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Ken Jackson

Sports Complex- An Idea that Leverages our Location, but is it Proper Use of American Rescue Plan Funds?

The first thing heard when the sports complex was announced by Onondaga County Executive J. Ryan McMahon was, “This is a gift to the hotels north of the city”. Rapid assessments like this fail to include the reasoning for this approach to regional economic development. When I interviewed the County Executive months ago, he was talking about this project. “What could happen if we linked sports tourism to the home of Lacrosse?” Could we bring seasonal sports camps to the area? Having that historic connection and the amenities available at a large facility would attract participants from beyond our part of New York State.

Hopkins Road Park “Click” on image to enlarge.

The question is really about funding. There are those rightfully concerned that funds dispensed due to a national emergency would be spent on a sports complex. These are one-time only funds, and there are those who want to use the funds to attack some of our challenges bought on by poverty or increase funding for addiction services. Why can’t we do both? Why can’t we sweeten up some of our sour spaces in Onondaga County? That includes the city of Syracuse

Opponents have presented the project as a scheme to reimburse the hotels for their anticipated losses when Interstate 81’s route is changed. In their opposition, not one word about the tourism tie-in and the possibilities. If you don’t like the source of the funding, attack the funding source. Dismissing the idea while putting out half of the information is disingenuous.

And “traffic” there are many developments that would help the region however, suburbanites want it both ways. Dewitt didn’t want the much ballyhooed “Inland Port” which would have provided jobs to nearby residents. So, CSX received new equipment and no job generating Inland Port.

How many city residents are inconvenienced when suburbanites must get to work in Syracuse, and we devote our snow removal efforts to make sure they have safe passage?  Never, until it was advantageous to suburban interests did they consider the city as a partner in anything.

The proposal does raise questions about spending of American Rescue Plan Funds, just as the mural from a California artist raised eyebrows. The city countered by making room for local artists in their approach to spending these funds. The sports figure mural received private support, as it should have from the beginning.

For those who have questions regarding the rules regarding spending can simply look up sources in this case i went to the National Association of Counties for guidance.

According to the National Association of Counties  labeled under “Other Restrictions” to spending American Recovery Act funds

Include the following: Outside of Water, Sewer, Broadband and Facility Upgrades Related to Covid-19 Response and Mitigation, General Infrastructure and Economic Development Projects, Such as New Jails, Roads and Bridges and Business Parks, Are Prohibited.  However, Counties May Use the Portion of Their “Lost Revenue” Recoupment Funds for These Types of Investments

Using funds for non-federal match when barred by another federal regulation or statute, including EPA’s Clean Water SRF, Drinking Water SRF, Economic Development Administration or Medicaid

      • See note on page 4 related to presidential order on FEMA’s state and local cost-share waiver
    • Funding debt service, including costs associated with tax anticipation notes (TANs) or issuing short-term revenue
    • Legal settlement or judgements
    • Deposits to rainy day funds or financial reserves
    • General infrastructure spending outside of water, sewer and broadband investments or above the amount allocated under revenue loss provision
    • General economic development or workforce development activities, unless they directly address negative economic impacts of the public health emergency

Before dismissing the proposal outright, pros and cons should be discussed. Even partial funding could be appropriate as the impact to the economy would be long lasting. Perhaps using part of these funds to support the long-term investment while allocating a portion for addressing some of our pressing needs as a county. If we invest all of our funds into Economic Development there’s nothing left.

Before and After renderings

Perhaps, it’s an excellent idea to invest in our tourism infrastructure. However, if we don’t invest in some of our county neighborhoods, these amenities will be diminished by not only a blighted city, but a blight ensconced Onondaga County. Have you driven through parts of Solvay!

For both the city of Syracuse and Onondaga County, American Rescue Plan is like WPA money spent to get us out of the Great Depression. Great parks and other infrastructure projects were built then, facilities that we are still using today.

If the funds are spent wisely, we can quickly change the direction of our region, eliminate the taint of our ever-growing slums, blight knows no boundaries. Invest in some facilities that enhance our position as an amateur sports community.  We can’t ignore the glaring suburban slums that will only grow larger if we don’t invest these funds wisely.

Remember the “stimulus checks”? Many people took that $1,400 check and hightailed it to Target or Walmart to by a big screen TV.  While I’m supportive of the concept of a Lacrosse “mecca”; Onondaga County shouldn’t take all of its American Rescue funds and invest them in Economic Development ideas. Placing all our economic development eggs in one basket would be the same as Onondaga County going to Target and buying a big screen TV, in the middle of a pandemic.

