Impact of COVID-19 on City of Syracuse’s services & financials

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — City of Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh updated residents on the impacts COVID-19 is having on the city.

As a response to businesses and restaurants opening in phase one for curbside-only, the City of Syracuse is introducing a curbside parking pilot program in Armory and Hanover Squares.

There will be modified parking signage along the 100 block of East Water Street and the 300 block of South Franklin Street to alert the changes.

The parking pilot program will go into effect on Wednesday, May 27. If successful additional areas in Downtown could see changes as well.

The City of Syracuse continues to advocate for federal aid. Without it Walsh said it will be devastating to the City’s budget, impacting the services and programs it provides for its residents.

A financial contingency committee will meet early next week to go through several contingency plans looking to identify at least $25 million in savings.

The committee is looking at ways to increase the efficiency of some departments, reducing capacity or services, and eliminating services altogether.

Walsh said it could be as early as next week that the City begins a voluntary leave option.

Without funding, city pools may have to remain closed this summer. New York State is expected to send guidelines for pools in the coming weeks, but Walsh said even if pools can be opened safely, they could remain closed due to financial reasons.

You can watch the full briefing below.


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