WAER News Round up: Week of May 9
It feels like winter is finally over as temperatures this week reached the 70s and 80s, but as it heats up and more people head outdoors, be sure to keep an eye out for disease-carrying ticks. The tiny critters are present more than you may think. This week also saw the passing of the city's next spending plan, state officials calling to put dollars behind abortion access and the welcoming of a local community college's first Black president. We also pay tribute to a fixture in the local journalism scene, who died on Wednesday.
The new budget includes $300,000 added by the council for a police staffing study. Mayor Ben Walsh says Chief Joe Cecile is on board, and the timing is right.
Counselors also approved additional positions for Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today, or TNT, an assessment/property manager, and DPW road reconstruction manager.
He made a name for himself as a fixture at the Syracuse New Times for over 35 years. He also founded and served as executive producer of the teen performance group The Media Unit, which ran for 43 years.
Warren Hilton most recently managed enrollment at a four-year public institution in Pennsylvania.
The town already had a similar law on the books that bans tobacco smoking, but the new ordinance explicitly bans marijuana, which the state legalized for adult use last year.
Gov. Kathy Hochul is freeing up the funds to help out-of-state patients seeking abortions in New York, should the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade.
New York's attorney general wants a fund to pay for people from other states seeking abortions here, if the US Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.
Supporters of a bill to allow adult survivors of sexual abuse their day in court have gown impatient with the New York state Assembly, and Speaker Carl Heastie, where the measure is stalled.
Thousands of New Yorkers contract Lyme disease each year.
The Redhouse Arts Center's arts education programs help local Syracuse students regain skills lost during the pandemic.
The game of Quidditch, originally a fictional sport from Harry Potter, makes strides in gender inclusivity through its Title IX and 3/4 rule.