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Residents March in Memory of George Floyd

By Eddie Velazquez Dozens of demonstrators and activists marched toward the Syracuse Police Department building downtown Tuesday, May 25, in commemoration of the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, rallying behind cries for just policing and calling for an end to police brutality. Bishop H. Bernard Alex leads marchers down Willow Street towards downtown Syracuse on May 25, ... Read More »

Onondaga County’s Rent Relief Eases Burden for Landlords and Tenants

Those in need encouraged to apply soon, before funds run out By Eddie Velazquez Charles Marsh, who manages a property on West Brighton Avenue understands precarity. “He lost his job and has been kind of depressed,” said Marsh of the tenant who rents his South Side property and was one of many nationwide who lost their job at the height ... Read More »

City’s Construction Training Program Seeks Applicants

Deadline to apply for first cohort is May 21 By Michael Garcia As the deadline nears to apply to Syracuse Build’s Pathways to Apprenticeship construction training program, Mayor Ben Walsh gathered community partners last week to announce the initiative. This has been in talks for some time, with Walsh mentioning the program during a Jobs to Move America press conference ... Read More »

City Holds Webinar to Address Neighborhood Blight

More than $200,000 billed to delinquent properties this year By Eddie Velazquez After a year of setbacks, local community development organizations are ready to continue efforts to repurpose vacant properties and provide alternative home ownership routes for Onondaga County residents. Home to 1,400 vacant commercial and residential properties, the city of Syracuse has struggled to retain occupants due to a ... Read More »

Resettled Family Desperate to Reunite

American bureaucracy stalls special visa to bring over brother, an Afghan national who worked for US military By Jeff Kramer In “Saving Private Ryan,” a World War II platoon headed by Tom Hanks searches for the only surviving brother of four, with orders to remove the soldier from combat so he can be sent home to his grieving mother. The ... Read More »

Battered Business

Black-owned businesses tell how they carried on and advocated for support during the pandemic By Kate Minutillo and Gianna Prudente Black-owned businesses were disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, which reported that by mid-April, business dropped by 40%. For restaurant owner Phyllis Moore of Joe’s to Go, located a few blocks west of ... Read More »

Race and Policing in our Communities

Syracuse leaders discuss police reform By Kamal Morgan Onondaga Community College’s Race & Policing Committee hosted a series of reform-inspired talks this year following national protests for racial justice sparked by the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. The series concluded with the symposium “Change Is Going To Come” that centered the discussion on race and police in America. ... Read More »

The Darkness Before Light

Lady Atoms talk impact and aftermath of a pandemic season By Kambui Bomani Over a decade ago, The Syracuse Academy of Science Girls Varsity Basketball Team was an infant athletic program searching for its identity. Their inaugural victory didn’t arrive until their second year as a team while under the regime of first-year Head Coach Reginald Pickard. He, along with ... Read More »