Syracuse

3:27pm

Fri December 14, 2012
Regional Coverage

Chiefs Baseball

6:07am

Thu December 13, 2012
Regional Coverage

Funding structure for Syracuse's land bank slightly clearer

About 9 percent of properties in Syracuse are tax delinquent.
Credit Jinjian Liang / via Flickr

It began sending out foreclosure notices for the first time last month, but a long-term funding source for Syracuse and Onondaga County's newly formed land bank is just starting to come into focus; though some details remain to be worked out.

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12:34pm

Mon December 10, 2012
Regional Coverage

Honoring Veterans

4:50am

Fri December 7, 2012
Politics and Government

Can local governments save money by consolidating?

Assemblyman William Magnarelli holds hearing on government consolidation programs
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

New York state has a variety of programs intended to save taxpayer dollars by helping governments share services or eliminate certain government entities altogether. A New York state Assembly hearing in Syracuse this week tried to find out whether these programs work.

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4:29pm

Tue December 4, 2012
Business

Money from Destiny USA could be used for Inner Harbor upgrades

Syracuse's Inner Harbor.
Credit scottwdw / via Flickr

Some of the money collected through the tax break agreement between the Destiny USA mega-mall and Syracuse will be used to try and win federal funding for Inner Harbor improvements. The Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA) has approved the use of $500,000 from Destiny payments to be part of a match for a federal grant the city is applying for.

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12:12pm

Tue December 4, 2012
Government

Council wants to kick-start land bank operations

The Syracuse Common Council has proposed loaning the newly formed city-county land bank money so it can begin operating in earnest, but questions remain on the availability of those funds.

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5:39am

Tue December 4, 2012
Regional Coverage

North side hookah lounge will not be allowed to reopen

A hookah lounge on Syracuse's north side will not be reopening for a second time. The Common Council has rejected a permit for the business to do so.

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9:03am

Mon December 3, 2012
Startups

60 seconds on the clock, a pitch for co-founders

Participants pitch their ideas for startups with the hope of gaining teammates at Startup Weekend.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Microphone in hand, hopeful entrepreneurs began their pitches: a way to track when the next bus is coming, a more portable sailboat, a social network for food lovers.

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4:30pm

Tue November 27, 2012
The Upstate Economy

New York wage growth behind national average

Bureau of Economic Analysis

Personal income growth in New York state remained below the national average in 2011, a new report shows. Figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis show growth in some areas of New York were almost 2 percentage points below the national average of 5.2 percent.

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4:00pm

Wed November 21, 2012
Regional Coverage

Senator wants federal money for Syracuse development

Ellen Abbott WRVO

Senator Charles Schumer is hoping some federal dollars will help keep the Inner Harbor development project in Syracuse moving ahead.  He's personally requesting that the federal Economic Development Administration approve a $2 million grant for the project.

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6:01am

Wed November 21, 2012
Startups

Syracuse working to hit critical mass to grow startup community

Eric Hinman, a co-founder of Rounded Development, listens to presentations during the company's regular Friday Sparkbook session.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

It’s a Friday afternoon at the Technology Garden, a business incubator in Syracuse. The dozen or so staff members of software design company Rounded Development are sitting around on couches, chowing on Dinosaur Barbeque take-out and chatting up ideas for new products.

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9:19am

Tue November 20, 2012
Government

Crouse Hospital agrees to pay service fee to Syracuse

Crouse Hospital will pay Syracuse $50,000 each of the next four years in a service agreement.
der_krampus via Flickr

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has notched another win in her efforts to get the city's major nonprofits to begin chipping in for the city services they use.

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12:59pm

Mon November 19, 2012
Regional Coverage

Syracuse pitches an "international village" to Bloomberg competition

Syracuse is hoping to have the North Salina Street business district on the city's north side be part of an "international village" to bolster the neighborhood's immigrant population.
Dougtone via Flickr

Hoping to better support its growing immigrant population, Syracuse has put forward a plan to create an "international village" in its north side neighborhood.

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5:40am

Mon November 19, 2012
Regional Coverage

200 Foreclosure notices sent out Monday in Syracuse

A newly-established land bank sent out 200 foreclosure notices in Syracuse on Monday. The land bank is one of five approved by the state earlier this year, as part of an effort to reduce the number of neglected properties and to add to property tax rolls.

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8:43am

Wed November 14, 2012
Regional Coverage

Affordable housing will replace old Syracuse north side brewery

A rendering of the housing project, called Otisca Commons, to be built at the old Ryan Brewery site.
Housing Visions

An affordable housing organization is moving forward with plans to build a mixed-use, low-income housing project on Syracuse's north side where a brewery once stood.

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5:42am

Fri November 9, 2012
Regional Coverage

New complex to offer home for homeless vets

Work is underway on a housing project that will offer apartments to homeless veterans in central New York . The new Van Keuren Square will help a population that is sometimes overlooked.

