City of Syracuse

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The Syracuse Downtown Farmers Market came to a close for another year Monday.  Change might have been the watchword for the day – due to the season and the changing nature of downtown.

 


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The City of Syracuse has just launched an on-line dashboard designed to let the public monitor how the city is performing. The website uses data to measure progress toward goals such as delivering services effectively and increasing economic investment in the city.


South Ave Corridor Study

What are the prospects and challenges for Syracuse’s South Ave?  A new comprehensive study finds possibilities to improve the look, the vitality, and maybe perceptions of the area.  WAER’s Chris Bolt reports on the study details and some possible next steps.

Many Syracuse area residents likely drive on South Ave – as a thoroughfare into the city or out to Onondaga Hill or beyond.  And City official Nora Spillane knows the corridor has its perception problems

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One of the faces that will be leaving the Syracuse Common Council as the year ends has been in City Hall over decades.  Joe Nicoletti did not run for his council seat, instead making an unsuccessful bid for mayor.  Over two council stints and other positions in city hall, he spanned five different mayors.  And Nicoletti says he’ll miss most the unsung city employees.

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Two local governments have found another way to share services without a mandate from the state.  Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has agreed to offer the city’s grant application services to the Town of Cicero.  Town Supervisor Mark Venesky says while Cicero might qualify for state, federal, or foundation grant money for social and infrastructure programs, the town couldn’t afford contractors to look into it.

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Mayor Stephanie Miner reflected on some of the city’s most intractable problems she’s had to confront in her almost 8 years as mayor.  Issues such as violence, struggling schools, and poverty were among her largest challenges.  Her farewell address covered how such problems were faced and critical obstacles that remain.

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Numerous findings of bed bugs in Syracuse City Schools has the District working with various stakeholders to find the source of the problem.  At least 9 City schools have been confirmed with bed bugs showing-up this semester.  Chief Operations Officer Dean Desantis says the District’s Social Workers will often accompany the City Codes Enforcer to visit affected homes of students.

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Many fans of the New York State Fair are anxious to get inside the gates and head to the rides in the midway.  This year's fair boasts the biggest midway ever, with 80 different rides.  But some people - especially parents - might have the memory of a fatal accident on a carnival ride in Ohio. 

That's where Eileen Franko and her inspectors from the State Labor Department come in.

“So this is the ride; they start to untangle it.  It’s amazing how they can fold it all up.”

John Smith / WAER News

The City of Syracuse’s longstanding infrastructure problems seem to be even more commonplace with water main breaks during the winter.  Members of the Rebuild New York Now coalition joined Mayor Stephanie Miner today to share similar concerns about the impacts of bad infrastructure on water quality or contamination.  She feels optimistic about Governor Cuomo’s pledge to spend a massive amount on infrastructure repairs.  Now she hopes state lawmakers will include those plans in the State Budget.

Syracusepolice.org

Syracuse police will be able to continue a series of events to ease tensions over police-community relations seen in uprisings across the nation.  The department has teamed up with InterFaith Works of C-N-Y for conversations in each area of the city.  President Beth Broadway says the Syracuse Police force demographically is mainly white…so policing in communities of color is critically important.

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