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Protesters still rallying against Onondaga County aquarium

A demonstrator displays a sign that reads, "The aquarium economics are a fantasy," at a rally outside the Onondaga County Courthouse against an aquarium proposed for the Syracuse Inner Harbor, July 25, 2022.
Emma Murphy
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A demonstrator displays a sign that reads, "The aquarium economics are a fantasy," at a rally outside the Onondaga County Courthouse against an aquarium proposed for the Syracuse Inner Harbor, July 25, 2022.

Near the site where Onondaga County plans to build an $85 million aquarium, more than 100 tenants and community members showed up on Sunday night at the Syracuse Inner Harbor to oppose the construction.

The protesters claim the project, which was approved in August, represents a misplacement of county and state priorities, and they would like to see the money for the project spent on permanent rental assistance instead.

They would also like the funding to be used for the city's lead poisoning issues and to resolve various tenant complaints loom. The protesters said providing funding to organizations such as the Housing Access Voucher Program and Good Cause Evictions is a helpful way to address poverty in Syracuse.

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