Can you believe it has already been one month since Election Day 2015? We can’t either, because we’ve done so much in such a small amount of time since then. Here is an update towards continuing to build a Syracuse that works for #AllOfUs.
OUR SUCCESSES and PROGRESS:
Gave testimony at the OCIDA hearing in opposition to the COR tax break application.
As Westside Delegate and Human Resources Committee Member of Syracuse TNT, hired Tina Zagyva as citywide TNT Coordinator.
Answered questions for attendees about business start-up and development at Nottingham High School on an entrepreneurship panel as part of the Syracuse Neighborhood Action Conference.
Provided a draft letter template to the Westside TNT meeting attendees in support of keeping the former Roth Steel scrap yard site on Hiawatha Blvd as a natural best use as a public park and soil remediation demonstration facility.
Attended the NYSUT Community Colleges union conference in Cooperstown as Professional Administrators At-Large Delegate, and made plans to create a VOTE-COPE PAC at our OCC local for supporting public education efforts in Onondaga County.
Submitted resume and Letter of Interest to Common Council for consideration of placement into the seat vacated by Pam Hunter (Council did not respond and took action without properly vetting all candidates).
Finished sessions two and three of the Interfaith Works Dialogue Circles Facilitator training to End Racism at Onondaga Community College.
Hosted 10 volunteers from the United Universalists Youth Conference at the Rahma Edible Forest Garden, did garden clean-up, and planted an Asian Pear tree together.
Fall planting at the 610 Gifford St Community Garden on the Near Westside with the Westside Residents Coalition, where we installed black currants, red and golden raspberry, and lingonberry.
Acquired a $715 grant from the Syracuse Parks Conservancy to install 5 pet waste stations in the Near Westside neighborhood.
RYAN WATCH (is your 2nd District Councilor working for you?):
November 9, 2015, Council Agenda Notes: Listed on 1 agenda item, introduced in share by all the Councilors, "To support the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council’s application to Governor Cuomo for the $1.5 billion Upstate Revitalization Initiative that will be given to three regions in the amount of $500 million each in economic development aid over the next five years."
November 23, 2015, Council Agenda Notes: No Agenda Items.
Without Agenda Notice: On motion by Councilor Ryan and seconded by Councilor Maroun, Joseph A. Nicoletti was elected to the vacant position of Councilor-At-Large by a majority vote. This was done against consensus of 3 Council members (Bey, Dougherty, and Hudson) who objected due to the lack of process and transparency Chad exhibited in this action.
Failed to stand on the side of taxpayers in the dispute over COR’s tax break application with OCIDA- http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2015/11/syracuse_councilor_cries_foul_after_developer_seeks_tax_break_from_county.html
“No effort was made to persuade Aiello (COR developer) to change his mind and work with SIDA, Ryan said.”
Is okay with giving private enterprises free market reign, without any consideration for the use of requiring Community Benefit Agreements by the developers for the use of our taxpayer dollars. "it's a business decision, and I can't fault anybody for doing what they think is best for their business.''
Reject COR’s Application to OCIDA
Thanks to my friend KC for the following summary of the OCIDA (Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency) COR tax break application for Inner Harbor developments:
"COR had been working with SIDA (Syracuse Industrial Development Agency) but, due to not agreeing with a recent assessment value of its property, decided to take its PILOT to OCIDA instead of staying loyal to SIDA. The effect of this ... Our City's resources will still have to respond to COR's property with public safety, infrastructure and engineering needs, but the City will not be receiving property taxes, it will be the County that receives the taxes. The city will be then given a currently undetermined amount of money from those taxes the County receives. Also associated with this is that, currently 42% of the City's property tax dollars go to SCSD (Syracuse City School District). So, in a way, COR is hurting our children by going to OCIDA."
Please contact the OCIDA Board Members and demand they decline COR's application for tax relief at the Inner Harbor development projects.
OCIDA Board Members
Dan Queri, Chair, email@example.com
Jessica Crawford, firstname.lastname@example.org
Janice Herzog, email@example.com
Lisa Dell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick Hogan , email@example.com
Steve Morgan , SteveMorgan@ongov.net
Donna DeSiato , firstname.lastname@example.org
Letters can be sent to the following physical address:
Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency, 333 W. Washington Street, Suite 130, Syracuse, NY 13202
NEXT MEETING of OCIDA
On tuesday December 1st, multiple city groups and residents came out to speak against COR's application to OCIDA. However, no board members or COR representatives were there to hear the community’s concerns. Now, the OCIDA board will be voting on COR's application on December 15th, join us in standing up for Syracuse!
CONTACT ME and the GREEN PARTY of ONONDAGA COUNTY