Syracuse

4:11pm

Tue September 18, 2012
Regional Coverage

Funding uncertain as new "land banks" move forward

Three upstate New York cities are developing new agencies to tackle vacant properties.
Jinjian Liang Flickr

Newly formed "land banks" in upstate New York are moving forward, despite uncertainties on just how they'll work - or be funded. The quasi-public entity in Syracuse recently presented a plan to the city to begin foreclosing on its approximately 3,900 vacant and tax delinquent properties, but there are still unanswered questions.

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2:01pm

Mon September 17, 2012
Environment

Gillibrand pushes cleanup program for post-industrial waterfronts

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), left, and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner listen to developer Steve Aiello explain his plans for the Inner Harbor.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand did one of her bill-promoting swings through upstate New York on Friday. This one was for money to help cities redevelopment their once industrial waterfronts. The Democratic senator stopped in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse to promote the Waterfront Brownfields Redevelopment Act.

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6:10am

Fri September 14, 2012
Arts

Film project hopes to tell story of each Syracuse neighborhood

A new film will tell a story from each of Syracuse's neighborhoods.
The 26 Neighborhoods Projects

Jamil Munoz grew up in Syracuse. He even moved around a couple times as a kid. Still, he had no idea there were so many different neighborhoods here.

Three years ago, while still in film school at Syracuse University, he came up with the idea to make a documentary about all of the city's different sections.

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3:51pm

Mon September 10, 2012
Regional Coverage

Global literacy group to be based in Syracuse's Westside

A global non-profit organization that advances the cause of adult literacy has moved its headquarters to a part of Syracuse that needs it.

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9:56am

Fri September 7, 2012
Politics and Government

Buerkle fields complaints and questions at mobile office hours

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-Onondaga Hill) met with Syracuse residents to discuss the future of Medicare and Social Security.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Opponents of the Romney/Ryan budget plan took their complaints to the congressional mobile office hours of Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-Onondaga Hill) on Syracuse's south side yesterday.

They're worried about potential cuts in Social Security and Medicare.

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1:10pm

Thu September 6, 2012
Business

North side could have grocery store again in time for Christmas

Tops Friendly Markets plans to replace the now vacant Wegmans on Syracuse's north side.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Residents on Syracuse's north side could have a grocery store within walking distance again by the end of the year.

Syracuse's development agency approved tax breaks Thursday morning to help Tops Friendly Markets replace a Wegmans that left this summer.

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10:18am

Tue September 4, 2012
Regional Coverage

Attendance at New York State Fair hits 20-year low

People mill about the state fair on its final morning.
Stu Gallagher New York State Fair

The 2012 New York State Fair is over and in the books. The final day was a chance for some to hit the midway for the first time, and for others to squeeze in one last visit.

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10:27am

Wed August 29, 2012
Regional Coverage

Post-Standard publisher explains why it's cutting print editions

NS Newsflash Flickr

The digital world has finally caught up with Syracuse's daily newspaper.  The Post-Standard has announced it is cutting back the number of print editions it puts out every week.

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4:34pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Regional Coverage

Syracuse seniors adjust to a year without Ida Benderson Center

The Syracuse Salvation Army is taking senior citizens to the New York State Fair this week.  It’s the kind of thing the Salvation Army has been trying to do since the city closed its own senior center. But the merging of seniors from the two centers has been an adjustment for some.  

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4:32pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Regional Coverage

The Post-Standard to publish three days a week

After more than one hundred years in circulation, Syracuse's newspaper is cutting production to three days a week.

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9:04am

Thu August 23, 2012
Education

Syracuse City School District adopts new strategic plan with lofty goals

The Syracuse City School District now has a blue print for the next five years, that administrators hope will take it from being one of the poorest performing districts to one of the most improved urban school districts in America. The plan calls for changes across the board.

