Syracuse Common Council meeting of the DPW committee 5-7-19 At the D.P.W. committee meeting at Common Council today, the discussion was on road paving (and thanks to our group--a bit on curbs/crosswalks.) There was a relatively short discussion on the need to ensure that there is sufficient public participation in the discussion before the Council … Continue reading Let the guy with the calculator decide?
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.”
Who knew? It was started and discontinued years ago when Frank Malfitano was the director of the Landmark Theatre. Supposedly, there are even stars on the sidewalk down there on S. Salina. Well, the newspaper decided to start up a conversation about the 100 most famous Syracusans. You can see the list by clicking on … Continue reading There’s A Syracuse Walk of Fame?
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!
I made it into the newspaper this morning--if anonymously. In the annual story on the silly write-in ballots during the November elections, it was discovered that: "The late Lee Alexander, a former Syracuse mayor who spent time in prison for corruption, received a vote for county executive." That was my ballot. I voted the straight … Continue reading Me For Lee!
I'm struck by the over-the-top rhetoric that is accompanying the protests over the closing of the Ida Benderson Senior Citizen Center, a drop-in program run by the city's Parks & Recreation for many years. The Center is scheduled to be closed by the city on October 1st--its $120,000 annual rent and the extra expenses for … Continue reading Desperately Seeking The Revolution
Public art in Syracuse has largely been a huge disappointment. A weird metal couch by the entrance to Rt. 690. Hubcaps stacked onto poles (supposedly a totem). The plastic horses "on parade". Now we finally have something that might be worthwhile, thought provoking and have some relation to the town we all live in: arterie … Continue reading Public Art That Doesn’t Suck
Green Hills Farms Market used space in its weekly circular to raise questions about the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA) (as well as the NY State Healthy Food, Healthy Communities Fund) for approving tax breaks for the developer of the Valley Plaza in an attempt to bring the Tops Markets supermarket chain to the Southside … Continue reading Green Hills Protests Tax Breaks For Development Of New City Grocery Store