Author Archives: Ashley Kang

LiteracyCNY Set to Close this Week

Founder Ruth Colvin and board likely to return program to its roots as an all-volunteer service By Jeff Kramer Lawmakers are scrambling to save LiteracyCNY after the state denied critical funds to the nationally acclaimed program, forcing it to suspend operations effective this week. The 62-year-old organization, which served about 350 learners pre-Covid restrictions, was launched by Ruth Colvin, now 103. She was ... Read More »

Examining Public School Safety

Peoples Agenda Collective partners with city schools for series on role of SROs By Sydney Gold The Syracuse City School District and People’s Agenda Collective will continue a weekly, virtual town hall series through November, focusing on school resources officers, or SROs.  SROs are law enforcement officers stationed inside of schools. A controversial disciplinary method, many lament the presence of SROs ... Read More »

City of Syracuse Releases Mini-Series on Healthy Housing

By Sydney Gold On Wednesday, the city of Syracuse released the second segment of its three-part healthy housing mini-series. The series, available on youtube, aims to arm the city’s renters and leasers with the knowledge they need to spot code violations while hunting for potential apartments or homes. Hosted by J. Omar Sharif from the Department of Code Enforcement, the video ... Read More »

Black Judges Can No Longer Stay Silent

In the wake of continued killings of unarmed minorities by police, justices identify areas of racism in court system By Jeff Kramer Embedded in a new report on racial bias in New York state courts is a link to a segment of the popular TV show “What Would You Do?” starring John Quinones. The episode can’t substitute for the exhaustive ... Read More »

Virtual Panel Addresses Syracuse’s Lead Crisis

By Sydney Gold When the Syracuse Common Council passed a new lead ordinance this past summer, they acknowledged the ongoing health crisis facing so many of Syracuse’s families. In a city where roughly 600 children are diagnosed with lead poisoning annually, laws that force accountability from both the government and landlords can be crucial steps on the path towards a ... Read More »

More Than Reading

Elected officials stress the social, financial ramifications of literacy By Patrick McCarthy In recognition of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week a handful of speakers gathered Tuesday in front of the state office building to discuss literacy rates for Onondaga County. Mayor Ben Walsh, also speaking on behalf of County Executive Ryan McMahon, declared Sept. 23 Literacy Recognition Day ... Read More »

Protest Held on First Day of Virtual Learning

Community calls out inequality to city’s start of school plan amid the pandemic By Patrick McCarthy Community members made themselves heard Monday morning in front of STEAM at Dr. King Elementary School to protest the Syracuse City School District’s remote learning plan. The school board voted unanimously in late August to only have virtual classes from Sept. 14 through Oct. ... Read More »

Census Due Sept. 30

By Ashley Kang The city and several local groups are on the final push to to “get out the census” and encourage area residents to complete the national count by the Sept. 30 deadline. PEACE Inc. has received funding from the Central New York Community Foundation to push local residents to fill out the nine-question form. In the coming weeks, ... Read More »