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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 More »

Voices: Mark Spadafore’s Labor Day Commentary

We are in a time of upheaval. Workers are at the razor’s edge, and they have had enough. The pandemic has exposed the frayed workplaces that have existed for many years where employers would rather cut their workers short by paying the minimum without any regard for their lives or wellbeing.  Wages have been stagnant More »

Voices: Black Law Enforcement Speaks Out on Racially Charged Discipline And Character Assassination of Officer Because He Listens To Rap Music

National Black Police Group Voices Support For Syracuse Community Police Officer As a body of men and women of color employed as criminal justice practitioners, the members and Board of Directors of the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers, Inc. (NABLEO) have, since their inception, consistently taken an active stance against racially discriminatory practices More »

Voices: The National Action Network ‘stands with and fully support Officer Brandon Hanks’

The Syracuse & Buffalo Chapters of the National Action Network today are taking an unapologetic stand for the rule of law and public safety as it relates to the treatment of Officer Brandon Hanks. We stand with and fully support Officer Brandon Hanks. We hold those who incite/and promote bullying, harassment and racial discourse in More »

As Economy Reopens, Onondaga Community College Is Ready to Prepare Central New Yorkers for In-Demand Jobs and Advanced Degrees – while Saving Money

Emmalee French came to Onondaga Community College with a dream. As a member of Oswego High School’s class of 2020, she wanted to earn a college degree for an in-demand job so she could return to her hometown and live and work in the community she grew up in and loved. Last month she earned More »