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County Executive, County Legislature Formalize their Commitment to Increase Participation of Minority, Women and Veteran Owned Businesses By Ken Jackson Bellevue Trunk Line being placed under Onondaga Creek during the construction of the Midland RTF.

Why Doesn’t New York State (Really) Invest in Poor Neighborhoods?

Legislature Codifies Longstanding County Policy Mandated participation for Minority and Women-Owned Business, Veterans included The Upstate Minority Economic Alliance (UMEA) and Elected Officials Applaud legislature’s Action Syracuse, NY – County Executive Joanie Mahoney thanked the Onondaga County Legislature for recognizing the importance of increasing opportunities for Minority and Women Owned Businesses and the success of her award winning program. The legislation passed today not only affirms longstanding County policy, but also adds Veteran owned and Service Disabled Veteran owned businesses to the program. Click Here to read the legislation.

County Executive Joanie Mahoney ance and teamwork. Being active in said, “We have been firmly comthe community for years, I have seen mitted to leveling the playing field times when we were not giving miand increasing opportunities for mi- nority and women owned businesses nority and women owned business- the opportunities needed and I have es. When everyone has a fair shot, been determined to help. I’m thankour entire community benefits. This ful that I had the possibility to make new legislation will provide us with a difference in my position. additional tools to My colleague Monica Williams offer opportunities and I shared the concern and to a more diverse made it a point of negotiation group of vendors with Chairman McMahon and who reflect our County Executive Mahoney county’s populaover the years. To their credit, tion including the they shared our concern. welcomed addiChairman McMahon worked tion of Veteran with us to craft the final verowned and Sersion of the resolution. We had County Legislator vice Disabled Vetgreat support from community Linda Ervin eran owned busimembers and minority businesses to our ness owners. We had input award winning program.” from other elected officials here on According to Onondaga County Legis- city and state level. lator Linda Ervin, “The victory was result of determination, persever(Continued on page 2)

Governor Cuomo Announces Workgroup to Draft Legislation for Regulated Adult-Use Marijuana Program

Urban Cinematheque 2018: Black Panther by director Ryan Coogler Friday August 31 7pm UVP Everson


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This resolution opens doors for minority owned, women owned and also added a veteran component. This will encourage development of more businesses, enhance existing businesses, increase job force development, create jobs and ultimately benefit the economy. The fight for what’s right isn’t always successful so we are certainly thankful for the unanimous support in the final vote yesterday.” UMEA President, Edward Cuello said, “The Upstate Minority Economic Alliance (UMEA) supports the recent passage of legislation by the Onondaga County Legislature to formally establish an MWBE program, something that has been an informal practice for many years. The county’s choice to do its own disparity study is also prudent but the idea, proposed by some, to shelve the program while waiting for the outcome flies in the face of both reality and common sense. Our region is home to the highest concentrations of African American and Latino poverty in the US, poverty which is exacerbated by extremely high levels of segregation. These realities mean that our communities have not been given an equal opportunity to compete. And what we see time and time again is that when economies are closed to competition, they stagnate. We applaud the unanimous vote of the Onondaga County Legislature to bring more competition and growth to our region.” Under the leadership of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York State has made MWBE participation a cornerstone of creating opportunity for New York State Minority and Women Owned Enterprises. Goals for New York State funded projects have increased to 30%. With this legislation, Onondaga County has matched that goal of 30 % as follows: Section 2. Utilization Goals. Utilization goals shall be incorporated into all County contracts in excess of $20,000 for goods or services. Certified M/WBEs will be utilized in the performance of contracts at the combined total of on or about 30% of the total dollar value of the work awarded, and of such combined total, on or about 18% of the total dollar value is to be paid to certified Minority Business Enterprises (“MBEs”) and on or about 12% is to be paid to certified Women Business Enterprises

