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New Syracuse Creekwalk Extension Reaches into City's South Side
July 1, 2020, 10:31 pm | Source
Syracuse’s Creekwalk trail is now 2.2 miles longer after officials cut the ribbon Wednesday on the extension from Armory Square to Kirk Park in the heart of the city’s south side. It’s been more than six years in the making from the planning stages, funding, community meetings, and environmental reviews to, finally, design and construction.
Local Teens Will Learn STEAM Skills By Building Prosthetic Hands At CNY Summer Camp
June 30, 2020, 8:46 pm | Source
Central New York teens have the chance this summer to participate in a STEAM summer day camp that results in helping someone in need. It’s called “Hand in Hand”, where students entering 7 th through 12 th grades will work in teams to design and fabricate prosthetic hands for local youth and seniors using 3-D printers.
Mayor Walsh Ramps Up Discussions Over Future of Columbus Circle
June 29, 2020, 5:34 pm | Source
The City of Syracuse is ramping up its efforts to reimagine Columbus Circle downtown after increasing pressure from many in the community over the weekend to remove the statue there. Mayor Ben Walsh has formed the Columbus Circle Action Group to make recommendations for a comprehensive education and learning site at the circle.
CNY Enters Phase 4 Without Malls, Gyms
June 26, 2020, 8:31 pm | Source
Phase 4 of New York’s reopening strategy started in Onondaga County Friday. Some of Central New York’s arts and recreation businesses will now be able to once again open their doors. However, gyms, movie theaters and malls were not a part of the phase.
Local Organizations Aid Syracuse-Area Immigrants Through The Pandemic
June 25, 2020, 8:39 pm | Source
Over 40,000 immigrants live in the Syracuse-metro area. They speak a variety of languages, work as essential employees, and often don’t have the same access to information and resources that other populations do. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these factors make them vulnerable.
Syracuse Diocese Files for Bankruptcy Reorganization Amid Dozens of New Lawsuits
June 19, 2020, 7:43 pm | Source
The anticipated financial impact of dozens of new clergy sex abuse cases has prompted the Syracuse Diocese to file for reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Bishop Douglas Lucia made the announcement Friday, saying the diocese has over 100 lawsuits pending against it.
Juneteenth Message of Racial Justice in Syracuse Amplified by Recent Rallies, Marches, Protests
June 19, 2020, 6:06 pm | Source
Anyone who has celebrated or honored Juneteenth in the past, can’t escape that this year the holiday, and the injustices it exposes, is seeing more attention. Marches, rallies, and protests over racial police practices have also shined a light on racial inequities in education, the economy and other parts of society. I had a chance to talk with Ruthnie Angrand who’s on the Syracuse Juneteenth Committee. They would normally be holding a commemorative dinner, a Juneteenth parade and festival in Syracuse, which has become one of the larger such events in the state. She says state, county and city proclamations of Juneteenth as a holiday, coupled with recent racial equity pledges by many companies and institutions, heighten the significance. “Corporate Polices, government policies focus no equity in a way we never have been able to before,” Angrand said. “There are documents we can point to, holidays and commemorations we can point to that say, ‘don’t forget, you said this; you said this
CNY's Older LGBT Community Welcomes Supreme Court Ruling on LGBT Job Protections
June 16, 2020, 9:44 pm | Source
Monday’s US Supreme Court ruling protecting LGBT employees from discrimination based on sex is being felt here in Central New York…even if state and local laws are already in place. Kim Dill is executive director of SAGE Upstate , serving the region’s older LGBT community, most of whom are retired.
CNY Economy Reopening, but AARP Worries Nursing Homes are Being Forgotten...Again
June 15, 2020, 10:23 pm | Source
How should the reopening of the economy affect New York’s nursing homes? There are concerns that care for residents has suffered during the COVID pandemic shutdown.
No Body Cameras on Scene of Syracuse Police-Involved Shooting; City Working to Acquire More
June 12, 2020, 9:16 pm | Source
None of the three Syracuse Police officers first to arrive on the scene of Thursday morning’s officer-involved shooting had body cameras, highlighting the ongoing effort to secure the devices for all uniformed officers. Mayor Ben Walsh has made it a priority of his administration, aggressively seeking grants and dedicating city matching funds.
