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Mayor Walsh Proposes American Rescue Plan Funding to Begin Skaneateles Lake Intake Pipe Extension


Mayor sends ARPA funding for five major water infrastructure projects for Common Council review

Syracuse, N.Y. – Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh is proposing American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to the Syracuse Common Council to begin the Skaneateles Lake drinking water intake pipe extension and four other major water infrastructure projects. The projects total $10 million in investments in the City water system. The Council’s Public Works Committee will review the proposals at its standing committee meeting on Thursday, July 22.

“The pandemic and the impacts of climate change have shown that we need continue to invest in and fortify the City’s water infrastructure,” said Mayor Walsh. “The extension of the intake pipe in Skaneateles Lake is a long awaited project to protect the drinking water supply to more than 200,000 local residents. ARPA funds will enable us to undertake this project and other important water infrastructure improvements.”

The Department of Water is requesting to use $4,070,000 in ARPA funds to begin the design and construction phase of the extension on intake pipe number two in the lake. The total anticipated project cost is $12.5 million. The department plans to fund the remaining balance through grants and bonding.

The department also identified the following other projects for ARPA investment: replacement of Guilford, Brookford and Westminster pump stations ($3,360,000); security upgrades at Water Department facilities ($1,150,000); water supply conduit crossing Nine Mile Creek project ($1,030,000); and replacement of Skaneateles weir (low dam) for water flow management ($390,000). ARPA funds will supplement other sources of funding to enable these projects to move forward.

Mayor Walsh is also advancing ARPA funding to the Common Council for housing and rent relief; a small business loan fund; support for arts and culture organizations; and the City’s Urban Forest Master Plan. These items will also be considered at standing committee meetings in preparation for the Council’s next regular meeting on Aug. 2.

“I appreciate the Council’s due diligence and work with the Administration in getting these funds deployed,” said Mayor Walsh. “The Biden Administration with leadership from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer delivered on their promise to help local communities recover from the pandemic. I’m hopeful that negotiations on the bipartisan infrastructure bill in Washington will lead to additional infrastructure investments in Syracuse. We’re demonstrating these funds are much needed and can be well-invested to help people, create jobs and strengthen communities.”


Classic Car Show Presented by Bank of America Coming to Onondaga Community College Campus This Fall

The inaugural OCC Classic Cruise & Views Car Show Presented by Bank of America will be held on the Onondaga Community College campus on the first Saturday of fall. The event is being organized by the OCC Foundation which provides funding for student scholarships, programs, and projects which create partnerships in success for students and the entire community.

 OCC Classic Cruise & Views Presented by Bank of America Car Show Details 

  • When: Saturday, September 25 from 10am to 1pm
  • Admission: There is no admission fee for spectators, but an optional $10 donation per vehicle is requested to support OCC’s Automotive Technology program.
  • How To Show Off Your Classic: Pre-registration cost is $5, or $10 the day of the show.
  • Food & Music: Concession stand-type food will be available as will music and entertainment.
  • Preview of Coming Attractions: Stop by our Automotive Technology Lab and see our students working on a 1957 Chevy truck they are restoring. At next year’s OCC Classic Cruise & Views we will be selling raffle tickets for the truck.

Syracuse Media Personalities Create Children’s Book

Syracuse, NY – Sunny102 morning show hosts Rick Gary and Christie Casciano Burns released their first co-authored book “Ringo Is His Name-o”.  The children’s book invites readers to tag along and enjoy the adventures of Ringo the therapy dog.  He’ll will warm your heart and heal a few along the way.  From classrooms, libraries, hospitals and first responders, Ringo is more than a best friend, he’s everyone’s paws and affection, and Ringo is His Name-O.

“Ringo Is His Name-o”can be purchased online at https://www.amazon.com/Ringo-His-Name-Rick-Gary/dp/0578861631.

Christie Casciano Burns and Rick Gary

About the Authors: EMMY-nominated Christie Casciano Burns is a television news anchor in Syracuse, NY, the author of four books, and teams up with Rick Gary in the mornings on Sunny 102.1 FM.  Christie’s children’s books, The Puck Hog and The Puck Hog Vol. 2: Haunted Hockey in Lake Placid, have been recognized nationally by Positive Coaching Alliance as “delightful books that teach an important lesson about teamwork.”  Christie also writes a monthly hockey-parent advice column for USA Hockey Magazine and is the author of My Kids Play Hockey.

Born and raised in Syracuse, NY, Rick Gary is one of Upstate New York’s most recognized and beloved broadcasting figures and has more than four decades of reporting and anchoring experience.  He was inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame in 2009.  Today, Rick broadcasts daily on Syracuse’s Sunny 102.

