer snapshot of the city's fiscal problems. Lawmakers have been holding a series of meetings to try to figure out how the council can take a more proactive approach to dealing with an impending budget implosion.

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Wed August 1, 2012
Regional Coverage

Syracuse adds more workers to living wage law

Syracuse Common Councilors are expanding the reach of the city's living wage ordinance. The changes will apply to about 50 workers at the Hancock International Airport.

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Tue July 31, 2012
Regional Coverage

Syracuse passes bath salts ban

Ellen Abbott WRVO

Syracuse is the latest community in New York state that has banned bath salts and other synthetic drugs.  Legislators are taking a two-pronged approach to fight the substances, that can cause violent and unpredictable behavior among abusers.

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Fri May 18, 2012
Politics and Government

Bob Dougherty on the Campbell Conversations

Bob Dougherty is new to politics, but in his first year on the Syracuse Common Council, he's been drinking from a fire hose.

Given the current political climate- both national and local- why did he choose now to become involved?

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