Say Yes to Education: Building Resiliency in Syracuse City High School Students

An Interview with Say Yes to Education Executive Director, Ahmeed Turner

The 2020 graduation rate of Black, Latino and Asian students in the Syracuse City School District (SCSD) met or exceeded that of White students

63% of the Syracuse City School District Class of 2020 attended college after graduation.

Say Yes to Education is an idea planted in 2008 with funding goals achieved by 2016. Dozens of companies, foundations and individuals donated funds and time to implement this novel concept at the time.

Under the heading on their website, How it Works, says it all about the program, “Say Yes Syracuse strives to help young people realize the possibilities of higher education. By providing services for elementary, middle, and high school students and their families, Say Yes works to ensure students have the opportunity to secure scholarship dollars toward a college degree or certificate. We believe every Syracuse City School District student can become a successful member of the workforce.”

Say Yes’s coalition of more than 100 private college and university partners, located in 21 states and the District of Columbia, offer full-tuition scholarships to eligible Say Yes Scholars.

According to Executive Director, Ahmeed Turner, “the premise to Say Yes to Education is that all students in an urban community have gifts and talents. And as a community we can help them realize those gifts and talents by supporting them in their pathway to a career. So, from kindergarten to 12th grade, what Say Yes wants to do, and what a community wants to do is limit all of the barriers that get in the way of classroom participation. In the Syracuse City School District, what our partners have done; there are family support specialists in each of the schools.”

The Say Yes to Education Syracuse program, has systems in place to “level to playing field” as explained by Turner, “There are promise zone behavior specialists, there are mental health clinics, there’s also legal support that students can get from the volunteer lawyer’s project.   All in an effort to decrease the number of barriers that get in the way of student attendance and student participation in the classroom. We feel strongly that if we’re able to do that, that students will perform better in school, behave better. And they will plan with more foresight on a career after high school It goes without saying, the most effective bridge out of poverty is education.  So, we try to level the playing field with a tuition guarantee scholarship. But, most importantly we just want the community to know that we are rich, we are rich with gifted and talented students that can give back to the community, that can enter the economic pipeline and enhance our community to strive.”

63% of the Syracuse City School District Class of 2020 attended college after graduation.

Turner continues, “A lot of people don’t fully understand how wraparound supports are connected to our higher ed college compact. Our Higher Ed College Compact is a group of private partner colleges that have agreed to guarantee tuition to Say Yes Syracuse students, if they are admitted. And They have to be admitted on their own. The connection that the college compact has with the system of supports is that they know as a Say Yes community that we are doing all that we can to support students. So, the appeal is that our students not necessarily are high academic achievers or high academic performers. But that our students have a high level of resiliency. They can face adversity and keep going, as the saying goes, ‘take a licking and keep on ticking’.”

Say Yes Syracuse Highlights include:

  • 4,900 Say Yes students have enrolled in 2 and 4-year colleges (public and private) since the fall of 2009.
  • From 2008 to 2020, $12 million in Say Yes Syracuse scholarships have been paid for scholars to date.
  • From 2008 to 2020, more than $144 million in cumulative external aid has been provided to Say Yes Syracuse scholars to date.
  • 63% of the Syracuse City School District Class of 2020 attended college after graduation.
  • 79% of the Class of 2018 continued on to their second year of college in 2019.
  • The 2020 graduation rate of Black, Latino and Asian students in the Syracuse City School District (SCSD) met or exceeded that of White students, signaling that the program is helping students break through challenges historically caused by systemic racism.
  • To find out more, please read their 2019-2020 Report Card.

Say Yes to Education Facts and Q & A 

(Information via Say Yes to Education Website)

Please note: Private Partner colleges are the primary source of funding to Say Yes students attending their institutions. While all of the colleges have agreed to the basic conditions of the Say Yes program, colleges may have individual policies and restrictions. The determination of the actual award that a student receives will be made by the college at their discretion based on college policies.  Partner Colleges with unique conditions to the agreement with Say Yes have an asterisk and a brief description of the unique qualifiers in their agreement. Please contact the colleges directly for additional eligibility information.

Over 100 Say Yes private college and university partners are located in 21 states and the District of Columbia, and offer the organization’s students a broad array of academic opportunities and campus experiences, from small liberal arts colleges to big research universities.

Students graduating from a Syracuse City School District High Schools are eligible for the financial aid guarantee of the Say Yes to Education program if they meet certain criteria.

Students may be considered for eligibility if they do not meet the eligibility criteria but they have extenuating circumstances.


