WAER News Round up: Week of May 23-27

1. Senator Gillibrand hopes lawmakers will “take control of this problem” and act on gun safety measures

An 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two adults at Robb Primary School in Uvalde on Tuesday.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand hopes Congress will consider common ground on gun reform legislation after the mass shooting at a Texas elementary school. For example, she hopes there will be movement on a universal background check bill, a ban on military-style assault weapons and a gun trafficking bill.

2. Senator Rachel May’s State of Our Youth rally focuses on violence in schools

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A grade 11 student from Christian Brothers Academy speaks at the 2022 State of Our Youth rally about the threat gun violence poses to students.

Many high schools from the Syracuse City School District participated in the event where they discussed the impacts of gun violence and what can be done after the recent mass shootings at Texas elementary school in a Tops Market in Buffalo.

3. SPD adds roving patrol to cover city schools

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The Syracuse Police Department is adding a second roving patrol after a student from the City of Syracuse School District brought a gun to Ed Smith School earlier this week.

4. Newly Approved Congressional and Senate Maps Rush CNY Candidates and Voters

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The districts that cover central New York have shifted significantly to cover different territory.

It is now clear which congressional districts voters in central New York will be in after a judge gives final approval to the redrawn maps. A special master was commissioned by court order to redraw the maps. He drew the new 22nd District to include Onondaga, Madison, and Oneida counties.

5. Governor Hochul signs the Adult Survivors Act, giving victims their day in court


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Governor Kathy Hochul signs the Adult Survivors Act in the Red Room of the State Capitol.

Governor Kathy Hochul signed the Adult Survivors Act to open a one-year window of opportunity for survivors of sexual harassment and abuse who have passed the statute of limitations to take their case to court, as the law on child victims.

6. United Way and Commonspace launch “Give Where You Live” campaign to help Syracuse residents in need

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United Way President Nancy Eaton speaks to the media during Commonspace’s work on the ‘Give Where You Live’ campaign kicking off among Commonspace properties to provide tenant funds in support of efforts to United Way CNY to support 70 community service organizations.

Commonspace tenants and residents will have their monthly donations to United Way matched by their landlords.

seven. New Cicero renewable energy project comes online to cut costs and help during peak demand

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Energy storage units are able to store energy generated by solar panels to release it when electricity is needed most. Convergent Energy + Power collaborated on the project with National Grid

Convergent Energy+Power is partnering with National Grid on a project that uses batteries to store electricity generated by solar power. The developers said it can help during peak demand periods, help protect against power grid issues, and lower costs for consumers.

8. Drone Conference at SUNY ESF Explores Remote Sensing in Environmental Settings

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A drone takes a sample of water from a swimming pool on the ESF quad, with the aim of placing it in the bucket at the bottom left. The demonstration simulates a scenario in which a drone could take a sample from an accessible body of water.

A conference at SUNY ESF brought together more than 150 professionals, students and industry leaders from across the region and country to share the latest drone research and development. The gathering was an opportunity for experts to understand the potentials and challenges of drone development.

9. The legendary Syracuse Firsts mural will take shape downtown. Curator, Artist: Four basketball players who embody so much more

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This is a concept render of what the first Legends Syracuse mural will look like.

A massive mural on the side of a building in downtown Syracuse will pay tribute to four basketball players: Dolph Schayes and Earl Lloyd, Manny Breland and Breanna Stewart, who were legends of the game, despite racism, anti-Semitism, sexism, child sexual abuse and homophobia.

ten. Jazz In The City 2022 returns to Syracuse to entertain and educate on public health, COVID

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Jazz In The City 2022 returns to Syracuse to entertain and educate about public health and COVID. All families could attend concerts and food, or access free goodie bags on health information and practices.

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