(“WBEs”). Section 3. Workforce Goals. Workforce goals shall be incorporated into all County contracts in excess of $20,000 for goods or services. For each contract awarded, the contractor will demonstrate that minorities and women participate in the contractor’s workforce performing the contract at the combined total of on or about 30% of the total workforce hours utilized, and of such combined total, at least on or about18% of the workforce is to be comprised of minorities, and at least on or about 12% of the workforce is to be comprised of women. Service-Disabled VeteranOwned Businesses (“SDVOBs”); WHEREAS, the government actions of setting such goals and implementing programs to achieve them have proven to improve business and employment opportunities for minorities and women within the local economy, and it is desired to expand the program to include goals for utilizing Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (“SDVOBs”); Onondaga County, by creating this local legislation will increase the opportunities available to Minority, Veteran and Woman Owned Businesses. For the first time, the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County and New York State are all on the same page when it comes to providing opportunities for inclusion. History of Local MWBE Legislation: Mayor Tom Young, George A. Kilpatrick and the Office of Minority Affairs The Increasing Opportunities for Participation within Onondaga County’s Systems of Procurement and Contracts for Certain Underrepresented Populations legislation is a 30 year long “overnight success” for Minority and Woman owned Businesses, especially in construction, until this new law, there were no county level enforceable rules mandating participation on locally funded projects. However, Onondaga County still had to comply with State and Federal MWBE participation requirements. By 1989, the City of Syracuse had established MWBE Legislation, revised after the City of Richmond v. J. A. Croson Co. decision by the Supreme Court that struck down the city’s ordinance because they hadn’t proven the existence of a “pattern of discrimination”. In their decision, the court said that there has to be a proven record of “disparity” to justify the existence of this law. In order for municipalities to maintain these programs, a study of disparities between minority and women busi-

nesses was now required. The case involving the City of Richmond v. J. A. Croson Co. established the standard acceptable legislative measures were set by the Supreme Court in 1989. Then Mayor Tom Young took the unprecedented step of getting the Syracuse Common Council to authorize a Disparity Study. Working with the Office of Minority Affairs led by George A. Kilpatrick, the city provided the firm KSR access to all monitored contracts. They compared those numbers to Onondaga County projects that had no requirements. The results were clear, if there was minority and woman owned business participation contractually required, there was a pattern of inclusion. They also studied Onondaga County files and determined, once you take away the rule of law, contractual obligation, MWBE participation plummeted in many cases to zero. With the election of Joanie Mahoney as Onondaga County Executive there was a noticeable shift in policy, not only did the county encourage MWBE participation on state and federally funded projects. The county made good faith efforts to increase participation on those projects which weren’t contractually bound by local law or funding source requirement. The Onondaga County Legislature codified longstanding county policy. With the approval of this legislation, that policy now has has teeth. “We live in a diverse community and the workforce and opportunities available should reflect that. This legislation will help improve and rectify some of the long-standing barriers that have prevented the many qualified, ready and able minority, women and veteran owned businesses from fairly competing for County contracts….We are all in this together,” said Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney.

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Why Doesn’t New York State (Really) Invest in Poor Neighborhoods? South Avenue Study is an example of Neighborhood Economic Development, previously ignored in favor of Zombie Film Hubs and projects that generate no jobs in the areas poorest communities. South Avenue is a 30 year overnight success. Once a thriving neighborhood with the essentials: grocery stores and amenities that mirrored every Syracuse neighborhood’s commercial district. South Avenue experienced a notable fall as residents fled in search of safer and better neighborhoods. Homes that once stood proudly were hunched over in abandoned disrepair. Grocery stores that once dotted the landscaped closed one by one, until all that was left were a handful of corner stores. The quaint movie theater that hosted family films became a neighborhood based, X-rated movie venue. Southwest Community Center was established as a neighborhood center but also served as a lifeline in the early days. The center was the only place in the area that offered recreational and community specific programs including; feeding the areas elderly population and giving them a place to hangout among friends. There were no Family Services agencies or health centers to provide much needed information and referrals. To put it bluntly, the area had bottomed out. So the center provided community life support. Jubilee Homes of Syracuse became a force when members of the faith community led by Rev. Larry Howard thought of the concept of building homes in the area recently torn down by bulldozers. The Jubilee Homes project began, and over the next 2 decades the organization, with the help of partners rebuilt a neighborhood from scratch.

