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The city of Syracuse is the latest entity asking to join the defense of a lawsuit that has put the brakes on the long debated Interstate 81 project. Mayor Ben Walsh is speaking out, saying he wants to ensure the court is aware of the extensive support in Syracuse for the removal of the I-81 viaduct.
Lead poisoning is still a major issue among children in the city of Syracuse. One central New York organization is working to help homeowners get rid of lead in their homes. Home Headquarters of Syracuse has been helping homeowners and renters in CNY for 25 years. One of their recent commitments is to end lead poisoning in the area. Home Headquarters works with the central New York Community Foundation to provide scholarships to contractors and landlords for an environmental protection agency training. That training teaches about safe lead removal and protection measures. Kathleen Walpole, director of program strategy, impact and evaluation, said that the program helps everyone in the process of lead removal.
A program designed to help local veterans get to crucial medical appointments needs help. Bill Gleason, a recruiter for the Disabled American Veterans Volunteer Transportation Network, said the service was hit hard by the pandemic. Before COVID-19, the program helped more than 20,000 veterans in 14 counties. While the need is still high, Gleason said the number of volunteers has dropped from 240 to 116.