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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many family, business, and government meetings to be held virtually, and that includes Monday’s Syracuse Common Council meeting.

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Syracuse Common Councilors are hoping to flex some of their legislative muscle over the next several months with their own specific agenda.  Councilor-at-large and President pro-tempore Khalid Bey has been trying to formally lay out a set of priorities since he was first elected eight years ago. 

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Republican Ryan McMahon will remain the Onondaga County Executive. McMahon beat Democrat Tony Malavenda by earning 55% of the vote to Malavenda's 45%. McMahon was appointed to the position earlier this year after Joanie Mahoney left the post. 

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A familiar name and face is looking to return to the Syracuse Common Council.  Democrat Pat Hogan is seeking his old second district seat, which he held for eight years before term limits forced him out in 2013.  The wide-open seat covers the Northwestern area of Syracuse.  Hogan says his door-to-door campaign strategy is important when connecting with constituents.

Common Council Approves New Sidewalk Snow Removal Contract, But It's Still Just Supplemental

Oct 21, 2019
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Syracuse Common Councilors Monday approved a sidewalk snow removal plan that nearly doubles the mileage of sidewalks to be cleared this coming winter.

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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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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. 

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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. 

Syracuse Common Council Considers Park Fee Increases

Mar 1, 2018
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Syracuse common councilors are considering raising fees on a number of popular parks programs, from swim lessons to skate rentals at ice rinks. For example, swim lessons will jump from $10 to $15 under the proposal. Deputy parks commissioner Julie LaFave told the council’s parks and recreation committee Thursday that it might be a 50 percent increase, but it’s still affordable.

Those are definitely subsidized,” LaFave said. “I mean, you can’t say that swim lessons at $10, a dollar a class, is covering the cost of maintaining a pool, paying for employees.

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Syracuse Common Councilors jumped aboard a larger national movement that would levy a carbon fee on fossil fuels and return that money to households. The Carbon Fee and Dividend climate change resolution, sponsored by councilor Joe Driscoll, would add a $15 fee to every ton of fossil fuel. He said that figure is based on the environmental costs of CO2 emitted by the fuel.