contribution to the Price Rite grocery store project which leveraged 2.5 million from the corporation to invest in a building that is owned by Jubilee Homes. Jubilee will receive annual payments from Price Rite for at least a decade. Pathfinder bank will soon open a branch on South Avenue, another sign of life in a neighborhood that has more than once, been given its last rites. If we can drop tens of millions of dollars of money on large projects that create few jobs, why not invest in our urban core? The state’s Once over 90 homes were either built new or investment created 100 jobs in a neighborhood renovated, commercial activity stabilized and where employment is sorely needed. An investthen came expansion when Rite Aid built a large ment of 1.2 million leveraged 100 jobs, just imagstore anchoring the once thriving business disine if we invested as much in our poorest Census trict. Tracts? We’re investing billions in projects that Several stores located in the commercial district are not delivering dividends to the urban core of received face lifts from the Midland RTF mitiga- Syracuse. Being a city that’s nationally recogtion funds, providing some façade improvenized as having one of the largest concentrations ments. However, the massive public investments of poverty among African Americans, you’d think that were common to other neighborhood com- economic development agencies would be tripmercial districts appeared to by-pass South Ave- ping over themselves to fund the South Avenue nue despite their record of success. Syracuse’s Corridor Study’s recommendations. neighborhood commercial districts have under We’ll soon find out if the study will remain on the gone complete makeovers, Westcott Street, shelf as did the Edge Study of South Salina Street. North Salina St., Eastwood, S. Salina Street. InOr, will this ambitious plan be embraced and fulvestment in high-end housing downtown, the Connective Corridor connecting Syracuse Univer- ly funded. It took 10 years for the state to stingily release a paltry 1.2 million dollars for a grocery sity with Armory Square and Downtown Syrastore project. Now there’s a workable feasibility cuse. study, let’s hope that New York State doesn’t And yet, an area that has an energized base of wait another decade to properly fund an ecoresident homeowners, and an organization that’s nomic development initiative in a neighborhood providing a conduit for neighborhood concerns, that’s rising like a phoenix from the ashes of urhopes and aspirations; had to beg 10 years for ban decay. (see related City of Syracuse releases funding to attract the investment of New York South Avenue Economic Development Feasibility State. A paltry 1.2 million was New York State’s Study at urbancny.com)


City of Syracuse Releases South Avenue Economic Development Feasibility Study The study combined market research and community input to issue recommendations for revitalization along the corridor Syracuse, N.Y. – The City of Syracuse has released a seven-month study into the economic viability of the South Avenue Corridor. The study is available online at “South Avenue Corridor Study” link- bit.ly/syrgov162report . The City led a collaborative working group which included the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA), Jubilee Homes of Syracuse, Inc., Syracuse Community Connections, Inc., Home HeadQuarters, Inc., CenterState CEO, the Allyn Family Foundation, and others. The study is a baseline assessment of demographics, commuting patterns, housing, and retail along 1.5 miles of the South Avenue corridor. The study also assessed land use, zoning, utilities, and transportation infrastructure. The findings from the study’s market analysis, together with input from public engagement meetings, stakeholder interviews, and surveys conducted by the project consultants Camoin Associates and Bergmann, identified four highpriority development sites and suggested potential uses. “Neighborhood revitalization is a priority for my administration and for our city. Developing South Avenue with input from new and longtime residents is an important step toward ensuring that the community is engaged in revitalization efforts,” said Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh. “Future developments will support existing businesses that reflect the spirit of South Avenue while creating jobs, providing housing, and improving quality of life.” The city and the collaborative working group envision South Avenue as a vibrant corridor with a diverse mix of uses that support a sustainable local community, as well as neighborhood business owners and residents. The city is reviewing streetscape elements to implement as early as this summer, to reinforce its investment in the neighborhood. Proposed enhancements include: tree planting, coordinating Adopt-a-Block cleanups, crosswalk striping, trashcan installations, landscaping installations at Jubilee Park, and way finder signs in front of the park and Southwest Community Center. “Our goal is to provide community stakeholders with information and recommendations to make

smart development decisions, enhance residential opportunities, and attract new investment. We’re excited to partner with other agencies to invigorate the corridor. We hope to replicate this process in the city’s other neighborhood corridors,” said Nora Spillane, SIDA Executive Director and Deputy Commissioner of Neighborhood and Business Development. The South Avenue Corridor Economic Development Feasibility Study began in November 2017. SIDA selected Camoin Associates and Bergmann to lead the economic development study, which focused on South Avenue extending from West Onondaga Street to Glenwood Avenue. The study aimed to generate a renewed sense of place for South Avenue, by attracting investment to the community, increasing economic activity, creating jobs, and determining needed services for this corridor.


