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Congress member John Katko from Upstate New York is the first republican to say he’ll back the impeachment effort against Donald Trump by the House.  The attack on the Capitol led the former federal prosecutor to reverse support for the President.

Katko said in a release that as a prosecutor, he looked at the facts and couldn’t ignore President Trump’s role in the January 6th attack. 

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Central New York reactions continue after the insurrection in Washington D.C., including calls to remove the President for promoting violence.  WAER’s Chris Bolt reports on legal ramifications and how to move forward after the shocking activities in the seat of our government.

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Reactions to the storming of the U.S. Capitol building by a large number of President Trump supporters Wednesday sparked some strong reactions from New York's Congressional delegation and political experts in Central New York. Among them was Rep. John Katko who issued this statement just after 5:00 p.m:

"I am grateful to all of those who have reached out regarding my safety today.  The support and concern expressed is humbling. I am in a safe location.

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A Syracuse common councilor announced his bid to run for Mayor Tuesday. Democrat Michael Greene made his campaign launch in an admittedly uncommon location. 

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In New York State, like in most of the nation, the COVID-19 vaccination roll out is behind schedule, and Governor Andrew Cuomo is threatening to withhold new  doses from hospitals that do not speed things up.

The Syracuse University community lost a legend when Floyd Little died Friday from Cancer at age 78.  Little played football at SU from 1964-66, during which time he amassed 39 touchdowns and played in the Sugar Bowl and Gator Bowl with the Orange (then Orangemen).  He has a 1000-yard season in 1965.

An upstate New York conservation group has purchased hundreds of acres of land that will protect some of the finger lakes from pollution … and ultimately protect drinking water.  The Nature Conservancy move, aided by a state matching grant, adds to work by the Finger lakes Land Trust to conserve areas that could have been farmed or developed – activities that contribute to harmful algal blooms the lakes have suffered.

If you are wondering whether the holiday period exposed you to the coronavirus, there are numerous opportunities to get tested this week.  Onondaga County has added a number of community locations for tests of those without symptoms.  County officials conitnue to say asymptomatic testing is vital to slow the spread of the virus, since many people never have symptoms but can still make others sick.

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A former Syracuse Parks official is settling into a position to improve relations between Syracuse Police and the community.  The new role comes after summer protests and years of strained interactions with local residents over police conduct.

Restaurant and other tipped workers are facing increasing harassment and more threats to their incomes, according to a new study by a labor group.  They seek better conditions and a living wage for the group embattled by the coronavirus pandemic.

Restaurant and bar workers have already had to deal with layoffs, limited capacity for their customers, switching to take-out-only service.  Now a study shows they’re also seeing their tips plummet and sexual harassment at work spike.