Say Yes Syracuse believes every student has the potential to succeed, so equal opportunity drives our scholarship distribution process. All graduates of the Syracuse City School District are eligible for scholarships to any State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY) school to which they are admitted. In addition, scholarships are available to more than 100 private colleges and universities based on financial eligibility. Additional funding opportunities are available in the form of opportunity and choice grants. Click here to learn more about the types of scholarships and their eligibility.

Student Responsibilities

To remain eligible students will need to complete a FAFSA application and a New York State TAP application (if attending a college in New York State) each year and complete the financial aid process at their college. Students must also maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. For Say Yes, this is defined as successfully completing a minimum of 12 credit hours a semester and maintaining a GPA of 2.0 or better.

What happens if a student does not meet the student responsibilities?

A student’s academic record will be reviewed at the end of each semester. If a student completes less than 12 credit hours in any given semester, or does not have a 2.0 GPA, they can make up for it by taking additional credits in the following semester and/or complete the semester with a GPA of 2.0 or better.

If a student has not completed the required 12 credit hours and does not have a 2.0 or better for 2 consecutive semesters, the student will not be eligible for Say Yes awards the following semester.

Students who do not meet the standards of academic progress at the end of an academic year can enroll over the summer to make up their deficiencies. Remember that no Say Yes funding is available to students over the summer.

The Say Yes Tuition Scholarship is available to students who:

  1. Reside in Syracuse.
  2. Complete grades 10 – 12 in a Syracuse City School District high school or Syracuse Academy Science Charter School or 9 through 11 for early graduates. With proper documentation, the following students are automatically deemed eligible regardless of consecutive years of school completion:
    • Have refugee status on an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or be an otherwise eligible noncitizen.
    • Legally designated as having McKinney-Vento status.
    • Have documented Foster Care placement or are a ward of the court.
  3. Have graduated from a Syracuse City School District high school or Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School.
  4. Enroll full-time at a Say Yes Syracuse partner college or university skipping not more than one fall after high school graduation.
  5. Complete and remain eligible for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and New York State TAP (Tuition Assistance Program).

Students can be considered for eligibility if they do not meet the above eligibility criteria and they have extenuating circumstances. If you do not meet the above eligibility criteria and you would like to be considered for a tuition scholarship you can appeal your eligibility by clicking here. You can also contact Dana Lyons at 315-883-5555 or

What does a student need to do to remain eligible once they have been admitted and enroll?

Students will need to complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and New York State TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) application each year and complete the financial aid process at their college. Students must also maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. For Say Yes, this is defined as successfully completing a minimum of 12 credit hours a semester and maintaining a GPA of 2.0 or better.

What happens if a student does not earn the required 12 credit hours or does not have a semester GPA of a 2.0 or better?

A student’s academic record will be reviewed at the end of each semester. If a student has not met the student responsibilities (completed the required 12 credit hours and/or does not have a 2.0 or better for 2 consecutive semesters), the student will not be eligible for Say Yes awards the following semester.

Students who do not meet the student responsibilities at for 2 consecutive semesters are able to regain eligibility the following semester by meeting the student responsibilities, however will not receive a Say Yes award during that semester.

Reported Chaos at Henninger High School as Fights and Rumors Disrupt the First Few Days of School

Reports of sporadic fighting and clashes between students and Police and student fighting with each other. Parents alerted by social media descended on Henninger High School to check on their children. According to several parents who do not want to be identified, said they were “reportedly” told by school officials, “There’s nothing of concern going on at Henninger” This was a direct contradiction to what was being reported via the internet.

Last evening the Syracuse City School District released a statement, “Henninger High School will be closed to students on Thursday, September 16, 2021 for a Professional Development Day.

 Henninger staff are to report at their normal time. Students should NOT report to Henninger on Thursday, September 16th. 

This change applies to Henninger students and staff ONLY – all other SCSD schools will operate on a normal schedule.”

That was the extent of the message coming from SCSD. No mention of the fire alarm or the sporadic fighting that appeared to have broken out in several different location inside and outside of Henninger High School.  Video reportedly from Henninger High School as documented acts of violence from September 15th. Click Here: Violence broke out both inside and outside the school

However, on social media it was a different story as numerous videos were posted on various platforms.  Rumors of a gun being stolen from a Police Officer, in addition to the possibility that a student was tased. These and other questions will be answered at press conference scheduled minutes before the media event was to take place.

This is a story that’s changing by the minute, as both students and authorities tell their side of the story. What we do know from the video is that there was fighting and a sense of chaos within the school. Both parents and students are upset at the seemingly overwhelmed staff, confusion and lack of order in a Syracuse City School District facility.

