WAER News Round up: Oct. 17 - 21
There were big investments this week from Micron and the governor's office. Plus the president's advisor stopped by to check on the I-81 replacement project in Syracuse. Find more of the week's news below.
1.Micron dedicates $250 million to community development through unique fund
Micron has promised $250 million to a community investment fund for projects enhancing the area's workforce.
2. White House infrastructure coordinator highlights I-81 replacement as a key priority
The Biden administration’s infrastructure coordinator is closely watching how the pieces come together for the I-81 replacement project in Syracuse.
3. Hochul announces $150 million in workforce development grants
Gov. Kathy Hochul has unveiled new workforce development grant programs totaling $150 million.
4.Proposed shuttle for Syracuse city employees receiving praise, criticism
Syracuse Common Councillors are considering a plan that would provide a shuttle for employees who park at a parking garage a half mile or more from their workplace.
5. ESF faculty union calls for more funding to get out of deficit
SUNY campuses are dealing with a deficit for the current fiscal year. The massive operating deficits threaten the future viability of the institution.
6. NYCLU wants guarantees for equitable housing spelled out in Rezone Syracuse plan
The CNY chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union was expressing some serious concerns about Syracuse’s comprehensive rezoning project.
7. Months before process unraveled, legislative leaders prepared for redistricting turmoil
Leaders in the New York Legislature were prepared to spend millions of dollars drawing their own redistricting lines and fighting resulting litigation.
8. Central New York has the right mix of assets for its growing film industry
The Syracuse International Film Festival attracted movie producers to shoot in Syracuse and Central New York. The film industry has taken off in Syracuse over the past seven to eight years.
9. Superstorm Sandy 10 years later: New York bracing for future
This week, ten years ago, New York City was ravaged by Superstorm Sandy. It was considered a once-in-a-lifetime disaster, but storms of the same magnitude are becoming regular occurrences.