About Ringo: Ringo was born February 2, 2015 in Eatonton, GA.  He was just 9 weeks old when Rick and his wife Toni brought him home to LaFayette, NY.  Ringo went through basic training at the age of 9 months and completed his therapy dog training at 14 months.  He has earned the three badges necessary to become a therapy dog: Good Citizen, Community and Urban.  He visits hospitals, schools, colleges, assisted living patients and is trained for any crisis to which he may be called.  Ringo regularly offers therapy to students at local colleges during exam weeks.  He has provide therapy to students from just about every continent.  Ringo is a member of the Go Team Therapy Crisis Airport Dogs (501c3), based in Colorado, with teams in 25 states. His handler is Rick Gary, a veteran radio and TV personality in Central New York.  Rick and his wife Toni live with Ringo and his little sister Lucy Lu, a multipool, in LaFayette, NY.

 

 


Plumbers & Pipefitters Recruit Apprentices

Oriskany, NY (July 19, 2021) – The Plumber-Pipefitters JAC Lo. #112 (Northern Zone), will conduct a recruitment from August 4, 2021 through July 6, 2022 for four Plumber and Steamfitter apprentices, the New York State Department of Labor announced today.

Please note, the four openings listed for apprentices represent the total number for three recruitment regions – the Central, Mohawk Valley, and North Country regions of the state

Applications can be obtained from Local Union #112, Northern Zone Office, 110 Dry Road, Oriskany, NY, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the first working Wednesday of each month, excluding legal holidays, during the recruitment period. Applications must be filled out only in-person. Applications must be received no later than July 6, 2022.

The Committee requires that applicants:

  • Must be at least 18 years old at time of employment and sign an affidavit attesting to this. Proof may be required after selection and prior to enrollment in apprenticeship.
  • Must have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (such as TASC or GED), as recognized by local school authorities. Must sign an affidavit attesting to this. Proof may be required.
  • Must pass a medical examination and a drug test, at the expense of the sponsor, after selection and prior to enrollment in apprenticeship.
  • Must sign an affidavit stating that they are physically able to do the work of a Plumber and Steamfitter, which may include:
    • Regularly working at varying heights up to 150 feet.
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from various job sites and required classes at the approved school.
  • Must provide DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, if applicable, after selection and prior to enrollment in apprenticeship.
  • Must sign a scholarship loan agreement in conjunction with the required classes.
  • Must be able to purchase text materials for use in required classes. Text materials are provided free of charge, except those which need to be replaced or those which students wish to write in or use for reference guides in the field. The cost for those materials should not exceed $850 (over the course of a five-year apprenticeship).

For further information, applicants should contact the Plumber-Pipefitters JAC Lo. #112 at (607) 723-9593 or (607) 772-0344, or visit online at www.ualocal112.org. Additional job search assistance can be obtained at your local New York State Department of Labor Career Center (see: dol.ny.gov/career-centers).

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.



County Executive Ryan McMahon Announces Shoppingtown Mall Site “DISTRICT EAST” with Five Distinct, but Blended Districts


OHB Redev LLC Selected to Redevelop Shoppingtown Mall Site

Syracuse, N.Y. – County Executive J. Ryan McMahon, II announced on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 that OHB Redev LLC, a joint venture made up of four CNY based development firms including Redev CNY, Hueber-Breuer Construction, DalPos Architects and Housing Visions, have been selected to purchase and redevelop the current Shoppingtown Mall site after a competitive process.

The overall strategy for DISTRICT EAST focuses on turning the property into five distinct, but blended districts that includes residential housing, entertainment, restaurants/hospitality, retail and office. The housing component includes a goal of having opportunities available for different income brackets including units available for those that would be eligible for workforce housing, those earning between 60-120% of the Area Median Income and Senior Living. Additionally, approximately 400 constructions jobs will be needed over the course of the redevelopment and another 1,400 full-time, permanent jobs are projected once fully redeveloped.

Onondaga County Executive McMahon said, “We could not be more excited to celebrate this new chapter for the Shoppingtown Mall site. With the selection of OHB to redevelop this site, our community can finally look forward to reading about grand openings, job openings and progress instead of tax evasion and closures.” McMahon continued, “This investment will result in real opportunities for people of all socio-economic levels, produce sales tax dollars that help us fund County government and keep property taxes low and most importantly continue our momentum we transition to economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

OHB Redev LLC will purchase the property for eight million dollars and over the course of a several year redevelopment, invest at least three-hundred million dollars into the site. OHB Redev partner Ryan Benz said, “The Shoppingtown site is both an incredible opportunity and a massive undertaking, and we are honored to be selected by the County to advance this important regional project. In everything we do, we focus on building a CNY – the place we raise our children – to become a better, more vibrant and just place. And it is that passion and pride that will help fuel the resurgence of this property and bring our vision for DISTRICT EAST to fruition.”