Price Rite Marketplace Partners with Feed the Children, Butterball and Jubilee Homes of Syracuse as part of its Feeding Minds & Bodies Campaign Supermarket retailer’s hunger-fighting campaign will also provide Syracuse-area families in need with school essentials Jubilee Homes has worked in partnership with the Syracuse City School District to identify families in need Price Rite Marketplace and Feed the Children, together with event partners Butterball and Jubilee Homes, provided families in need in the Syracuse area with food and essentials to prepare them for the back-to-school season. Each of the 400 families, pre-identified by Jubilee Homes, received a 25-pound box of food; a 10-pound box of essentials including shampoo, conditioner, lotion and personal-care items; additional food such as fresh produce and shelf-stable items provided by Price Rite Marketplace; and two backpacks filled with school supplies for the upcoming school year. A Feed the Children semi-truck filled with muchneeded food and essentials, including backpacks full of school supplies, was distributed to 400 families Volunteers on-site serving and assisting. Jubilee Homes has worked in partnership with the Syracuse City School District to identify families in need for this event at the following schools: Delaware Elementary School, Danforth Middle School, Bellevue Elementary School and

Those on-hand for the event included: Chris Farran, Senior Vice President, Price Rite Marketplace Bill Britton, Director of Human Resources, Price Rite Marketplace John Corpora, Director of Operations, Price Rite Marketplace Joe Allegro, Senior Director of CorpoWestside Academy at Blodgett. rate Partnerships, Feed the Children Mayor Ben Walsh, City of Syracuse Fighting hunger is at the heart of Price Rite Mar- Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens, City of Syracuse ketplace’s charitable giving and paired with Feed Senator David Valesky, New York State Senate the Children’s vision to create a world where no Assemblymember Pamela Hunter, New York child goes to bed hungry, they have created an State Assembly initiative, Price Rite Marketplace: Feeding Minds Superintendent Jaime Alicea, The City of Syra& Bodies, to provide some of America’s most vul- cuse School District nerable children with food, personal care items, Pastor Jonathan Stephens, Fountain of Life books and school supplies throughout the year Church and help tackle the serious issue of childhood Walt Dixie, Jubilee Homes of Syracuse, Inc. hunger. Price Rite Marketplace and Feed the Children will host eight events in 2018 to address Jubilee Homes extends special recognition to seasonal issues such as lack of food during the those who assisted in this Feed the Children summer months, back-to-school, and holiday event: hunger.  100 Black Men of Syracuse Tuesday, August 7, 2018  National Action Network Syracuse Chapter Opening Ceremony: 9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.  Urban Delights Youth Farmstand Program Distribution of Food & Essentials: 10:00 a.m. –  We Rise Above the Streets Recovery Outreach, 1:00 p.m. Inc.  Opening remarks from local dignities, who spoke   to the issue of food insecurity in the local com munity Opening remarks from Price Rite Market-  place and Feed the Children. 

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Urban Cinematheque 2018: Black Panther by director Ryan Coogler Friday August 31 7pm UVP Everson Dozens local arts & culture organizations! Food trucks! Free popcorn and lemonade!

Explore the downtown arts and culture scene in Syracuse with a free screening of the thrilling Marvel Cinematic Universe afrofuturistic blockbuster “Black Panther” by director Ryan Coogler. VP will host the screening in the Onondaga County Community Plaza adjacent to the iconic Everson Museum of Art.

This event is FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Audience members who are able to do so are advised to bring blankets or portable chairs. Limited seating will be available on a first come, first served basis. Street parking, as well as pay parking lots, are ample in the immediate vicinity. Charter buses leave from and return to the Schine Student Center on the Syracuse University Campus Center every 15 minutes from 7–11 p.m.


