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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."