WAER News Round up: Week of Mar. 25
Providence Services of Syracuse couldn’t withstand the combination of the pandemic, high gas prices, and labor challenges. The unique ride-to-work program aimed at those with limited transportation options ended operations this week.
Syracuse non-profit organizations are bringing attention to the continued impact of concentrated poverty on non-white communities after the city ranked first for childhood poverty rates among cities with more than 100,000 people. Although Syracuse received $1.7 million to fund anti-poverty work in 2019, it remains a prominent issue.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said the COVID-19 Omicron sub-variant BA.2 is showing up in testing in New York. But she said, so far, it is not spreading as fast as it has in Europe and the United Kingdom.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer announced Monday that the final approval for the massive I-81 replacement project is just weeks away. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg confirmed the timeline to Schumer last week.
Tensions between Gov. Kathy Hochul and the state legislature are intensifying over a proposal to change the state’s criminal justice laws, with the date for finalizing the state budget just over a week away. The governor’s proposals reverse portions of the law that ended most forms of cash bail.
A Syracuse University law professor said if confirmed, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will bring a perspective to the U.S. Supreme Court that no one else has in its history. Jackson’s experience as a public defender would "shed more light on the parts of society that often don’t get the benefit of a full hearing."
Syracuse city school student heard from families of Holocaust survivors this week during social studies classes. At Lincoln Middle School, students were introduced to Sarah Pila Liederman from Chicago who told students about her Polish grandfather “Zaide” Saloman Pila.
Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon Wednesday night declared the state of the county “stronger than ever” as it continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. He expressed much optimism for the future major tourism-related projects.
It is going to be another very active season for ticks if temperatures continue to rise consistently. Doctor Saravanan Thangamani and his team are doing their part to detect the presence of many pathogens in ticks that could lead to illnesses.