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9:26am

Wed August 15, 2012
Education

State education reform commission gets an earful in Syracuse

gordasm Flickr

The state commission that is supposed to come up with answers to the problems in public education in New York is in the midst of a statewide fact-finding tour.  They are getting an earful about how to improve schools, including when they came through central New York Tuesday.

Expanding pre-kindergarten and spreading resources evenly among schools around the state are some of the major suggestions.

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9:21am

Thu August 9, 2012
Politics and Government

Taxes debated in 24th Congressional district race

The debate over extending the Bush-era tax cuts is very much an issue in the race for the 24th Congressional district.   Democrat Dan Maffei is criticizing incumbent Ann Marie Buerkle's support for keeping the tax cuts in place for everyone.

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4:56pm

Thu August 2, 2012
Regional Coverage

Mayor Miner begins community meetings

The mayor of Syracuse begins her annual series of community meetings Thursday evening. This year the meetings will be held in city parks, and come with a twist.

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4:24pm

Thu August 2, 2012
Regional Coverage

New police cameras added to help reduce crime in Syracuse

Police are installing more cameras on the streets of Syracuse. The addition is part of a program they say has already cut crime, and in neighborhoods that need it the most.

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9:39am

Thu August 2, 2012
Regional Coverage

Despite bumps in the road, Carousel at last becomes Destiny

A view of the first level of the formerly 'Carousel' expansion- now Destiny USA.
Destiny USA

For more than 22 years shoppers have flocked to the Carousel Center Mall in Syracuse. That name goes in the history books today, as the mall is re-branded as Destiny USA.

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11:59am

Wed August 1, 2012
Around the Nation

America's 'Most Polluted' Lake Finally Comes Clean

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 11:41 pm

Participants in a fishing derby cast lines from a pier near Onondaga Lake's outflow in Syracuse, N.Y.
David Chanatry for NPR

Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, N.Y., has often been called the most polluted lake in America. It was hammered by a one-two punch: raw and partially treated sewage from the city and its suburbs, and a century's worth of industrial dumping. But now the final stage in a $1 billion cleanup is about to begin.

Standing in his office amid stacks of reports, scientist Steve Effler glances at an old front-page headline of the Syracuse Herald-Journal: "Divers find goo in Onondaga Lake."

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10:28am

Tue July 31, 2012
Politics and Government

Part II: Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner on the Campbell Conversations

Last week on the Campbell Conversations, we heard Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner talk about the city's deep financial challenges, and also reflect on the Destiny USA saga.

In this week's continuation of the conversation, she discusses suburban and rural views of the city, the Say Yes program, and her relations with the city council. She also talks about her recent experiences as co-chair of the State Democratic Party, and the political futures of Andrew Cuomo, as well as herself.

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9:31am

Fri July 27, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Not your traditional summer camp: one for entrepreneurship

El-Java Abdul-Qadir, an instructor at the South Side Innovation Center, talks with students in the entrepreneurship boot camp.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Repetition is the name of the game to turn high schoolers into good entrepreneurs.

All this week, high school students taking part in an entrepreneurship boot camp at the South Side Innovation Center (SSIC) in Syracuse have been forced to practice pitching business ideas and cold-calling clients over-and-over.

"The practical piece is really key," says El-Java Abdul-Qadir, and instructor at SSIC.

This is the first year of the boot camp and twenty kids are taking part, but organizers are hoping it will get bigger next summer.

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3:44pm

Wed July 25, 2012
Regional Coverage

Syracuse shaking as much out of Destiny USA megamall as it can

Inside the expansion of the Destiny USA mall, set to officially open Aug. 2.
Destiny USA

Syracuse's threat of legal action against the Destiny USA mega-mall has prompted a matching threat from the mall's developer.

The dispute involves whether the developer owes the city a $2.2 million dollar payment because of delays in the of the construction of the mall.

In 2002, Destiny USA struck a deal with the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA). The arrangement allows the mall developer to make 30 years worth of payments-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT).

