August 27, 2015
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This year’s edition of The Great New York State Fair offers something for everyone especially in 2015. After years of acts that appealed to an older demographic,...


New York State Fair “2015 Pan-African Village Stage” Schedule

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Located between the Center of Progress Building and the Art and Home Center, you can come of the Pan African Village to learn about New York’s African-American history while you listen to music with African roots, taste African and Caribbean inspired food in the food court sponsored by Total Care, sip southern-style lemonade and browse More »

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Governor Cuomo Announces End-of-Summer “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Crackdown on Impaired Driving

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Average blood-alcohol content of motorists caught driving while impaired statewide more than .14—nearly twice the legal limit Governor Andrew M. Cuomo directed New York State Police to ramp up enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on impaired driving. The 20-day campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from Aug. 21 to Sept. More »

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FREE September Classes – Institute for Caregivers (I Care) Onondaga County Department of Adult & Long Term Care

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Through education and training, the Institute for Caregivers (I Care) supports and empowers individuals caring for older persons. This mission is met by providing these persons with the information and skills they need to make wise decisions regarding their own needs and the ever-changing needs of the older person. The Institute provides education and training More »

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City Announces Charges Filed Against Rochester Woman Dumping Televisions on Steuben Street

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Miner Administration Cracks Down on Illegal Dumping—A Serious Quality of Life Concern in Neighborhoods Across the City of Syracuse Miner: We Need to Send a Strong message to those who are leaving garbage on our streets: it will not Be tolerated in the City of Syracuse SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Mayor Stephanie A. Miner announced today More »

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FREE Back to School & Community Celebration at Skiddy Park…

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The Syracuse City School District – Innovation Zone (iZone) will partner with REACH Community Relief to hold a Back to School & Community Celebration at Skiddy Park on Saturday, August 29th from 11am to 2pm.  The event will offer FREE food, games/prizes, face painting, music, and other exciting activities. REACH Community relief will also complete More »

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“Don’t Relocate Halfway House to Tipperary Hill Neighborhood”, Rep. Katko Backs Neighbors

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Congressman Joins Tipperary Hill Neighbors in Expressing Opposition to Halfway House Relocation WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman John Katko (NY-24)  expressed grave concern for the relocation of a Residential Reentry Center (RRC) and Home Detention Services, commonly known as a halfway house, to the City of Syracuse’s Tipperary Hill Neighborhood. Rep. Katko this week outlined his position More »

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Small Business Development Center at Onondaga Community College New Fall classes

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The SBDC provides free and confidential advisement to start-up and existing businesses. Introduction to Small Business Start-up will now be a “Lunch & Learn”. Feel free to bring a bag lunch and learn what it takes to start your small business. The class covers legalities, business planning, financing, marketing and the realities of small business More »

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Farm Fresh Mobile Market: August 2015 Schedule

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The Farm Fresh Mobile Market brings fresh produce to locations where people live, work, and play! The goal of the FFMM is to increase access to healthy foods in high need area. The Farm Fresh Mobile Market offers healthy vegetables and fruits as well as education, samples, and food demonstrations at select sites.   “Click” More »

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Queen of Soul: Turns Jazz-Fest into Moments of “Churchin”

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Thousands of people turned out at the Syracuse 33rd Annual Jazz-Fest on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Onondaga Community College (OCC).  This was a festive occasion for all ages, cultures, and diverse communities. The Queen of Soul, the incredible Aretha Franklin sang and ministered what she does best, the Soul of Music.  There was something More »

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College Students: Credit Smarts 101

Now that you are a college student, you’ve most likely received many credit card offers.  Having and using a credit card can be a great tool to build a good credit history, understand; however that falling into the credit card trap is a good way to ruin your credit for a very long time. The More »

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Social Lending Marketplace StreetShares, awarding $5,000 to a veteran-owned small business.

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StreetShares, the social lending marketplace has innovative financing tools available for small businesses. In addition to small business loans, there are opportunities to fund small businesses through StreetShare’s program that allows investors to support small business through low interest loans. They’ve also introduced a program, Commander’s Call this is a $5,000 Veteran Business Award. (See More »

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Retailers Scramble to Distance Themselves from Confederate Flag

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Walmart, Amazon, eBay, Sears and Kmart will no longer stock merchandise bearing the Confederate flag after the Charleston church massacre, in a movement  that’s snowballed against what many say is a symbol of racism in the American South. After the shootings at “Mother” Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina; political leaders, retailers and average More »

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A.G. Schneiderman Announces Settlement with Aspen Dental Management That Bars Company from Making Decisions about Patient Care in New York Clinics

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Agreement Requires Aspen Dental Management To Pay $450,000 In Civil Penalties After AG Investigation Found The Dental Management Company Was Engaged In The Unauthorized Practice of Dentistry and Dental Hygiene Agreement Stops Illegal Fee Splitting between Aspen Dental and Dental Practices; Requires Aspen Dental Management To Be Clear It Is Not A Provider Of Dental Care More »

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The Rachel Dolezal Bombshell and Racial Identity

