Syracuse

1:17pm

Mon April 30, 2012
The Upstate Economy

State targets youth unemployment with training, tax credits

Paul Nojaim explained how his family-run grocery store in Syracuse will participate in the state's Youth Works program.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Cuomo administration is promoting a new program aimed at reducing unemployment among teens and young adults in low-income parts of the state.

The Labor Department's New York Youth Works program was first announced in February. Officials were in Syracuse late last week to highlight the benefits of the program.

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4:24pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Regional Coverage

Gillibrand fights to keep flood insurance bills from skyrocketing

Ellen Abbott

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has joined the fight to keep flood insurance bills from skyrocketing in one of Syracuse's poorest neighborhoods. The idea is to convince the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, that their latest maps are flawed.

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10:22am

Tue April 17, 2012
Politics and Government

Wendy Long takes on tax reform

The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in New York State is taking on tax reform. Wendy Long used a tax-preparing site in Syracuse to make her point.

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4:44pm

Tue April 10, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Buerkle on energy costs: "Let the free market work"

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle discussed energy costs with Syracuse-area business leaders Tuesday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-Onondaga Hill) wants the federal government to take a more hands-off approach when it comes to energy costs.

The congresswoman hosted about two-dozen central New York business leaders Tuesday morning at Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub in Syracuse.

Buerkle's main contention: The federal government should stop playing venture capitalist for startup energy companies. Deregulation is the best way to help small companies innovate and grow, Buerkle said.

"That's very different than saying, 'Here's money from the government. We're going to prop you up,' " said Buerkle. "That never works ... You've got to let the free market work."

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5:11pm

Mon April 9, 2012
Politics and Government

Tax exemption for Syracuse bookstore hinges on public access

The Syracuse Common Council is inching closer to approving a proposed tax break for a new bookstore and fitness center.
Cameron Group, LLC.

A new bookstore and fitness center on University Hill in Syracuse may get a tax break after all.

The margin needed for approval has narrowed.

Members of the Syracuse Common Council and an economic development official confirmed Monday that new terms on the deal have been reached, at least in principal.

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9:27am

Wed April 4, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Light bulb maker taps state backing for new prototype

Joe Casper and his company, Ephesus Technologies, used resources at the Syracuse, Albany and Canandaigua Centers of Excellence to produce new LED lights built on diamonds.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A small Syracuse lighting startup was at it again Tuesday morning.

For the second time in a month, Ephesus Technologies was able to draw a big crowd for the unveiling of a LED lighting prototype. In March the company put on display a LED lighting system for use in stadiums.

But Tuesday’s event had a few more suits-and-ties as several state and local politicians and economic development officials were present.

“[Ephesus] I think has earned the distinction of tapping more assets across the state than any company I know of,” said Ed Bogucz, executive director of the Syracuse Center of Excellence, as he introduced the company.

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12:59pm

Mon April 2, 2012
Politics and Government

John DeFrancisco on The Campbell Conversations

Grant Reeher speaking at the first Campbell Debate
Post Standard

State lawmakers have passed their second straight on time budget. Speaking with Grant Reeher just before the budget passed, Syracuse area State Senator John DeFrancisco describes the budget process and discusses whether or not it has improved in recent years.

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12:09pm

Fri March 23, 2012
Politics and Government

Back-taxes force Syracuse IDA board member to resign

Darin Price says he donated his former home back to Syracuse after a fire in 1994 forced him to move. Price resigned from SIDA Thursday after it was discovered he owes 18 years of back-taxes on the property.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Two days after being publicly outed for owing Syracuse and the county nearly $97,000 in back taxes, a board member of the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA) has resigned.

His tenure with SIDA was short: He sat in on just two board meetings.

But one of those meetings included a "yes" vote on a controversial tax break for a proposed construction project on the University Hill.

And that was the catalyst for his ouster.

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9:36am

Fri March 16, 2012
Environment

Syracuse Center of Excellence still working to fill up two years in

A prototype window at the Syracuse Center of Excellence is able to collect energy from the sun while also letting light in.
Courtesy Syracuse Center of Excellence

The window blinds control themselves, adjusting automatically to light conditions.

The roof is covered with plants.

Each cubicle has its own individual climate control system.

Ed Bogucz and his colleagues are guinea pigs, working inside a giant, building-sized science experiment: the Syracuse Center of Excellence.

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9:44am

Mon March 12, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Ephesus pioneers stadium LED lights for Syracuse racetrack

Ephesus president Joe Casper explains the technology behind his company's new stadium LED lighting.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

With the slide of a dimmer switch, Syracuse-based Ephesus is hoping to turn stadiums on to the next big thing in lighting.

Friday morning, Ephesus president Joe Casper used high-tech LED lights to show off the shine on two antique cars at the state fairgrounds. 

“We are looking at the most advanced technology and that’s the thing that we’re so excited about with this,” he says.

