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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. 

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Syracuse common councilors Monday approved a $252.5 million city budget, one that doesn’t raise property taxes nearly as much as Mayor Ben Walsh proposed last month. 


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.  

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 This is a developing story and will be updated.

The New York State Department of Transportation released its long awaited Draft Environmental Impact Statement on Monday and named the Community Grid as its preferred alternative. The DOT says the decision was made after considering social, econoimc, and environmental effects as well as the need for safe and efficient transportation. 

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.  

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It looks like Syracuse Common Councilors are ready to put up some opposition to  parts of Mayor Ben Walsh’s budget proposal.  On Tuesday, they got a first crack at hearings and possible changes to the budget, which includes raises to both the basic property tax rate and water charges.