August 15, 2014
Get on up The James Brown Story_2

Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film gives a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the...


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

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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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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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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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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

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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 www.syrgov.net/roadwork. 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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Summers Here! City Announces Opening Dates for City Pools

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The City of Syracuse announced plans to open most City pools on Monday, June 30.

“Pools offer a great opportunity for recreation and physical activity during the summer months and the City of Syracuse is proud to have a number of terrific facilities for the community to use,” said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. “We are looking forward to a safe and fun swim season.”

The City of Syracuse has five parks equipped with outdoor pools on track to open on June 30; Burnet, Kirk, Thornden, Wilson, and Schiller. The Lincoln Park pool will open on Tuesday, July 1 due to cleaning. The McKinley Park pool is scheduled to open on July 9. Another pool, located in Onondaga Park, will have its opening delayed due to maintenance issues. Indoor pools in Meachem Park and at Huntington school will be open June 30 as well.

In May, the City of Syracuse appealed to the community for help recruiting lifeguards. That effort was successful and the City will have approximately 120 lifeguards on staff this summer.

Burnet Park Pool
Located at the 300 block of Coleridge Avenue at Burnet Park Drive, the pool at Burnet Park is a 50 meter, eight lane outdoor pool. The water depth ranges from 4 feet to 14 feet. Children must be a minimum* of 4 feet, 4 inches to swim. The pool also has a spray fountain.
2014 Hours:  Long Course Lap Swim:   Monday through Friday, 6:45 to 9:00 am–$3.00 or 1 coupon per visit

Kirk Park Pool 
The pool at Kirk Park, located at 400 West Borden Avenue, is a 25 yard long, nine lane L-shaped outdoor pool, with a wheelchair disabled access ramp and shallow end stair entry. The water depth ranges from 3 feet to 11 feet.  Children must be a minimum* of 3 feet, 4 inches to swim. The pool also has a spray fountain.
2014 Hours:   Public swim from 1:00 to 7:00 pm daily.

Lincoln Park PoolOpening Tuesday, July 1
The Lincoln Park pool is located at 140 Robinson Street at Sherwood Street. It is a 25 yard, six lane outdoor pool. The water depth ranges from 3 feet 6 inches to 12 feet, with a 3 feet 10 inches minimum* height requirement for children. The pool also has a children’s spray fountain.
2014 Hours: Public swim hours will be Monday through Saturday Noon to 6:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 to 5:30 pm

McKinley Park Pool - Scheduled to open on July 9
The pool at McKinley Park is located at the 300 block of West Pleasant Street, one block west of 2300 block of Midland Avenue. It is a 50 meters long, six lane outdoor pool with stairs. The water ranges from 3 feet deep to 7 feet deep; children have a 3 feet 4 inches minimum* height requirement. There is also a children’s spray fountain.
2014 Hours:
  Beginning 6/24/2013 McKinley will have public swim from 1:00 to 7:00 pm daily.

Onondaga Park PoolOpening delayed due to maintenance issues
Located at 531 Roberts Avenue at Wellesley Road, the pool at Upper Onondaga Park is 50 meter, six lanes L-shaped outdoor pool. The water depth ranges from 3 feet 6 inches to 12 feet.  Children must be a minimum* of 3 feet, 10 inches to swim. The pool also has a children’s spray fountain.
2014 Hours:  Onondaga Pool will have public swim from 1:00 to 7:00 pm daily.

Schiller Park Pool
The pool at Schiller Park, located at 1100 Rugby Road at Oak Street, is a 55 yard long by 25 yard wide, ten lane outdoor pool. There is a 125 foot long shallow end deck top water slide. The water depth ranges from 3 feet 6 inches to 12 feet.  Children must be a minimum of 3 feet, 10 inches to swim. The pool also has spray fountain.
2014 Hours:   Slide closed for the 2014 season
Lesson Hours:   Monday through Friday, 1/2 hour assigned between 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Public Swim Hours:Public swim from 1:00 to 7:00 pm daily

Thornden Park Pool  -
The pool at Thornden Park is 50 meter long, eight lane outdoor pool. The water depth ranges from 3 feet 6 inches to 7 feet.  Children must be a minimum* of 3 feet 10 inches to swim. The pool also has a children’s spray fountain
2014 Hours:  Long Course Swim Hours:   Monday through Friday: 6:45 to 8: 45 am–$3.00 or 1 coupon per visit  Lesson Hours:   Monday through Friday 1/2 hour assigned between 9:00 am and 11:30 am
Public Swim Hours:   Monday through Saturday is Noon to 7:00 pm and Sunday is 1:00 to 7:00 pm

Wilson Park Pool
The pool at Wilson Park is located at 1117 South McBride Street at Taylor Street. It is a 25 yard long, six lane outdoor pool. The water is 3 feet 6 inches deep.  Children must be a minimum* height of 3 feet 10 inches to swim. The pool also has a children’s spray fountain.
2014 Hours: Public swim – Monday through Saturday – Noon to 6:00pm and Sunday -1:00 to 5:30 pm

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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 FamilySearch.org), 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 @ nysinternships.com 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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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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The Joint School Construction Board Holds Public Meetings Presenting Draft Master Plan

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Joint Schools Construction Board (JSCB) will hold a series of public meetings throughout August to present the draft master plan of Phase II projects to the community. These meetings will consist of a brief presentation by The Facilities Management Group, a JSCB consultant, and a public comment period. The meetings will More »

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Sheet Metal Workers Recruit Apprentices

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Syracuse, NY (July 3, 2014) – The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #58 will conduct a recruitment from August 4, 2014 through July 6, 2015 for four sheet metal worker apprentices, State Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera announced today. Please note that the four openings listed for sheet metal More »

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