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Crews contracted by the city of Syracuse clean up vacant homes on McAllister Avenue on the southside of the city.

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Land bank to combat vacancy approved for Syracuse, Onondaga County

To combat growing vacancy issues in the city, the county and city are exploring a new option in tandem — a land bank. That program was approved today by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

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City battles growing vacancy problem; taxpayers foot the bill

Nearly 1,7000 buildings within city lines have been left empty, costing city taxpayers nearly $2 million a year in upkeep costs.

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