central new york


Tue March 3, 2015

Syracuse once held a public vote on a major transportation decision

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 6:56 am

oliver_hine via Flickr

A sharply divided city argues over whether to keep a major transit link running through downtown, or to route it around the outskirts of town.

It’s nearly the same debate going on today, but this was in the 1920s. Then, Syracuse was arguing over whether to build an elevated rail corridor through downtown, as Dennis Connors, curator of the Onondaga Historical Association explains.

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Mon March 2, 2015

Out of one-time fixes, Centro faces big cuts to public transit service

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 7:12 am

Chris Kreussling via Flickr

Central New York’s public transit system is facing a sizeable budget gap and it's proposing a major reduction in service if more funding isn’t provided.

This is not the first year Centro has spent more money running buses in its four central New York county service area than it’s taken in to do so, but according to the public transit authority’s executive director, Frank Kobliski, they’ve run out of one-time funding streams to fill the hole.

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Tue February 10, 2015

What could it look like without Interstate 81 cutting through Syracuse?

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 7:10 am

A concept drawing of what the current Interstate 81 corridor could look like if the highway is removed.

A group of architects and urban developers favoring the removal of the interstate through downtown Syracuse are out with a drawing of what the city could look like if the roadway was gone.

The group, ReThink 81, is making the argument that tearing down the elevated highway would make room for economic growth, where currently the roadway creates a gap in economic vitality between downtown and University Hill. The highway bisects those two neighborhoods.

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Wed December 17, 2014

Elected officials say 6-year delay on fracking decision not long enough

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 8:17 am

A natural gas drilling rig in Pennsylvania. (file photo)

A temporary ban on the controversial gas extraction method hydrofracking has dragged on for years. Even as the governor says a long-awaited study is nearing completion, a large group of local officials want the ban to continue.

Elected Officials to Protect New York, made up of more than 850 local-level elected officials, says Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration still has not properly studied fracking enough.

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Fri December 12, 2014

Central New York brings back $80.2 million in aid in economic development competition

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 8:15 am

Renovations to the Hotel Syracuse is one of the projects the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council put forward for state aid.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Hotel Syracuse is receiving a multi-million dollar state grant through New York’s competitive economic development funding program. The project is part of $80.2 million in funding central New York won.

Central New York’s regional economic development has been named a "top performer" for the third time in four years in the state’s flashy economic development funding program. It competes against other regions of the state for aid. The state gave out $709 million in all.

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