Syracuse local news

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Syracuse University officials have released a harshly-worded statement criticizing students who reportedly ignored coronavirus safety measures to attend a large gathering Wednesday night.  First-year students primarily have been coming to campus housing all this week.  Reports from the Daily Orange and social media showed a crowd of at least 100 people gathered, some wearing masks but many not using masks, and ignoring social distancing and small-group guidelines.

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The 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment was widely celebrated Tuesday, but one women’s rights expert sees it as an ‘opportunity lost’ as much as a victory.  Doctor Sally Roesch Wagner directs the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center in Fayetteville.  Gage fought for suffrage along with Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others.

Just about all students in Central New York schools will be doing at least some online learning this fall due to the coronavirus pandemic.  But there are different perspectives on what kind of challenge it will be. 

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The Onondaga Nation has weighed in on Columbus Circle.  Nation leadership seeks change, while including all cultures that call Syracuse home, in a statement released Wednesday.

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Is New York State withholding previous CARES Act funding for Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse?  WAER’s John Smith followed up on Congressmember John Katko's request for the state to release funds.  Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul disagrees that's not accurate as the state is $14 billion in the red.  

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Another Central New York agribusiness is expanding its footprint to get into the largely untapped aseptic line of products with a $28 million expansion.  Once completed, the more than 22,0000 square foot processing and production area at Byrne’s Ultra Dairy plant in East Syracuse will produce specialized milk, half-and-half and heavy cream with a shelf life of up to one year.  

Local Farmer South of Syracuse is Thriving with Farm to Table Concept

Aug 3, 2020
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According to the State Farm Bureau, 2 out of every 3 farmers have been hurt economically by the coronavirus.  Some are even struggling to stay open through the economic fallout.  However, we met one Central New York farmer who is thriving amid the pandemic.  Dan Palladino never expected a future in farming, but he also never lost his appreciation for it. 

“Every sunsets different… everything is different and, I love it.  Even in the middle of winter, I can find the beauty in that lake effect storm coming up here and nailing us.”   

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A recent New York State School Boards Association survey shows that only 44 percent of districts feel they can re-open without additional funding amid the threat of COVID-19.  Three main questions were randomly sent to more than 700 school board members.

Upstate counties and cities are competing to achieve the best U.S. Census response rate before Census volunteers come knocking.  The goal of the US Census Bureau's “PUSH Week” is to increase participation in the 2020 Census.  

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The Director of the Disability Rights Clinic at Syracuse University’s Office of Clinical Legal Education says the American’s with Disabilities Act has helped.  However, he says we still have a long way to go.  Over the weekend marked the 30th Anniversary of the ADA.  Michael Schwartz is a Supervising Attorney and a Professor.  In terms of securing employment for those with disabilities, the unemployment rate remains at 1990 levels of 70%.