November 24, 2014
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The City of Syracuse announced the lineup for its annual “Home for the Holidays” celebration. The event, which centers around the Clinton Square tree lighting...

Hancock Field Air National Guard Base Airman Aid in Buffalo Snow Response

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HANCOCK FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, SYRACUSE (11/21/2014)(readMedia)– Thirty Airmen from the 174th Attack Wing are on duty in the Buffalo area as part of the New York National Guard’s response to the heavy snows hitting Erie County. The Airmen from Hancock Field Air National Guard Base are part of a 500- Soldier and Airman More »

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner Announces Support for Executive Order on Immigration

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Mayor Stephanie A. Miner announced today her support of President Barack Obama’s newly announced executive order to address the needs of millions of undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States. “Last night we heard President Obama detail a plan which will make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans,” More »

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Tobacco Kills Too Many Vulnerable New Yorkers ”The Great American Smokeout”

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Great American Smokeout Spotlights Pressing Need to Help those with Low Income, Less than High School Education or Poor Mental Health SYRACUSE, NY – The American Cancer Society, Great American Smokeout annually reminds us that quitting smoking is essential for good health, but the most at-risk populations in New York haven’t been able to quit More »

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The Harvest Christian Center Opens November 15th

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Dear friends, We’re excited to announce that beginning November 15th we will move to our new facility located at 1640 South Ave in the beautiful Elmwood community of Syracuse New York’s South Side.  We are so grateful for the journey that we have embarked on over the last year.  God has proved himself faithful every step of the way! With our More »

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Home for the Holidays, Antique Show and Many More, “Things to Do” in Syracuse and Central New York: November 23-December 31, 2014

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There are so many events that occur in Syracuse and Central New York it’s impossible to track them all. The following information has been submitted and/or gleaned from other published sources. If you have an event please use our online Contact Form to relay that information to Urban CNY. Question Bridge: The Work of Ellen More »

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Syracuse University Students End 18 day Occupation of Crouse Hinds Building

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On November 20th after meetings with Syracuse University officials, THE General Body decided to end their sit-in at the Crouse-Hinds Building.  Upon the meetings conclusion at a press conference organization representative Colton Jones announced that the sit-in would be ending that day. The following is a portion of what was released to the public after More »

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National Action Network (NAN) Chapters to Meet at Federal Court Houses Across the Country When the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision is Announced

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November 19, 2014 (New York, NY)—In anticipation of the impending grand jury decision in Ferguson, MO, National Action Network (NAN) Chapters are encouraging community members to join them when it is announced. Regardless of what the decision is, NAN chapters in over 25 cities around the country will gather. If the decision is to indict More »

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Governor Cuomo Announces (H.E.A.P.) Home Energy Assistance Available Beginning November 17

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that households needing heating assistance can begin applying for New York’s Home Energy Assistance Program on Monday, November 17. Eligible households can receive a one-time benefit of up to $625 this winter from the program, which is federally-funded. Again this winter, anyone living outside of New York City can More »

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Centerstate CEO Touts $650 Million in Development on University Hill


University Hill continues to be a hub of economic energy and activity.  Institutions on the Hill provide industry-leading education and medical care while also generating more than $650 million in total development between 2013 and 2015. Every day, more than 25,000 people, or 8% of all employees in the Syracuse metropolitan area, go to work on the Hill.

The people leading these institutions and organizations, and their growth, are some of the greatest thought-leaders and innovators in our region.  A recent wave of new energetic leadership, including Kimberly Boynton at Crouse Hospital; Dr. Mark Cattalani at Hutchings Psychiatric Center; Dr. Quentin Wheeler at SUNY-ESF; Rev. Johanna Marcure at Grace Episcopal Church; and Dr. Gregory Eastwood at SUNY Upstate Medical University, brings new perspectives and expertise. We look to them for guidance, direction, and solutions to many of the challenges we face as a community and region. The Hill_University Hill Corporation_logo

On Wednesday(Nov. 12, 2014), at the University Hill Corporation’s Annual Meeting, Syracuse University’s new Chancellor, Kent Syverud, highlighted the vital role these “mainstay institutions” play creating a thriving, innovative community. While sharing his vision to establish the University as a leading research institution focused on enhancing the quality of education for students, he said they must equally support the work being done to drive a strong regional economy. As he rightly pointed out, we all ultimately, have a stake in the outcomes.

