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SYRACUSE 20/20 Mayoral Document

SYRACUSE 20/20 called on candidates during the 2009 Mayoral Campaign to present a metropolitian vision for the region.  Paper presents 20/20's issues in the context of the mayoral race.

SYRACUSE 20/20 Testimony to NYS Education Reform Commission- August 2012

SYRACUSE 20/20 submitted testimony to the Governor's Commission on Education Reform encouraging state investment in teacher professional development and teacher education programs.  You can read the testimony here.


Miner and Mahoney to study local government consolidation in Onondaga County

Onondaga County Executive Mahoney and Syracuse Mayor Miner announced a joint effort to study local government consolidation that will save money and improve efficiency.

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How Two Princetons Became One


Taking advantage of a state law encouraging local-government consolidations, the two New Jersey municipalities found a path that other places might follow.


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Cuomo to push government consolidation;

 Onondaga County executive says it's already working


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Again, Cuomo tries to scale back local governments

Governor Andrew Cuomo is hoping to create financial pressures on local governments to consolidate services or, perhaps, dissolve.

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Syracuse named a 'pacesetter' for child literacy

The national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading announces Syracuse as one of 38 municipalities across the country to be named a 2013 Community Pacesetter.

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Want to turn around the community? Let's hit the books (Editorial)

This Post Standard Editorial expresses support for Imagination Library

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Times Union - The recipe for N.Y.'s Success

Read Jennifer Bradley of the Brookings Institution's take on Governor Cuomo's "common-sense proposals to make government in New York state work more cheaply, efficiently and effectively."

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Governing Magazine: Firefighters Feel the Squeeze of Shrinking Budgets

In small and large cities alike, firefighters have gone from heroes to budget bait.

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Its Official: Consensus - A Commission to Study Local Government Modernization

Together, SYRACUSE 20/20, CenterState CEO, FOCUS Greater Syracuse, the League of Women Voters of Syracuse Metropolitan Area, Onondaga Citizens League and the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of CNY are pleased to announce the the creation of a local government modernization commission. The effort, called Consensus, will launch a comprehensive study of government structure in Onondaga County in an effort to provide better services more efficiently to the community.  Read more about the Commission and the Commission members at the press release here.  

Visit the Consensus website at  ww.consensuscny.com and sign up to be part of the process.


Read the Consensus Commission's Baseline Analysis,  Who Does What and What it Costs Here

Public Meeting -  June 26th at 7:30 a.m. 

Click here to watch all privious meeting of Consensus

On December 14th, 2014 Consensus and Dr. Joe Stefko presented the findings from the Baseline Analysis at the Thursday Morning Roundtable.  You can view the Power Point Presentation here..Who Does What and What It Costs Power Point

Local Governments Support 20/20's and CenterState CEO's Call For the Creation of a Local Goverment Commission

Onondaga County Legislature Resolution

Syracuse Common Council Resolution

Joint SYRACUSE 20/20 and CenterState CEO Resolution

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and Mayor Stephanie Miner announce their support for a Commission in December 2013.  Click here to read their joint press release.  Read about their press conference here and watch a video of their press conference here.


SYRACUSE 20/20 Issues Report Calling for a Local Government Modernization Commission

The fiscal challenges facing municipalities only make the case for change more urgent.  We can turn this threatening scenario into an opportunity to define for ourselves how we want to be organized and governed locally. In 2012, SYRACUSE 20/20 with its partners released a report urging action on a government modernization commission. You can read the report here:  A Call to Action on Modernizing Local Government.

 SYRACUSE 20/20 Supports the Campaign for Grade Level Reading In Syracuse


SYRACUSE 20/20 is a proud partner of the Campaign for Grade Level Reading in Syracuse.  Having all children reading on grade-level by third grade must be a community priority.  Click here to watch this 5 minute video demonstrating why reading on grade level by 3rd grade is so important.    Learn more about the Campaign for Grade Level Reading at: gradelevelreading.net    

 Book Buddies @ Seymour Academy

Book Buddies at Seymour Dual Language Academy is a volunteer reading program that provides support to students in 1st and 2nd grade.  The goal of the program is to increase student reading fluency and comprehension through the use of community volunteers providing one-on-one reading support to targeted students.  The program targets students who are below reading levels and that would benefit from working one-on-one with a volunteer.  Want to learn more about how you can be a Book Buddy...e-mail syracuse2020@yahoo.com

Watch a promotional video about  Why Book Buddies here:


Early Childhood/School Readiness Study

SYRACUSE 20/20 was a partner in the Onondaga Citizens League study on Early Childhood/School Readiness.  To learn more about the study go to:  onondagacitizensleague.org/studies/current-study.  In January 2015, SYRACUSE 20/20 with several partners helped to launch a new Early Childhood Alliance for Onondaga County.  The Early Childhood Alliance will help advance a coordinated early childhood system that promotes healthy children, strong families and quality early learning.  




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