Syracuse local news

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Syracuse drug prevention experts are concerned about Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent proposal to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in New York State.

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The second round of vaccinations for COVID-19 happened at AME Zion Church for a group of Syracuse South Side residents.  The location, along with the vulnerable populations its reaching in nearby city neighborhoods, is making a difference. 

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The Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University will be holding a virtual discussion tonight with a distinguished panel of guests well-versed in disability culture, education, advocacy and innovation. 

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Syracuse residents that watched the State of the City address heard Mayor Ben Walsh describe progress on several fronts all, as Walsh repeated, “despite the Pandemic.”  One of the first areas he spoke about was police reform.  He recalled days of protests and long meetings hashing out, among other issues, the treatment of people of color by police.

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Environmental Experts say the rejoining of the Paris Climate Agreement by the United States will have tangible impacts in New York and right here in Syracuse as well.  Bringing the country back into the accord was among the first Executive Orders signed by President Joe Biden on the day of his inauguration. 

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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.