A New Hope for Syracuse?

by Maximilian Eyle

If crime is an indicator of the health of a city, then Syracuse has seen better days. Chief of Police Frank Fowler was appointed by Mayor Stephanie Miner in 2009, and now – nearly ten years later, he is making his exit. As we reflect on his legacy, there is not a lot to celebrate. While crime did drop by about 15% during his term, this is in line with the national crime rate and does not suggest any special change in our community. Furthermore, 2016 made headlines as the deadliest year in Syracuse history, with a record 30 homicides taking place. Gang violence continues to be a problem, and the relationship between the community and the police remains tense.

I am a native of Syracuse and have chosen to return and make it my home after leaving to earn my degree. Our city has a lot to be proud of. We boast a rich history, a thriving music community, a number of museums and theaters, great restaurants, and a growing downtown. All this nestled within the gorgeous landscape of Central New York. Yet public safety continues to burden our community and tarnish our reputation. Scandals with police brutality have cost the city millions of dollars in the past few years, with Chief Fowler showing little remorse or interest in departmental change. In a recent court testimony, he was asked if it is acceptable for police officers to beat someone who is already handcuffed. “It might be,” Chief Fowler responded. This attitude from our law enforcement leadership is atrocious and unforgivable.

Finally, change is upon us. On November 2nd, Mayor Ben Walsh announced that Kenton Buckner will be the new Chief of Police in Syracuse. Prior to this appointment, Buckner has been the chief in Little Rock, Arkansas – a similarly sized city to Syracuse. In his recent press conferences, he has affirmed his commitment to improving the diversity of our police force, and to focusing on rehabilitation and second chances rather than just punishment. Much about his history, character, and rhetoric gives us hope. Only time will tell if his approach will be successful. In the meantime, we as a community must do our best to hold our leadership accountable to their promises.

Maximilian Eyle is a native of Syracuse, NY and a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He works as a media consultant and writes each month about a variety of issues for Spanish-language papers across New York State. Maximilian has a love of Hispanic culture and learned Spanish while living in Spain where he studied and worked as an English teacher. He can be contacted at maxeyle@gmail.com.

All Immigrants in New York have Right to Trial by Jury

by Jose Enrique Perez

Just last month, the New York State’s highest court said that the U.S. Constitution guarantees jury trials to non-citizens charged with crimes that could subject them to deportation. It is very likely that the case will go to the United States Supreme Court for final determination.

The Court of Appeals rejected an argument by Bronx county prosecutors that deportation is merely a civil consequence of criminal convictions, and the Sixth Amendment did not require jury trials for defendants charged with minor yet deportable crimes.

The court found that “It is now beyond cavil that the penalty of deportation is among the most extreme and that it may, in some circumstances, rival incarceration in its loss of liberty.”

The decision means non-citizens will be entitled to jury trials even if their alleged deportable crimes carry maximum prison terms of six months or less.

The risk for deportation of a non-U.S. citizen accused of a low-level crime is enough to guarantee that individual have a trial by jury rather than a bench trial.

The Bronx District Attorney said the decision addressed the “harsh realities” of possible deportation, but also threatened “serious backlogs and disparities in the administration of justice” in state courts and conflicted with Supreme Court precedents. She said she may appeal to that body.

The decision, over Sixth Amendment fair trial rights under the U.S. Constitution for persons facing deportation, was one of first impression for the Court of Appeals. It was brought before the court by Saylor Suazo, a non-citizen who was found guilty in a bench trial on various charges related to an alleged assault. He had over stayed his visa.

Because of the importance of the case and its consequences, the Bronx District Attorney said she was considering taking an appeal on the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court since it was decided on federal constitutional grounds.

The key issue in the case was the gradation of the criminal charge Suazo had been tried upon. The Criminal Law in New York allows a defendant to be denied a trial by jury in New York City if the maximum penalty of a charge is less than six months in jail. The same rule does not apply outside New York City.

You should remember that this article is not intended to provide you with legal advice; it is intended only to provide guidance about the new immigration policies. Furthermore, the article is not intended to explain or identify all potential issues that may arise in connection with the filing of applications with USCIS. Each case is fact-specific and therefore similar cases may have different outcomes.

I represent individuals in immigration cases. If you have any questions or concerns about an immigration case or potential case, you can call me at (315) 422-5673, send me a fax at (315) 466-5673, or e-mail me at joseperez@joseperezyourlawyer.com. The Law Office of Jose Perez is located at 120 East Washington Street, Suite 925, Syracuse, New York 13202. Now with offices in Buffalo and Rochester!!! Please look for my next article in the January edition. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2019!

It is not the same, the covers that the carotids

A Moment of Reflection
by Lilia M. Fiallo

It is not the same, condone unhealthy situations, to give true love. It is not the same to consent to unhealthy behaviors, than to correct on time.