The development team is encouraging feedback from the community and will solicit suggestions and opinions from local residents and businesses through a portal on the project website. The community can continue to follow the progress on this exciting redevelopment by visiting www.districteastsyr.com


Syracuse Author Wins Independent Book Award Ed Griffin-Nolan receives silver medal for ‘Nobody Hitchhikes Anymore’

Montpelier, Vt. – In a virtual ceremony on June 3rd, author Ed Griffin-Nolan of Pompey, New York, received a silver medal “IPPY” award for his book Nobody Hitchhikes Anymore, in the Travel-Essay category of the 25th Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards.

According to the Jenkins Group and IndependentPublisher.com, this year’s contest drew over 4,500 entries, with 430 gold, silver and bronze medals given to independent authors and publishers from 46 U.S. states and seven Canadian provinces, with winners also coming from U.K. and Australia, plus New Zealand, Ireland, France, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Jamaica, and Malawi.

“Enchantment is what we hope for, every time we crack the cover of a new book,” says Jim Barnes, director of the IPPY Awards. “Each new book you open offers the promise of magic, and maybe even a life-changing moment,” he said.

“The best part about winning the IPPY has been having the chance to engage with so many readers telling me their stories of the road and how the story of Nobody Hitchhikes Anymore touched them,” said author Griffin-Nolan.

Ed Griffin-Nolan (Rootstock Publishing)

Nobody Hitchhikes Anymore is “sharply observant, contemplative writing that captures the buzz of hitchhiking…A former journalist sets out to re-experience the hitchhiking adventures of his past in this absorbing travel memoir,” wrote Kirkus in a starred review.

Published by Rootstock Publishing of Montpelier, Vermont in September 2020, the book is available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshop, IndieBound, and other book retailers.

Rootstock Publishing is a hybrid publisher and an imprint of Multicultural Media, Inc., publishing poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and picture book manuscripts by authors from all over the globe. Their books have won book awards such as the IPPY, Foreword INDIES, IBPA Ben Franklin Award, IndieReaders Discovery Award, and Independent Book Publishers of New England awards, among others. Learn more at rootstockpublishing.com.

About the IPPY Award:The Independent Publisher Book Awards were conceived in 1996 as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles produced each year, and reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing. Learn more at independentpublisher.com.

 


Falling Doesn’t Have to be Part of Aging

Is someone in your family at risk for a fall? Is it you?  

More than 1 in 4 older adults in the U.S. report falling each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which translates to about 36 million falls. One out of five of those falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury, and that can have a short-term or long-term impact on an older person’s ability to live independently.

Here’s the good news: Falls are not a normal part of aging and can be prevented.

Daily exercise, avoiding certain medications that can affect your balance, and even making sure eyeglass lens prescriptions are up-to-date can help to prevent falls,” says Bruce Naughton, MD, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield medical director for Medicare. “Discuss these things with your doctor.”

Naughton also advises checking your home for obvious tripping hazards.

  • Clutter
  • Worn carpets
  • Stairs with poor railings
  • Rooms with bad lighting
  • Unstable chairs or tables
  • Bathrooms that lack grab bars
  • Uneven transitions between bare floors and carpets

The Timed Up and Go test, or TUG test, can predict your risk for falling.

“The TUG test is something that older adults can do in the comfort of their own homes to evaluate their basic mobility skills and risk of falling,” says Naughton. “You need a stopwatch or wristwatch with a second hand, a chair, and a friend to assist you.” Naughton advises wearing your regular footwear and using a walking aid, if needed.

How to take the “TUG” test:

  • Mark a line on the floor that’s 10 feet away from the chair
  • Sit in the chair
  • When your assistant with the stopwatch says “go,” stand up from the chair
  • Walk ten feet to the line on the floor at your normal pace
  • Turn and walk back to the chair at your normal pace and sit down again

Your assistant should start timing on the word “go” and stop timing after you sit back down.

If you take 12 or more seconds to complete the TUG test, you might have a higher chance of falling and should seek your doctor’s advice on actions you can take to reduce the risk.

“Be honest with your doctor about issues with balance or concerns about taking a fall,” says Naughton. “Falling doesn’t have to be part of the aging process.”

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has more information on fall prevention online at
https://medicare.excellusbcbs.com/health-wellness/preventive/fall-prevention.

