Upstate regions have made good pitches but incentives should not be kept secret Amazon is looking for a second home. And New York state, particularly the upstate region, has joined many other parts of the country in showcasing their individual neighborhoods as the hip place to be. The online retail giant announced in September that […]Read More Amazon Should Consider New York For HQ2, But Process Lacks Transparency
Independent Ben Walsh’s election as mayor a signal that Republicans and Democrats are out of touch Last Tuesday’s elections were seen nationwide as a resounding victory for Democrats. That was not the case in Syracuse. And while independent candidate Ben Walsh’s historic victory didn’t quite mirror the trend of other election results on Nov. 7, […]Read More Anti-Political Party Fervor Finds its Way to Syracuse
2020 election might end the recent string of victories of presidential incumbents In last week’s elections, the Democratic Party saw its first electoral victories in the era of Donald Trump. A sweep of key races in New Jersey and Virginia has given the party new hope following a broad boot from power at all levels […]Read More Could Trump Be a One-Term President?
It’s been 100 years since women gained the right to vote in New York There is a fascinating Buzzfeed article I came across about a year ago titled “23 Facts That Will Totally Fuck With Your Perception Of Time.” Among the more interesting of those listed include the fact that the 10th U.S. president, who […]Read More Women Have Defied the Test of Time
Recent rash of threats in central New York schools resurfaces need for stricter consequences I recently came across a December 2002 newspaper article from my hometown about a string of bomb threats that had occurred at my school over the course of several weeks. I was in fourth grade at the time, and can’t remember […]Read More Social Media’s Role in School Threats Needs New Attention
Referendum brings an opportunity to overhaul New York state government If you are a citizen of New York, you are asked this question every 20 years. “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?” That question is one of three state-wide referendums that will appear on the back of every […]Read More Constitutional Convention Is a Gamble, But Worth the Risk
Since government won’t fix its ethical problems, the task is now on us After his office had successfully prosecuted the two most powerful figures in the New York state Legislature just 13 days apart, then-U.S. District Attorney Preet Bharara came to Albany in February 2016 to give several speeches attacking the climate of corruption in […]Read More It’s Now Up to the People to Fight Corruption in New York
Understaffing problem isn’t going away, so neither should effort to fix it Timing has an incredible ability to tell us things that we need to be told. On Oct. 12, Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler was asked at a news conference if the number of officers employed by the Syracuse City Police was an adequate […]Read More Syracuse Police Officer Shortage Has No Simple Solution
‘Runaway Trumpism’ threatens to hijack the Republican establishment in coming elections Donald Trump didn’t start a revolution. His election was merely the result of one. And now, the revolution that helped Trump gain the nation’s highest office is the same one he can’t stop. We got our first proof of that on Sept. 27. That […]Read More Are We On the Verge of a Second Tea Party Wave?
Adult homes in New York are closing at an alarming rate Another business closing in central New York might not be all that surprising to any of us. What might be surprising however — and even more frightening — is that some of those businesses are adult homes that care for lower-income senior citizens. According […]Read More Assisted Living Facilities Need Assistance From the State