NYS Office of Mental Health Announces Funding to Create 10 New Youth Assertive Community Treatment Teams Across the State

Teams will focus on youth age 10 to 21 transitioning from, or at-risk of entering, inpatient care

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) has issued a Request For Proposals to award $9.4 Million in funding to expand Youth Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams throughout New York State. Youth ACT teams serve children ages 10 to 21 and their families, wrapping around services and supports in the home and community settings. Children and youth who are at risk of entering residential or inpatient psychiatric treatment, or transitioning home from inpatient or residential stay, can be served through Youth ACT while remaining with their families and in their communities.

OMH Commissioner Dr Ann Sullivan said, “Youth ACT teams engage young people with mental illness and their families in their own communities and provide services when and where the young person wants and needs them. The Youth ACT team is a one-stop shop for young people and their families. ACT teams work with individuals to help them develop the skills they can use to lead successful and independent lives, and we are excited to pioneer expansion of ACT to children in New York State.”

The RFP will award funding to create 10 new Youth ACT teams that will serve vulnerable 10 to 21-year-olds in the following counties:

  • Monroe
  • Erie/Niagara
  • Onondaga
  • Broome
  • Warren/Washington/Saratoga
  • Schenectady/Albany
  • Westchester
  • Nassau
  • New York (Manhattan)
  • Staten Island

OMH Funding Additional ACT Teams for Youth and Young Adults

In addition to these awards, OMH has already contracted with community agencies to develop four new Youth ACT Teams in Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn), Queens and Suffolk Counties, and recently issued an additional RFP to create a Young Adult ACT Team in New York City and another in Western New York. Young Adult ACT serves individuals 18-to-25 years-old who have not been successfully engaged by the traditional mental health treatment and rehabilitation system.

Youth ACT teams are multi-disciplinary with professional staff including psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, mental health clinicians, and peer advocates. By using a team approach, Youth ACT teams can deliver intensive, highly coordinated, individualized services and skilled therapeutic interventions to ensure the child and their family have the level of treatment and services to support their recovery.

Youth ACT teams are highly responsive and flexible to meet the individualized, changing needs of the child and family, and they offer support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The expansion of Youth ACT represents a commitment by the NYS Office of Mental Health to increase access to services in the home and community for children and youth with mental health issues and their families.

Proposals are due by September 28 and OMH anticipates notifying award winners by October 22. More information on the RFP can be found here on the OMH website.

CNYRTA/Centro Announcement of Vacant Position Marketing and Travel Training Coordinator (Syracuse)

This position is responsible for increasing public awareness and promoting authority services to the public via communication, marketing, design, and social media channels and providing travel training for individuals with disabilities and other community members.

CNYRTA/Centro Announcement of Vacant Position Marketing and Travel Training Coordinator (Syracuse)

DEPARTMENT: Marketing, Central New York Regional Transportation Authority

SALARY RANGE: Grade 4 – 40,110 to 49,127

Note: Starting salary is determined by evaluation of experience and qualifications for the position.

JOB SUMMARY: This position is responsible for increasing public awareness and promoting authority services to the public via communication, marketing, design, and social media channels and providing travel training for individuals with disabilities and other community members.


  1. Develop and post communication updates to social media platforms.
  2. Develop and post content to company website and intranet.
  3. Develop and post system-wide information using company service alert and text messaging services.
  4. Respond to email and phone inquiries from the general public at the direction of the Customer Call Center Manager.
  1. Attend and participate in local Centro community events, as assigned.
  2. Conduct travel training sessions for requesting community organizations and members to include planning a trip, getting to and from a bus stop, purchasing Centro ride passes, riding a specific route,identifying bus numbers and stops, boarding with a mobility device, using the farebox, using a transfer,and reading and understanding bus schedules.
  1. Meet with advocacy groups, as needed.
  2. Disseminate service information to community organizations to help promote public transportation to the local community.
  1. Establish collaborative relationships with other professionals and transit authority personnel.
  2. Participate in workshops and give presentations explaining travel instruction and the use of public transportation to requesting organizations.
  1. Perform other related duties as assigned.


Education/Experience: Associates degree required, Bachelor’s Degree preferred in Marketing or Communications related field.

