Changes to obsolete laws could spur Westcott project; plus, chippy SU games (Good Morning CNY for Nov. 28)

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2022 Syracuse City Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Hundreds turned out for Syracuse’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Clinton Square on the balmy evening after Thanksgiving, which included live music, a visit from Mr. & Mrs. Claus, ice skating and a few words from city leaders including Mayor Ben Walsch.

IT IS THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR: Hundreds turned out for the Clinton Square Christmas tree lighting on Friday, including Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. See more photos. (Photo by Steve Featherstone)

The newest

Black leaders in Syracuse angered and confused by a lawsuit halting years of work on I-81: For more than 15 years, black leaders in Syracuse have been pushing for the removal of a crumbling elevated highway that carries 100,000 cars a day past public housing and through poor neighborhoods on the South Side. The state transportation agency approved a plan to remove the eyesore and reroute traffic around the city, offering hope for new life in a long-suffering neighborhood. Now come two prominent black townspeople — a former police chief and a county legislature — who have joined forces with suburban officials to fight a contrary vision in court.

  • The city of Syracuse is asking to join NY’s fight against the lawsuit aimed at stopping construction of I-81

What’s trending

Changes to Syracuse’s outdated laws could propel the Westcott Project forward and shape the city’s future: Three friends who grew up in the Westcott neighborhood wait for the city to pass through ReZone Syracuse, the city’s first zoning code overhaul in more than 60 years. If successful, they hope to “remix” Westcott Street with a grocery store and a modern twist on the neighborhood they love.

11-year-old boy shot dead on West Onondaga Street: Syracuse Police say an 11-year-old boy was shot in the chest and arm this weekend. The child, whose name has not been released, was shot dead on West Onondaga Street on Saturday night. He was transported to Upstate University Hospital and is expected to survive.

  • 2 shots on the same day less than half a mile apart in Skunk City

looking ahead

Crumbl Cookies sets opening date for first location in central New York: After several delays, Crumbl Cookies has set an opening date for its first gourmet cookie shop in central New York. The national gourmet cookie company, which also sells premium ice cream, is slated to open December 1 at Marshall’s Plaza in DeWitt.

  • Furniture retailer Ethan Allen returns with a new location next to Crumbl


The Syracuse Orange play at Bryant University

Syracuse Orange guard Judah Mintz (3) is hit by Bryant University Bulldogs guard Doug Edert (25). It would lead to a scuffle on both benches at the JMA Wireless Dome on Saturday. (Denni’s photo)

Football and basketball games in Syracuse get crisp: Syracuse point guard Judah Mintz and Bryant guard Doug Edert were ejected after exchanging slaps in the first half of Saturday’s loss at the JMA Wireless Dome. Eight others were also ejected in the ensuing scuffle on the bench. Later that night, Syracuse football lineman Enrique Cruz was thrown out of the Boston College game after he threw multiple shots and an argument over waving the SU flag turned into a brawl after the Orange won 32-23 and broke a five-game winning streak.

  • Jim Boeheim on post-game exchange with Bryant coach Jared Grasso: ‘He sarcastically apologized’



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