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James T. Walsh


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The Syracuse Common Council

   The beginning of Congressman Walsh's political career took place on the Syracuse Common Council. On the Common Council, Walsh established his Republican ideals and his loyalty to the progress of the city of Syracuse, which continued after his election to Congress. While on the Common Council, Walsh was particularly interested in Parks, Recreation and Environment and a member of that standing committee every year until he was elected Common Council president his last 3 years. He continued his work aiding development in the city of Syracuse when he was elected to Congress. Walsh was great at finding resolutions to a plethora of problems in the city of Syracuse and dedicated ten years of his time on the Common Council to do so.

Syracuse Skyline 2006

Photo by: Gizzakk, Source: Wikipedia, File: Syracuse Skyline, 7/24/2006

The Syracuse Common Council was established to solve civic issues concerning the city of Syracuse, New York. The bound minutes of the Council, supplied by Congressman Walsh, provide information about what problems the City of Syracuse had to deal with as well as how these problems were resolved. Each volume represents a year Walsh was a member of the Common Council. All of the books include pictures of the Common Council, minutes of regularly scheduled, special and organizational meetings, list the standing committees and note the annual budget of the city of Syracuse for the following year.

(Click on the pictures to view Walsh legislation)

    1978-1983     1984-1988

The Syracuse Neighborhood Initiative

   The Syracuse Neighborhood Initiative was a challenge issued by Congressman Walsh in 1999 to revitalize the city of Syracuse with four major goals. The city of Syracuse, local and national non-profit community development organizations and private sector leaders were all responsible for the restoration of neighborhoods in Syracuse and reclaim vacant buildings. The four major goals are;

1) To position our neighborhoods to successfully compete for investment.

2) To improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.

3) To strengthen community.

4) To help neighborhood residents to build assets.

Created by Danielle Butler for History 419, Spring 2009.

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