Syracuse University

4:45pm

Wed May 16, 2012
Regional Coverage

Cuomo visits Syracuse to fight for those with special needs and disabilities

Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Syracuse today to promote his legislation for protecting people with special needs and disabilities.

The legislation creates a center which would have primary responsibility for investigating allegations of abuse and neglect of disabled people in state operated or licensed facilities. Last year there were 10,000 such allegations.

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11:18am

Fri May 11, 2012
Regional Coverage

25 plastic bottles: SU students wear recycled materials on graduation day

A Syracuse University graduation gown- made entirely out of plastic bottles.
Ellen Abbott

The gowns may be blue, and Syracuse University's color may be orange, but commencement at the Carrier Dome this weekend will definitely have a green feel to it.  Commencement gowns are the latest environmental initiative on graduation day.

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7:18am

Tue May 1, 2012
Development

Syracuse's nonprofit problem: Not enough land on the tax rolls

Syracuse - and Syracuse University - from above. 56 percent of the city of Syracuse is occupied by nonprofits. That's land the city cannot collect taxes on.
Satellite imagery Google

Four major hospitals; three large colleges; dozens of churches, charities and government buildings.

They drive Syracuse's economic and cultural activity. But leave the city's bank account hurting for revenue.

In all, Syracuse nonprofits and other tax-exempt properties make up 56 percent of the city. That's land City Hall can't collect taxes on.

Add to that properties with temporary tax breaks given to encourage development.

Add to that more than 3,000 smaller plots throughout the city that are vacant or delinquent on their taxes.

"This is characteristic of the type of problem the city has in collecting property taxes," says Common Councilor Khalid Bey, chair of the council's economic development committee.

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9:50am

Tue April 24, 2012
Politics and Government

Long lines and inspiration accompany Hillary Clinton at SU

Students wait in line to enter SU's Hendrick's Chapel for a policy discussion with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday.
Durrie

Even before the doors opened for students to find a seat to see Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speak at Syracuse University Monday morning, a line began to form. Over the next couple of hours, it kept growing as a sturdy column of students, faculty, and community members stretched through campus in the cold rain.

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3:43pm

Mon April 23, 2012
Regional Coverage

Hillary Clinton speaks at Syracuse University

SEIU International via Flickr

4:00pm

Mon April 2, 2012
Regional Coverage

March for Trayvon Martin hopes to spark dialogue on race in central New York

Hundreds rally in Syracuse Friday in support of Trayvon Martin
Durrie Lawrence WRVO

One month after the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida, rallies across the nation have continued to call for the prosecution of the shooter, George Zimmerman. Three young Central New York women organized a silent march of nearly one thousand people through downtown Syracuse on Friday evening.

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1:00pm

Mon April 2, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Young entrepreneurs pitch projects, for money and advice

Neil Lewis and his partner won $2,000 to develop their idea for a better camera mount for outdoor sports equipment.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Brian Page and Benjamin Onyejuruwa stood in front of the panel of judges with their hands full of groceries in an attempt to show how much easier their invention - an electronic ID and key programmed into a bracelet - could be.

The duo are roommates and freshman at Clarkson University. They made the trip down to Syracuse University on Friday to pitch QuickWhrist for a chance to win seed money from the university's Emerging Talk program.

Even as a freshman, Onyejuruwa already holds a patent for the technology.

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7:13am

Tue March 27, 2012
Regional Coverage

Central New York students rally in support of Florida teen killed last month

A student holds a sign at a Hoodies for Trayvon rally Monday evening at Syracuse University.
Durrie Lawrence WRVO

As investigations continue in the Trayvon Martin case, last night marked the first of a number of protests and rallies planned in the city of Syracuse. About 200 Syracuse University students and faculty gathered on the main quad to protest the killing of the Florida teen. 

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4:52pm

Mon March 26, 2012
Regional Coverage

Tax break for Syracuse University bookstore lives to fight another day

The Syracuse Common Council has decided to negotiate more on a proposed tax break for the building of a new bookstore and fitness center for Syracuse University.
Cameron Group, LLC.

A tax-break deal for a new off-campus bookstore and fitness center for Syracuse University has gotten a reprieve.

The deal was slated for a vote in the Syracuse Common Council today, which, based on a whip count of the councilors, would have voted the deal down.

Instead, the council withdrew the legislation from the agenda, giving the project a shot to revise and resubmit.

The road ahead is far from certain though: Many councilors still have serious issues with a request from a private developer for a 30-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) deal to build a complex that it would then rent out to the university.

"I don't see where you would grant a PILOT in the most commercially viable area of the city and [for] a brand new building," said councilor Pat Hogan.

Hogan added he'll likely remain "a solid no" on the project.

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6:02pm

Tue March 20, 2012
Education

Syracuse bookstore is flash point in debate over development

The Syracuse Common Council has decided to negotiate more on a proposed tax break for the building of a new bookstore and fitness center for Syracuse University.
Cameron Group, LLC.

The make-up of the Syracuse Common Council was different when Thomas Valenti and his firm, Cameron Group, first approached it six years ago, but the opposition to the proposed project is still the same.

Valenti wants to develop a new off-campus bookstore and fitness center for Syracuse University.

In order to do that, he's requesting a 30-year property tax break from the city.

And therein lies the sticking point.

"If you have all of these grand ideas, then you should be able to finance this project," councilor-at-large Helen Hudson says. "We just can't keep excepting all of these entities."

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