Broadway Utica

Mannion pushes for recurring pay increase for direct support professionals

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There is a workforce crisis facing direct support professionals. These are workers who dress, toilet and generally care for New Yorkers living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These workers provide essential services but low pay has led many to seek employment at less stressful jobs that pay similar wages. Funding from the American Rescue Plan…

SPD to install more street cameras with new grant money

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A $500,000 has been granted to the Syracuse Police Department, and that money is going towards more street cameras. The money coming from the American Rescue Plan. The money will not only be used to expand the network, but it will also allow the department to repair or maintain existing cameras. Department officials say cameras…

Columbus’ pedestal will stand for new Heritage Park

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Last year, Mayor Ben Walsh announced changes were coming to Columbus Circle with some criticism and some support. On Wednesday, Walsh talked about the future of the statue and the circle, saying the Heritage Park project is still in the works, and they're still collecting community input for what should go in the park. That…

Pressed employers offer perks to attract new talent

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When someone with the experience and skills that Kathy Baldi possesses walks through a job fair nowadays, hiring specialists clamor for their attention. At Wednesday’s job fair, with more than 60 local employers represented on the lower level of the Galleria at Crystal Run, Baldi made the rounds as if she was the one considering…

Oswego County will spray for EEE Thursday

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The potentially deadly EEE virus continues to pop-up in mosquito pools all across the region, meaning more aerial spraying is happening. The next round is planned for Oswego County later this week.  The county health department says approximately 12,000 acres across the towns of Palermo, Mexico and Hastings will be sprayed Thursday.  Residents within those…

What’s with all the road construction in downtown Syracuse?

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Driving throughout downtown Syracuse has been a bit of a hassle as of late, due to the number of construction projects currently ongoing in the city. Mayor Ben Walsh says the city is repaving more than 20 miles of road this year, but due to the pandemic, progress has slowed considerably. "The pandemic did slow…

Harvestfest, benefit festival, returning to Broome County

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Harvestfest is coming back to Otsiningo Park in Broome County this Sunday. It began back in 2019, but took last year off because of the pandemic.  The event includes food vendors and a beer tent, and organizers say they are happy to bring the fun back. "We're super excited. We had all these bands booked…

Staving off plastic foam in the St

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During the flooding of 2017 and 2019, many homeowners along the shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River saw their docks covered in water or simply destroyed. Some began to use floating docks, which have been popular for decades. However, some floating docks — especially the older ones — contain plastic foam, and now…

With overdoses on rise, Broome County addiction center steps up

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Inside a small package is a tool that’s been saving lives in Broome County in a time when it’s needed the most. For Chris Scott, protecting the community from overdoses is a passion, but his life wasn’t always going down that route. “For more years than I like to remember, I was in the criminal…

Destiny USA job fair to include 70 venues looking to

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Many people here in New York saw their enhanced unemployment benefits expire last week, meaning more people may be looking for a job. If you’re looking for full or part time work, companies across Central New York are hiring. Close to 70 companies will be at Destiny USA today for the Get Hired Job Fair. Thirty-three…