  1. Experience with electronic media, internet, and social networking platforms.
  2. Experience with web content management systems (CMS).
  3. Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud products (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, etc.).
  4. Experience with standard office equipment, including computers and standard business application Software (Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
  1. Strong writing and editing skills.
  2. Strong communication and public speaking skills with the ability to interact with the public in a professional manner.
  1. Ability to offer personalized, one-on-one or group travel training instruction taking each trainee’s unique needs and abilities into account including how to use the Centro system safely and independently.
  2. Ability to become familiar with the transit system in the community and understand various transit modes, including public and private fixed route buses, over-the-road buses, paratransit buses, and taxis.
  1. Understanding of the reduced fare programs for persons with disabilities and seniors.
  2. Understanding of the paratransit eligibility and the application process in the community in which services are provided is desired, not required
  1. Ability to work independently and unsupervised.

Applications and In-House Transfer Requests must be submitted to Amanda Wilson or go onto our website at and apply! All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. CNYTRA reserves the right to select a candidate from within or outside the Company.

CNYRTA is an equal opportunity employer

Mary Nelson Pours Tea All Over Local Elected Black Leaders

On the heels of the 20th annual Back-to-School Backpack Giveaway Mary Nelson took to Social Media to deliver a message, first of all she thanked Mayor Ben Walsh, Assemblyperson Pamela Hunter, 100 Black Men and then chastised those local leaders that didn’t appear to show support. The shocker is Mary Nelson of The Mary Nelson Youth Center displayed her angst on Facebook Live, perhaps it was the overwhelming support from elected leaders of the region. And the lack of support from people at the local elected leader’s level. decided to allow people to hear for themselves what Ms. Nelson had to say. Mary Nelson Live

Warm welcome, Mary Nelson and Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh (file photo)

The most blistering comments were reserved for members of the Syracuse Common Council, accusing them of having a clique supportive of only certain causes. Those causes didn’t include her center. There were exclusions as she acknowledged that Khalid Bey and LaToya Allen were under the weather and could not attend. While the Superintendent of schools was in attendance. According to Nelson, the current Syracuse City School Districts Board of Education, in addition to those running for office were no-shows. This is an event that for 20 years attracts children and neighborhood residents.  Upstate Medical University’s transportable Mammogram vehicle was in attendance and agencies had an assortment of tables for health-related issues. No political literature or campaigning was allowed.

What really disturbed Nelson, appears to be the propensity for people to be in places to campaign and not attend those where campaigning is prohibited. Or to miss an event and the next day to see those same officials having a good time, posting pictures at a “Sundress” event.

Another missive to come from Nelson’s Facebook Live is a possible threat from an Onondaga County official who Nelson claims threatened her funding, “you will never get any local, county or state funding”. This threat to her funding claims Nelson. came from a person at the department head level.

At this point in the live Facebook thread, Nelson discloses names, making accusations that sting, daring those who may have publicly said things about her, to confront her. This kerfuffle has been a festering sore as Nelson has long been a critic of how “I can’t depend on my own people”. Nelson in her Facebook Live post can be paraphrased, “how can these people care about our children, and they don’t even show up?”

Jackie Warren-Moore: Losing A Local Cultural Icon

Jackie Warren-Moore, a poet, playwright, theatrical director and freelance writer, died August 20, 2021. You can’t pin just one label on her work, because she did so many things.  Warren-Moore was a Syracuse African-American cultural icon who with her work inspired many through her poetry, plays and activism. Jackie also was a contributing writer to the (then) Syracuse Newspapers, giving local voice to some of our pressing issues.

As a playwright she was able to transform those characters into relatable people. And after decades of work, she rose to become a leader within the arts community. Some of her greatest work was with the Paul Robeson Performing Arts group.  Her gift to us, was keeping Black culture alive. Her latest book is “Where I Come From” (Nine Mile Books, 2016).

Paul Robeson Performing Arts Managing Director Emeritus, Roy Delemos said of Warren-Moore, “Words were at her command, and it is hard, if not impossible to corral words now to thank Jackie fully for gracing us with her powerful, warm and loving spirit which she wrapped in words of inspiration. Goodbye my friend. You will be missed.”

Jackie Warren-Moore attended Oswego State and became part of an artistic cadre of people from Syracuse, New York City and beyond. Even back in 1970, a freshman in college, Jackie was already making her mark on Black culture.

Emory Porter of New York City recalls Jackie from those Oswego State College years, saying “I met Jackie freshman year and we actually became writing partners, our first college play, it was called sketches of Black Men and Women. We wrote this first play and we produced it in the experimental theater. We continued to work together over a period of time. We took the play to different colleges.

Jackie was a fierce defender of Black writing and black life period. Her mom was an activist, she too was an activist. I met the whole family. Jackie was a very powerful woman. No one would mess with her whatsoever. She was very nice and calm, but you wouldn’t want to f&*k with her, not at all. She was not the one to mess with. I remember we were walking on campus and some white girls screamed out of the dorm window and she looked up, she counted the windows to see exactly where they were, she turned around in her tracks. By the time we got there she had tore them a new, (expletive).

