WAER News Round up: August 8-12
This week aw the first case of monkeypox confirmed in Onondaga County, but Executive Ryan McMahon downplayed the risk to the public. At the state level, leaders of the Democratic-controlled legislature and the governor are proposing that a court reconvene the state’s redistricting commission. Back in Syracuse, the city's redistricting group presented their final map for approval. Here's a look at these top stories and others from the last week.
Health officials are responding to the area's first reported case of monkeypox. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said those potentially exposed have already been identified.
Leaders of the Democratic-controlled state legislature and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul are proposing that a court reconvene the state’s Independent Redistricting Commission. A court will decide how to redraw state Assembly districts for 2024 elections.
More than a year’s worth of work by Syracuse’s independent redistricting commission came under scrutiny Tuesday evening as the city's common councilors consider the redrawn map. Redistricting Commissioner Molly Lizzio said she and her 14 fellow commissioners are proud of the final product.
The Finger Lakes Land Trust received a grant from the state and plan on using to regulate private property near the source of Syracuse's drinking water.
Despite the strides that the U.S. Senate-approved bill has made, the fossil fuel payoffs may hinder its progress, and environmentalists express doubt over the bill's promises for the future.
The city is planning for a Syracuse without the elevated I-81 highway, and the infrastructure update is part of a national movement to redesign cities equitably.
The latest Freedom of Information Law requests sent to county governments by the New York Coalition for Open Government, Inc. revealed only 61% responded within five days, the time period required by the law.
New York state has different strategies when it comes to combatting the Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive species from Asia first found in Pennsylvania in 2014. For downstate residents, particularly in the New York City Area, people are urged to kill the pest if they see one.