WAER News Round up: May 30-June 3
State lawmakers are wrapping up the legislative session as the renovation of I-81 is officially moving forward. Syracuse also receives visit from a candidate for governor makes, and local Democrats speak out against funding a proposed aquarium in Onondaga County.
With the prospect of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, the New York Legislature has approved several measures to protect abortion providers. However, a proposed equal rights amendment to the state’s constitution guaranteeing a right to the procedure remains stalled.
I-81 Project director Mark Frechette said the move is the final decision on the plan to replace the viaduct with a community grid, which he calls the best decision for the region.
New York’s gubernatorial primary is less than four weeks away, so the Syracuse area can still expect to see the candidates make campaign stops as they crisscross the state.
They say the budget for an aquarium could instead go toward combating lead poisoning and mental health issues, directly aiding Onondaga County’s families, and addressing the county's long-standing problem of lead poisoning.
The dozens of tributaries that feed into Skaneateles Lake run the risk of carrying nutrient surges that can fuel harmful algal blooms, particularly in the warmer months.
A groundbreaking on Syracuse’s South Side will bring a new business venture to the underserved community.
CNY Arts was administering the $1.25 million in federal pandemic relief funds allocated by the city for helping artists and organizations continue to rebuild.