I am incredibly grateful for the partnership and vision of these leaders of education, health care, spirituality and commerce. Their skills and talents are critical to our ability to expand an innovation district where anchor institutions and companies cluster to support new businesses and mixed-use communities that appeal to creative, talented and skilled people. Together, we are making University Hill, the city and the region a model for others to follow.


Robert M. Simpson
President & CEO


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The CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity is a twelve-county business leadership and economic development organization, based in Syracuse, New York. We represent more than 2,000 members and serve as the region’s primary economic, community and business development catalyst. Together, we work to achieve regional growth and total community prosperity through partnerships, planning and problem solving.

$650 Million in Development on University Hill – Some Highlights

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Veteran’s Day: Honoring World War II Minority Veterans

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Latham and Tarbell Portrait Minority Wall Memorial at OnCenter America’s “Minorities” or people of color have fought and died in wars since our nation’s birth. There are hundreds of thousands who fought in WWII and other conflicts that never were recognized for their service. Therefore, the existence of the World War II Minority Veterans Wall More »

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Gifford and Allyn Foundations Jointly Announce Recipient of 2014 Leadership Award

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 Kerry Quaglia of Home HeadQuarters honored with “The Kathy” (Syracuse NY) At a ceremony this evening at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, Allyn Foundation executive director Meg O’Connell announced the recipient of the 2014 Kathy Goldfarb-Findling Leadership Award, jointly awarded by the Allyn and Gifford Foundations. Kerry Quaglia, executive director of Home HeadQuarters, More »

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Miner Announces Ten Syracuse Firefighters Will Deploy to Buffalo

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Mayor Stephanie A. Miner announced today that, at the request of the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES), ten firefighters from the City of Syracuse Department of Fire will be deployed to aid the ongoing recovery efforts following the recent storms which have dumped over 70 inches More »

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Tax Department’s Year-Round “Amnesty Program” Reaches Half Billion Dollars in Collections

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Voluntary Disclosure Program helps nearly 9,000 taxpayers get out from under the burden of old tax liabilities – while avoiding penalties and criminal prosecution The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance said today that a unique program aimed at helping delinquent taxpayers put their liabilities behind them has collected for the State $530 More »

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Hispanic Federation Statement on President Obama’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions

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President’s Action Break Status Quo, Provides Millions Relief of Deportation NEW YORK, NY – José Calderón, President of Hispanic Federation, released the following statement today after President Obama announced his plan for executive action on immigration. The President is expected to provide more details about Administrative Relief during a speech on Friday in Las Vegas, NV. More »

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Talking Loud and Sayin’ Nothing

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 “Like a dull knife Just ain’t cutting Just talking loud Then saying nothing Just saying nothing Just saying nothing” – James Brown Suppose they held an election and nobody came? That’s what just happened, the election is over the votes are all tallied. Nationally, we had the lowest voter turnout since 1942. Prognosticators, pundits and More »

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City of Syracuse Announces Veterans Day Observance


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The City of Syracuse announced that all administrative offices, including City Hall and City Hall Commons will be closed for Veterans Day.  Trash pickup will be on schedule. Parking pay stations and meters will be free. Share it now!

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Syracuse University Building Occupied by a Campus Group called “THE General Body”

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Protesters demands detailed in 43 Page Document. Former Syracuse Common Council President Bea Gonzales, is the Liaison between Students and the University. (For the latest News about THE General Body at Syracuse University and their protest click on links below) In case you haven’t noticed there are rumblings from the Syracuse University Hill and they More »

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CenterState CEO: Addressing Poverty and Economic Disparity – Lessons from Cleveland, OH


Editor’s note: In a newsletter sent to its’ membership Centerstate CEO President & CEO Robert M. Simpson addressed poverty and their efforts to learn from other communities like Cleveland Ohio. Dear CenterState CEO Member: It’s perhaps the single most daunting challenge facing our region – a persistent mix of stagnant job growth and rising poverty. More »

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The Media Unit presents…It’s a Party


It’s a Party, leave the electioneering at the door and help us celebrate the Media Unit’s Campaign to open a dialog on race for youth in Central New York. Five to Life and the Hoffmann Family Band headline the Media Unit’s annual gala season celebration at Pensabene’s, 135 State Fair Boulevard in Syracuse, Thursday, October More »

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