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1:52pm

Thu October 25, 2012
Technology

Senate's "innovation banks" would help commercialize research

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), seen here this summer, is promoting a bill to create "innovation banks".
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York, is hoping to build a better bridge between academic research and the commercial market. On Wednesday, Gillibrand stopped in Buffalo and Syracuse to continue stumping for the America Innovates Act. The bill would put $200 million into "innovation banks" that could be then given to researchers to help further develop their inventions.

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5:00am

Wed October 24, 2012
Regional Coverage

Police in Onondaga County crack down on Halloween drunk drivers

Ellen Abbott WRVO

It won't be someone in a police costume pulling drunk drivers over this weekend. Police agencies across Onondaga County are cracking down on Halloween partiers in what has become a busy weekend for police when it comes to drunk driving.

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6:08am

Tue October 23, 2012
Government

Council supports decrease in use of Syracuse hiring practice

The Common Council's finance committee asked for answers about how the city pays the employees who are on SURA's payroll in a meeting on Monday.
Joseph A Flickr

A few days after a state audit criticized a long-used Syracuse hiring practice to get around civil service laws, the Common Council probed the issue, but councilors came down more on the side of the mayor's office than the auditors.

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10:44am

Fri October 19, 2012
Regional Coverage

Syracuse airport renovations hit half-way point

Escalators lead up to the second-floor security area in the new extension of Syracuse's Hancock International Airport.
Durrie Lawrence WRVO

There's still one year to go for expansions at the Syracuse Hancock International Airport. The $49.7 million project includes a centralized security area on the second floor and a new baggage system.

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4:35pm

Thu October 18, 2012
Regional Coverage

State audit critical of Syracuse hiring practice

An audit released Thursday morning by a state oversight board is critical of a hiring practice long-used by the city of Syracuse to get around civil service requirements.

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4:06pm

Wed October 3, 2012
Regional Coverage

Onondaga County to fund group trying to revive symphony in Syracuse

Onondaga County lawmakers have agreed to give a fledgling group that's trying to revive a Syracuse orchestra in central New York some seed money.

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1:00am

Sun September 30, 2012
Regional Coverage

Zoo keepers share ideas in Syracuse

More than 200 zoo keepers from around the country descended on the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse this week for the 39th annual conference of the Association of Zookeepers.

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9:47am

Fri September 28, 2012
Regional Coverage

Syracuse awarded federal grant to fight gang violence

The city of Syracuse is taking some new steps in the fight against gun crime and gang violence. "Syracuse Truce" will bring police and community organizations together to deter crime.

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4:15pm

Thu September 27, 2012
Regional Coverage

Emancipation Proclamation takes a tour of New York state

Ellen Abbott WRVO

A document that changed history was displayed in Syracuse Thursday.  School children and history buffs lined up to look at the first draft of the Emancipation Proclamation, the order from President Abraham Lincoln that ultimately freed the slaves in the midst of the Civil War.

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11:10am

Thu September 27, 2012
Regional Coverage

Memorial service for homeless woman calls for understanding

Community members in Syracuse attend the memorial service for Michelle Noce, a homeless woman who lived in the area.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

The deaths of two homeless people in Syracuse in the last week has put the spotlight on the people who live under bridges and overpasses of central New York. A memorial service for a woman who was found unconscious, and who later died, ended with calls for patience and help for the homeless.

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9:57am

Wed September 26, 2012
Politics and Government

"Use It or Lose It" could cause Creekwalk funds slip away

Senator Charles Schumer in Syracuse talking to the press about Creekwalk funds
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

The city of Syracuse could be penalized for coming in under-budget in the Creekwalk Project. U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer was in Syracuse Tuesday and promised to try help cut through red tape.

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9:06am

Tue September 25, 2012
Business

Syracuse, Destiny USA appear headed to court over parking lots

Destiny USA is opening up an expansion to the mall, but it is not as big as once promised.
Destiny USA

The saga of the owner of the Destiny USA megamall and the city of Syracuse continues. The two appear destined to end up back in court as the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA) plans to file a lawsuit against developer Robert Congel's Pyramid Group - the mall's owner - over parking lots.

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8:03am

Mon September 24, 2012
Education

Say Yes "has potential" to improve Syracuse's economy

Say Yes to Education hosted a resume workshop for city teens this summer.
Stephen Sartori Say Yes to Education

Instead of trying to have as much pre-college life fun as possible, or maybe earning some spending cash for the upcoming semester, one of group of college-bound Syracuse teens spent the summer months getting a head start on college. They were rewarded for their efforts during a small ceremony at Onondaga Community College (OCC), where the 29 students are currently hitting the books, with a small ceremony.

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4:27pm

Fri September 21, 2012
Regional Coverage

Giant peace sign to celebrate International Peace Day

In recognition of International Peace Day, SU students, faculty, and community members created a giant, living peace sign on the quad.

Syracuse University marked International Peace day by creating a giant human peace sign on the quad. Community members and students were invited to wear orange and stand together so that a photographer could be hoisted into a crane to take an aerial photo.

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