38th Annual Member Meeting -October 22nd 2015




National Grid’s bills are way to high!


National Greed‘s bills are causing a lot of pain: with high rates and unrealistic payment and shutoffs.  We say enough is enough!

Monday, October 19th we have a chance to voice our pain. The Public Service Commission is coming to Syracuse to hear what we have to say!

We need for you to come out to this hearing and to speak up. They will listen!
Monday, October 19th, Southwest Community Center at 400  South Ave, Syracuse

6pm-Informational Session

7pm-Public Hearing

Southside Coalition + Southwest Action Council


Southside + Southwest Coalition Meeting is on Tuesday, October 13th at 7pm. At the Brady Faith Center. Guest: Jessica Azulay, Alliance for Green Economy as well as planning for Public Services Commission Hearings that will be held on Monday, October 19th at the Southwest Community Center. The Hearing and Public speak will begin at 2pm. We are going to address the commission and you will have the opportunity to tell them about your high utility bills, shutoffs.

Updates on South MIni Mart, McLennan Ave, vacant houses, the next steps on the mini mart on Wednesday, November 18. 38th Annual Meeting: Thursday, October 22nd-6pm at Mercy Works, s, Salina +Raynor St. Good meeting last month. Lots of of folks with discuss.

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As workers clean up Syracuse streets to fight crime, residents ask for more



As workers clean up Syracuse streets to fight crime, residents ask for more

Samantha House | shouse@syracuse.comBy Samantha House | shouse@syracuse.com
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on August 27, 2015 at 1:51 PM, updated August 27, 2015 at 2:54 P

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The start of a news conference this morning to tout a new crime-fighting initiative was commandeered by angry residents.

With the buzz of chain saws in the background, Rich Puchalski asked Mayor Stephanie Miner why the city of Syracuse has not razed a number of long-vacant properties on Fitch and Dudley streets.

He said his organization, Syracuse United Neighbors, had been asking the city to tear down dilapidated homes — particularly 203 Fitch Street — since 2012.

“Where is the administration in terms of closing these properties?” he asked.

Miner, standing next to Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler, said the city must abide by regulations when deciding what to do with abandoned properties.

“We have to work through the court system,” she said.

But as they wait for court proceedings to resolve, Miner said agencies have teamed up to address problems associated with vacant buildings.

This morning, workers flocked to Fitch and Dudley streets to remove debris, board up entrances to abandoned structures and fix broken street lights. The work was part of amulti-agency initiative aimed at eliminating environments that shelter criminals.

Miner said people are using overgrown properties to hide drugs and avoid arrest. In abandoned neighborhoods, she said criminals feel sheltered.

“That’s the last thing we want is criminals feeling safe,” Miner said.

Through a newly unveiled problem-oriented policing program that makes vacant properties harder to enter and illuminates streets with proper lighting, Miner said the city hopes to make it harder for criminals to operate.

Fowler said Fitch and Dudley streets were selected for the program due to one factor: crime.

Looking at crime statistics, Fowler said his department noted multiple shots have been fired this year on Fitch Street.

A database created by Syracuse.com shows there were four reports of shots fired in 2015 on the 200 block of Fitch Street between Jan. 1 and July 25. A shooting on the 300 block of Fitch Street near Delaware Elementary School on May 15 left a man seriously injured.

After deciding to take the initiative to Fitch and Dudley streets, Fowler said officers knocked on every door in the area and noted residents’ top concerns. Members of the multi-agency team then worked to address some of those concerns during today’s initiative.

The effort will be repeated in other parts of the city, Fowler said.

“Crime is what points us in that direction,” he said. “This is not the only neighborhood that suffers from this issue.”

Residents stood behind reporters during the news conference as they listened to Fowler and Miner. Two residents pointed out used syringes litter the area — endangering children who live and play in the neighborhood.

Puchalski said his organization believes vacant properties are more than just “eye sores.”

Echoing Fowler and Miner, Puchalski said criminals use vacant buildings to stash drugs and guns. He argued abandoned properties also deter businesses from investing in the area — preventing the revitalization he believes the city needs.

That’s why Puchalski said he plans to continue complaining to Syracuse officials until more vacant buildings are taken down.

“You have your arson fires. People are stashing guns and weapons,” he said. “Heaven help us if somebody gets assaulted in one of them.”