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Diners are getting reacquainted with going out to eat in person in downtown Syracuse after state restrictions were eased.  Now "Delicious Downtown Deals" through the entire month of February might help spur more business for local eateries.

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Central New York Congressmember John Katko said vaccine distribution at the federal level needs to move faster to meet demand. Katko met with representatives from FEMA, Health and Human Services, and the Department of Defense about accelerating the process.

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WAER’s staff of reporters has been covering the election through the COVID-19 pandemic, the fight for racial justice, and the fiscal challenges on local and national levels--for months. We talk to our reporters on what they've heard throughout the election cycle and what they heard at the polls on Election Day.

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Race relations became a top issue on the minds of many around Central New York with local protests after the killing of George Floyd and police treatment of people of color.  In WAER’s Your Election Blueprint project, it was among the top interests of people heading into the election.  

“I'm like scared of here," said Deneka Delee.  "I have to watch my back and I wish all the shooting and and all this (stuff) has to stop. We have kids.”

You don't have to listen hard to hear their voices; You don't have to look hard to see their struggle

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Central New Yorkers who have yet to be counted in the 2020 Census will have more time to respond to the once a decade national headcount. A federal judge ruled just days before the deadline that the count could not end prior to October 31st at risk of an undercount.

CNY Housing Market Report Shows Increasing Prices, Diminished Offerings

Aug 25, 2020
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Central New York’s housing market is starting to bounce back after the pandemic slowed down real estate transactions for most of the spring.  The lack of inventory combined with historically low interest rates have fueled buyer competition and price gains.

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Central New York Pediatricians are requesting assistance from major insurers to provide them with necessary Medicare funding as they address a steep fall in office visits due to COVID-19.  Doctor Steven Blatt is the Medical Director of Upsate Pediatric and Adolescent Center. 

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Civil rights advocate and Congressmember John Lewis is being remembered in Central New York as a selfless crusader who’s connected to the racial justice movement of today. 

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For the first time since World War II, New York is cancelling its State Fair.  Governor Cuomo made the announcement Monday during his briefing, saying the decision was made out of an abundance of caution. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said he is disappointed there won’t be a fair this year, but he understands the decision.

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COVID-19 didn’t so much create new issues for Central New Yorker experiencing poverty, but instead exacerbated existing inequalities. That’s according to a new Community Needs Assessment produced by the local nonprofit PEACE Inc.  The report listed six areas to focus on including nutrition, employment supports, and access.