Latin Stars Grupo Karis to Highlight Three Days of Music at Latino Village Weekend at The Great New York State

styles of Latin music and I encourage every fairgoer to join me,” said Troy Waffner, Acting Fair Director. Latin music stars Grupo Karis will bring its soulful merengue hits from Puerto Rico to the Experience Stage at the 2018 Great New York State Fair’s Latino Village Weekend at 8 p.m. Friday, August 24. Karis’ show is one of a dozen performances on that stage for the event, which runs through Sunday, August 26 and showcases Latino culture, music and food. Karis placed several hits on Latin music radio stations in the late 1990s, including "Esa Nena No Me Quiere," "Tu Foto," "Manecumbe," "Bandolera," "No Vale la Pena," and "Tus Ojos Son." “Latino Village Weekend continues our work to broaden the Fair to encompass all of the cultures and people of New York State. I know I will be visiting that stage to enjoy the various

The schedule for the Experience Stage includes local, regional and national artists:

Sabor Latino Youth Talent Show, at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 26

Zaki Malave, at 4:00 p.m. Friday, August 24

Orquestra Antonetti, at 6:00 p.m. Friday, August 24

Grupo Karis, at 8:00 p.m. Friday, August 24

Afrikan 2, at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 25

Bailamos, at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, August 25

Latino Reality TV Stars interview, followed by meet-and-greet, at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Au-

Alex Torres, at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, August 25

David Gonzalez, at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August

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El Potro Doney, at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, August

26 Grupo Pagan, at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, August

26 FULASO - "Funky Latin Soul," at 8:00 p.m. Sunday, August 26 The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 22 to September 3, 2018. The Fair's mission, reflected in its theme, "FIND YOUR GREAT," is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.

Latino Village Weekend at The Great New York State Fair to Feature Latino Reality TV Stars In Q & A Session, Meet-And-Greet Former “Big Brother,” “Survivor,” and “The Bachelor” Stars Join Celebration of Latino Heritage The Great New York State Fair’s new Latino Village Weekend will feature three top Latino reality television stars in an on-stage Q&A and meet-and-greet for fans. The event takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday, August 25 on the Experience Stage in the New York Experience festival grounds on the west end of the FairOscar “Ozzy” Lusth grounds. The Q & A features reality television stars Victor Arroyo of “Big Brother,” Oscar “Ozzy” Lusth of “Survivor,” and Bekah Martinez of “The Bachelor.” Elisa Morales, Executive Director of La Liga, Syracuse’s Spanish Action League and the Fair’s Superintendent of Latino Village Weekend, will moderate the discussion. After the interview, fans will be able to meet the stars.

The three-day Latino Village Weekend, August 24 to 26, celebrates the music, food and crafts of the Latino people. It joins other cultural celebrations such as the Indian Village, the Pan-African Village, Gospel Music Weekend, Pride Day, New Americans Day and other events that honor Victor Arroyo the diversity of New York State and include the entire state in the Fair’s annual celebration. The Fair is producing the weekend event in cooperation with La Liga, the Spanish Action League of Syracuse. Acting Director Troy Waffner said, “We’re proud to be working with La Liga to host this meet and greet, and all of the other great events taking place during Latino Village Weekend. We look

forward to providing fans this unique opportunity to hear the great stories of some of their favorite celebrities.” Latino Village Event Superintendent and La Liga Executive Director Elisa Morales said, "Latinos add the spice to America's ‘Melting Bekah Martinez Pot’ and I believe that Victor, Ozzy, and Bekah are proof of that. The Fair is providing a perfect platform for us to dialogue about the beauty of our Latino roots, culture, traditions, and the resilience of the Latino spirit as we face the challenges of life. This event will give fans the opportunity to learn another side of their favorite reality stars."


Governor Cuomo Announces Workgroup to Draft Legislation for Regulated Adult-Use Marijuana Program Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today appointed a workgroup to draft legislation for a regulated adult-use marijuana program for the legislature to consider in the upcoming session based on the findings of a multi-agency study he commissioned in January. The study, led by the Department of Health, concluded that the positive impacts of a regulated marijuana market in New York State outweigh the potential negative impacts, and that areas that may be a cause for concern can be mitigated with regulation and proper use of public education that is tailored to address key populations.

the report found that a regulated program would reduce racial disparities in criminalization and incarceration rates and recommended sealing the criminal records of individuals with prior low-level marijuana -related offenses. The report also specifically recommended the creation of a workgroup of subject matter experts to make recommendations to the State.