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The leader of the local NAACP of Spokane, Washington Rachel Dolezal has been “outed” as not being what she says she is. Dolezal, who identifies as Black faced mounting pressure to explain herself as her birth parents made public statements to the effect that, “She’s white”. Immediately there was a firestorm regarding race and racial More »

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OCC’s Chief Diversity Officer Earns “Most Powerful & Influential Woman Award”

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Onondaga Community College’s Eunice D. Williams has been selected to receive a “2015 Most Powerful & Influential Woman Award of the Tri-State Area.” She will be recognized for her excellence in leadership at the Tri-State Diversity & Leadership Conference in August in New York City. The Tri-State Diversity Council includes the states of Connecticut, New More »

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Gospel Music Workshop (GMWA) 2015 “Rocked”

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The 47th Annual National Convention was held in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 25-August 1, 2015. Thousands were in attendance attending workshops, nightly musicals, classes galore, showcases and networking with the gospel music industry.  The GMWA was founded by the late Rev. James Cleveland.  His vision and mission was to provide ha a platform where fledgling More »

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Greater Syracuse Labor Council, AFL-CIO Endorsements

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The following candidates have been endorsed by the Greater Syracuse Labor Council, AFL-CIO       Helen Hudson, Syracuse Common Council At Large Marty Masterpole, Syracuse City Auditor Chad Ryan, Common Council District 2 Susan Boyle, Common Council District 3 Ed Szczesniak, County Leg District 3 Pat Foster, County Leg District 4 Susan Scheuerman, County More »

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Miner Joins Building America’s Future, Coalition of Elected Officials Advocating for New Infrastrcutre Investment

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Building America’s Future, Chaired by Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and Former P.A. Governor Ed Rendell, is Made Up of a Bi-Partisan Group of Elected Officials Across the Nation   Miner: I’m Pleased to Join Over 150 Officials Who Know The Foundation to Economic Growth and a High Quality of More »

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Governor Cuomo Announces $2.5 Million for Legal Support Services for Individuals and Families Living with HIV

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo  announced support and protections for HIV-positive individuals and their families through $2.5 million in grants awarded to 11 organizations across the state which provide these individuals with access to various legal services. “Our administration is committed to ending the AIDS epidemic in New York – and today, we are continuing to More »

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How Voting is Like Going to Sears or Kmart

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We’re rightfully hand wringing over low voter turnout numbers in New York State. Regardless of our fixation on national politics, nothing has greater impact on our daily lives than the local voting machine. Garbage collection, street repair, funding of our failing schools, economic development policy, and this list goes on and on. But many people, More »

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SUM ART: Summer Pop Up Gallery

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Don’t miss the reception for “SUM ART: Summer Pop Up Gallery” next Thursday from 6-9pm. A collaboration of 40 Below’s Public Art Task Force and Point of Contact Gallery, “SUM ART” features work from 30 local CNY artists. The reception will be held on August 20th from 6-9pm at Point of Contact Gallery located at 350 West Fayette Street. Free More »

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With New York’s Voter Turnout the 4th Lowest in The Nation, Miner Urges State to Pass Voting Rights Legislation

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Miner, In Letter to Legislative Leaders and City Delegation, Calls for 20 Day Early Voting Period, “No Excuse” Absentee Balloting, and Universal Voter Registration Miner: With Fewer Than 30% of Voters Participating in Elections, It Is Clear Something Needs to Be Done SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Mayor Stephanie A. Miner on August 13th, stood with activists More »

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The Near Westside Community Multicultural Block Party Returns

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The Near Westside Community Multicultural Block Party will be held on Thursday, August 13th, from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at Skiddy Park on Syracuse’s Near Westside (at the intersection of Otisco and Tully streets) For a 6th straight year, the Near Westside Initiative, WCNY, and over a dozen partnering organizations are bringing the annual “Multicultural More »

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Urban Voices – Bill Carey & Andy Brigham: An Activists Tribute

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 Letter to the Editor: Dear Editor, I’m forever grateful to the late Bill Carey and Andy Brigham, outstanding journalists and news directors, for their invaluable role in the campaigns to end tobacco ads on Centro buses and at MacArthur Stadium and prompting Centro to install bus bike racks. Both reported on local issues of public More »

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Governor Cuomo Signs Executive Order Appointing NYS Attorney General as Special Prosecutor in Cases Where Law Enforcement Officers are Involved in Deaths of Civilians

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Governor Signs Executive Order Accompanied by Dozens of Community Advocates; Audio Available Here Governor Andrew M. Cuomo  issued Executive Order No. 147, which appoints the New York State Attorney General as a special prosecutor in matters relating to the deaths of unarmed civilians caused by law enforcement officers. The order also allows the special prosecutor More »

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Mourning the Loss of a Broadcast Legend: Bill Carey

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The Syracuse Press Club is deeply saddened by the news of Bill Carey’s passing. The board of directors extends its warmest sympathies to Bill’s wife MaryEllen and their three children.  A long list of the young people who got their first break in the business under Bill now populates the media in Syracuse and across More »

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Gillibrand: Why I’m Supporting An Imperfect Iran Deal

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Gillibrand Discusses Decision to Support the P5+1 Agreement in Medium Post “Goal has been and remains to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon… far more ability to achieve that outcome if we approve this deal” Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced her decision to support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action More »

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