A Syracuse company has won $100,000 in federal funding to help it reduce electronic waste. Sitting in a garage on Shonnard Street in Syracuse is the prototype for something called a “depopulator,” which could revolutionize the way old electronics are recycled. It’s the brainchild of engineers at the Advanced Recovery and Recycling Company.
A coalition of peace organizations are making a 165-mile walk from Syracuse’s Hancock Air Base to the Niagara Falls Air Base, to bring attention to the military's drone operations that take place there. One of the goals is to educate the public on what it is like being in Afghanistan, where the fear of drones is a part of life for many.
New federal rules aim to protect farm workers from the risks associated with exposure to pesticides, and advocates in New York are applauding the changes. Now, children under 18 will not be allowed to handle pesticides. Adult farm workers will have to be trained each year on how to protect themselves from the chemicals used around them. They used to be trained every 5 years.
City, County, and Court officials announced a new court to try gun crimes. The new Gun Crimes Part intends to create a more efficient and consistent approach. New York State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Moran will oversee the court. He will have jurisdiction over cases where the highest count is second or third degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Foster parents, homeless shelters, families facing eviction – they all depend, to varying degrees, on programs and funding bound to the state and federal government. County governments coordinate some of those programs and pass through the money to social service agencies that run others. At least 15 of 67 of Pennsylvania’s counties have stopped providing aid and services, or paying contractors to do so — or both — as the state budget impasse enters its fourth month, according to a report updated Monday by the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania.