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...

Westcott Street Cultural Fair 2014 Entertainment Schedule Sunday Sept. 21, 2014

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The following are the schedule of events for the 2014 edition of the Westcott Street Cultural Fair 2014 Schedule and Stage Locations  ☆ WAER Main Stage (at Dorian’s) 12:30-1:30 Call Security 2:10-3:10 Mutron Warriors 3:50-4:50 Mark Doyle & The Maniacs 5:30-6:30 The Blacklites ☆ Dell Multicultural Stage (at Papa John’s) 12:30-1:15 Pam McGrath 1:45-2:30 Kumbuyu More »

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Neverending Story Screening Coming to Burnet Park-Friday, September 12 at 8:00 PM

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation, and Youth Programs will host a screening of the film “The NeverEnding Story” in Burnet Park this Friday, September 12 at 8:00 PM. The film will be brought to the park in partnership with Nomad Cinema, a local outdoor film screening company. “Burnet Park More »

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City of Syracuse Roadwork Schedule for September 8 – September 14


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The City of Syracuse today released its schedule of roadwork projects for the week of September 8 through September 14. 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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Syracuse City School District Begins Classes for 2014/15

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All over the city you could hear the sounds of children returning to school.  This year the Syracuse City School District is embarking on several initiatives designed to comply with mandated changes. Schools are being re-branded and re-staffed as Syracuse struggles with several schools being cited by New York State as under performing. As a result changes are taking place at many SCSD facilities. There is no more Fowler High School it is now,” Public Service Leadership Academy at Fowler”  other changes include the new Syracuse Latin School that shares space with Hughes Elementary. Superintendent Contreras, Mayor Miner and Board of Education President Mignano opened the 2014-15 school year by visiting Hughes Elementary and The Syracuse Latin School.

Syracuse Latin is one of three new schools opening this year in the Syracuse City School District. It is a gifted and talented school that offers high quality options for students through accelerated instructional programs and a challenging liberal arts program. Delaware Primary and the Public Service Leadership Academy at Fowler are the other two new schools opening in 2014-15.


Syracuse City School District Superintendent Sharon Contreras, center, taken on a tour of the on the first day of classes ever held at the Syracuse Latin School. Tazhere Lawson, left, and Orendez Walls were shown examples of Arabic writing by Arabic language teacher Abdulilah M Al Dubai, right. Photo by John Berry




Syracuse City School District Superintendent Sharon Contreras visited a kindergarten class at the Syracuse Latin School at the end of breakfast on the first day of classes for the program that shares space with the Hughes Elementary School.  Photo by John Berry



“Hughes Elementary School First Day of School”

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The Syracuse Poster Project invites Central New York poets to submit haiku poems

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The Syracuse Poster Project invites Central New York poets to submit haiku poems for the 2015 poster series, the 14th annual series. Each year the Project brings together artists from Syracuse University and poets from the community to create a series of 16 posters for the poster panels of downtown Syracuse. Each poster features an illustrated poem about the downtown, city, or nearby countryside.Kiosk, Syracuse Poster Project

For entry materials, guidelines on writing haiku, and posters from current and past series, see the web site: Or call Jim Emmons, project coordinator, at 443-8781. The submission deadline is Sept. 5. The Project announces the selected poets and artists in December and releases the poster series in April.

For on-line listings:

The following link goes directly to the “Participate” section of our website, where visitors can find entry materials, etc.: CNY

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The following five image files can be downloaded from a link at the bottom of this email:

1. “Kiosk, Syracuse Poster Project.jpeg” Kerff Petit-Frere, Syracuse University art student, Class of 2011, with poster based on poem by Nancy Liccione, of Clay.

2. “04_Carroll_Lossing.jpeg” A poster from the 2014 series by artist Abbey Lossing and poet Rosalyn Carroll, of Manlius.

3. “07_Hendee_Blaushild.jpeg” A poster from the 2014 series by artist Daniel Blaushild and poet Sally Hendee, of Fair Haven.

4. “15_Scala_McGowan.jpeg” A poster from the 2014 series by artist John McGown and poet Patsy Scala, of New Woodstock.

5. “16_Wojtowycz_Cianciosi.jpeg.” A poster from the 2014 series by artist Hillary Cianciosi and poet George Wojtowycz, of Syracuse.

1. Sampler, 2014, Five (3.6 MB) [application/zip] Download link:

The Syracuse Poster Project, established in 2001, brings together community poets and Syracuse University artists to create an annual series of poetry posters for the city’s poster panels.

Each year The Syracuse Poster Project produces 16 art posters, each featuring an illustrated poem about the downtown, the city, or the nearby countryside.

The Project enlivens the city, builds community, and spreads its value by selling poster prints and poster-related products.

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Miner Submits Public Comment to NYSDOT about Future of Route 81

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Miner Submits Letter to NYSDOT on Final Day of Public Comment Period, Urging NYSDOT to Focus on Livability and Directives from Syracuse Comprehensive Plan Miner Also Supports Removing Stacked Viaduct, Tunnel, Depressed Highway, and Rehabilitation Options from Consideration  SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Mayor Stephanie A. Miner submitted a letter September 2, 2014 to the New York More »

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A.G. Schneiderman Statement on CVS’ Decision to Stop Selling Tobacco Products


Attorney General Renews Calls for Other Major Pharmacies to Pull Tobacco Products from Shelves Schneiderman: As Pharmacies Increasingly Market Themselves as a Source for Community Health Care, They Send a Mixed Message by Continuing To Sell Deadly Tobacco Products NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released the following statement on the decision by CVS 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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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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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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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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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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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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