Confuse the true love and make us slaves of our children, consenting to all kinds of behaviors and actions, breaking the rules and standards, moral values and virtues that by simple logic and common sense must prevail at home, leave expose a bleak and gloomy future.

They say that innocently sins, is innocently condemned and is real, when consenting situations, gave poisonous fruits. Life is not a game and is not worth pawning it.

We never finished to know our children!, so giving of ourselves completely forgetting about our own essence and the respect for life, is a mistake. Sponsor our burial at the hands of the children poorly bred and poorly educated, we will understand it late as we see our mistakes.

Such as Elisa and John, there are thousands and thousands of parents who are always there to please their children, all likes and extravagances, sinking into delusion they build, without listening and thinking. Yoe was growing, without dealing with his studies and doing something prosperous, nesting in his mind hatred and indifference towards his parents, so the evil rode in his being in all its actions; never addressed them by calling them: “Mom or Dad, I want such a thing, or I need something”, If he spoke to them, saying: “Hey, Y need this…, or I want that…” While valuables disappeared from home as charm.

A miracle happened in the minds of his parents. Elisa and John on the brink stopped to analyze the situation and were able to consider; finally put order in their hearts, and thus, recovered their house centimeter by centimeter they were losing. Although late, but “in time” peace returned to their lives.

If they had followed that path, today they would be cloistered in their own defeat, or perhaps, in a quarter of a haven for older adults for allowing to be dominated by that ruthless character. And if he had died, or perhaps she, the few belongings of the two, along with the house would had changed owner quickly.

Nothing worse than going through the loss of her husband or the spouse. It seems that the world collapsed at the foot of the person that has been mired in the most difficult situations. And, like vultures who lurk for prey, close relatives are there, looking for the moment, to approach, seeming comfort and hope in the life of the poor helpless widower. As if outside as a general rule, individuals, are influenced by those who come to them for apparently to console them.

The least a person who has ended alone, must do is to think about himself, putting the head before putting the heart. Before such trouble, an irreparable mistake, such as signing documents on moneys or property, giving the rights, that later, when they think, cannot be reverse, because now he or she is alone and penniless.

Once inheriting the property where he or she lives, being aware of what was done, he or she has to pray to God so that he rests there until the last moment of his existence, enjoying good health, but if one of your five senses and their humanity fails does not stand firm the future that awaits you is nothing flattering and then you have to repeat what Sarita said, when her son and grandchildren took her to a 12-story building which houses more than 250 grandparents, many of them in agony state. On the third day she was there she went to the dining room and was left collapsed when she saw a room full of grandparents; She then said: “No, this is not for me”, “What can I do to return to my house, if all are against me?”.

Lilia M. Fiallo was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where, between tasks and free time, she found a place to write about subjects, somehow forgotten by others. With gold letters engraved in her memory, she began her working life, in the heart of the technical part, of the air traffic control of her native country. In the midst of aeronautical phraseology and codes, the world of aviation gave her one of the highest experiences, because of the precision required by this craft, where a single mistake could cost many lives. It is there, where in her concern to communicate her ideas, she begins to write with dedication, themes a little relegated by society, the Church and the State. Discovering a truth that nobody wants to talk about, but much more real and everyday, than it seems. It is thus, as it appears, her first work, “Parir por parir”.
You can find her book at for sale in Amazon.

The Day Syracuse Revolted

by Maximilian Eyle

In October of 1851, roughly 2,500 Syracuse citizens came together in the city’s downtown. With a battering ram, they broke down the door to the jail and successfully freed a man called William “Jerry” Henry. Jerry had escaped from slavery years before and started a new life as a barrel maker in Upstate New York. He would have been sent back to a life of slavery, but Syracuse residents stepped in and secured his freedom. Jerry was immediately sent north to Canada where he was safe from arrest. This event is remembered as the “Jerry Rescue”, and is one of the proudest moments in Syracuse’s history.

At that time, the United States was divided into states with slavery, and those without. In 1850, a federal law known as the Fugitive Slave Act was passed which required that states without slavery help capture and return any escaped slaves. Jerry was arrested under this new law and put in jail. This caused tremendous outrage among the locals. Abolitionist Samuel Ringold Ward expressed his disgust at a public meeting prior to the Rescue, stating: “We are witnessing such a sight as, I pray, we may never look upon again. A man in chains, in Syracuse!”

The story of the Jerry Rescue has the advantages of being both legendary and true. It speaks to the power of a united local community pushing back in the face of an overzealous federal government enforcing an unjust law. The Civil War may still have been ten years away, but protests like this helped hasten the end of slavery. Today, we see similar local resistance as Syracuse refuses to use its police to search for or detain illegal immigrants despite federal pressure to do so. As we look to the future, we should remember the progress that can be made when Syracuse stands as a united and independent city.

