On February 9th amid the various playful elements at the Open Hand Theater and Puppet Museum, Northside organizations and elected officials gathered for the Bi-Annual Northside Elected Officials Reception. The reception provided an opportunity for political officials to meet representatives of organizations including:
St. Joseph’s Hospital
Butternut Community Policing Center
Cooperative Federal Credit Union
These organizations used presentation boards, fliers, and slide shows to highlight their roles in the community. St. Joseph’s presented their Phase Two Expansion plans and Home HeadQuarters displayed materials relating their Prospect Hill home ownership activities. The Butternut Pond Danforth Task Force, a Northside TNT member, exhibited materials demonstrating their efforts in the neighborhood including the role they played in helping to establish the Butternut Community Policing Center. These presentation materials accented the talking points throughout the crowded room, a theme that focused on what can be done to continue the Northside revitalization efforts.
The elected officials present, including Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Minor and Congressman Dan Maffei, engaged in conversations throughout discussing the revitalization goals, efforts, and strategies of these organizations. Newly elected Northside Common Councilor Matt Rayo was present, as was his fellow councilman Pat Hogan and Onondaga County Legislators Sam Laguzza and Tom Buckel.