Syracuse

4:20pm

Mon March 18, 2013
Government

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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9:21am

Wed March 13, 2013
Regional Coverage

Area groups team up to push for immigration reform

Undocumented immigrant Arely Tomas (far left) and immigration reform advocate Rebecca Fuentes (far right)
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Several local community organizations have joined forces to create the Central New York Coalition for Immigration Reform.  This group will push a comprehensive immigration reform agenda, with an emphasis towards towards family unity, an improved visa system, and a path to eventual citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in this country now. It's the only hope one undocumented immigrant who lives in Syracuse has of staying in this country.

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6:30pm

Sun March 10, 2013
Politics and Government

Matt Driscoll on the Campbell Conversations

Matt Driscoll was mayor of Syracuse from 2001 to 2009. Since then, he's been the President of a state public authority, and most recently a member of Governor Cuomo's cabinet. In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, he discusses the environmental issues he became known for as mayor, economic development, and the current Syracuse mayor's disagreement with the governor over public pensions.

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3:12pm

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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4:19pm

Thu February 28, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Carl Schramm writes in Forbes: Syracuse has "economic amnesia"

Syracuse native Carl Schramm says his hometown has "economic amnesia."
Credit Ryan Delaney / WRVO

In an essay in Forbes Magazine, entrepreneurship expert and Syracuse native Carl Schramm knocks his hometown for forgetting its innovative roots and potentially dooming its future.

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5:40pm

Tue February 26, 2013
Regional Coverage

10 years after his arrest, supporters of Dr.Rafil Dhafir try to bring attention to his case

Supporters of Dr. Rafil Dhafir hold a noontime vigil in Syracuse Tuesday
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

It's been ten years since Syracuse-area oncologist Dr. Rafil Dhafir was arrested for crimes involving the Muslim charity Help the Needy.  Dhafir continues to serve a 22-year prison sentence after he was convicted of violating U.S. sanctions against his native Iraq by sending money there. In 2005, a federal jury convicted him of 59 felonies, including fraud and tax evasion, among other things. But Dhafir's conviction and incarceration still has some central New Yorker's crying foul.

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9:02am

Thu February 21, 2013
Business

DiNapoli says Syracuse's finances suffer from "systemic problems"

New York State's financial overseer is warning Syracuse's finances face "systemic problems."

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4:10pm

Mon February 18, 2013
Health

New health clinic founders want to give back to community

Members of the Muslim American Care and Compassion Alliance at the Rahma Health Clinic.
Credit Tom Magnarelli/WRVO

The grand opening of a new health clinic on Syracuse's South Side was held over the weekend. A group called the Muslim American Care and Compassion Alliance started the free clinic with the goal of treating preventable diseases in an under-served community.

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9:26am

Fri February 8, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Inaugural Startup Labs teams show off their work

Nick Nickitas, center, CEO of Rosie, goes over his presentation with co-workers.
Ryan Delaney/WRVO

In the lobby of the historic Syracuse Trust Building in downtown - currently under renovation - a bunch of people gathered on Thursday afternoon to hear the ideas of some startup businesses. The location was picked to show off two parts of Syracuse on the up-and-up: its downtown and its startup scene.

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4:00pm

Thu February 7, 2013
Health

Local activists seek to educate black community about HIV/AIDS

Half the people who contract HIV in the United States are African-American, according to statistics released last year. Advocates hope  National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which is today, leads to more education about the disease in the black community.  Locally, there will be a push to do just that in Syracuse this weekend.

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6:05am

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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5:44am

Wed February 6, 2013
Regional Coverage

Patients leave their mark on Upstate Cancer Center

Marrah Smith, 6, a cancer patient, signing a beam in the new Upstate Cancer Center.
Credit Ellen Abbott / WRVO

Some central New York cancer patients have signed their name to the new Upstate Cancer Center being to built next to University Hospital in Syracuse.

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11:41am

Mon February 4, 2013
Politics and Government

Stephanie Miner on the Campbell Conversations

This edition of the Campbell Conversations offers a wide-ranging discussion with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner that covers both local and national political issues, and which includes discussions of the pension problem, ideas voiced in her recent state of the city address, and reflections on the conflicts within the city’s criminal justice system.

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7:46am

Mon February 4, 2013
Regional Coverage

Changes to Post-Standard bring unexpected consequences

Ellen Abbott/WRVO

A new era of newspaper journalism has taken hold of central New York this week. The Syracuse Post-Standard's new business model is in place, with fewer printed copies of the paper, and more emphasis on digital platforms. And there are many implications of this change to the region.

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9:06am

Mon January 28, 2013
Regional Coverage

Pawn shops finding ways around Syracuse laws

The city of Syracuse is asking Onondaga County to help crack down down on burglaries. Syracuse officials want to make it harder for burglars to sell stolen items to second hand shops throughout the county.