She was an amazing person, she was a writer, she was an activist, she was a real down to earth person, and she was also funny, very, very funny. But she had a passion for life. She was a very passionate person.  All in all, she was an amazing writer I still wish I had some of her work.”

According to, Warren-Moore “became a regular guest columnist in 2014. She wrote her last column in 2019. In the 1990s, she wrote for the Hometown Voices section of the Sunday Herald American. “The following links are just examples of the columns she penned for the newspaper.

·         Musician Bobby Green is a diamond in our midst,

·         Syracuse’s Dunbar Center a ‘bridge that carried us safely across’

·         An ‘old gangsta’ and others combat Syracuse gun violence: Jackie Warren-Moore

·         Generations work together to heal Syracuse’s South Side

·         Syracuse Black Expo puts spotlight on small business

·         This Black History Month, honor the heroes and ‘sheroes’ in our midst: Jackie Warren-Moore

These words simply scratch the surface of Jackie Warren-Moore’s contributions to; arts, culture, and writing a column about the Black community. To celebrate her life, a memorial service is being planned by the family. Details have not been released.

Rest in Power, Jackie Warren-Moore

Plumbers & Steamfitters Recruit Apprentices

Syracuse, NY (August 16, 2021) – The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for Plumbers & Steamfitters, Local Union #267, will conduct a recruitment from August 16, 2021 through August 15, 2022 for five (5) to 10 Plumber and Steamfitter apprentices, and five (5) to 10 Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Mechanic apprentices, the New York State Department of Labor announced today.

Please note that the five (5) to 10 openings listed for Plumber and Steamfitter and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Mechanic apprentices represent the total number for two recruitment regions – the Central, North Country and Southern Tier regions.

Applications can be obtained and submitted, in person only, at Local Union #267 at any of the following locations from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays, during the recruitment period.

  • Syracuse: 107 Twin Oaks Drive, Syracuse, NY 13206
  • Oswego: 705 East Seneca Street, Oswego, NY 13126
  • Ithaca: 701 West State Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

The Committee requires that applicants:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (such as TASC or GED). Proof will be required after selection and prior to enrollment in apprenticeship.
  • Must attest in writing that they are physically able to perform the work of the trade, which may include:
    • Working with sharp objects, hazardous machinery, and possible exposure to loud noises and respiratory irritants.
    • Prolonged standing and walking.
    • Repeated squatting and/or bending.
    • Working in severe weather conditions and extreme temperatures.
    • Working in confined spaces.
    • Working in wet and muddy conditions.
    • Lifting and/or moving heavy objects and equipment.
        • Working off of ladders and scaffolds at various heights.
      • Must reside within the jurisdiction of Local Union #267, which includes the counties of Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Schuyler, St. Lawrence and Tompkins.
      • Must have a valid driver’s license. Apprentices may be required to drive company vehicles. Proof will be required after selection and prior to enrollment in apprenticeship.
      • Must have reliable transportation to and from various work sites and classes at the approved school.
      • Must pass a drug screening, at the expense of the sponsor, at the time of appointment.
      • Must provide military transfer card or discharge form DD-214, if applicable, after selection and prior to enrollment in apprenticeship.
      • Must take and pass the Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test.

For further information, applicants should contact Local Union #267 at (315) 463-6344. Additional job search assistance can be obtained at your local New York State Department of Labor Career Center (see:

Apprentice programs registered with the Department of Labor must meet standards established by the Commissioner. Under state law, sponsors of programs cannot discriminate against applicants because of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, or marital status. Women and minorities are encouraged to submit applications for apprenticeship programs. Sponsors of programs are required to adopt affirmative action plans for the recruitment of women and minorities.

Police Office Brandon Hanks Files Federal Lawsuit Against Syracuse Deputy Chief Who Admits Calling Blacks “N—–Rs” Women “B—–S” And Hispanics “Sp—-S” For Blocking Promotion

In a statement released on Saturday August 14th 2021, “The Ryder Law Firm and The Law Offices of Bonner & Bonner are currently suing the Syracuse Police Department, Chief Buckner and the command staff and other Police Officers, for $33 Million Dollars, plus punitive damages for irreparable injuries to Officer Hanks’ career, reputation and self-image. 

