CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

I-81 / Community Grid / DEIS

This is a critical topic for our community.  We have the opportunity to have a powerful impact and to support the groups that have been working hard on this.  Make sure you are following New York Civil Liberties Union & Urban Jobs Task Force I-81 campaigns, submit your comments by September 14, 2021, attend the virtual and in-person hearings and more. It is time to replace the viaduct with a walkable community grid but we need to get the details right.

To read the DEIS and to comment visit:

UJTF Guide for DEIS Comments regarding Economic Justice

Submit Comments to NYDOT

Need some guidance on how and what to submit to the NYDOT? View UJTF’s Guide for DEIS Comments regarding Economic Justice.

Ready to submit comments. Use NYCLU form at:

Upcoming Meetings

Sunday, August 13, 2021

GreeningUSA’s Next Virtual Green Bag Lunch!
12PM – 1:30PM | Online

GreeningUSA continues the conversation about the I-81 Viaduct Project in Syracuse with a focus on the DEIS, which the NYS DOT issued on July 16. The final community comment phase ends September 14, prior to issuance of the final EIS and record of decision.

Panelists from various perspectives will describe what they view as important issues requiring community input. Please plan on joining GreeningUSA as we help you prepare to effectively participate by submitting comments to the NY DOT in this important I-81 Community Grid approval phase.

Saturday, August 14, 2021

March for Justice for I-81
10:30AM | March starts at Dr. King Elementary
12:00PM | Press Conference at State Office Building: 333 E Washington St

Join Urban Jobs Task Force & New York Civil Liberties Union for a March and Press Conference in the Fight for Racial, Economic and Environmental Justice on I-81.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

NYS DOT Virtual Public Hearings
11AM & 5PM | Online

NYS DOT will be holding two virtual public hearings. Click here to register to make a public comment. You will be given a link to the Zoom hearing where you can make a public comment. A live-stream of the hearing will be available for those who do not wish to make an oral comment. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

NYS DOT In-person Public Hearings
4PM & 6PM | OnCenter: 800 South State Street, Syracuse

NYS DOT will be conducting two in-person public hearings and an open house. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. The public hearing will have a pre-recorded presentation, to be shown at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., which will be followed by oral comments. You may present your comments to an audience or dictate them privately to a stenographer. A live-stream of the hearing (without submitting an oral comment) will be available on the NYSDOT YouTube Page. A sign language interpreter will be present. The open house will run from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will include display boards, interactive videos and staff to answer questions. 

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Parking validation and bus passes will be provided.

NYDOT Neighborhood Meetings

Information Sessions
6PM – 8PM

Tuesday, August 24
Lincoln Middle School

Wednesday, August 25

PSLA at Fowler

Thursday, August 26

H.W Smith

Tuesday, August 31
Grimshaw Elementary School

Wednesday, September 1

Chestnut Hill Middle School

Wednesday, September 8

Dr King Elementary School

Thursday, September 9

Dr. King Elementary School

Monday, September 13

Cicero North Syracuse High School

Past Meetings

Sunday, August 8, 2021

CNY Solidarity Meeting

This is a follow-up to our July 18 meeting on the Rte. 81 project.
Agenda: Presentations on specific issues to prepare for making public or written comments.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

CNY Solidarity Meeting

On July 18 at a CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting, we heard from Lanessa Chaplin of NYCLU and Aggie Lane of Urban Jobs Task Force present current news on the Rt. 81/Community Grid project. 


CNY Solidarity Supports the Community Grid!

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