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Primary elections across New York State took place Tuesday. Winners are in bold. The general election for these races will be on November 5, 2019. 

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A big weekend coming up for political candidates to canvass before the June 25th Primary.  Among those stumping for votes will be County Legislature candidate Vernon Williams Jr. 


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There will be an unexpected change at the top of Onondaga County government this fall after County Executive Joanie Mahoney announced Monday that she will step down to take an administrative post at SUNY ESF.  Mahoney has one year left in her third term in office, but she felt now was the time to accept the offer as Chief Operating Officer. 

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Onondaga County lawmakers made policy on Tuesday something that’s been unofficial practice for decades.  They unanimously approved a measure that codifies the consideration of minority and women business enterprises, or MWBE’s for county contracts. 


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It could soon be a crime in Onondaga County to leave a dog outside in rain, sleet, snow, or extreme heat or cold for any more than two hours.  County lawmakers are making changes to the proposed Adrian’s Law to protect man’s best friend.  Adrian was a pit bull that froze to death in December in Syracuse.  Legislator Chris Ryan revised language in the bill to make it simple to enforce … for any breed of dog.

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Onondaga County leaders will be listening closely to Governor Cuomo’s state of the state address Wednesday to find out how he might address the state’s budget deficit.  Priorities laid out in the speech are a strong indicator of the spending plan to be presented to state lawmakers.  The state is at least $4 billion in the red, and county legislature chairman Ryan McMahon says the state will have to tighten its belt, hopefully without burdening residents.

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The President-elect of the Syracuse Common Council says she has high hopes going into a new mayoral administration that will bring a different tone to city hall.  Democrat Helen Hudson publicly supported and campaigned for Independent Ben Walsh over fellow democrat Juanita Perez Williams.  She says she got to know Walsh as a calm, thoughtful person during her time as councilor-at-large, and his six years as the city’s deputy commissioner of business development.

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The four democrats in the Onondaga County Legislature and the others challenging republican incumbents have a plan they say will make lawmakers more responsive and accountable to residents.  They unveiled their “Plan of the People, for the People” Monday, which includes proposals ranging from term limits to enacting a living wage for county employees and contractors.  Democratic Floor Leader Linda Ervin acknowledges that their first challenge starts with voters knowing who they are.

Onondaga County Lawmakers approved the sale of “Lot 17” today, which is perhaps better known as the parking lot used for the Oncenter downtown. The law approved the sale of the nearly three acre lot to the local developer PEMCO for $2.5 million.  Legislature Chair Ryan McMahon said the developer plans to build a $135 million complex, including student housing, restaurants and retail space.

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The chairman of the Onondaga county legislature says they will not bring a proposal for a new metropolitan government to the ballot this year.  The decision comes a week after the consensus commission recommended the combination of city and county government in its final report.  Ryan McMahon says the debate has just begun and the decision will not be rushed.

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