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The City of Syracuse is looking to change some of its trash collection practices by eliminating service to larger apartment buildings.  Current ordinance sets the maximum number of units at ten.  City director of operations Corey Driscoll-Dunham says the plan before common councilors would draw the line at four.

American Red Cross Is Ready To Install More Than 800 Smoke Detectors In Syracuse For Fire Safety

Apr 30, 2019
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Red Cross volunteers all over Central New York are urging their fellow citizens to “Sound the Alarm” by checking their smoke detectors. Last year, they installed 400 units in the Syracuse area and they plan to double that in the coming two weeks. They estimate 2,200 smoke detectors will be installed throughout Western and Central New York.  Syracuse Fire Chief Michael Monds says having a working smoke detector in a home is crucial to the safety of its residents.

Increase in Deer and Ticks in City Brings Health Risks; Mayor Walsh Wants Plan in Place

Apr 16, 2019

The Walsh Administration proposed spending $75,000 of the 2020 budget to combat the longstanding issue of the overpopulation of deer and ticks on the East and West sides of Syracuse. The effort comes as Lyme disease remains a serious health concern.  

Onondaga Historical Association

This week, the Onondaga Historical Association is capturing a bygone era in Downtown Syracuse with the opening of their newest exhibit, “Strolling Down Salina Street: 1940 to 1980."  Curator Bob Searing says the idea came from holiday pictures of Salina Street after World War II.

City of Syracuse Collects $1.5 Million in Back Taxes through SU Maxwell School's 'X-Lab'

Nov 14, 2018
Cal Stewart / WAER News

Syracuse University researchers and the City of Syracuse have found a unique way to encourage property owners to pay their overdue property taxes. Researchers at the Maxwell School’s ‘X-Lab’ were able to help recover more than 1 million dollars in unpaid taxes by sending handwritten letters to more than 3,800 homeowners.  

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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.