September 2, 2014
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The 168th New York State Fair had something for everyone. Food, exhibitions, games and all of this takes place within 300 acres rides, games and...

Rep. Maffei Statement on Labor Day

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SYRACUSE, NY – U.S. Representative Dan Maffei released the following statement in recognition of Labor Day,  Monday, September 1st. “As we celebrate Labor Day, we pay tribute to the hardworking men and women in Central New York and across the country who make invaluable contributions to our nation every day. Working families are the backbone More »

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Pastor Lateef Johnson-Kinsey Joins Urban CNY as Contributing Writer

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Pastor Lateef Johnson-Kinsey Joins Urban CNY as Contributing Writer he will write about matters of faith in addition to inspirational messages through prayer according to Johnson-Kinsey, “I have been living in Philadelphia since 1998 and have been moved by God to come back home and help rebuild and bring our inner city churches into the More »

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A Vicious Cycle


By Thea St.Omer In the wake of the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, by now many of us have seen the news photographs.  Among them, a young, unarmed American man (so called “white”) in the hands of the police, protesting the killing of his fellow young, unarmed American man (so called “black”) murdered by the hands More »

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo attends ribbon cutting officially opening the 2014 Great New York State Fair

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The 2014 edition of the New York State Fair opened in Syracuse August 21st with a torrential downpour. The rain didn’t dampen the spirits of those attending opening ceremonies moved inside due to the pouring rain. This year’s theme is, “Summer’s Best In Show”.Gov and cow

Governor Cuomo spoke about the fair, “We are very excited to be here. I feel that in many ways this fair is going to be the best fair we’ve ever had. There are a lot of new advancements and a lot of new sights to see, so I am excited to be here. I brought two of my daughters along with me, Cara and Michaela, who are going to be the judges for me, because they’ve been here for many, many years. Let’s give a big round of applause to the Department of Agriculture and all of the people who worked so hard to put this together. They’ve really done a great job. Now let’s cut the ribbon, and let’s enjoy the fair!” Opening day at the Fair Gov Cuomo_Joannie

In addition to being one of the largest State Fairs in the United States, the Great New York State Fair is also the oldest in the nation. The first fair took place in Syracuse in 1841, and began being held there permanently in 1890.

This year’s event includes a variety of attractions and programs that are part of the Taste NY initiative, which is designed to raise the profile of local agricultural vendors and small businesses from across the state. These include a tent for tasting and purchasing a variety of New York State brands, a tasting trivia trail, wine and cheese seminars, and the Taste NY Wine, Beer & Spirits Village at the Colonnades. Ribbon Cutting NYS Fair

Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo announced that Amtrak will continue its tradition of providing train service to the Fair, with five trains dropping passengers off daily for the 12 days of the fair. The Fair runs from Thursday, August 21 to Monday, September 1.



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City of Syracuse Releases Roadwork Schedule for September 1 – September 7


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The City of Syracuse today released its schedule of roadwork projects for the week of September 1 through September 7. For more information, including detailed maps of detours, residents are invited to visit the City of Syracuse roadwork webpage at Erie Blvd. West Bridge over Onondaga Creek. This City project will More »

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Dance Theater of Syracuse (DTS) Opens in September

DTS LogoDance Theater of Syracuse will begin classes this September 6th. Students will learn; Ballet, Modern(Horton, West African, Hip Hop, Creative Movement and Tap) DTS is located at 117 Harvard Place, Syracuse, NY Their first instructor is Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchell, call 315-396-0536 for more information or by E-mail Click on image below for full poster view

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New York League of Conservation Voters Endorses Sam Roberts for State Assembly

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NEW YORK — The New York League of Conservation Voters, which works to make environmental sustainability a top political and policy priority in New York State, has announced its endorsement of Sam Roberts for New York Assembly in District 128. Assemblymember Roberts has worked tirelessly to increase environmental awareness and activism in his district. He More »

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Katko to Host Listening Session in the City of Syracuse

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Candidate Continues Open Meetings Throughout District Syracuse, New York – Republican, Conservative, and Independence candidate for U.S. Congress John Katko (NY-24) today announced that he will continue his series of Listening Sessions across the 24th Congressional District with an open conversation with voters tomorrow evening in the City of Syracuse. The event is the seventh More »

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City Releases Roadwork Schedule for August 25 through 31


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The City of Syracuse released its weekly schedule of roadwork for August 25 through August 31. For more information, including detour maps, residents are encouraged to visit the City of Syracuse roadwork website at Erie Blvd. West Bridge over Onondaga Creek. This City project will reduce traffic to one lane in More »

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Miner, Mahoney, Contreras to Co-Sponsor September 5th Fundraiser Supporting Say Yes To Education Endowment

Syracuse City School District Superintendent Sharon Contreras spoke to the students just before the start of ceremonies.