The workgroup will be overseen by Counsel to the Governor Alphonso David, who will work with members to provide them with information and support and coordinate among the Executive Branch and stakeholders. It will consist of individuals with specialized knowledge, including “I have reviewed the multi-agency report comexperts in public health, public safety and ecomissioned last January and have discussed its nomics, and the leaders of relevant state agenfindings with Health Commissioner Dr. Howard cies. Further the workgroup will be tasked with Zucker,” said Governor Cuomo. “The next steps engaging with the leadership of both the State must be taken thoughtfully and deliberately. As Senate and the State Assembly, as well as bill we work to implement the report’s recommen- sponsors of medical and regulated marijuana dations through legislation, we must thoroughly legislation (Senator Diane Savino, Assembly consider all aspects of a regulated marijuana Member Richard Gottfried, Senator Liz Krueger program, including its impact on public health, and Assembly Member Crystal Peoples Stokes), criminal justice and State revenue, and mitigate advocates, and academic experts with experiany potential risks associated with it. I thank the ence from other states including Mark Kleiman, members of the workgroup for their time and Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Inexpertise as we work to craft a model program.” stitute of Urban Management, and Beau Kilmer, Senior Policy Researcher at the RAND CorporaIn January of 2018, Governor Cuomo directed tion. the DOH to conduct a study of a regulated marijuana program in New York State to determine The workgroup will consist of the following the health, economic and criminal justice immembers: pacts of a regulated market and the consequenc David Holtgrave, PhD, Dean, School of Public es to New York State resulting from legalization Health, University at Albany in surrounding states. The DOH report, issued on July 13, concluded that the positive impact of a  Lorraine Collins, PhD, Associate Dean for Research, University at Buffalo regulated marijuana market in New York State outweigh the potential negative aspects.  Jeff Reynolds, PhD, CEO, Family and ChilThe report found that regulation of marijuana benefits public health by enabling government  oversight of the production, testing, labeling,  distribution, and sale of marijuana. The creation of a regulated marijuana program would enable New York State to better control licensing, en sure quality control and consumer protection, and set age and quantity restrictions. Moreover,

dren’s Association of Long Island Brendan Cox, former Albany Police Chief Angela H. Hawken, PhD, Professor of Public Policy, NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management Natasha Schüll, PhD, Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU Steinhardt

Tracie Gardner, Associate Director at the Legal Action Center

Chinazo Cunningham, MS, Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Counsel to the Governor Alphonso David

Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker

Budget Director Robert Mujica

Chief Diversity Officer for New York State Lourdes Zapata

Office of Mental Health Commissioner Dr. Ann Sullivan

Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Arlene GonzálezSánchez

Office of Children and Family Services Acting Commissioner Sheila Poole

Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul Karas

New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II

Acting Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Nonie Manion

New York State Agriculture & Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball

Empire State Development Corporation Commissioner Howard Zemsky

The regulated adult-use marijuana program will build on Governor Cuomo’s commitment to reducing the number of nonviolent individuals who become needlessly entangled in the criminal justice system and record of expanding access to medical marijuana. Since 2012, the Governor has twice proposed legislation to ensure that possession of a small amount of marijuana, whether public or private, is treated as a violation and not as a misdemeanor, but the legislature has failed to adopt the proposal. In 2014, Governor Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act into law, establishing New York State’s Medical Marijuana Program. Since then, the Governor has continued to advance improvements to the program to better serve patients.


Cooperative Federal seeks Business Loan Officer Process loan applications, verifying the accuracy and completeness of each file. Spread applicants’ financials; provide historical analysis Cooperative Federal is a unique combination of a traditional of financial strengths and weakness in order to assess cacredit union and a non-profit community development pacity for new debt; analyze borrower budget and projecorganization. We operate four community-based offices in tions to assess and stress test debt service capacity. the city of Syracuse, NY and three high-school branches. Joining our team is making a choice to dedicate yourself to Compare applicants’ liquidity, profitability, and credit historevitalizing our community and advancing social justice. ries with similar organizations within industry environment As a non-profit, certified Community Development Financial to determine risk relative to sector. Institution, we have spent the past 36 years developing a comprehensive selection of accounts, loans, financial education, and financial counseling services to help our predominantly low-income members build credit, buy cars, become homeowners, avoid foreclosure, launch businesses, and more, particularly in neighborhoods that have become “bank deserts.” In this way, we use the tools of finance to foster inclusion, equity, and solidarity. Micro and small business lending has been a core component of Cooperative Federal’s mission since our inception. With customized products and flexible criteria, we help entrepreneurs access right-sized business capital, create jobs and strengthen our local economy. Our programs focus on serving businesses than do not qualify for conventional financing, including start-ups; providing fair credit to counter discrimination; and creating opportunities in marginalized communities. Position Summary: Cooperative Federal is looking for candidates who have a commitment to our mission and can demonstrate their creativity, detail-orientation, diligence, efficiency, enthusiasm, flexibility, organization, thoughtfulness, and sense of humor through service to small business and entrepreneurs. The Business Loan Officer is a key member Cooperative Federal’s lending team. By working with colleagues and community partners, this staff member will help Cooperative Federal scale up opportunity lending in the Greater Syracuse Area, with an emphasis on micro loans (under $50,000) as well as small business loans (typically up to $100,000, with occasional larger deals). Responsibilities: 1) Support the creation of loan opportunities: Originate loans to small and micro businesses by supporting loan intake; analyzing applicants’ financial, project and management capacity; and preparing loan packages and recommendations. Organize loan intake and manage the application pipeline. Maintain pipeline reports to monitor incoming and inprogress loan applications. Verify that applicants receive ongoing communications regarding the status of their loan application. Monitor the availability of loan capital and loss mitigation from Cooperative Federal’s dedicated business loan funds. Provide other assistance and support to the Business Loan Officer & Advisor, as needed.

