Syracuse local news

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Syracuse Police would provide a special patrol to the Skyline Apartments with the property owner footing the bill, under an agreement approved by the Common Council Monday.  Skyline is the site of a suspected murder of a 93-year-old woman earlier this month, as well as numerous police calls including a stabbing Monday morning.  Councilor Joe Carni says the measure holds the property owners responsible for beefing up safety. Syracuse

Central New York was hit hard during the second wave of the Coronavirus, and the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Syracuse was no different. Director of the Medical Center Dr. Frank Pearson says despite the expected challenges, the hospital was able to successfully weather the storm.

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Syracuse has one of the worst lead poisoning crises in the nation.  One in 10 children have elevated blood lead levels, and this rate jumps to a staggering one-in-five in some of the lowest income neighborhoods,  according to Onondaga County Health Department data.

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Imagine a world where “Lebron James” wasn’t a household name. He was never on TV, never in the news, but just happened to show up on your YouTube feed. Well, that’s pretty much what happened for Syracuse Men’s Basketball Center, Jesse Edwards.

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Workers advocates here in Central New York are calling attention to protections they say are needed in a wide variety of job categories.

Onondaga County officials shared some promising signs in COVID testing and vaccinations in a briefing Monday.  The area marks the one year anniversary of the first local case, and living through the global pandemic.

County Executive Ryan McMahon says the positive COVID testing rate is at 0.7% for the past week and has remained below 1.0-percent for more than a month. 

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A new public art project in downtown Syracuse could honor the city’s history while making the city more welcoming and progressive.  The purveyors hope the project could become a downtown attraction.


What if you were walking or driving downtown and were greeted by huge artwork on buildings with notable figures from sports, music, social change?  That’s exactly what Frank Malfitano was after when he saw other civic murals.

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(STORY UPDATE 3/11/21 at 6:18)

The top Democrat in the State Assembly has decided to launch an 'impeachment investigation' into Governor Cuomo.  Carl Heastie says the Assembly Judiciary will lead the investigation.  He added this probe will not interfere wiht an investigation launched by the state Attorney General.  The assembly action will be led by Long Island Democratic Assemblyman Chuck Lavine.

(Posted 3/11/21 at 4:30)

It was one-year ago this week that Syracuse University made the decision to close down campus, as the COVID pandemic was rapidly growing.  Chancellor Kent Syverud is reflecting on that year … and remembers being questioned as the University initially tried to move forward.

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Telemedicine. You’ve probably heard the term passed around, or maybe you’ve even used the tech yourself to meet a doctor over the phone.  It’s like how you use Zoom to attend work meetings, except instead of sharing your screen with co-workers, you’re showing the doctor that funny mole you grew on your neck.