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Saturday's I-81 Town Hall draws big crowd

The second of four public input sessions on Route 81's future drew a big crowd to East Syracuse on Saturday morning (pic: Photojournalist Joe Clavelli)

They were expecting a crowd so big, that they changed the location for the second public input session on I-81, and the crowd did not disappoint.

Even with the move from DeWitt Town Hall to the gym at St. Matthew's Church in East Syracuse, people filled the bleachers and filled chairs set out on the gym floor.

The meetings, supported by Congressman John Katko, are designed to get public input from all of his constituents, including those living outside Syracuse.

Katko has not made public what he favors, and says he's doing the meetings to hear what his district wants, as he considers asking for federal funding for the project. 81 must be rebuilt because the current elevated section through downtown Syracuse is coming to the end of its structural life.

Two more meetings are scheduled, in Salina and in Syracuse.

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