October 23, 2020

“Each streetlight now has a smart node affixed to it that allows us to transfer data across the network, which spans the entire city.  So, all of that technology...


Urban CNY Excellence
October 6, 2020

(Syracuse, NY, September 30) — The Central New York Community Foundation (CNYCF) recently awarded the Community Folk Art Center (CFAC) $20,000 as part of the Black...



Joe Guerriero – Waiting for Normal: Cuba and the United States

ArtRage is no ordinary gallery. See upcoming exhibitions below. “Committed to breaking down the art world’s boundaries about who is welcome. We believe that everyone has the right to art and that art is essential to building an open, just world. Our vision for change is one that creates a community of open-minded, tolerant individuals More »


Governor Cuomo’s October 26th Update to New Yorkers on State’s Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic

Positive Testing Rate in All Focus Zone Areas is 3.18 Percent; New York State Positivity Outside All Focus Zone Areas is 1.06 Percent    Statewide Positivity Rate is 1.35 Percent 12 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in his October 26th briefing, updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the More »


Black Leadership Coalition: Candidate Forum


(Syracuse, NY – October 26, 2020) — Candidates running for public office will participate in a Before the Ballot Candidate Forum hosted by the Black Leadership Coalition of New York (BLC). The forum held via Zoom on Thursday, October 29, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. will also be live-streamed on the BLC Facebook page  More »


Bamboozled: Rushing to Confirm an Appointee and it is Not the Supreme Court

The late Syracuse Post-Standard Columnist Robert Haggart once stated, the Common Council is “Syracuse’s most deliberative body” according to Columnist Dick Case,“while tongue firmly planted in cheek”, in an 18-year-old missive about the legendary columnist.  Dick Case died in December 2019. And the Syracuse Common Council is still deliberating. The latest “deliberative” action attributed to More »



Meetings Scheduled in The Common Council Chambers October 26th, Up to and Including October 30th, 2020

The following is the schedule for the Syracuse Common Council. All meetings as listed have WebEx Meeting Links for viewing online. The interviews to fill the Councilor-At-Large position are scheduled for Tuesday, October 27th at 11: am with Ronnie White, Jr., followed at 11:30 am by Adam R. Crowley. Monday, October 26th 12:00 p.m. Study More »


Westcott Street Shooting Victim Stephen Phelps-Martans has Died


On Friday, October 23rd, 2020, at around 2:43 P.M., Officers responded to a residence in the 300 block of Westcott Street for a shooting with injuries type call. Upon arrival, Officers discovered a 37-year-old Stephen Phelps-Martans, 37, male who was shot in the mid-section. Phelps-Martans was transported to Upstate Hospital in serious condition, we received More »


REGAL & RPX Now Open at Destiny USA


Regal Destiny USA & RPX opens for the first time since March Syracuse, NY (October 23, 2020) – Regal Destiny USA & RPX has opened today for this first time since March. The opening comes in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement allowing movie theatres outside of New York City to reopen at 25 percent More »


New York State Announces More Than $100 Million In Additional Food Assistance for October

More than $700 Million in Emergency SNAP Benefits Distributed Since April Food Assistance Brings an Average Additional Benefit of $145 per Household Each Month The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) today announced more than $100 million in additional emergency food assistance to help New Yorkers avoid food insecurity during the More »




Shots Fired: Weekend Crime Report Includes One Death

Syracuse Police had a busy weekend as a flow of “shots fired” continued, following the shooting death on Westcott Street, the afternoon of Friday. This weekend, on W. Colvin Street, shots fired and E. Fayette St., shots fired with injuries. Shooting with Injuries on E. Fayette Street – Friday, October 23rd, 2020, at around 10:02 More »


Governor Cuomo and Mariah Kennedy Cuomo Announce New York State to Partner with the RealReal to Launch “Mask Up” Campaign to Benefit COVID-19 Relief Efforts and Build Awareness of Need to Wear Masks


Limited-Edition “New York Tough” Mask Designed by Public School Will Raise Funds for New Yorkers in Need Mask Profits to be Donated to COVID-19 Relief Charities Feeding America, Nurse Heroes and the New York COVID Relief Fund to Help Food Insecurity and Support Nurses Governor Andrew Cuomo and his daughter Mariah Kennedy Cuomo announced New York More »



Arts Adapt in a Time of COVID


FOCUS and Thursday Morning Roundtable together present three innovative arts organizations that have adapted to reach their audience even in a time of pandemic. Join the conversation with Bob Hupp and Jill Anderson of Syracuse Stage, Larry Luttinger of CNY Jazz Arts, and Sara Felice of Point of Contact Gallery to learn how arts innovate More »


Potential COVID-19 Exposure at Prime Steak House Restaurant

The Onondaga County Health Department has confirmed that an employee at Prime Steak House located at 101 East Water Street, Syracuse has tested positive for COVID-19. Members of the public who visited the restaurant on Monday, October 19 between the hours of 3:30pm and 6:30pm may have been exposed. Health Department investigators are in the More »


Katko Presents Long Overdue Medals to CNY Veterans


Skaneateles, NY— In a ceremony on Saturday October 24th at Shotwell Memorial Park in Skaneateles, U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) presented long overdue medals to two Central New York veterans, Mr. Joe Carfagno and Mr. Drew Deapo. Both veterans were owed medals from their service, but had never received them. After contacting Rep. Katko’s office, More »


Rep. Katko Held Virtual Workshop to Help Seniors Navigate Medicare Open Enrollment Period

Syracuse, NY — U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) held a virtual workshop to help Central New York seniors navigate the ongoing Medicare Open Enrollment Period. The workshop was held via Zoom on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 9:30am. Rep. Katko was joined by an expert from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and providers. Together, they More »



Gail Tosh to Host Early Voting Kickoff Rally, featuring Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter and WTPOI’s Fred Ringwald

Baldwinsville, NY – On October 24th, Gail Tosh, Democratic candidate for New York’s 120th Assembly District, will be holding “Make Strides with Gail and Early Voting Rally,” an event to mark the start of Early Voting in New York. Assemblywoman and Chair of the Onondaga County Democratic Committee Pamela Hunter and the leader of We More »


Potential COVID-19 Exposure at South Avenue Market

The Onondaga County Health Department has confirmed that an employee at South Avenue Market located at 1504 South Avenue, Syracuse has tested positive for COVID-19. Members of the public who visited the market on Wednesday, October 21 or Thursday the 22nd between the hours of 8:00pm and 10pm may have been exposed. Health Department investigators are in the process More »


Court Forces Trump Administration to Use Special Measures to Deliver Election Mail Immediately

USPS Has Made Excuses to Avoid Compliance with September Preliminary Injunction New York – New York Attorney General Letitia James today scored another important victory in the fight against the Trump Administration’s attempts to dismantle the United States Postal Service (USPS) and disrupt operations in an effort to undermine the November presidential election. An interim More »