Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Mr. D. Goes to Albany

Friday, May 1st, 2020

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“The interesting thing about politics is that the longer you are in it, the more people you get to meet, and the more people you have a chance to make impressions on, good or bad.” . . . We will admit the first time we encountered Sen. John DeFrancisco we underestimated him. That meeting was on the court and we quickly found out the senator had a game like John Stockton (deceptively quick, great hands and that old man strength). We later discovered he was a former college baseball infielder and great patron of the local arts scene. It was cool to finally read his memoir and find out he was also tough in the legislative arena as well. His journey is a great road map for anyone interested in running for office. DeFrancisco was quite candid in the text about subjects such as Destiny USA, being a red man in a blue state, the budget process, and various state scandals. “Never Say Never” should be included in every syllabus for Syracuse City School government classes. We hope when the Senator is in town again we can interview him to find out why he never ran for mayor, and where he stores that suit he got back in the day from Bergans. . . . #goodpickandrollguy #dukealum #sualumni #powergame #patronofthearts #redmanworearedsuitonce #canplayameanhorn #webothstillgotgame #neversayneveragain #ablueprint #mrdgoestoalbany

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New Yorker State of Mind

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

Dr. Jelani Cobb speaks at Syracuse University

In the current era of 24-hour news cycles and a first-class library at everyone’s fingertips, it’s good to occasionally pause and get a proper perspective. Last night Columbia University Professor and New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb said our political climate has become increasingly filled with pernicious thinking and antagonistic rhetoric. In addition to discussing the advantages and disadvantages of technology as a tool (to organize or to spread disinformation) he gave the SU community a short history lesson to remind us about the founder’s aims and the fragility of consensus.

Week in Review

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

Represeting Somalia at Schiller Park for World Refugee Day

Sign of the Times

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

Sign of the Times

S.A.L.T. Effect

Friday, October 26th, 2018

Author and educator Dr. Emad Rahim was the latest to present for the Strathmore Speaker Series in Onondaga Park. He talked about his journey of resilience from Cambodia to Brooklyn and Syracuse.

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Joanie Mahoney (candidate)

Power Game

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Sen. John DeFrancisco, along with other politicians and journalists,  got in a match of Bocce at Festa Italiana on Friday evening.

Opening Scene

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Shadia Tadros, attorney and candidate for City Court Judge, met with potential voters at an event on the South side.

Searching for a Chief

Friday, April 20th, 2018

Sharon F. Owens, Deputy Mayor of the City of Syracuse discussed the national search for a police chief at today’s F.O.C.U.S. meeting. The process continues in May with profiling candidates and retaining a search firm. By September finalists will be selected, and the new chief is scheduled to start on the job in December.

Feed the City, the City will Feed You

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Humanitarian Al-amin Muhammad told a portion of his story and what has become his life’s work during the Dan & Mary Lou Rubenstein Social Justice Award Program last night at Syracuse University. He is the founder of We Rise Above the Streets Recovery Outreach and Sandwich Saturday. Muhammad was given a proclamation by Mayor Ben Walsh as well.