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WAER News Round up: Week of April 25

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Experience one of the biggest hits in theatrical history for the first time as it begins a new life in Syracuse. We also see environmental action led by both SUNY ESF students and state government leaders. And order to create a safer city, law enforcement and elected officials look for solutions holistic solutions.

1. Poll finds Hochul's job approval faltering with six weeks left in the legislative session

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A new poll finds that voter confidence in the ability of Gov. Kathy Hochul to do her job is continuing to slip.

2. Hochul criticized for asking lawmakers to help remove disgraced Lieutenant Governor from the ballot 

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Governor Kathy Hochul and Lt. Governor Brian Benjamin hold a roundtable meeting in Brooklyn on gun violence in mid-March.

Governor Kathy Hochul is getting some blowback from a bill that would remove the disgraced former Lieutenant Governor and her running mate from the June primary ballot.

3. New York's high court tosses new Congressional and state legislative district lines

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This redrawn senate district map has been thrown out by the NYS Court of Appeals.

New York’s highest court has struck down the state’s new district lines for Congress and the state Senate.

4. I-81 project leader tours construction area with Syracuse residents

Syracuse residents are discussing the I-18 project.
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The state Department of Transportation may have released the final plan for the massive revitalization of Interstate 81, but officials are still taking feedback from the Syracuse community, especially those who will be most affected by the changes.

5. Partnership with state DEC brings SUNY-ESF students research to reality

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NYS DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos is joined by SUNY-ESF President Joanie Mahoney as well as students.

Students at SUNY-ESF recently had the opportunity to discuss their environmental projects with top officials from the State Department of Environmental Conservation. The most recent collaboration between DEC, a long-time partner with ESF, and SU is Sustainable Materials Management in 2020.

6. Syracuse Common Councilors search for solutions to address repeat juvenile offenders

 In this screenshot of officer body cam video, officers speak with the 8-year-old boy, his father, and three other boys. The blurring of their faces was done by SPD to protect their identities.
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In this screenshot of officer body cam video, officers speak with the 8-year-old boy, his father, and three other boys. The blurring of their faces was done by SPD to protect their identities.

After the video of police interaction with an 8-year-old boy who was caught stealing a bag of chips went viral, Syracuse common councilors held a meeting Monday with the police chief to figure out how to get troubled children the help they need.

7. Syracuse is a strong candidate for federal gun intervention funds

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Schumer gun violence intervention

Syracuse could be in line to receive a share of $50 million in federal funding to address its persistent gun violence problem.

8. The Syracuse city schools district is searching for its next superintendent

Syracuse City Schools Superintendent Jaime Alicea greets Clary Middle School students on the first day of school
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Syracuse City Schools Superintendent Jaime Alicea greets Clary Middle School students on the first day of school

Syracuse school board officials are looking for help finding the district's next superintendent as its current leader is due to step down at the end of the school year.

9. Sustainability groups embrace cost efficient energy sources across CNY

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Local community leaders and energy industry representatives hold up signs supporting the Climate Action Council and sustainable energy in the lobby of the Whitlock Building in downtown Syracuse

Local community leaders and energy industry representatives are teaming up to advocate for sustainable energy in Central New York. Their goal : getting fossil fuels out of buildings in CNY.

10. Hometown Hero Returns in Production of CATS

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From Syracuse to Broadway. The national tour of CATS is visiting the Landmark Theatre this week.