Maximilian Eyle is a native of Syracuse, NY and a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He works as a media consultant and writes each month about a variety of issues for Spanish-language papers across New York State. Maximilian has a love of Hispanic culture and learned Spanish while living in Spain where he studied and worked as an English teacher. He can be contacted at maxeyle@gmail.com.

And the day is here!

by Lilia M. Fiallo

A Moment of Reflection

I removed the old and frayed suit that I dragged for so many years! I stopped to think for a moment, the important thing that I am as a person, as a human being, as a professional, away from ties and rusted chains that hung in my mind. Now I am which was, that someone wanted to archive!…

It’s a pleasure to see you! When I entered, I went to the counter but looked at background and I saw you, therefore after I completed my order, I came here. It is good that I find you again!, I have so much to tell you, How have you been?

Well, says Brenda, here we are, the two of us. It is also a pleasure to see you. But before speaking of me, I want to tell you Genaro that I always remember you with special appreciation. Do you remember Genaro when our hour of break were at the same time? Yes, Brenda!

Although the time was short, we enjoyed the breakfast or the lunch. Our talks in which I imagined each episode told, I remember as if it were today. I am a deep admirer of your profession, and you know, how could you deal with such personal load and work? Masterfully, do you let problems container to leaving home, to put all the concentration on your work?

You climbed a mountain to the top, with all the obstacles and difficulties. Living a hell such as yours, by a partner that gives little or nothing good, is a feat. If when you were students at the University, she badly carried you along the path of doom, and you, as a lamb carrying slaughter you walked at her side.

Thanks to your intelligence you did join the company with an important position and an enviable salary that made you happy, largely to please her, although the money you gave her was not enough.

How many good women had wanted to be with a good guy as you?

Love, dedication, sacrifices and few other things for maintaining a family may be so normal in the everyday life of any person but there are beings like you crossing the line of danger, until they expose their integrity.

I remember those mornings or afternoons when we came back after breakfast or lunch, walking along the road up to the office and at some point you raised up your shirt to show me the wounds in your skin which she kicked you with those hand s of wild beast? That happened many years ago and I without comment, silenced before such outrage, was incredulous, in front to a reality.

At this moment, this phenomenon, it is still a reality that grows and that all silent, nobody wants to face, no one wants to commit. Currently in America and Europe is a reality with many men victims of women who hide under their gender because they know that we are in a double moral society, they have the win and that’s their card up his sleeve. They do not work, nor contribute a grain of sand.

Genaro it is incredible interfamily violence against man. Many of these victims are chained, abducted, beaten physically and psychologically abused. There are slave cases, where the man gives her all his salary and she gives him a few coins for transportation back and forth.

There are many reasons why a man does not complaint the physical or verbal abuse:

-The mere fact of thinking that they will be cause for ridicule and mocked.
-They will not believe him.
-Mind surrounds it, betrays him and thinks: “What will become of me, alone and without her?
-For sex.
-For money.
-The custom became law.
-The man has always been the losing

Oh, Genaro! And how’s your marriage?

Not Brenda that was not more! I finally got divorced and found myself again. In October I will turn 50 years old and I will marry a colleague of yours next December.

Congratulations!

Brenda it´s been a pleasure to see you because I’m going to appoint to you Adviser of the International Center for men who demand their rights for a better world, due to:

I removed the old and frayed suit that I dragged for so many years! I stopped to think for a moment, the important thing that I am…

Lilia M. Fiallo was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where,

between tasks and free time, she found a place to write about subjects, somehow forgotten by others. With gold letters engraved in her memory, she began her working life, in the heart of the technical part, of the air traffic control of her native country. In the midst of aeronautical phraseology and codes, the world of aviation gave her one of the highest experiences, because of the precision required by this craft, where a single mistake could cost many lives. It is there, where in her concern to communicate her ideas, she begins to write with dedication, themes a little relegated by society, the Church and the State. Discovering a truth that nobody wants to talk about, but much more real and everyday, than it seems. It is thus, as it appears, her first work, “Parir por parir”. You can find her book at for sale in Amazon

Trump announces no more Citizenship by Birth – Really?

by Jose Enrique Perez

Not really. Just another lie, or just words, or just his racist rhetoric. However, you want to put it, it is nearly impossible.

The 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution provides:

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

During the campaign for the mid-term elections of this month, President Trump said that we were the only country where the citizenship is given to the persons born in the United States. He also said that it was because of the flaws of the immigration laws that the citizenship is obtained that way. First of all, there are more than 30 countries providing for that same privilege. Secondly, the 14th Amendment has nothing to do with immigration. In point of fact, there were no immigration laws back in 1800s. Furthermore, the citizenship cannot be conditioned or modified by immigration laws as this is a Constitutional mandate. The privilege of becoming a citizen of the United States by birth or naturalization cannot be changed by the President or his racist agenda.

