Central New York

Drone Technology and its Benefits Kicks of Tech Week in Syracuse

Apr 23, 2019
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Drone technology was the focus of the first day of Syracuse Tech Week at the Hotel Syracuse Monday. In true tech week fashion, the event began with assemblyman Al Stirpe being interviewed by a robot. 


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Central New York economic development officials have been left disappointed after a deal to bring Amazon to New York City fell through. Centerstate CEO Senior Vice President Andrew Fish worries that community opposition to the plan sent a message that the state is not the friendliest place to conduct business. 

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Environmental groups in New York see danger…and opportunity in the Federal government’s series of reports last week about the implications of climate change.  The report cautioned that failure to address the issue could be detrimental, specifically that in-action would severely damage the American economy over the next half-century. 


When you think about the music being played in Central New York, what comes to mind? Jazz? Blues? maybe a little Reggae? Well how about chamber music? It might not be on the top of your list yet, but it is being perofrmed and fans are showing up to hear it.

This week on The 315 Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss are joined by Matt van der Meer, Assistant Professor at Syracuse University and Director of the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music. He educates us on what exactly is chamber music, where is it being played, and we hear some of his favorite composition.

That's this week on The 315!


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The newly reunited Senate Democrats held their first press conference, where they focused on what they said was their number one priority, a package of bills making it easier to vote.

Senate Democrats conducted a survey of eligible voters in New York on their voting patterns. Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart- Cousins says it confirms what she already knew -- New York’s voter participation rate is abysmal. The state ranks 41st of all 50 states in the 2016 elections, with a voting rate of 57 %. 

April is National Poetry Month and we don't want to miss out, so this week we are celebrating poetry on The 315 . Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss are joined on this episode by local poets Georgia Popoff and Phil Memmer. They discuss the collaboration between jazz and poetry, the current state of poetry in Central New York and they also perform an original poem.

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Senator Chuck Schumer stopped by Central New York Wednesday to call on the U.S. Department of Transportation to finalize a proposed rule that could prevent more than 1,000 fatalities caused by large truck crashes. Schumer said among 10,000 large truck accidents every year in New York, close to 1,000 are caused by driving at an unsafe speed.

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As people think about holiday giving…they might want to think about the legacy they can create long-term.  Central New York’s Baby Boomers will be leaving behind billions of dollars over the next decade, according to a study of local personal worth.  Even a small percentage of that wealth, if bequeathed to charities and other non-profits, could make a big difference in the community.

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Voters from Binghamton to Cortland, Utica to Lake Ontario are choosing a congress member in the expansive 22nd congressional district to replace retiring Richard Hanna.

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Central New York could be seeing more tourists from places such as China, the U.K., Ireland and Australia thanks to the I Love New York Campaign.  For the past few days, about 50 motorcoach and tour operators have been sightseeing what the area has to offer. Visit Syracuse President David Holder says the tourism industry will grow if there is a relationship between tour operators and local tourist sites.

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