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  • Where New York stands on 5 big transportation projects

    05/09/2018 7:55:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    City & State ^ | April 29, 2018 | Rebecca C. Lewis
    Getting from point A to point B should, theoretically, be a relatively simple task. But in order to travel, the transportation infrastructure needs to be in place and up to par. Across the state, major projects are underway to repair and update that infrastructure so that New Yorkers can get where they need to go – whether that’s through the air, over land or over water. Though some may be on track to be completed while others wallow in planning, here are five major projects underway that should make it easier for New Yorkers to get around.Gov. Mario M. Cuomo...
  • Police: How Syracuse University student was stopped while planning mass shooting

    04/06/2018 6:29:47 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 29 replies
    Syracuse.com ^ | 4/5/18 | Douglass Dowty
    Syracuse, NY -- A Syracuse University student, who had stockpiled ammunition and gun accessories in his downtown apartment, was stopped before carrying out threats of a mass shooting, city police revealed today. Xiaoteng Zhan, 22, was deported back to China by federal agents March 20 as he returned to Syracuse from spring break in Mexico, Syracuse Deputy Police Chief Derek McGork said. Zhan told a friend that the "dark side" had pushed him to buy a gun, bulletproof vest and other items, McGork said, reading from an English translation of their messages. "I might use the gun to cause trouble,"...
  • Cynthia Nixon, in public radio interview, says Hillary's loss inspired her run

    04/05/2018 12:31:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    WXXI News - PBS Local ^ | April 5, 2018 | By KAREN DEWITT
    Cynthia Nixon is spending the day traveling the New York State Thruway from Syracuse to Rochester as part of her upstate campaign swing. We caught up with her in between stops, where the actor and underdog candidate talked about how the loss of Hillary Clinton for President in 2016 helped inspire her to run for governor and why she thinks Andrew Cuomo is not doing enough to help the state. Nixon says in addition to running in the Democratic Party primary she’s also actively seeking the nomination of the Working Families Party, a group that gave Cuomo the nomination four...
  • Syracuse TV anchor breaks silence on Sinclair controversy: 'I was never threatened'

    04/05/2018 7:48:09 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 6 replies
    Post Standard, Syracuse NY ^ | 04/05/18 | By Geoff Herbert
    Syracuse TV anchor Michael Benny has broken his silence on the controversy surrounding a script he read on CNY Central for station owner Sinclair Broadcast Group. Benny and Allison Bybee appear in a video compilation showing TV anchors at Sinclair-owned stations across the country in a promo echoing President Donald Trump's constant attacks on "fake news" media. Critics say it reflects the company's right-wing agenda without disclosing a political bias.... For days, CNY Central declined to comment, but Benny finally spoke out in a lengthy Facebook post on Wednesday night. "Recently, my boss came to me with a script for...
  • A visit with the man who has digitized more newspaper pages than the Library of Congress.

    04/03/2018 7:04:13 AM PDT · by RubyR · 13 replies
    Harper's Magazine ^ | September 13, 2017 | Jesse Coburn
    Tom Tryniski isn’t trained as an archivist. Nor does he have ties to any institution or receive much compensation for the many hours he’s spent scanning the microform of local newspapers he orders from libraries. Still, he is devoted to the endeavor. Since his retirement in 1999, he has digitized some forty million newspaper pages and posted them to his website, fultonhistory.com. His collection, at three times the size of the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America archive, is in all likelihood the largest free repository of its kind. But there is more work to be done, Tryniski says. “Do you...
  • Upstate NY gun dealer says his phone is 'ringing off the hook'

    03/02/2018 7:44:31 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 12 replies
    Gun retailers in the Capital Region have seen an uptick in firearm sales and interest in gun safety courses recently -- a common occurrence after mass shootings or alarm over gun control measures, they said. The phone at Upstate Guns and Ammo in Schenectady has been "ringing off the hook" with callers asking about the store's training classes, which include pistol and handgun safety courses required for permits, said owner Craig Serafini. They want to be prepared to protect themselves and others around them should anything happen, Serafini said. Class participants include a mix of men and women and range...
  • Trump budget would cut roads fund that would pay for I-81 in Syracuse, Schumer says

    02/15/2018 1:07:18 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | February 13, 2018 | Mark Weiner
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's $4.4 trillion budget plan would slash funding for interstate highways, jeopardizing New York's plan to transform a stretch of Interstate 81 in Syracuse in the next decade, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Tuesday. The plan unveiled Monday by the White House would cut the federal Highway Trust Fund by $122 billion over 10 years, drying up the main source of federal aid to the states for road projects and mass transit. Schumer said such a deep cut would make it more difficult for New York state to compete for federal money to demolish the elevated...
  • NY state, foundations poured money into Syracuse grocery that has closed. Again.

