County Executive Ryan McMahon

The Democratic candidate for Onondaga county executive says it’s time the county’s leaders follow the city’s lead and commit to the independent redistricting of its 15 legislative districts.  Tony Malavenda praises the common council for voting this week to amend the city charter to establish a non-partisan group of residents to draw district boundaries.

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Onondaga County is getting more aggressive in trying to tackle the stubborn lead paint problem in the area’s older housing stock.  County Executive Ryan McMahon issued an order Thursday that holds landlords more accountable for lead abatement on their properties in order to prevent lead poisoning in children.

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State officials say they’re ready to spend $27 million to close the current 14-mile gap in the Empire State Trail between Dewitt and Camillus.  It’s part of a 300 mile stretch that roughly follows the old Erie Canal between Buffalo and Albany. 


The Syracuse Mayor and Onondaga County Executive say the state DOT’s initial recommendation of a boulevard to replace I-81 through the city’s core presents a new opportunity to unite the community and move the transformative project forward.

Onondaga County is investing money into helping the homeless and veterans find a more conformable place to sleep. County Executive Ryan McMahon sees the need for this investment into “A Tiny Home for Good.”

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Onondaga County Lawmakers are sharing their opinions before a key economic development vote next week by the Manlius Town Board that could threaten the preservation of a historic mansion.  County Executive Ryan McMahon says a developer wants a zone change to turn the Wellington House into a retail development, but he doesn’t support that.

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Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon and his colleagues from across the state sent Albany a unified message ahead of the budget deadline: Don’t cut municipal aid and stop the unfunded mandates.  The county leaders joined a conference call to explain how they can’t make up the difference if the state goes through with cutting town and village aid, especially with more mandates and a property tax cap. 

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More business partners were announced Thursday for a new program that aims to get panhandlers on a more promising path starting later this spring.   ‘Hire Ground’ is getting financial support from Onondaga County, and will give people a chance to work three days a week. 

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Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon’s State of the County address Tuesday night echoed much of the optimism and ambition expressed by his friend, Mayor Ben Walsh, a few weeks ago.  They both talked about aging infrastructure. 

Westside NoJaim's Becomes The Site For Onondaga County WIC

Jan 3, 2019
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  A portion of the former Nojaim’s Grocery Store on Syracuse’s West Side will now serve pregnant mothers who qualify for nutritious foods before and after their children are born. Onondaga County’s WIC program has been in operation since 1974.