FROM BILL MAGNARELLI
District: 333 East Washington St., Syracuse, 13202 (315)248-9651 Albany: LOB 519, Albany, 12248 (518)455-4826
120th Assembly District
SUNY ESF Uses Bio-diesel to Power Fleet
• The New York State Fair butter sculpture
has been put to good use. The students and faculty at the State University of New York College
of Environmental Science and Forestry used the melted sculpture and saved cooking oil from nearby
college dining halls to create biodiesel. Thirty-four percent of SUNY ESF's fleet of vehicles runs on
some form of alternative fuel.
"The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is making great advances in environmentally
friendly alternative energy sources," said Assemblyman Magnarelli. "By bringing such energy alternatives
to campus vehicles, SUNY-ESF is showing Central New York residents the opportunities available to save
the environment through entrepreneurial and scientific advancements."
State grants totaling $500,000, secured by Assemblyman Magnarelli, helped purchase and install two
3,000 gallon above ground fuel storage tanks and purchase two biodiesel-powered 25-passenger buses.
Join us for the 2009 Central New York Veterans Parade to be held at noon,
Saturday, November 7, 2009 in downtown Syracuse.
High school marching bands, the Syracuse Pride of the Orange Marching Band, more than 40 area
veterans organizations and active and reserve military units are registered to participate in this military
style parade to give thanks to our veterans.
Members of the 174th will provide a fly-over for the event, possibly the last before the unit switches to
For more information, please visit the Central New York Veterans' Day Parade website.
• Assemblyman Magnarelli stopped by
Crouse Hospital to check out some of the advancements taking place. Crouse Hospital
President Dr. Paul Kronenberg took Assemblyman Magnarelli on a tour to get a first-hand
look at the newly renovated pediatric cardiac catheterization lab, a project for which he
secured a $500,000 state grant. Dr. Frank Smith and the cardiac care center cath staff
welcomed them and explained how the machine worked and why it is needed to treat
the youngest patients.
Dr. Frank Smith (left) and Dr. Paul Kronenberg explains to Assemblyman Magnarelli
how the catheterization lab works using a teddy bear as a patient.
Assemblyman Magnarelli was also given a status update on the Witting Surgical Center
project, for which he secured $500,000 to help start the project.
• A ribbon cutting ceremony at the new
Solvay Elementary Playground provided Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli with an
opportunity to talk about the importance of community.
Solvay Elementary Principal Paula Kopp, Board of Education president Lena Rose Orlando,
Assemblyman Magnarelli, former principal Frances Quattrone, and former principal Michael
Canestrano cut the ribbon Friday at the new playground next to the school.
Principal Paula Kopp told the students and faculty in the audience that community members
and businesses contributed financially and by volunteering their time to make this playground
She thanked Assemblyman Magnarelli, who secured a $50,000 state grant which was put
towards the total $73,000 cost of the new playground. The school and community started
raising money for the playground about five years ago. Community and PTO members helped
assemble the playground when the new parts came in this summer.
"It is a great pleasure to help provide for our community's children," said Assemblyman
Magnarelli. "This is a project the whole community worked toward achieving for the elementary
• Bubbles, the mascot, Mary Kate
Migdal, a volunteer, and Frieda Weeks, president of Hope for Heather Foundation accepted
a proclamation from Assemblyman Magnarelli. Hope for Heather Foundation, named in honor
of Frieda's daughter Heather Weeks, is a Central New York non-profit organization working to
increase awareness and raise funds for Ovarian Cancer Research.
• Robert Synakowski, president
of the Syracuse Polish Home, and members of the Polish Home Community accepted a
proclamation from Assemblyman Magnarelli acknowledging the 90th anniversary of the
• Instead of the digging shovels into the ground,
those attending the Near Westside Initiative's groundbreaking for the $3.2 million renovation of the
Lincoln Building tossed salt over their shoulders for good luck. The building on the 300 block of
Wyoming St. was formerly the Lincoln Supply Warehouse. The 100-year-old, four-story property
will be renovated to create 30,000 square feet of mixed-use commercial and residential space.
It will consist of two floors of commercial space and two floors of artist live/work lofts.
Marilyn Higgins, NWSI President and Vice President Community Engagement &
Economic Development at Syracuse University, Mayor Matthew Driscoll, Assemblyman
Magnarelli and Senator John DeFrancisco took part in the Near Westside Initiative's
groundbreaking of the Lincoln Building renovation.
"The investment in the Near Westside neighborhood revitalization is a great example of how the
city of Syracuse and Syracuse University can cooperate to improve the living conditions of all
residents and students while also creating environmentally friendly buildings," Assemblyman
Magnarelli said. "The Lincoln Building initiative not only will renovate an empty building into a
community-friendly area promoting arts and culture, it will also contribute to increasing the
sense of community and pride in the Near Westside neighborhood."
• Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo
visited Syracuse to announce the success of a narcotics trafficking operation, named
"Operation Trump." The investigation was part of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's
Upstate Guns, Gangs, and Drugs Initiative. The local police departments and state
police filed charges against 24 people and confiscated over 4.5 kilograms of cocaine
(street value of $320,000), handguns, cars and cash. Several of the drug transactions
were allegedly traced to a house on Trump Street in Solvay, giving the operation its
Senator David Velasky, Mayor Matthew Driscoll, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and
Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli held a press conference regarding the success of
"The coordinated efforts of the Solvay Police Department, the Onondaga County Sheriff's
Office and other police agencies have taken a significant amount of deadly drugs off the
streets of Central New York," said Assemblyman Magnarelli. "Shutting down the flow of
illegal narcotics will make our communities safer."
• A brand-new nine-story dormitory
on Syracuse University's campus was dedicated to Ernie Davis, the first African-American
Heisman Trophy winner in 1961. Davis was an outstanding running back for Syracuse
University, who died of acute monocytic leukemia at the age of 23.
Members of the Davis family were in attendance as Assemblyman Magnarelli spoke at
the dedication ceremony. All-American Syracuse football great Don McPherson,
Chancellor Nancy Cantor, Senior VP Tom Wolfe and Senator John DeFrancisco
took part in the dedication of Ernie Davis Hall.
"Part of the experience of college is learning from people who have struggled, overcome
challenges that seemed too great, and have gone on to be influential, and in Ernie Davis'
case, legendary," said Assemblyman Magnarelli.
About NYS Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli
Assemblyman William Magnarelli represents the 120th Assembly District, which includes the Northside,
Westside, Eastwood and Valley areas of the City of Syracuse, as well as the towns of Geddes and Van
Buren. He first won election in 1998 for an open Assembly seat and was reelected in 2000, 2002, 2004,
2006 and 2008. During his previous five terms in office, Assemblyman Magnarelli has focused his efforts
on bringing more jobs to Central New York, lowering taxes, providing our children a better education at every
level, improving our healthcare and keeping our families safe. For more information, contact Assemblyman
Magnarelli's District Office at (315) 428-9651.