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Schweinfurth Art Center

This weekend marks a milestone for the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn.  The community is invited to help celebrate its 40th anniversary when the doors open for free on Sunday.  Executive Director Donna Lamb says they’ll feature a selection of the architectural drawings of Auburn native Julius Schweinfurth, the center’s namesake.

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On Wednesday, many COVID-19 pandemic restrictions will end in New York, including capacity restrictions for some sporting events, indoor gatherings, and offices. But Governor Andrew Cuomo, who set the date for the reopening earlier this month, is not yet ready to abide by new CDC guidelines that say fully vaccinated people no longer have to wear masks in most settings.

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  Onondaga County Health Commissioner Doctor Indu Gupta is hoping family, friends, and other trusted messengers will urge those who haven’t yet gotten vaccinated to do so.  Roughly half of county's adults are fully vaccinated.


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It’s been over two months since New York Attorney General Tish James began investigating multiple allegations of sexual harassment against Governor Andrew Cuomo. The governor, who at first expressed  confidence in James’ ability to be objective, has increasingly questioned her motives.

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is trying to gather support for legislation aimed at reducing child food insecurity nationwide. The Universal School Meals Program Act of 2021 is part of the upcoming Child Nutrition Reauthorization being negotiated by the Senate Agriculture Committee. Gillibrand says the program would make all school meals permanently free.

“The burden -plus the stigma some children or families fear- of being labeled poor by their classmates often makes eligible families decide not to participate.”

Local Business, Government Leaders Share Infrastructure Priorities for Biden Plan

May 11, 2021
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Central New York business, government and transportation leaders are telling Congressman John Katko (R-Camillus) what they’d like to see in an infrastructure bill.

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The problems at Skyline Apartments have not only affected residents, but are also spilling over to surrounding businesses.  Syracuse Corporation Counsel Kristen Smith and Assistant Counsel Todd Long read letters submitted by business owners at Monday’s nuisance abatement hearing.  

Residents Share "Utterly Deplorable" Conditions of Skyline Apartments at City Meeting

May 10, 2021
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Gang fights, drug deals, and assaults are just a few of the multiple stories residents shared Monday about living in the Skyline Apartments on the North Side of Syracuse.  The city hosted a nuisance abatement hearing as part of the legal process to require safety and security improvements at the 365-unit complex.

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Onondaga County’s efforts to contain the COVID-19 virus through vaccination efforts and testing appears to be working.  During the County’s daily COVID briefing on Monday, 28 new cases were reported and nearly 150 cases over the weekend.  Sadly two elderly people died. 

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A new group is joining efforts to remove the Christopher Columbus statue in Downtown Syracuse.  Women of Italian and Syracuse Heritage of Central New York, or WISH, do not believe Columbus represents their values, immigrant heritage and identity, or their dreams for the future.  Group member Hilary-Anne Coppola says the group’s perceptions are different than other Italian-Americans who view Columbus as a hero.