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Part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's announced $22.3 million in funding for 11 projects: St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center to receive of up to $2.5...

Miner Sends Letter to President Obama, Opens the Doors to Syracuse for Migrant Children


Miner Seeks Partnership with Federal Government to Address Humanitarian Needs SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Mayor Stephanie A. Miner sent a letter to President Barack Obama formally extending her offer to use the City of Syracuse as a site for relocating Latin American children who have crossed the Southern border. “Our nation is rightly proud to point More »

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City of Syracuse Announces Roadwork Schedule for July 21 through July 27


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The City of Syracuse announced today its schedule of roadwork projects throughout the city for the week of July 21 through July 27.  More information, including detour maps, is available on the City of Syracuse roadwork webpage at www.syrgov.net/roadwork. Erie Blvd. West Bridge over Onondaga Creek. This City project requires a full 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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Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on the 50th Anniversary of The Civil Rights Act

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Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson moved our nation further along the path of progress by signing the Civil Rights Act. Since then, we have made significant headway in achieving greater equality throughout New York and the United States — but there is still much that remains to be achieved. It is our duty 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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City of Syracuse Weekly Roadwork Advisory June 30 – July 5


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The City of Syracuse issued its weekly roadwork advisory today for the week of June 30 through July 5. Commuters are encouraged to visit the City of Syracuse roadwork webpage, www.syrgov.net/roadwork, for more information. Closures and detour maps will also be posted on the City of Syracuse social media sites. Erie Blvd. 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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Huge First-Time Specials for Fairgoers at the All-New Midway, Operated by Wade Shows

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Fans of amusement rides should prepare for an exciting time at the 2014 Great New York State Fair, as plans are taking shape for the all new Wade Shows Midway, Acting State Fair Director Troy Waffner said today. As a special get-acquainted event to mark the new Midway, Wade Shows will offer free rides from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on opening day, August 21.

The Midway will for the first time, offer ride-all-day wristbands every day of the Fair. Previously, all-day wristbands were only available on some weekdays. Advance sale wristbands priced at $20 provide a $5 savings over regular weekday prices and $10 over weekend prices. Fairgoers who plan to spend four days or more at the Midway can save even more by buying the $70 Mega Pass, which is good every day of the Fair.

Waffner also noted that the Fair was notified today that the 10-year contract between the Fair and Wade Shows received final approval from the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC). Once a bid is awarded, it is customary for parties to move forward in preparing for the implementation of that contract, pending approval from OSC. Planning did proceed during this interim period, and the Midway is right on track for a smooth launch on August 21.

“We’re thrilled that this is now official, and we believe Fairgoers should be, too. These specials are just great news for fairgoers and Wade Shows will be ready on day one to amaze and entertain nearly a million visitors at this year’s Fair. We’re right on target and this year’s Midway will be both an eye-popping and thrilling experience for fairgoers,” Waffner said.

“We’ve been hard at work planning the greatest midway in the long history of the New York State Fair. Preparations are well underway and I think the people of New York will be amazed by what they see. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve got planned,” said Frank Zaitshik, owner of Wade Shows.

Wade Shows will bring at least 63 rides to the Fair, including five of the most exciting rides, called “super-spectacular” rides. Among the rides:

* The RC-48 roller coaster, which will be the largest roller coaster ever to appear at the Fair. Wade Shows owns the two largest traveling coasters in America and the RC-48 is one of them.

* The Crazy Mouse roller coaster, which adds a spinning seat to the thrills of going up and down the coaster rails.

* The Enterprise, a spinning, tilting kind of Ferris wheel that falls into the super-spectacular category and which will mark a return of the ride to the Fair.

* Mega Drop, the world’s largest portable drop tower.

* Two Kiddielands, one of which will include Wade’s newest ride for younger thrillseekers, Charlie Copter.

Wade also promises a beautified Midway, and will provide more landscaping than ever to the area. The landscaping will be purchased from a local vendor. There will be more shaded seating, and misting stations to help people cool off on the hottest days. Wade plans to emphasize New York products, buying as much food as possible for its vending booths from New York farms and providing New York-themed prizes in at least one game booth. All of Wade’s booths will sport a consistent look and its employees will wear uniforms.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 21 – September 1, 2014. The Fair’s mission, reflected in its 2014 theme, “Summer’s Best in Show,” is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment. This year’s tagline – “New Attractions, Old Favorites, Timeless Fun” – highlights the more than two dozen new events and attractions and the expansion or enhancement of several Fairgoer favorites.