Three Leaders Call On Community to “Say Yes” To Their Appeal, Raising Funds for the Say Yes Scholarships SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner, Onondaga County Executive Joanne M. Mahoney, and Superintendent of Schools Sharon L. Contreras announced today that they will be sponsoring a gala fundraiser to support the Say Yes to More »

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90′s R&B Takes Center Stage When Bell Biv Devoe Performs at Chevy Court Aug. 30

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Group’s Members Were Part of New Edition, Then Made Their Own Contributions One of the pioneering groups of 90′s R&B will remind Fairgoers of why their music was so important when Bell Biv Devoe performs at the Great New York State Fair’s Chevy Court at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 30, State Fair Acting Director More »

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Rep. Dan Maffei Announces Birth of His First Child

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WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Dan Maffei (NY-24) and his wife Abby Davidson Maffei today announced the birth of their first child, Maya Elizabeth Maffei. “Abby and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our daughter, Maya Elizabeth Maffei,” said Rep. Maffei. “Maya was born at 6:23 PM on Thursday, July 3, 2014. She More »

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Rep. Maffei Statement on Supreme Court’s Burwell V. Hobby Lobby Decision

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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision that would permit some for-profit corporations to exclude birth control coverage in employees’ health insurance plans: “I am deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling today that gives some for-profit corporations the More »

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Paine Branch Library September Events

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Paine Branch Library 113 Nichols Ave. Syracuse, NY 13206 435-5442 SEPTEMBER ART EXHIBIT: “The Turn of the Screw” By Henry James, courtesy of Onondaga Historical Society and Syracuse Stage Syracuse’s own James Street is named after his grandfather, most don’t know why. The exhibit will explain how that came to be and how much influence James’ More »

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ArtRage Gallery September Events

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505 Hawley Avenue, Syracuse, New York    315-218-5711 Hours: W, Th, F 2-7pm & Sat. 12-4pm  ArtRageous art for peace & social justice ArtRage is handicapped accessible Off street parking at 408 & 414 Lodi Street Saturday, September 6, 2014    2 – 4pm    Free to the Public Artist Talk with Mollie Kellogg and Steven D. More »

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Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Has Region-wide Impact


by Robert M. Simpson CenterState CEO President & CEO This week, joined by our partners at the Preservation League of New York State, Hotel Syracuse developer Ed Riley, and Congressman Daniel Maffei, we highlighted one of our region’s most effective economic development incentives – the federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit. This tax credit is the More »

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Onondaga County Central Library Project Will Make Over 40,000 Historic Records Freely Accessible Online

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SYRACUSE, New York—The Onondaga County Public Library and FamilySearch (online at, a nonprofit premier family history and records preservation organization, announced a joint initiative to digitally preserve 40,000 historic titles from the library’s collections and make them freely accessible online to patrons worldwide. Some of the titles are extremely rare—dating back to Colonial America. More »

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Elevator Constructors Recruit Apprentices

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Rochester, NY (August 28, 2014) – The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for The International Union of Elevator Constructors, Local Union #27, will conduct a recruitment from September 29, 2014 through October 10, 2014 for two elevator-escalator constructor and modernizer apprentices, State Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera announced today. Application requests must be made in More »

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New York State Offering Hundreds of Internship Opportunities for the Fall Semester

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College Students Encouraged to Apply By September 8th Deadline @ Civil Service Commissioner Jerry Boone announced that the application deadline is approaching for hundreds of internship opportunities available within New York State government, and encouraged college students to submit applications for the Fall semester as soon as possible. The application deadline is September 8th. More »

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Rep. Maffei Statement on Women’s Equality Day

SYRACUSE, NY – U.S. Representative Dan Maffei today released the following statement in honor of Women’s Equality Day: “Today, on Women’s Equality Day, we commemorate the anniversary of the 19th Amendment and celebrate the right of women to vote. From the Seneca Falls Convention here in Central New York to the passage of the Lilly More »

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NYS Tax Department Offers Free Assistance to Taxpayers at the Great New York State Fair

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Commissioner, Taxpayer Advocate, staff experts will provide private assistance to resolve tax issues on the spot “Ask us – We’re here to help!” That’s the mantra of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance at the Great New York State Fair this year. The Department is hosting a Tax Resolution Center in the More »

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St. Joseph’s Celebrates Opening of Employee Breastfeeding Room

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Event Coincides with National Breastfeeding Month SYRACUSE, N.Y. – St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center officially opened a new employee breastfeeding room on August 12, at 2 p.m. in the hospital’s former operating room suite on the second floor. The room is part of the ongoing Lactation Support Program for employees that helps women who return More »

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My ObamaCare Story

Covering the Affordable Care Act was going to be as exciting as watching paint dry. From the beginning planned Town Hall Meetings were disrupted by activists bent on preventing civil discussions on President Obama’s legislative accomplishment.  Nicknamed, “ObamaCare” the term became synonymous with the Affordable Care Act. In polling, participants choose the Affordable Care Act More »

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