This year marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, popularly referred to as the ADA. The ADA is a companion to the landmark Civil Rights Acts passed in the 1960’s that outlawed discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex and national origin. The ADA prevents discrimination against people … Continue reading Celebrating The 25th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act
Update 2-12-14 City of Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner announces her opposition to a OCIDA tax break for the Destiny USA hotel (and 18 year PILOT--and I'm sure the payments will go directly to defraying the costs of construction and access to the site--so absolutely no money will flow to the city or county in property … Continue reading Controlling Our City’s Destiny
UPDATE Feb. 10, 2014 The Common Council defeated the proposal by a vote of 7-2. It is no secret that Syracuse is the snowiest big city (pop. over 100K) in both NY State--and often the country. It is also no secret that with all the snow, the city's sidewalks are often not passable for pedestrians. … Continue reading “Shovel, Shovel; Toil And Trouble.”
Like all New Yorkers, I've been bombarded by the new ads for the Lottery, promoting their scratch off games with the tagline: "What would you think about, if you didn't have to think about money?" The longtime advertising agency for the Lottery has a sure and humorous touch: But the Lottery is not just "a … Continue reading Think Differently
In Syracuse and Onondaga County he will always be known as cop-killer Billy Blake. In 1987, while under arrest and being escorted into court in Dewitt, he grabbed a gun from an Onondaga County Deputy Sheriff and started firing. He killed one of the deputies and injured another. Blake was sentenced to 77 years to … Continue reading What Is Cruel & Unusual? Billy Blake and Long-Term Solitary Confinement
Just this morning, I asked a question in a live on-line Q & A with David Cay Johnston. The session is being hosted by Syracuse.com, the Post Standard, "the-whatever-the-hell-you-call-the-local-newspaper" these days. Mr. Johnston was a reporter for the NY Times, where he covered tax issues. He is the author of an in-depth look at how … Continue reading Asked and Answered–David Cay Johnston & The Stock Transfer Tax
Syracuse Common Council Bob Dougherty recently went to a Planning Commission hearing to oppose an application to combine two lots into one. The application came from Syracuse Habitat for Humanity. Habitat builds homes for low income families--without taking a dime of government funding. However, Councilor Bob doesn't like the ranch houses that Habitat builds. He … Continue reading What A Dick Move!
In the past, I have written about how irritated I get when I listen to the parade of right-wing "experts" that are interviewed on WSYR Radio's morning show by host Joe Galuski. I hate the overall conservative slant of the station (owned by Clear Channel--which is owned by Bain Capital--Romney's vulture capital business) but I … Continue reading Right-Wing Radio Follies: The Rich Already Pay Their Fair Share Of Taxes?
As I read the Sean Kirst article in the Post-Standard today about the development of the old Dey's department store, I wondered if anyone remembers the history of this building . . . not the department store, but the more sordid recent history. Check the records. Over the years, the city has taken over $8 … Continue reading Dey’s Building Project Downtown–Another Win For The 1%
Four white, east-side liberal candidates for School Board? Sounds OK to me. But then, I'm a white, east-side liberal! According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Syracuse's population is 30% African-American and 8% Latino. The school district's student population is 50% African-American and 13% Latino. Only one out of the seven Commissioners on the school board … Continue reading No candidates of color for school board? In segregated Syracuse? And you’re surprised?