Officer Hanks spoke first, “they made a lot of mistakes in that investigation. I’m surprised that the mayor isn’t out here, or Chief Buckner isn’t out here standing beside me to say; ‘listen, mistakes were made and we will get to the bottom of it’.  They don’t want to do that, what Buckner said is ‘we’re gonna handle it in court.’ Hanks continues, “I developed my reputation on the streets of Syracuse. People know who I am from playing basketball, but not only do I play basketball, my work ethic is outstanding, and it speaks for itself. The amount of gang members I’ve arrested, the amount of drug dealers I’ve put in jail. The amount of criminals that I’ve removed from the streets, to keep everybody here safe. My work speaks for itself, so I don’t have to get up here and talk everybody to death. But what’s been done in the dark must come to light”

Charles A. Bonner, Esq. Law Offices of Bonner & Bonner, and Jesse P. Ryder, Esq. Ryder Law Firm(s) represent Officer Hanks. At the press conference on the steps of Syracuse City Hall, both representatives gave voice to additional claims by Officer Hanks.

The lawyers outlined the additional claim in detail regarding “Deputy Chief Richard Trudell’s racist proclivities” a link to that document is contained in this story. They also claimed that there are others who have engaged in racist behavior. “We will not rest until Trudell’s removed. “

The press event ended as the crowd gathered chanted “Trudell’s got to go”. The following is just a portion of the complaint filed this morning. See copy of the “complaint”    Police Office Brandon Hanks Files Federal Lawsuit Against Syracuse Deputy Chief

Complaint “ The Federal Lawsuit states: DEFENDANTS, and each of them, agreed, conspired, and took overt acts preventing the promotion of Officer Brandon Hanks, with an award-winning reputation for policing, under the knowingly false and contrived assertions, Inter Alia, that Officer Hanks was “gang affiliated,” a “narcotics trafficker,” and listens to “rap music.”

Defendants, and each of them, maintained discriminatory hiring practices to avoid hiring minorities. The CITY OF SYRACUSE, as well as SPD’s leadership, including DEFENDANTS’ CHIEF BUCNKNER and DEPUTY CHIEF TRUDELL have perpetuated such practices despite the CITY OF SYRACUSE still being a party to a March 27, 1980 consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice, mandating DEFENDANT CITY OF SYRACUSE to affirmatively correct its police department’s exceedingly racially disparate staffing with an almost complete absence of African American police officers despite that population comprising 30% of the citizens of Syracuse. As of June 26, 2020: “Black officers still represent just 9% of a police force that is 30% Black…” “Of the 109 new officers sworn in since 2018, only 14 — or 12.8% — have been African American, according to data the police department presented Thursday. Despite a 40-year-old federal consent decree….” 

Defendant Deputy Chief Richard Trudell’s racist proclivities were unconcealed and publicly manifested, when in the past, he had been blatantly forthcoming as to his racist views by unashamedly admitting on record that he irremissibly uses the terms ‘niggers’ to connote African Americans and ‘spics’ for Hispanic Americans”

The Law Firms held a Press Conference at Syracuse City Hall at 12 noon, August 16, 2021


Governor Cuomo Provides August 16, 2021 Update to New Yorkers on State’s Progress During Covid-19 Pandemic

41,823 Vaccine Doses Administered Over Last 24 Hours

18 COVID-19 Deaths Statewide Yesterday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress combatting COVID-19.

“COVID-19 continues to pose a threat to New Yorkers across the state, and getting shots in arms is the only way to defeat this pandemic for good and move into the future,” Governor Cuomo said. “Millions of New Yorkers who’ve taken the vaccine are a testament to its safety and efficacy, and if you haven’t received your shot yet, I urge you to do so right away. Convenient sites are open across the state for walk-ins or appointments and vaccines are available to all eligible New Yorkers.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported– 154,566
  • Total Positive– 4,479
  • Percent Positive– 2.90%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive– 3.06%
  • Patient Hospitalization– 1,650 (-4)
  • Patients Newly Admitted– 273
  • Patients in ICU– 355 (+8)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation– 138 (+6)
  • Total Discharges– 189,026 (+278)
  • Deaths– 18
  • Total Deaths– 43,248
  • Total vaccine doses administered– 22,899,977
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours– 41,823
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days– 308,511
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose– 74.6%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series– 68.2%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC)– 77.5%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC)– 69.8%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose– 62.6%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series– 56.9%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC)– 65.1%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC)– 58.3%Each region’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:
Region Thursday, August 12, 2021 Friday, August 13, 2021 Saturday, August 14, 2021
Capital Region 4.51% 4.47% 4.52%
Central New York 4.19% 4.34% 4.49%
Finger Lakes 4.25% 4.13% 4.07%
Long Island 3.75% 3.69% 3.69%
Mid-Hudson 3.10% 3.18% 3.25%
Mohawk Valley 3.90% 3.97% 3.79%
New York City 2.65% 2.64% 2.60%
North Country 3.58% 3.80% 3.88%
Southern Tier 3.78% 3.82% 3.65%
Western New York 3.40% 3.22% 3.24%
Statewide 3.10% 3.09% 3.06%

