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Syracuse Poster Project

Organizers of the annual Syracuse Poster Project are preparing to unveil the work of area poets and artists as the series marks its 20th year.  


Leaders from just about every faith in Central New York are throwing their support behind efforts to reduce or eliminate fossil fuel dependence. The group Climate Change Awareness & Action brought together some of the leaders virtually Monday, just ahead of Earth Day on Thursday. 

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A new poll finds that scandals surrounding Governor Andrew Cuomo have taken a toll. While New Yorkers continue to believe the governor did a good job leading the state through the COVID-19 pandemic, most believe the multiple women who have accused Cuomo of sexual harassment and do not think the governor should run for office again.

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New York State’s Comptroller is authorizing the state’s Attorney General to begin a potential criminal probe of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s book deal, looking into whether he used his staff to help him write a memoir about his handling of the pandemic.

The referral from Comptroller Tom DiNapoli allows Attorney General Tish James to look into whether senior and junior staffers to Cuomo were coerced into helping the governor write and edit the book, American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic, or whether they simply volunteered their time, as the governor claims.

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As Central New York motorists start to hit the road again with fewer pandemic restrictions and warmer months, AAA of Central New York is teaming up with local partners during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  The panel is urging drivers to put their smart phones away while driving.

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The Syracuse Police Benevolent Association has decided to launch a campaign to interject the positive apsects that police bring to the community amid a growing call for police reforms.  “The Syracuse needs Police” campaign follows two deadly homicides in the city – the most recent an 11 month-old infant last Sunday.  SPBA President Joseph Moran says the association plans to further the conversation about hampered quality of life issues while raising awareness about the work they perform.

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  A Syracuse University International Affairs professor says there is reason for concern after the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan this fall. President Joe Biden announced yesterday the United States will fully remove troops from Afghanistan starting September 11th, exactly 20 years after the conflict began. Maxwell School Professor Robert Murrett also served in the navy for over 30 years.  He says the US’ biggest focus now will be monitoring the Taliban’s activity in the country.

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Syracuse-area immigrants and their allies are joining a nationwide effort calling on a federal pathway to citizenship and other relief for undocumented immigrants.  Just over a dozen advocates gathered in a steady rain Thursday afternoon to continue the Relay Across America that began a month ago in Washington DC.  Kayla Kelechian is with the CNY chapter of the New York Immigration Coalition.  She says now is the time to make progress on a number of fronts.

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The East Syracuse-Minoa school district is one of many Central New York School Districts receiving a share of a record $1.1 billion in education funding in the new state budget.  ESM will get an additional $3.4 million, or an 11.5% increase. 

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State lawmakers, along with restaurant owners and their workers are pressing for a two year extension of take out alcoholic beverages. They say the practice, authorized at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, has allowed them to keep their doors open and avoid some layoffs.