Amount of time Casper and his team of engineers needed to design the lights?

Just eight weeks.

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9:22am

Fri March 9, 2012
Regional Coverage

Syracuse's BrandYourself relaunches with free online reputation service

BrandYourself.com CEO Patrick Ambron works from his office at the Syracuse Tech Garden.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Humans begin trying to protect their “street cred” as soon as they realize it exists - somewhere right around when they decide it’s no longer cool for mom to pick them up after school.

But gossip doesn’t contain itself to middle school hallways. In the digital era, it follows us onto the web, where the stakes can be much higher.

“It’s evolved to the point where we live online,” says online reputation management firm BrandYourself.com co-founder and CEO Patrick Ambron.

“The problem isn’t new, just the medium is new.”

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1:11pm

Wed February 29, 2012
Regional Coverage

Syracuse workshops aim to increase voter turnout

According to the U.S. Census, in the 2010 elections, about 38% of New Yorkers voted. In a poll of people who didn't vote, nearly 27% of respondents said they were "too busy." In downtown Syracuse, local residents are working to improve voter turnout rates through a series of educational workshops.

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11:36am

Sun February 26, 2012
Politics and Government

Buerkle's re-election bid gets underway amid protests

Shoes left by protestors sat in the snow outside Rep. Buerkle's campaign headquarters in Syracuse on Saturday. Protestors briefly tried to get inside the event, but were denied.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

U.S. Representative Ann Marie Buerkle will run for a second term in congress, but the day she made that official was marked with protest.

Staffers for the representative got in a brief scuffle with demonstrators at the event to kick-off the re-election campaign.

It became the buzz inside her christened campaign office on Erie Boulevard in Syracuse as dozens of supporters awaited her arrival Saturday afternoon.

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11:23am

Fri February 24, 2012
Politics and Government

Duffy campaigns in Syracuse to lift "dark cloud" of mandates

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy will continue to crisscross the state over the next few weeks arguing for his boss's mandate relief plan. He held a press conference with Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and the mayor of Syracuse in January.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy has been beating a path back and forth across upstate New York, as he campaigns for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget initiatives.

Duffy made his second stop in Syracuse this week on Thursday, this time to drum up support for changes to pensions and Medicaid funding.

But this time he brought some friends.

Duffy led a hearing of the 11-member Mandate Relief Council [PDF], made up of members of Cuomo’s administration and elected lawmakers. The group heard testimony from central New York government and business leaders at Le Moyne College.

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6:51pm

Wed February 15, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Walkability, new apartments draw residents to downtown Syracuse

For 29-year-old Garrett Peterson, the "nicest apartments in Syracuse" and proximity to his friends prompted him to live downtown.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The move to downtown Syracuse was three years in the making for Nicole Samolis. That’s how long it took her to convince her husband to forgo their home in the suburbs.

The couple lives in the newly renovated Dey’s Plaza. The building was once a large department store, and then failed as an office building.

But since it was converted to apartments a few years ago, there’s been a waiting list to get in. Samolis was sold on the place by its view of Syracuse landmarks like the county courthouse.

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6:15pm

Tue February 14, 2012
Regional Coverage

Boys and girls: start your robots!

They weren't quite the Transformers from the movies, but once the bell rang inside the Museum of Science and Technology in Syracuse, the robot's wheels turned, gears spun and metal arms extended.

The VEX Robotics Competition was the culmination of weeks of engineering and problem solving for central New York students. 

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11:48am

Tue February 14, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Downtown Syracuse goes from retail to residential

VIP Structures will begin work this spring to convert the Wilson Building in downtown Syracuse into residential space. It's part of a growing trend of former commercial buildings being turned residential.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

For property developers Rich DeVito and Bob Doucette of Paramount Realty, the motivation for taking on large scale renovations of downtown Syracuse’s previously empty buildings was this:

“We wanted to make money,” says DeVito flatly, though Doucette chuckles at the simplicity of the answer. “It’s where the market is,” DeVito goes on to say.

And make money they did.

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1:49pm

Sat February 11, 2012
Politics and Government

Joanie Mahoney on The Campbell Conversations

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney works on the front lines of the "unfunded mandate" issue, a phrase we've been hearing with increasing frequency at all levels of political discussion.  What exactly is the problem with unfunded mandates? 

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4:45pm

Wed February 1, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Developer unveils big plans for Syracuse's Inner Harbor

While the industrial remnants have been removed, much of Syracuse's Inner Harbor remains unused. The city plans to go with a large redevelopment plan.
Dougtone via Flickr

New York’s Canal Corporation was 0 for 3 in its efforts to find someone interested in redeveloping Syracuse’s Inner Harbor.

Their last request for proposals, a few years back, garnered zero submissions.

But now, the City of Syracuse is in charge, after stepping up and asking to be put in charge of the project. And today the city made public its ambitious new plan to redevelop the harbor.