    01/10/2018 6:58:03 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 23 replies
    Post Standard, Syracuse, New York ^ | 01.10.18 | By Teri Weaver
    Eat to Live, the food cooperative on the city's South Side, has closed again. It's the second time in about four years the member grocery store - which was built with more than $1 million dollars in donations from Syracuse University and other area foundations - has shut its doors. The Dec. 31 closure comes after New York state also invested more than $400,000 into the project, money meant to jumpstart the store's operations and create enough work for four full-time employees.... troubles plagued the market from the beginning. Within a couple of weeks of opening, the general manager at...
  • Experts see few reasons to proceed with Interstate 81 tunnel option

    12/11/2017 4:43:18 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | December 8, 2017 | Mark Weiner
    A $2 million study on replacing part of Interstate 81 in Syracuse with a tunnel supports what national transportation experts say they have known for years: Tunnels usually are a bad idea.While an I-81 tunnel would be technically feasible, it would be difficult to justify the cost of up to $4.5 billion at a time when few publicly-financed tunnel projects are moving forward, according to four transportation policy experts interviewed by syracuse.com.The few highway tunnel projects approved in recent years have been expensive mega projects, often plagued by delays and cost overruns that have drawn public criticism, the experts said.New York...
  • Local politicians use Interstate 81 rally to rail against New York state officials

    11/02/2017 6:46:11 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Daily Orange ^ | October 11, 2017 | Sam Ogozalek
    A rally in support of a replacement option for a stretch of Interstate 81 served as a platform for city mayoral candidates and local politicians to rail against New York state officials Tuesday. The rally, held in Hanover Square, was organized by ReThink81, a local group that supports a $1.3 billion replacement option for the “viaduct,” a raised section of I-81 that bisects Syracuse. At one point during the event, Common Council President Van Robinson hefted a sledgehammer into the air, saying he wanted to tear down the highway: “I hated it from the first time I came to this...
  • Stephanie Miner will not run for Congress in 2018 (Syracuse Mayor, NY24)

    10/19/2017 9:50:43 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 7 replies
    Syracuse.com ^ | 10/19/17 | Chris Baker
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner will not run for Congress in 2018. Miner has long been mentioned as a potential challenger to U.S. Rep. John Katko for Central New York's 24th Congressional District. Thursday morning, she ruled out a run. "After much thoughtful consideration and conversations with my family, I have decided I will not be a candidate for Congress in 2018," Miner said in a statement Thursday. "This was not an easy decision given magnitude of issues faced by our community, but I believe we are best served supporting other progressive leaders in this election both at...
  • Syracuse mayoral candidate says he assaulted people, sold drugs, carried guns

    06/20/2017 4:46:29 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 26 replies
    Post Standard, Syracuse NY ^ | BY CHRIS BAKER cbaker@syracuse.com
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- While asking a roomful of voters to elect him, Raymond Blackwell said he has assaulted people, carried a gun to parties and tried selling drugs... The comment was part of a head-turning closing statement during a mayoral candidate forum Monday night at the Southwest Community Center. Blackwell offered details from his youth as a reason people should vote for him. He said growing up on the streets means he knows what a lot of people in the city have gone through.... Blackwell is one of six Democrats hoping to make it to the primary ballot in September.
  • Convicted Rochester judge appears in court, leaves in handcuffs; jailed without bail

    06/06/2017 9:21:52 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 32 replies
    NewYorkUpstate.com ^ | 6/5/2017 | Ben Axelson
    Rochester judge Leticia Astacio appeared in court this morning after being summoned to a meeting with her supervisor who had previously said her job was in jeopardy. A warrant was issued for Astacio's arrest last week after she failed to appear at a hearing for alleged violations of her probation. Astacio is accused of having her daughter breathe into her interlock device which she must use due to her DWI conviction last year. Astacio was vacationing in Thailand, but returned to the United States and appeared before Judge Craig Doran on Monday morning. Doran had told her failure to do...
  • 9 U.S. highway tunnel projects: Insights into what we might get if I-81 is a tunnel

