Statement by Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh on authorization of more than $1.2 million in American Rescue Plan funds:
“The pandemic has revealed the critical need to invest in our parks, public safety and in the city’s digital infrastructure to serve our residents. With Common Council approval today of more than $1.2 million in American Rescue Plan funding, we will move forward with projects in all three areas.
We will make it easier for the people we serve to get information and complete safe, online transactions on our city website. We will continue to strengthen transparency and build community trust by equipping new Syracuse Police officers with body worn cameras. Finally, we will improve parks facilities on the north side; add features at the Cannon Street Community Center; and renovate the city greenhouse which serves all our parks, city-owned spaces and medians. I look forward to working with the Council to move ahead with other parks proposals we have made for a memorial to minority veterans at Kirk Park and a new stage at the Spirit of Jubilee Park.
Working together, we continue to ensure that pandemic relief is helping the people of Syracuse.”