Erie Canal Cruise captain guides guests through fun tours

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From transportation to being an economic generator, the Erie Canal has had a significant impact in the region for 200 years. The Erie Canal Cruises are offered daily out of Herkimer, which allow you to cruise the waterway and learn about history. Jerry Gertz is the longtime captain and owner of the cruises. Gertz, 82,…

Second officer accuses Syracuse Police of discrimination

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A second discrimination claim has been filed against the Syracuse Police Department by one of its own officers. Court documents filed on behalf of Allison Beauchine accuse the department of discriminating against her on the basis of gender and disability. Documents say she suffers from PTSD after a series of traumatic on-duty events. They also…

Teachers fret over lack of guidance for upcoming school year

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The upcoming school year is five weeks away, but districts are still unsure what exactly it’s going to look like. The state Education Department has not released reopening guidelines, causing stress among some teachers. "We need to be able to plan for that, and up until this point, we can’t," says Laura Franz, president of…

New commissioners aim to restore voter confidence in Oneida County

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Meet Nichole Shortell and Sarah Bormann, the new Oneida County Board of Elections commissioners. Shortell, the Republican commissioner, says she brings 25 years of legal experience. Bormann, the Democratic commissioner, says she brings a political background and team management skills. "I feel very fortunate to come into an office to work and having such a…

Oneida County Main Street Program looks to bolster township

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Oneida County is looking to bring improvements to communities through it's Main Street Program. Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente shared details about the plan Wednesday, saying the goal is to promote downtown development across the county. The Oneida County Planning Department will administer a $500,000 fund, offering a 50/50 match between the towns, villages and…

MCC nursing home workers picket for better pay: ‘We don’t

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Chanting, "If we don't get it, shut it down!" in unison Wednesday, several health care workers in the Mohawk Valley rallied outside the Masonic Care Community for better pay. The picketers say a recent contract proposal for the nursing home facility calls for salary and pension cuts. Masonic and the workers' union have been in…

Cold Point opens new facility in downtown Rome

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A milestone moment unfolded in downtown Rome, where leaders cut ribbon on a new multi-million dollar facility. Cold Point Corporation's 50,000-square-foot building cost more than $5 million to build. About $900,000 in funding came from the city's Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The company manufactures water-sourced heat pumps and cooling units. It's been a part of the…

SCSD discusses how to spend COVID rescue funds

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The Syracuse City School District Board of Education is currently hearing proposals for how to use more than $150 million in federal funding.  There is $109 million coming from the American Rescue Plan, which has to be spent by September 2024. The remainder comes from the additional COVID-19 Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, or…

2021 Bassmaster Open begins Thursday on Oneida Lake

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The 2021 Bassmaster Northern Open began this morning on Oneida Lake in Brewerton with 200 pro anglers from across 37 states and countries taking to the water in the hopes of reeling in the catch of the day. It was a chilly start for boaters with temperatures in the mid-50s at the top of today's…

Police chief says officer’s use of force in Walmart incident

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In a video taken inside of an East Syracuse Walmart on the Fourth of July, two women are seen being apprehended by two DeWitt police officers. Officer Rory Spain is seen punching one of the women after she appears to attempt to bite him. On Thursday, the DeWitt Police Chief Chase Bilodeau said that the…