    04/29/2017 8:12:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | April 26, 2017 | Charley Hannagan
    Syracuse, N.Y. --There's not a lot tunnel building going on in the United States. Four highway tunnels have been completed over the last 10 years in the U.S. Four more tunnel projects are under construction or in design. And one long discussed project that would have tunneled underneath a national forest in California was dropped. Could be a tunnel in Syracuse's future for Interstate 81? After a tunnel was initially rejected, a tunnel or depressed highway is back on the table as an option to replace Interstate 81's 1.4 mile section of raised highway in Syracuse. The DOT at first...
  • Trump declines ESPN invite to fill out NCAA bracket on-air

    02/15/2017 5:25:44 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 67 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | February 15, 2017 5:36 pm | AP
    President Donald Trump won’t be filling out an NCAA Tournament bracket on ESPN this March, unlike his predecessor, Barack Obama. ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz says the network expressed its “interest to the White House in continuing the presidential bracket. They have respectfully declined.”
  • It's been snowing for 38 hours in Syracuse -- and we're at almost 20 inches

    11/22/2016 3:55:31 AM PST · by metmom · 104 replies
    Syracuse.com ^ | November 21,2016 | Glenn Coin
    Syracuse, N.Y. -- It's been snowing for 38 straight hours in Syracuse, and there's more to come. The National Weather Service station at Hancock International Airport has been recording snow since 3 a.m. Sunday, when rain switched over to light snow. From then until 4 p.m. today, at least 18.9 inches of snow has fallen, and Syracuse could get another 4 inches.
  • SPD arrests 2 teens accused of assaulting 62-year-old man

    10/23/2016 4:32:58 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 16 replies
    WSYR ^ | 1021/2016
    Syracuse Police have arrested two teens who are accused of assaulting a 62-year-old man. The victim told officers a group of teens were sitting on his front yard trespassing in the 200 block of Glenwood Avenue on Wednesday afternoon. When the victim asked them not to sit on his property, police say he was punched twice in the face and head by two teenage girls. The 14 and 15-year-old girls were arrested and charged with third-degree assault. Their names are not being released because of their age. Both teens were released to the parents on juvenile appearance tickets.
  • Syracuse U prof rejects Israeli documentary, then apologizes after controversy erupts

    09/02/2016 9:10:58 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 8 replies
    Post Standard, Syracuse NY ^ | September 02, 2016 at 11:09 AM | By Julie McMahon | jmcmahon@syracuse.com
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A Syracuse University professor who rejected a film about Israeli settlers on the West Bank for a conference here has issued a public apology. Controversy over screening the film "The Settlers" unraveled Thursday after The Atlantic published emails written by SU religion professor Gail Hamner. Hamner was writing to a fellow conference organizer to tell him she didn't think SU should screen the documentary because it would elicit protests from pro-Palestinian groups. Atlantic writer Conor Friedersdorf argued this was an example of "how political correctness chills speech on campus."
  • Cortland DA candidate plans to challenge incumbent for lying about porn work

    05/13/2016 11:55:38 PM PDT · by freespirit2012 · 6 replies
    Syracuse Post Standard. ^ | May 12, 2016 | John O'Brien
    CORTLAND, N.Y. A new candidate for Cortland County district attorney plans to take issue with the incumbent admittedly lying before the last election about his career in porn movies.
  • Ivy League economist ethnically profiled, interrogated for doing math on American Airlines flight

    05/07/2016 9:46:45 AM PDT · by Republic_Venom · 78 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 7, 2016 | Catherine Rampell
    On Thursday evening, a 40-year-old man — with dark, curly hair, olive skin and an exotic foreign accent — boarded a plane. It was a regional jet making a short, uneventful hop from Philadelphia to nearby Syracuse. Or so dozens of unsuspecting passengers thought. The curly-haired man tried to keep to himself, intently if inscrutably scribbling on a notepad he’d brought aboard. His seatmate, a blond-haired, 30-something woman sporting flip-flops and a red tote bag, looked him over. He was wearing navy Diesel jeans and a red Lacoste sweater – a look he would later describe as “simple elegance” –...