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About two dozen Syracuse University students have been told they’re on interim-suspension after they refused to leave a sit-in at the administration building.   The latest stand-off between the Not Again SU protesters and university leadership includes diverted classes and locked doors with less tolerance by SU administration than protestors received during demonstrations late last year.

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Syracuse mayor Ben Walsh and School District Superintendent Jaime Alicea toured the former Central High School Thursday, with renewed hope that the long-vacant building will become a regional STEAM school.  Governor Cuomo has committed to the $70+ million project as one of his many priorities, which will also include a worker training center. 

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Syracuse Common Councilors will get a raise next month after they approved pay increases for themselves, the mayor’s office, and city auditor.  The final vote at Monday's meeting was 6 to 2. 

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Top executives from Microsoft joined with the city of Syracuse, Onondaga County and Syracuse University Thursday to officially kick off a new Digital alliance.  Under the agreement, Microsoft will make Syracuse its first Northeast Technology Hub with an emphasis on creating an inclusive environment.

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The latest numbers from the US Census Bureau show the poverty rate in the City of Syracuse declined to 30 percent in 2018 to its lowest rate in a decade.  Mayor Ben Walsh says that’s down about two percent from 2017.

The fact that 30 percent of citizens in the city live below the poverty line is no reason for celebration.  The progress that we're making in decreasing the number is reason to be encouraged, and gives us motivation that we are on the right track.” 

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Syracuse city officials say they’re working to ensure a brighter future for the long vacant former Syracuse Developmental Center now that they’ve seized it for back taxes.  Police, Fire, and DPW crews are working to secure the sprawling site on South Wilbur Ave. to prevent additional arson, vandalism, and dumping. 

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You might have heard about the city of Syracuse plan to convert all its streetlights downtown to high efficiency LED’s with an advanced network connection between them all.  Mayor Ben Walsh confirms the work on that conversion started this week, right on Schedule.  And he continues to tout the benefits of the system. 

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A day before the holiday in which America celebrates freedom, Syracuse and Onondaga County leaders are celebrating another icon of freedom – Harriet Tubman.  They announced winners of the National Harriet Tubman Freedom awards.  Sean McLeod is with the New York Institute of Dance and executive Producer of the awards. 

“And what better icon do we have in our country to represent freedom.  The concept of what that struggle movement looked like, and the fact that Central New York was central in that freedom movement, is very significant.”

The proposed STEAM school in the old Syracuse Central High School building cleared its first major hurdle last week when state lawmakers approved the plan.  The Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math school is collaboration between the city, county, and area school districts. 


Syracuse common councilors are postponing approval of an agreement that would give Verizon blanket permission to install a high-speed 5G wireless network across the city.