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9:06am

Tue July 24, 2012
Regional Coverage

Same sex marriage celebrates its first anniversary

  • Same sex marriage celebrates its first anniversary

It's been a year since gay marriage became legal in New York state.  Since the initial rush the Syracuse City Clerk's office says it has seen a steady number of same sex licenses applications. Through Mid-July, that means 135 marriage licenses issued to gay and lesbian couples.

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11:00am

Mon July 23, 2012
Politics and Government

Part I: Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner on the Campbell Conversations

In recent months Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has been an evangelist for fiscal sustainability and a clear-eyed look at the financial challenges facing the city. Before that she was a town crier regarding the Destiny project.

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3:46pm

Wed July 18, 2012
Regional Coverage

Syracuse gets money to revitalize old industrial zones

New York Secretary of State Cesar Perales discusses Syracuse's brownfields as Mayor Stephanie Miner looks on.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Syracuse will use money from a state program to take another step in the long process of redeveloping former industrial sites.

Syracuse is getting a $500,000 Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) grant for work on 113 acres just south of downtown and a 478 acre strip through the east side of the city. 

The grant is for the development of a revitalization strategy, the second of three phases of the BOA program, according to Owen Kerney, the city's deputy director for planning and sustainability.

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3:40pm

Wed July 18, 2012
Regional Coverage

Syracuse wages war on litter

Ellen Abbott WRVO

Central New York is waging war on litter. A wide ranging coalition of Democrats and Republicans, and state and local officials, want to get the word out that tossing trash on local roads is bad form.

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8:54am

Wed July 18, 2012
Regional Coverage

Miner hosts meeting to discuss upstate cities' financial woes

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, left.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Some of upstate New York's mayors are putting their brains together to deal with looming fiscal nightmares.

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10:30am

Tue July 17, 2012
Business

Syracuse IT firm gets state grant for training

IV4's Ben Wilcox tinkers on a computer at the company's Syracuse headquarters.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A Syracuse IT firm says a state grant will help it train and add new employees.

Former Syracuse mayor Matt Driscoll visited IV4 in downtown Syracuse Monday to announce the grant. Driscoll is now the director of the New York Environmental Facilities Corporation.

The $50,000 grant is part of the money the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council secured late last year.

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4:03pm

Mon July 16, 2012
Regional Coverage

Wegmans replacement on north side of Syracuse likely

The road is clear for another grocery store to move into the empty Wegmans Pond Street location on Syracuse's north side.

Wegmans, which closed its store there last month, has agreed to sell the property to Morgan Acquisitions.  

Mayor Stephanie Miner says the deal doesn't stop another grocer from moving in.

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3:39pm

Mon July 16, 2012
Politics and Government

Wendy Long challenges Sen. Gillibrand's fiscal record

Wendy Long, the republican candidate for U.S. Senate, stands next to State Senator John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) during a press conference Monday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long is challenging Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's (D-NY) fiscal record.

Long stopped in Syracuse this afternoon on an upstate New York campaign swing.

Taxpayers in New York are sending too much money to Washington, Long contends.

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7:10am

Fri July 6, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Did Destiny USA ruin it for other developers in Syracuse?

Syracuse's Destiny USA shopping mall will remain just a mall.
Destiny USA

There's an old promotional video the developer behind the Destiny USA megamall released several years ago. It includes images of glass-enclosed golf courses, huge hotels and helicopter tours of upstate taking off from Syracuse's Inner Harbor.

Despite ending by promising "grand opening, summer 2004," you won't see any of that on the shores of Onondaga Lake today.

All you'll see is an even bigger mall - despite developer Robert Congel winning a 30-year property tax break worth about $600 million as an incentive from the city to build the Disney Land-like attraction.

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3:30pm

Tue June 19, 2012
Health

Upstate Cancer Center construction under way

Ellen Abbott WRVO

The first of 550 tons of steel beams has been pounded into the foundation of the new Upstate Cancer Center in Syracuse.  Up to now, most of the work has been prepping the area next to the existing hospital entrance.  

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