Altering the Constitution consists of proposing an amendment or amendments and subsequent ratification. Amendments may be proposed either by the Congress with a two-thirds vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by a convention of states called for by two-thirds of the state legislatures.

Article Five of the United States Constitution describes the process whereby the Constitution, the nation’s frame of government, may be altered. To become part of the Constitution, an amendment must be ratified by either—as determined by Congress—the legislatures of three-quarters of the states or state ratifying conventions in three-quarters of the states. The vote of each state (to either ratify or reject a proposed amendment) carries equal weight, regardless of a state’s population or length of time in the Union.

In conclusion, it is nearly impossible for President Trump or his administration to take away the citizenship right. He cannot do by executive order or decree.

You should remember that this article is not intended to provide you with legal advice; it is intended only to provide guidance about the new immigration policies. Furthermore, the article is not intended to explain or identify all potential issues that may arise in connection with the filing of applications with USCIS. Each case is fact-specific and therefore similar cases may have different outcomes.

I represent individuals in immigration cases. If you have any questions or concerns about an immigration case or potential case, you can call me at (315) 422-5673, send me a fax at (315) 466-5673, or e-mail me at joseperez@joseperezyourlawyer.com. The Law Office of Jose Perez is located at 120 East Washington Street, Suite 925, Syracuse, New York 13202. Now with offices in Buffalo and Rochester!!! Please look for my next article in the December edition.

Radioactive: Dogs, Cats and Wildlife

by Linda DeStefano
Translated by Rob English

When nuclear disasters occur, not only people but also nearby animals are contaminated with radioactivity. This has been observed in Chernobyl and in Fukushima. In 1986 the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union) exploded, contaminating a vast area with radioactivity. Emergency responders died. About 50,000 people evacuated, and most never returned home because the contamination is long-lasting. What of the animals who could not evacuate? Some of the abandoned dogs and cats survived and reproduced. Their descendants are helped today by Clean Futures Fund. The Fund provides veterinary care to these animals and adopts out the dogs, removing radioactive particles from their fur and from inside their bodies. Luckily, most of the dogs live in parts of the zone that are less contaminated – unlike the wild animals that populate the area – perhaps because dogs stay near humans who feed them. Also unlike the wild animals, the dogs do not exhibit any obvious abnormalities. Among the negative impacts for Chernobyl wildlife are tumors, infertility, smaller brains and dwindling populations. Whereas migratory wild animals may spread genetic damage to unaffected populations through breeding, the dogs are evaluated for DNA damage, and are spayed or neutered before being transported to their new homes.

But what about the plants and the wild animals? Organic matter in forests around Chernobyl are taking years or even decades longer than normal to decay. There are reduced population sizes and genetic abnormalities among birds, bees, butterflies, grasshoppers, dragonflies, spiders, and mammals in highly radioactive parts of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Birds are showing an increase in sterility, albinism and cataracts, with abnormal sperm in barn swallows up to 10 times higher for Chernobyl birds as compared to sperm from males living in control areas.

Another nuclear disaster occurred in Fukushima, Japan in March, 2011. After an earthquake and tsunami, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plants had meltdowns and explosions, contaminating a wide area of land and the Pacific Ocean. About 47,000 people evacuated initially and more later. At least one kind man chose to stay behind to care for the abandoned farm animals. In studying the effects of the contamination, Dr. Timothy Mousseau and his team found that animals and microbes living in contaminated areas are failing to thrive.

Upstate nuclear power plants with the same design as those that failed in Japan could also have meltdowns and explosions because a severe ice storm could make the backup generators useless. Even without a disaster, the nuclear facilities have regular releases of radioactivity and create toxic waste that will last hundreds of thousands of years. And the water they take from Lake Ontario goes through grilles which kill fish. The hot water which is returned to the Lake is also a problem for the animals living in the water.

It is important to quickly move from these dangerous, expensive nuclear facilities in our backyard to energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy (solar, wind, geothermal). Gov. Cuomo is keeping the Fitzpatrick nuclear facility in Oswego open by forcing all ratepayers to subsidize it. That money could instead be used for moving more quickly toward clean energy, which would create more jobs.

Information about transition to a green economy can be found at Allianceforagreeneconomy.org

Linda DeStefano is President of People for Animal Rights. For more information about animal rights or to connect with Linda, contact People for Animal Rights, P.O. Box 15358, Syracuse, NY 13215-0358, (315) 488-PURR (7877) between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., people4animalrightscny@gmail.com or peopleforanimalrightsofcny.org