Each New York City borough’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

Borough in NYC Thursday, August 12, 2021 Friday, August 13, 2021 Saturday, August 14, 2021
Bronx 2.97% 3.04% 3.12%
Kings 2.59% 2.60% 2.57%
New York 2.13% 2.10% 2.01%
Queens 2.77% 2.75% 2.74%
Richmond 3.66% 3.72% 3.71%

Yesterday, 4,479 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 2,188,761. A geographic breakdown is as follows:

County Total Positive New Positive
Albany 25,808 67
Allegany 3,622 1
Broome 19,254 28
Cattaraugus 5,893 8
Cayuga 6,646 30
Chautauqua 9,198 21
Chemung 7,987 2
Chenango 3,694 10
Clinton 4,948 4
Columbia 4,204 7
Cortland 4,079 13
Delaware 2,553 11
Dutchess 30,806 93
Erie 92,204 128
Essex 1,685 6
Franklin 2,653 9
Fulton 4,571 8
Genesee 5,520 7
Greene 3,547 4
Hamilton 335 0
Herkimer 5,382 6
Jefferson 6,382 7
Lewis 2,906 4
Livingston 4,617 10
Madison 4,715 11
Monroe 71,617 141
Montgomery 4,409 12
Nassau 192,254 379
Niagara 20,575 23
NYC 987,945 2,258
Oneida 23,267 26
Onondaga 40,621 101
Ontario 7,662 13
Orange 50,436 102
Orleans 3,213 2
Oswego 7,977 20
Otsego 3,632 15
Putnam 10,993 18
Rensselaer 11,828 35
Rockland 48,355 53
Saratoga 16,408 49
Schenectady 13,826 32
Schoharie 1,809 3
Schuyler 1,100 2
Seneca 2,084 2
St. Lawrence 6,964 20
Steuben 7,108 12
Suffolk 209,136 340
Sullivan 7,001 12
Tioga 3,968 2
Tompkins 4,644 16
Ulster 14,552 46
Warren 3,952 17
Washington 3,312 6
Wayne 6,023 14
Westchester 134,021 208
Wyoming 3,651 2
Yates 1,209 3

Yesterday, 18 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 43,248. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

County New Deaths
Bronx 1
Dutchess 3
Erie 1
Kings 3
Manhattan 1
Monroe 1
Nassau 2
Putnam 1
Queens 3
Saratoga 1
Warren 1

All New York State mass vaccination sites are now open to eligible New Yorkers for walk-in vaccination on a first-come, first-serve basis. People who would prefer to schedule an appointment at a state-run mass vaccination site can do so on the Am I Eligible App or by calling 1-833-NYS-4-VAX. People may also contact their local health department, pharmacy, doctor or hospital to schedule appointments where vaccines are available, or visit to find information on vaccine appointments near them.

Yesterday, 26,040 New Yorkers received their first vaccine dose, and 17,116 completed their vaccine series. A geographic breakdown of New Yorkers who have been vaccinated by region is as follows:

People with at least one vaccine dose People with complete vaccine series
Region Cumulative  Increase over past 24 hours Cumulative  Increase over past 24 hours
Total Total
Capital Region 704,404 897 651,963 625
Central New York 553,722 486 517,565 390
Finger Lakes 713,348 928 670,256 673
Long Island 1,670,935 5,149 1,497,800 3,230
Mid-Hudson 1,327,661 2,783 1,188,466 1,898
Mohawk Valley 275,281 317 255,741 218
New York City 5,890,155 13,891 5,272,411 8,882
North Country 255,893 224 233,346 114
Southern Tier 366,116 512 340,873 389
Western New York 777,238 853 719,138 697
Statewide 12,534,753 26,040 11,347,559 17,116

The COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker Dashboard is available to update New Yorkers on the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. The New York State Department of Health requires vaccinating facilities to report all COVID-19 vaccine administration data within 24 hours; the vaccine administration data on the dashboard is updated daily to reflect the most up-to-date metrics in the state’s vaccination effort. New York State Department of Health-reported data from NYSIIS and CIR differs slightly from federally-reported data, which is inclusive of federally-administered doses and other minor differences. Both numbers are included in the release above.