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Protest For Jobs Photo Gallery

In Activism, Grassroots, Jobs, Taxes on February 24, 2016 at 3:30 pm

The first Protest for Jobs organized by the Urban Jobs Task Force in Syracuse saw over  a dozen people out in the February cold, albeit sunny, weather, letting the public and COR Development know that public funding should provide jobs for the community.  Protests will take place monthly at the corner of Solar and Court Streets, 3rd Thursdays at 12 noon. Photo credits to Diana Green.


SOS! Save Our Public Schools – Brian Jones, Green Candidate for Lt. Governor, Speaks Out in Syracuse

In Education, Government, Taxes on October 7, 2014 at 8:38 pm


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“Public education in New York is under attack during Cuomo’s tenure as governor. New York schools are the most segregated schools in the country and they’re woefully underfunded. Additionally, the Common Core based test-and-punish regime currently being pushed in schools can be used to hold students back, deny them diplomas, fire teachers, and close schools. Instead of the privatization schemes pushed by Cuomo and Republican candidate Rob Astorino, Howie Hawkins and Brian Jones are calling for fully funded, quality public education, qualitative assessments instead of the punitive high stakes testing model, and an end to the attack on teacher’s unions.”

Destiny USA Request for PILOT, Public Hearing

In Taxes on March 10, 2014 at 11:29 am

Tomorrow, Tuesday March 11 at 8am at 333 West Washington Street, OCIDA is having a public hearing about Destiny’s request for a PILOT for their proposed hotel.  The public is invited to speak and provide comments.

Destiny USA has already received a PILOT from the city to build an expansion to the mall.  This expansion was to include a hotel.  Destiny decided not to build the hotel but found some provision that allowed them to keep the PILOT.  Now they want to build a hotel (right down the street from the one COR proposes to build at the Inner Harbor) and Destiny wants a PILOT for the proposed hotel that would be about $20 million.

Destiny is going to the county (OCIDA) for citizen tax dollars because the city has made it clear that it will not be giving another PILOT for something that should have built under the original agreement. (

If the county (OCIDA) gives a PILOT then it will be the first time a developer successfully goes around the city.  If the county goes around the city, it would be a potentially unfortunate precedent for future city/county relations, and city tax-payers ability to have a say in how County government intervenes in city geography decisions.

Contact: Aggie Lane, 478-4571