Suspect Shot by SPD Officer Reached for a Gun, Has Non-Life Threatening Injuries
June 12, 2020, 3:29 am | Source
Syracuse police continue their investigation into the officer-involved shooting early Thursday morning that injured a 23-year-old man. Officers responded to Mark Ave when the department’s shot spotter technology indicated multiple shots fired.
Syracuse's Civilian Police Oversight Board Works to Improve Police/Community Relations
June 10, 2020, 10:05 pm | Source
The independent panel that investigates allegations of police misconduct in Syracuse is also trying to change the relationship between police and the community. The Citizen Review Board’s primary role is to review complaints and make disciplinary, policy, training, and other recommendations to the police chief. But CRB administrator Ranette Releford says there also has to be a change in the mindset of officers, understanding that black and brown communities feel fear anytime they call the police. "They have a fear that they won't be listened to. They have a fear that they will be mistreated. There is an overall cultural shift that needs to occur. It also has to do with demeanor...how officers speak to invididuals they come into contact [with]." Toward that end, CRB Chair Peter McCarthy says Syracuse Common Councilors will be considering an ordinance called “right to know” pushed by the NYCLU. " It would require officers, when they stop somebody, to identify themselves, let the person
Syracuse Speaks: Protests, Policy & Progress
June 10, 2020, 8:16 pm | Source
Syracuse like many other communities across the U.S. has been a scene for large, emotional and diverse protests over police treatment of people of color. On this special edition of Syracuse Speaks , WAER News Director Chris Bolt is joined by Yusuf Abdul-Qadir, Director of the Central New York Chapter of the NYCLU, Pastor Erik Eure from The Promise Land Church, and Sam Rowser, Executive Director of On Point for College.
WATCH LIVE: George Floyd's Funeral
June 9, 2020, 3:21 pm | Source
The untimely death of George Floyd on May 25th has impacted communities across the country, and many have taken to the streets to protest the actions of those involved. Today starting at Noon, NPR will bring live coverage of the funeral for George Floyd. The service will be held at The Fountain of Praise in Houston. The video stream is expected to begin at Noon. If it is after Noon and the video does not appear, try refreshing your browser.
Hundreds Gather in Syracuse's Forman Park With a Message to Police: "Let us Breathe"
June 4, 2020, 10:09 pm | Source
Mayor Ben Walsh was among a diverse group of hundreds of people wearing masks who marched through downtown Syracuse Thursday calling for state passage of about a dozen police reform bills. The group then gathered in Forman Park for one of eight “Let us Breathe” press conferences held across the state condemning the death of George Floyd and other African Americans at the hands of police.
Syracuse and Onondaga County Curfews Lifted; Leaders Seek Productive Ways to Engage Community
June 1, 2020, 9:13 pm | Source
City and County leaders are hoping the community is ready and willing to find productive ways to get past the pain and frustration caused by the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. Largely peaceful protesters filled the streets near Syracuse Police headquarters over the weekend, with the exception of Saturday night when a handful of people broke windows and looted some stores.
CNY Businesses Welcome Proposed Extension of Paycheck Protection Program Deadline
May 28, 2020, 8:24 pm | Source
The House has passed a bill aimed at giving businesses in Central New York and across the nation more time to take advantage of the popular Paycheck Protection Program. The current deadline to bring workers back online is June 30 th , but many CNY businesses might not be fully operational by then.
Curbside Parking Changes Could Help Syracuse Businesses Adapt to Pandemic Reopen Rules
May 27, 2020, 12:57 am | Source
Syracuse restaurants and neighborhood stores might have an easier time expanding their take-out and curbside business thanks to a city project that starts Wednesday. Mayor Ben Walsh is implementing some parking changes that will help people practice contact-less delivery when patronizing a local business.
Memorial Day in CNY: Various Reasons but No Celebrations to Mourn the Fallen
May 25, 2020, 6:22 pm | Source
Memorial Day is supposed to be a somber holiday in Central New York and elsewhere. But this year it had even more of a solemn feeling, as the specter of COVID 19 deaths hung over the remembrance of the country’s war casualties.
Syracuse Faith Communities Could be Essential Partners in COVID-19 Communication, Recovery
May 20, 2020, 1:29 am | Source
The Syracuse-area’s most vulnerable residents are feeling the impact of COVID-19 the most, and faith leaders are trying to ensure people don’t fall through the cracks.
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