 


Governor Cuomo Provides July 22, 2021 Update to New Yorkers on State’s Progress Combating COVID-19

29,397 Vaccine Doses Administered Over Last 24 Hours

2 COVID-19 Deaths Statewide Yesterday

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

“As we near the midpoint of summer, life is picking back up and people are living again after putting everything on hold last year. The best way to take advantage of all that summer in New York has to offer is to get vaccinated – protect yourself and your loved ones,” Governor Cuomo said. “COVID, especially the Delta variant, poses a great risk to those who remain unvaccinated. Get your vaccine before it’s too late.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported- 93,174
  • Total Positive – 1,584
  • Percent Positive – 1.70%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 1.50%
  • Patient Hospitalization – 483 (+21)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 95
  • Patients in ICU – 105 (+5)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation – 34 (-2)
  • Total Discharges – 186,075 (+69)
  • Deaths – 2
  • Total Deaths – 43,043
  • Total vaccine doses administered – 21,911,089
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours – 29,397
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days – 225,622
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose – 71.4%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series – 66.0%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 74.1%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 67.6%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose- 59.5%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series – 54.8%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC)- 61.9%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC)- 56.2%

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

Region
Monday, July 19, 2021
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Capital Region
1.81%
1.89%
1.95%
Central New York
1.06%
1.14%
1.20%
Finger Lakes
1.10%
1.14%
1.22%
Long Island
1.66%
1.80%
1.86%
Mid-Hudson
0.99%
1.10%
1.14%
Mohawk Valley
0.96%
0.94%
1.05%
New York City
1.32%
1.42%
1.51%
North Country
0.92%
0.87%
0.98%
Southern Tier
0.69%
0.79%
0.85%
Western New York
1.55%
1.56%
1.75%
Statewide
1.31%
1.41%
1.50%

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
Monday, July 19, 2021
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Bronx
1.29%
1.33%
1.45%
Kings
1.31%
1.41%
1.49%
New York
1.23%
1.35%
1.46%
Queens
1.28%
1.37%
1.46%
Richmond
1.93%
2.08%
2.21%

Yesterday, 1,584 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 2,114,497. A geographic breakdown is as follows:  

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
24,859
17
Allegany
3,574
2
Broome
18,724
6
Cattaraugus
5,762
4
Cayuga
6,383
3
Chautauqua
8,986
2
Chemung
7,822
1
Chenango
3,525
1
Clinton
4,868
1
Columbia
4,104
0
Cortland
3,949
4
Delaware
2,409
2
Dutchess
29,675
19
Erie
90,090
40
Essex
1,615
0
Franklin
2,570
0
Fulton
4,447
2
Genesee
5,450
0
Greene
3,435
1
Hamilton
316
0
Herkimer
5,234
3
Jefferson
6,222
7
Lewis
2,829
0
Livingston
4,548
1
Madison
4,597
1
Monroe
69,534
32
Montgomery
4,272
3
Nassau
185,525
152
Niagara
20,154
12
NYC
950,213
934
Oneida
22,754
10
Onondaga
39,253
11
Ontario
7,450
2
Orange
48,705
38
Orleans
3,136
0
Oswego
7,670
6
Otsego
3,476
1
Putnam
10,667
5
Rensselaer
11,320
6
Rockland
47,269
11
Saratoga
15,524
13
Schenectady
13,263
4
Schoharie
1,719
0
Schuyler
1,084
1
Seneca
2,021
1
St. Lawrence
6,696
3
Steuben
6,995
3
Suffolk
202,711
126
Sullivan
6,728
6
Tioga
3,857
0
Tompkins
4,380
1
Ulster
14,020
7
Warren
3,729
7
Washington
3,180
2
Wayne
5,814
3
Westchester
130,591
63
Wyoming
3,612
4
Yates
1,182
0

Yesterday, 2 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 43,043. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Nassau
1
Queens
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 vaccines.gov to find information on vaccine appointments near them.

Yesterday, 16,907 New Yorkers received their first vaccine dose, and 14,038 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
Total
Increase over past 24 hours
Cumulative
Total
Increase over past 24 hours
Capital Region
680,612
851
636,338
652
Central New York
538,547
589
507,427
483
Finger Lakes
691,212
863
654,941
765
Long Island
1,574,450
3,512
1,437,187
2,852
Mid-Hudson
1,264,724
2,682
1,148,278
2,079
Mohawk Valley
266,723
332
250,447
249
New York City
5,535,751
6,111
5,047,964
5,264
North Country
249,667
299
229,263
268
Southern Tier
353,223
436
331,601
358
Western New York
752,618
1,232
696,995
1,068
Statewide
11,907,527
16,907
10,940,441
14,038

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.


The 2021 Puerto Rican Flag Raising Ceremony at Syracuse City Hall Friday July 23rd

The people of Puerto Rico have a love of their country known as, “patria,” they accept the free association with the United States, but emphasize loyalty to their own culture, life, spirit, hospitality and heritage.

La Liga says, “Bring your Puerto Rican flag! Join the celebration. We would love for all of you to join us and would be honored if we could receive some coverage for this very important event.”

Puerto Rican Flag Raising Ceremony
12 Noon
Friday, July 23 at City Hall

Final Flag Raising Event Flyer 07.2021 (Bilingual)

The La Liga flyer carries the message, “The white stripes represent victory & peace gained through independence. The blue represents the sky & blue coastal waters. The white star represents the island of Puerto Rico.”