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If downstate counties have to postpone their vaccination efforts due to the brewing noreaster, Onondaga County is willing to take their supply. County Executive Ryan McMahon said he’s offered to take the vaccine from cancelled appointments this week and take a lower allotment in the future.

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The Syracuse area has heard rumblings about the Salt City Market for months, and now the wait is finally over. The market features a wide variety of culinary options including Soul food, Jamaican, Thai, and more from local entrepreneurs.

On this episode of The 315, Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss head to downtown Syracuse to experience everything that The Salt City Market has to offer.

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All uniformed police officers in Syracuse are now equipped with body cameras. A total of 220 cameras have been issued to police officers and are to be on whenever any law enforcement activity occurs.

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The Finance Committee Chair of the Syracuse Common Council plans to hold discussions soon after it’s been made clear local governments won’t be getting any of the $900 billion in federal COVID aid.  Michael Greene says both sales tax revenue and state aid are way down and that ultimately impacts the city’s budget. 

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The City of Syracuse’s most recent action on police reform includes a new position in the police department  and an executive order on surveillance technology. Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens announced Friday Deputy Parks Commissioner Jimmy Oliver will become the Syracuse Police Department’s Director of Community Engagement.

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Millions of Americans flocked to city centers across the country demanding racial justice after the killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis. As a response to the call, the Central New York Community Foundation launched its Black Equity and Excellence Fund.

Regardless of the outcome of Friday’s season opener against Bryant, the fact Syracuse will be playing at all should be considered a victory.

As of this writing, over 35 programs across the NCAA have been put on pause and/or have cancelled competition due to COVID-19 complications. This does not include the 10 programs that have already cancelled their seasons entirely (Bethune-Cookman, Maryland Eastern-Shore, and the Ivy League).

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Local officials are working with the state to find a way to get orange zone schools back to school in person on Monday. This includes almost all of the Syracuse City School District. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon has made in-person a priority through the yellow, and now orange zone, designations. McMahon says instead having students transition to remote learning until all buildings are tested, they want to resume in-person instruction Monday with promise of all buildings tested by the end of the week.

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Onondaga County’s yellow zone has expanded and parts of it have transitioned to an orange zone as coronavirus cases continue to rise. Most of the city of Syracuse in addition to parts of Dewitt, Lyncourt and Solvay are in the designated orange zone. Orange zone rules go into effect Wednesday, and includes the closure of high-risk, nonessential businesses such as salons and gyms.

Homelessness is Declining in CNY despite COVID-19

Nov 18, 2020
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Homelessness is declining in Central New York despite the COVID-19 pandemic. According to an annual report put together by the Housing and Homelessness Coalition of Central New York, there has been a five year decrease in total homeless numbers and first-time homelessness.