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3:28pm

Fri January 25, 2013
Regional Coverage

Firefighters fear budget cuts may lead to Syracuse Station 7 being closed

At Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner's State of the City address, firefighters protest the possibility of one station being closed
Ellen Abbott WRVO

As Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Minor laid out budget issues in her State of the City address last night, one group showed up to protest a potential budget, the shutting down of Fire Station No. 7 on Sryacuse's east side.  Firefighters were out in force during the mayor's speech to get their point across.

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9:02am

Fri January 25, 2013
Regional Coverage

The "State of the City" will require more budget cuts

It was a positive State of the City that Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner presented in her yearly address to common councilors last night. But beneath the reports of economic development progress, public safety initiatives and new schools construction, lurks more fiscal challenges.

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3:51pm

Mon January 21, 2013
Regional Coverage

Restoration planned for Stickley House

Everson Museum executive director Steven Kern stands next to a Stickley grandfather clock on display there.
Credit Tom Magnarelli/WRVO

A $500,000 New York State Historic Preservation grant was awarded to the Everson Museum to restore the Gustav Stickley House in Syracuse. Those involved with the restoration are hoping it will attract fans of the Arts and Crafts Movement to the area.  

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7:27am

Mon January 21, 2013
Regional Coverage

State law proposed to withhold state payments to some tax delinquent landlords

Proposed state legislation would allow social services officials to withhold rent payments for low-income housing when the landlords haven’t paid their taxes.

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6:16am

Mon January 21, 2013
Regional Coverage

Post-Standard unveils new workspace to go with new digital emphasis

Architectural rendering of what the new Syracuse Media Group offices will look like
Progressive AE/Syracuse Media Group

In less than two weeks, the Post-Standard as central New York knows it takes a turn toward the future as it cuts back on print editions of the newspaper in favor of a digital website. The new Syracuse Media Group, which includes the reporting and sales sides of the digitally-focused  business, will soon be working out of a renovated bank on South Warren Street.

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11:15pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Regional Coverage

Miner running for mayor again

Mayor Stephanie Miner announces her re-election bid at Syracuse's Inner Harbor
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

The political season in the city of Syracuse has begun.  Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has made a relatively early announcement of her intentions to run for re-election.

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3:36pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Regional Coverage

New grocery store ends food desert

TOPS President Frank Curci at the opening of their new grocery store on Syracuse's north side
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

A food desert on Syracuse's north side is no more.  The grand opening of a TOPS Grocery store means a place to shop in one of the city's most diverse neighborhoods.

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4:17am

Tue January 15, 2013
Regional Coverage

Rosamond Gifford Zoo has banner year

Llamas are some of the new animals at the zoo in Syracuse
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Last year was a record year for attendance at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse. Several factors combined to make the zoo the place to go last year.

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4:16pm

Wed January 2, 2013
Government

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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7:00am

Tue January 1, 2013
Arts

What's Landmark Theatre's economic impact on Syracuse

The Landmark Theatre opened in 1928, with seating for just under 3,000 people, as a silent movie theater. It was first known at Loew's State's Theatre.
Landmark Theatre

Most major centers for the arts, like an old theater downtown, usually don't turn a profit. They're not really expected to. But last month at a forum at downtown Syracuse's Landmark Theatre, the argument was made that grandiose theaters shouldn't be viewed as charities.

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3:52pm

Fri December 21, 2012
Regional Coverage

Vigils around central New York remember Newtown shooting

The name of each victim followed by a chime. That simple gesture was the cornerstone of a service of prayer, healing and hope at Temple Concord in Syracuse this morning.

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5:56am

Wed December 19, 2012
Health

A hospital invests not only in new buildings, but a neighborhood

Team building exercises are part of a tryout to get into a Green Train program sponsored by St. Joseph's Hospital.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Construction cranes poke above the already looming structure of St. Joseph's Hospital on the north side of Syracuse. Women in hospital scrubs and men in reflective vests and hard hats walk past, but Dominic Robinson is facing the other direction.

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3:53pm

Tue December 18, 2012
Education

Students take anti-bullying message to the streets

Charles Gibbens, a 5th grader at Southside Academy in Syracuse, ties a ribbon on a fence as part of an anti-bullying program.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Students from the Southside Academy Charter School in Syracuse marched around the neighborhood this morning to make a statement that bullying won't be tolerated in their school.

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7:36am

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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4:46pm

Fri December 14, 2012
Politics and Government

Gillibrand says she's optimistic fiscal cliff can be avoided

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is optimistic that the President Barack Obama and leadership of the House of Representatives will cut a deal to prevent the so-called "fiscal cliff."  New York's junior senator predicted there would be progress soon during a visit to Syracuse Friday.

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