Audit finds poor financial management at Regional Market (Good Morning CNY for May 15)

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Rhonda Hawes | Contributing photographer

Prom season is in full swing: Students across Central New York were out on the town this weekend, dodging raindrops and trying to stay dry in their best prom attire. Our photographers were at 13 proms – including Hamilton Central’s, above – and captured hundreds of photos of the fun. Here’s a gallery of our favorites. (Rhonda Hawes photo)

The Latest

Destiny USA’s latest financial woe: Why At Home’s departure couldn’t come at a worse time: The closing of yet another large store at Destiny USA couldn’t have come at a worse time for the giant Syracuse mall, and now we know just how much the loss of At Home will cost the retail center. In a credit opinion issued earlier this month, Moody’s Investor Service said the closing of the At Home store will cost the mall nearly $1 million a year in lost rent. Meanwhile, Destiny — which was appraised last year at just $133 million — is facing an annual deadline to extend or pay in full more than $450 million mortgage loans.

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What’s Trending

First, the “creepy mail.” Now, a Baldwinsville woman tells police she used witchcraft on village official: A 51-year-old woman tried to intimidate a village official and his wife by using witchcraft and throwing “hot foot powder” outside their home earlier this month, according to village police. Jennifer L. Johnson was charged a day after village treasurer Mark Baker found red powder outside his house on his property. Johnson told police she used “this form of witchcraft” in the hopes of convincing Baker and his wife, Sandra, to refrain from any legal activity in a separate criminal case.

Sheriff appeals judge’s decision to toss Jamesville prison lawsuit: Onondaga County Sheriff Toby Shelley filed an appeal Tuesday a month after a judge threw out a lawsuit aimed to prevent the closure of the prison in Jamesville. Shelley originally filed the lawsuit last year after the county legislature approved the closure of the Jamesville Correctional facility. Shelley argued the legislature did not have the authority to vote on the law change.

State audit finds poor financial management at Regional Market: A state audit has found poor financial management at the Central New York Regional Market Authority, including paying the market director’s father more than $200,000 over three years to handle “special projects” and other duties such as snowplowing without a clear job description or work hours. The audit said market officials did not adequately monitor and control payroll expenses.

Looking Ahead

Syracuse amphitheater’s 2024 concert lineup: New name, more variety: The Syracuse amphitheater’s 2024 concert season is about to begin a new era. The Empower Federal Credit Union Amphitheater at Lakeview, the venue’s new name in a 7-year deal worth $4 million, will feature 22 shows this summer. Here’s what else you need to know about 2024 concerts at the Empower FCU Amphitheater at Lakeview, including the schedule and info on tickets, parking, shuttles and more.

Sports

Syracuse Crunch looking for more “yeah!” moments in AHL playoffs: Syracuse Crunch head coach Joel Bouchard paused about five seconds before addressing his team. An emphatic yell of “yeah!” from Bouchard to his team felt like five years of frustration melting away after Syracuse defeated the Rochester Americans 5-2 in Game 5 of the North Division semifinals on Saturday night. Up next for the Crunch is the best-of-five North Division Finals series against the Cleveland Monsters, which begins tomorrow night.

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In Brief

As 2 big Syracuse hotels close, construction starts on 126-room hotel

The 25 Upstate NY town, village courts that collected most fines, fees in 2023

Upstate NY bakery foodies rave about is a James Beard Award finalist

CNY Pizza Tour: Pizza is the only reason to visit “one of the worst strip malls”

Judge allows city to demolish house owned by notorious Brooklyn landlord

15-year-old boy was victim of a brutal hammer attack in Syracuse, police say

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