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WAER News Round up: Aug 15-19

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If you missed the news a few days this week, don't worry. The WAER News Round up has you covered.

This week, the legal battles over redistricting are still not over in New York State. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said the new lines should be drawn by the state's redistricting commission, not a special master. Also, New York state’s budget forecast has suffered a reversal of fortune as the nation’s economic uncertainty continues.

Meanwhile, members of the public are concerned a merger between Upstate University Hospital and Crouse Health, and Syracuse continues to restore and expand its tree canopy.

Find more of the week's news below:

1. FROM OUR SERIES ON NY-22 CONGRESSIONAL PRIMARY CANDIDATES: NY-22 congressional primary ballot: Francis Conole believes the second time's the charm

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NY-22 Democratic Congressional Primary Candidate Francis Conole.

This is Francis Conole's second time trying to convince enough of his fellow democrats to support him. Conole is one of four Democratic candidates running for New York's 22nd Congressional district in the Aug. 23th primary election.

2. No plans yet to fix future budget deficits for New York

A court ruled that New York’s Assembly districts will need to be redrawn for elections in 2024.
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A court ruled that New York’s Assembly districts will need to be redrawn for elections in 2024.

As the nation’s economic uncertainty continues, with a volatile stock market, higher gas prices and inflation, New York state’s budget forecast has also suffered a reversal of fortune. Here’s a look at what’s changed since the budget was settled in the spring.

3. Democratic legislators sue Onondaga County for gerrymandering

Democrats stand on the steps of Syracuse City Hall for a press conference, August 18, 2022.
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Democrats stand on the steps of Syracuse City Hall for a press conference, August 18, 2022.

Democratic Onondaga County Legislators filed a lawsuit against Ryan McMahon and Onondaga County Thursday, claiming they gerrymandered new county districts. The district lines violate the local charter laws as well as the state constitution and laws.

4. Syracuse police say ShotSpotter is a useful tool for gun violence investigations

Syracuse Police Station downtown. 2/16/2022. (Photo by Max Mimaroglu)
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Syracuse Police Station downtown. 2/16/2022. (Photo by Max Mimaroglu)

Syracuse Chief of Police Joe Cecile said ShotSpotter currently covered about 6.6 square miles in the city. The recent expansion of the technology was funded through ARPA, but it will cost the city $410,000 a year to maintain once that funding runs out.

5. The fight over Assembly district lines continues

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The legal battles over redistricting are still not over in New York State. Although a court-appointed special master resolved the state Senate and congressional lines, arguments still exist.

6. ReZone draft aims to modernize Syracuse land use

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Syracuse ReZone logo.

The city of Syracuse is updating its land use regulation for the first time in over 60 years, and the plans are now available for people to see.

7. Upstate and Crouse address concerns over wait times at first community forum

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A sign welcoming attendees to the Upstate-Crouse community forum.

Some of the biggest public concern at the first community forum was how Upstate acquiring Crouse will affect patient services and the effect it will have on employees.

8. A Salvation Army program aids Syracuse's homeless youth

Exterior of The Salvation Army Barnabas Center in Syracuse.
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Exterior of The Salvation Army Barnabas Center in Syracuse.

The Salvation Army's Street Outreach program tries to engage with the often overlooked youth population that are at risk of homelessness rather than adults.

9.Syracuse wants to give residents a tree, and they'll take care of it too

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Syracuse City Arborist Steve Harris hopes to push forward the city's plan for neighborhood tree equity by using the $2 million set aside from the ARPA. He told Common Councilors Wednesday they’re ready to pick up the pace of planting new trees.

Yoki Tang was raised in a big city of China called Shanghai. He speaks Mandarin, Korean and English. His majors are Broadcast Digital Journalism and Selective Study In Education and would be graduated in May 2023. The desire to get the facts right and the quest for accurate facts made Yoki want to study broadcast and journalism in the first place.