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“Believe: a Warm Meal and a Way Home” Rescue Mission Expanding Food Service, Culinary Education Facility

Syracuse, N.Y. – The Rescue Mission Alliance broke ground Wednesday on a $5.8 million capital project to renovate and expand the Clarence L. Jordan Food Service and Culinary Education Center.

ity. That facility, which opened in 1993, was designed to serve 100 people per meal or a maximum of about 300 meals a day. Twenty-five years later, “Believe: a Warm Meal and a Way Home” is a much of the facility remains unchanged. What two-phase capital campaign on the Mission’s 8.5 has changed, however, is the growing need. -acre campus in Syracuse to meet the need for meals and emergency housing in Central New Lines form outside the building before each York. The Mission’s vision is to establish a place meal, even in inclement weather. The Mission where basic needs of individuals experiencing now sometimes serves up to 700 meals in a day hunger and homelessness can be met in a reto men, women and children in need. No one is spectful and encouragturned away. ing environment. Lack of available seating Completed in 2015, may mean Phase One included the families need renovation of the Misto split up dursion’s former recreation ing meals. center into the Alice C. Barber Day Center and The Mission Kiesewetter Emergency remains the Shelter. Capacity was only organizaincreased from 132 beds tion in the to 183 beds and essencommunity tial services were centhat serves tralized in one location. three free Phase Two includes the expansion and enhance- meals daily. In 2017, the Mission served more ment of the food service center. than 230,000 meals at its campus in Syracuse. “This project is long overdue and, when completed, will have a tremendous impact on the people we serve,” said Rescue Mission Chief Executive Officer Dan Sieburg. “Our new food service center will allow us to meet the growing need in the community and will ensure those we serve will continue to be treated with dignity and respect.”

Plans call for adding to the existing building and for the new space to have an open, homey atmosphere where guests will feel comfortable and welcome. The Mission provides meals to those in need in the community as well as residents in its shelter and other programs.

The space will feature an expanded dining area In 1987, the Mission acquired an old print shop with more seating, additional serving lines to on Gifford Street and turned it into a dining facil- reduce waiting, and a family dining room where

parents and children can sit together. The project will update the commercial kitchen and promote the use of more volunteers. Storage capacity will increase, allowing the Mission to accept more food donations. An all-purpose space will be used for spiritual care, meeting space and overflow seating during meals. The building will also include expanded space for the Mission’s culinary training program to prepare students for employment in the food service industry. The food service center will continue to bear the name of Clarence L. Jordan, a longtime Rescue Mission executive director and honorary board member. The Mission still needs to raise $1 million to achieve its $5.8 million goal for the Clarence L. Jordan Food Service and Culinary Education Center. To date more than 170 foundations, companies, churches and individuals have contributed to the capital campaign. “Now we are relying on the public to help us the rest of the way to our goal,” said Capital Campaign Committee Chair David Allyn. “This building is of such importance to the community that we have to do everything possible to make sure the project is fully funded.” Parsons-McKenna Construction Co. is the general contractor. King + King Architects is the project’s architect. Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2020. Meal service will not cease during construction.


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