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8:02am

Tue January 31, 2012
Regional Coverage

Syracuse one of four metro areas working with Brookings Institution to increase exports

CenterState CEO in Syracuse is trying to get more companies in Central New York to do business outside the area.  Syracuse is one of four metropolitan areas in the U-S that are working with the Brookings Institution to increase exports over the next five years.  As part of two initiatives, they are asking local business for data about their exports, and encouraging them to look at more business opportunities outside the area.  

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4:36pm

Thu January 26, 2012
The Upstate Economy

IT company will keep offices in Syracuse thanks to tax break

An IT company will keep its local offices in Syracuse and create more jobs thanks to a state tax break.

The Empire State Development Corporation is giving ShoreGroup $3 million in tax credits over the next 5 years to expand its footprint and job force in Syracuse.

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5:36pm

Mon January 23, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Schumer continues push for Syracuse-area chipmaker

Sen. Charles Schumer holds up a bag of Syracuse-made Terrell's Potato Chips, and a prototype of a nano chip made by APIC, to illustrate the difference between the "chips."
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Sen. Charles Schumer is continuing his efforts to land a chip fabrication plant in central New York. Monday he visited a potential site, just north of Syracuse, with the CEO of chipmaker APIC.

A chip fabrication plant at Electronics Park in Salina isn’t a done deal, but Sen. Schumer said it’s just a matter of all the pieces coming together at a press conference Monday. The biggest hurdle is APIC first signing a contract with the US Navy.

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9:16am

Mon January 16, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Syracuse landing a chip fab hinges on Defense contract

Sen. Charles Schumer is using some political muscle to try and land central New York a high-tech chip maker. But the deal is contingent on the company first getting a contract from a spending-conscious Defense Department.

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10:39am

Mon January 9, 2012
Regional Coverage

Occupy Syracuse celebrates 99 days of protest

Occupy Syracuse is marking its first 99 days at Perseverance Park on South Salina Street.  And folks who are carrying the message of Occupy Wall Street expect to keep their tents and lean-tos up for the long haul, despite a potentially cold and snowy winter.

"Our passion will keep us here pretty much through anything that I can see coming, weather-wise," said Caitlin Shanahan, a 20-year old from Mattydale who's been living there since October 3rd.

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9:23am

Mon December 19, 2011
Regional Coverage

The Syracuse Citizen's Review Board returns

The organization that investigates police brutality by the Syracuse Police Department could be coming back to life.  Syracuse Lawmakers December 19th will decide whether to approve a revised law that solves some of the issues that have plagued the Citizen's Review Board over it's 17 year history. 

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10:40am

Fri December 9, 2011
Education

Sharon Contreras on The Campbell Conversations

A little over 100 days ago, Sharon Contreras began her appointment as the superintendent of the Syracuse City School District.  She inherited deep challenges--low test scores and graduation rates, and an austere budget climate.  Following her "first 100 days" period of listening and assessment, she is issuing a strategic plan to improve the city's educational system. 

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9:06am

Mon November 14, 2011
Regional Coverage

Syracuse Diocese 125th Anniversary

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse is Celebrating it's 125th anniversary this year.  It culminated yesterday with a special mass  at the cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Syracuse celebrated by over 100 priests and deacons and bishops from across new york state.   As WRVO's Ellen Abbott reports,  probably the best known cleric joining the celebration, the man who's taken over the high profile job of Archbishop of New York.

8:44am

Mon November 14, 2011
The Upstate Economy

Destiny USA addition tease

You won't see many fully functioning stores as you walk into the addition from an entrance next to the Disney store. ..but you will get a taste of what destiny u-s-a is going to look like.  And the broad boulevard look underneath exposed steel beams doesn't appeal to everyone.

"it reminds my of New York City,  going through the bus station.  Port Authority,  that's what it reminds me of.  Said Sophie Lafontaine of Syracuse.

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1:11pm

Fri November 11, 2011
The Upstate Economy

David Aitken on The Campbell Conversations

David Aitken

The expansion of Syracuse’s Carousel Center Mall—the first stage of the grander and still-planned project called Destiny USA—seems to be getting some traction of late.  Parts of the expansion will be open later this month.  David Aitken, a Destiny executive and spokesperson, discusses the expansion and the future plans for the project, and reflects on why the Destiny project has been such a political and economic lightning rod for the region’s residents and the media.  He also discusses the exterior appearance of the expansion and the possible tensions—and synergy—between this project and t

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11:02am

Mon October 17, 2011
Politics and Government

Fourth City Council district candidates discuss issues on The Campbell Conversations

Perhaps the most intriguing local race this November is the match-up in the fourth City Council district between Democrat and Working Families Party candidate Khalid Bey and Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins. Hawkins has run for many seats in the past, including governor and U.S. Senator, and not come close to winning, but the last time he ran for city council he garnered about 40 percent of the vote.

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