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  • Lost Revenue ‘Defunds’ Syracuse: Police, Fire, D.P.W. and Parks as Senate Republicans Fail to Assist Localities

    Police -$6,393,089  Fire -$4,728,486 DPW -$4,438,861 Those who are supportive of Syracuse Police and Fire Departments need only look to our representation in Washington DC. Their failure to come to a deal that supports state and local governments has placed states, counties, cities, and towns in grave danger of losing much needed services.  Those services More »

    If You Can’t Enforce the Rules: Shut it Down

    This is not shouting fire in a crowded building; this is about COVID-19 a serious pandemic that has taken 204 lives of our neighbors and friends. At first, I assumed it was an off-campus party and university officials can’t “monitor” their students 24/7 they’re young adults. However, when you can see tents and the fuzzy More »

    How Syracuse Can Increase Our Census Participation: ‘Each One Reach One’

    This was conceptualized to increase our city’s level of participation in the US Census. It was recently announced the effort scheduled to end in October had its deadline changed to September, a 30 day reduction in data collection time. That almost guarantees a massive under-count of populations in cities across the country, especially Syracuse. This More »

    The Invisible Men & Women: Older African-Americans, Syracuse Residents Don’t Appear to Fit into Our Future

    A generation of Syracuse Residents aren’t good enough to help resurrect our community  Observing the political landscape in Syracuse and Onondaga County, it’s safe to assume that there’s been a change in direction regarding who’s in charge of running our day-to-day government, based on most accounts our community’s latest attempt at embracing diversity has been More »

    ‘A riot is the language of the unheard’: What Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. King Said and Why It Applies Today

    20 Cities across the country experienced some level of unrest, what occurred next was the carnivorous feeding frenzy by our collective news media A Riot is the Language of the Unheard “Certain conditions continue to exist in our society, which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn riots. But in the final analysis, a More »

    Onondaga County Executive J. Ryan McMahon II and Local Elected Officials Have Become our Front-Line Defense against Coronavirus

    It has become abundantly clear that we’re in the midst of a global pandemic. Whispers and subtle warnings began back in January as news spread that a strange flu like virus was impacting China.  And yet, our own government in Washington appeared to dismiss the warnings and business continued as usual. As the disease spread More »