259 W. Matson Street!



SUN held a meeting on July 1, 2015 on W. Matson Street regarding the vacant house at 259 W. Matson Street. Fourteen of the W. Matson Street neighbors attended the meeting. The guest speaker was Syracuse City Common Councilor Bob Dougherty. The neighbors were able to voice their issues and concerns about 259 W. Matson Ave. to Mr. Dougherty. Their concerns included children playing in and around the house, drug transactions and safety. And raccoons.

The neighbors are mad about this house. Neighbors will not let their children/grandchild ride bikes down at that end. Neighbors who rely on public transportation are afraid to walk on that side of the street especially at night because someone might jump out and attack them.

The question that was asked several times when is this house coming down. Mr. Dougherty did not have the answer. He did say that he would contact the city arborist to come out to figure out what needs to be done to the property. The neighbors were frustrated because they were told by Ken Towsley who is the Director of Code Enforcement that the house would be demolished the end of March 2014. The house is still standing and it seems like there is so much red tape revolving around whether or not this house has been seized by the city. The neighbors are upset because they feel that this house is never going to come down.

Both SUN and the W. Matson St/Midland Ave neighbors will continue to work until this house is finally a big empty lot.

New Community Organizer at SUN !


Gwen Chaffin has joined SUN as a Community Organizer. Gwen worked on several campaigns before joining SUN that included PUSH-Buffalo and the Coalition for Economic Justice and Citizen Action all based in Buffalo, NY. She also worked on the campaign to fight for $15.00 an hour for fast food workers. Gwen also worked on to make sure that private out of state companies hired locally by working on a Community Benefits Agreement along with other policies.

Gwen is a graduate of SUNY College at Old Westbury, Old Westbury, NY and Binghamton University School of Social Work in Binghamton, NY. She has three Syracuse born and raised children and four grandchildren. Gwen is very happy to be working for the Syracuse community that she calls home. She is hopeful that she will be a good fit and will be able to work hard to make sure that all neighborhood residents are safe. And that all of your concerns are met!

If you have any issues or concerns or you just want to join her at SUN. Please give Gwen a call at 476-7475.

Onondaga Creekwalk Meeting Phase ll !



Three Meetings Held Throughout the City to Give the Public an Opportunity to Comment on Design Options for Phase II of the Popular Onondaga Creekwalk

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Following up on the first round of public meetings earlier this year, the City of Syracuse will hold a second set of public information meetings to present greater detail on the project and to continue to gather public input as part of the preliminary design process for the second phase of the Onondaga Creekwalk.

The meetings will be as follows:

Monday, June 22 – 6:30 p.m.
Southwest Community Center
401 South Avenue
Syracuse, New York 13204

Tuesday, June 23 – 6.30 p.m.
Seals Community Center at Kirk Park
300 West Borden Avenue
Syracuse, New York 13205

Wednesday, June 24 – 6:30 p.m.
SUNY Oswego Metro Center
The Atrium – 2 S. Clinton St., Downtown

For more information on the second phase of the Onondaga Creekwalk, the City of Syracuse has developed a web page which will include a copy of the meeting presentation and additional information on the development process.

The first phase of the Onondaga Creekwalk opened in October, 2011 and is a 2.6 mile pedestrian and bicycle trail following the path of Onondaga Creek connecting Armory Square to Onondaga Lake. The proposed second phase of the Creekwalk will extend 2.2 miles, from Armory Square to West Colvin Street.

Victory for SUN !



South Mini Mart, 2625 Midland Ave at the corner of W Ostrander Ave. You can’t miss this store, its painted BRIGHT yellow. SUN members have complained and complained about the drug dealing, gang members hanging out both inside and outside the store, the two dumpsters in the rear at times overflows with trash and they are supposed to be screened off so the neighbors don’t have to see it. South Mini was never granted permission to run their grocery business in the entire width and length of the building.

SUN latest campaign began from August 2014 thru December 2014, at our monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month. SUN members gathered and pressured people like: Capt. Tim Gay of the police drug unit, Councilor Helen Hudson, Ken Towsley, Director of Code Enforcement, Megan McLees-Craner of the City’s Law Department, Lt Richard Shoff who monitors the city’s Business License. The message was clear we want that store CLOSED.

Finally on Thursday, June 11th it was CLOSED because they never followed the city’s rules. They can call for a hearing and SUN can weigh in with written comments. Still outstanding Police Chief Frank Fowler has not decided what the outcome should be with the Nuisance Abatement hearing of March 10 where the City has made 6 drug arrests in the last 24 months on the property. At the hearing SUN called for the maximum penalty, closure of the store for 12 months.

Galaxy Market, former S&R Market, corner of South Ave and Tallman Streets.

SUN office was receiving complaints about loitering both in and outside this store. One complaint was passed onto the Police Department’s Drug Unit (Special Investigations Division/SID) in April. This is the store where you can buy crack. We do pass on this information but we do not pass on the name of person that contacts the SUN office.

On Friday, June 12th we heard from our Deputy Chief that the police arrested a man who was charged for a shooting that happened the night before and arrested 8 others for a total of 22 charges took place on June 2, 2015. Seized 65 bags of cocaine, 32 grams of week, 130 packets of heroin and $1,572 in cash.

Some stores like this need to be shut down and unless we turn in complaints and continue to hold meetings to pressure City Hall, they will bring down our neighborhoods.

What YOU can do for SUN?

* Support SUN with your membership dues of $25/year or $35 for two years * Get friends and relatives to JOIN SUN.

** Be part of SUN’s leadership team: We need YOU to help run (Co-Chair) our monthly meetings, take notes ( Secretary) and help run the SUN Board by being a Board Representative.

Southside Coalition/Southwest Action Council meets the Second Thursday of the month, 7 pm at ______________ We are looking for a July meeting place since the Brady Faith Center is in use on 14th of July.
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Thank you for attending our meetings.
Syracuse United Neighbors (SUN) 1540 S Salina St, 13205 476-7475