In addition to the annual New York State Fair, the Fairgrounds host dozens of agricultural events throughout the year, including some of the Northeast’s most prestigious horse and livestock shows.

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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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Pitbull Brings the Party to The State Fair Grandstand Stage Saturday, August 23

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A Night of Hits Planned from “Mr. Worldwide” International music superstar Pitbull brings a long list of familiar songs to the Great New York State Fair Grandstand on Saturday, August 23, Troy Waffner, Acting Fair Director, announced today. Tickets, priced at $57, $47, and $37 go on sale at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 23 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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Rep. Maffei Statement on Fourth of July

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SYRACUSE, NY – U.S. Representative Dan Maffei released the following statement in honor of Independence Day, the Fourth of July: “The Fourth of July marks the birth of our great nation and our independence. Our nation was founded on the values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As we celebrate Independence Day with More »

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John Katko Candidate (NY-24) Public Schedule for Holiday Weekend

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        Syracuse, New York – Following is the public schedule for Republican, Conservative, and Independence Party candidate for U.S. Congress John Katko (NY-24) for the Independence Day Holiday Weekend: Thursday, July 3rd 7:00 p.m. Fair Haven Independence Parade Village of Fair Haven Cayuga County Friday, July 4th 10:00 a.m. Manlius Independence Parade More »

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Greater Syracuse Land Bank Seeks Bidders for Deconstruction of Blighted Houses

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The Greater Syracuse Land Bank has issued a request for proposals from bidders interested in deconstructing blighted houses. A pre-bid meeting hosted at the Syracuse Center of Excellence from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM next Tuesday, July 8th will provide an opportunity for interested contractors to ask questions about the deconstruction program, get guidance on More »

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Family matters…


Growing up I considered my mother’s family as very “upper crust” clan, filled with educated home owners, with respectable jobs who basically lived the American dream. Just not us. From what I saw my grandmother had successfully raised 4 ½ out of 5 of her offspring. One of my uncles had three children they lived More »

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Notice to Contractors: Clinton Terrace Drainage Improvement Project-Village of Jordan (Onondaga County, New York)

The Village of Jordan is requesting sealed bids for the replacement of the storm sewer concrete gutter along the south side of Clinton Street, the In the Village of Jordan, NY The project also includes the installation of new drainage structures, and storm piping.  Plans and specifications are available for viewing and searching at www.planandprint.com.  More »

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St. Joseph’s Announces Key Leadership Appointments

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Chief Operating Officer, New Board Members Named   SYRACUSE, NY – St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center has announced that AnneMarie Walker-Czyz has been named chief operating officer and senior vice president for operations effective June 15, 2014. Czyz assumes these duties in addition to her role as St. Joseph’s chief nursing officer. Czyz joined St. More »

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Governor Cuomo Partners with 64 Employers to Offer More Than 1,000 Job Openings

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No-Cost Events Connect Jobseekers to Available Positions Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced eight job fairs taking place in six regions across the state this week. The events will be held in Central New York, Long Island, Mid-Hudson Valley, New York City, Southern Tier and Western New York. In 2012 and 2013, these recruitment events More »

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Happy “Baby Daddy” Day 2014

I lost my father 13 years ago June 7th it was close to Father’s Day so for me it’s a reminder of how blessed I was to have a man as a father since my biological dad died when I was 2 years old. While it’s been 13 years since his death, memories of his More »

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Statement of the Honorable Dan Maffei Floor Statement Honoring Karen DeCrow

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Statement of the Honorable Dan Maffei Floor Statement Honoring Karen DeCrow as Prepared for Delivery June 10, 2014                       Thank you Mr. Speaker. I rise today to honor Karen DeCrow, a constituent of mine who passed away last Friday at the age of 76. Karen DeCrow was a trailblazer who fought tirelessly for women’s equality More »

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