Wednesday, 08 November 2017 09:52

AUDIO: 2017 Election Roundup

The local elections for 2017 have now come and gone. While it was not a loaded election as far as major issues, there were points of interest on the ballot that were important to the communities. These were discussed on the Ray Horner Morning Show.

In Cuyahoga Falls, incumbent Don Walters keeps his seat in the mayor’s office in a race over Susan Hale.

The Clerk of Courts race was tightly-contested and came down to the wire, but incumbent Jim Laria won by a whisker over Jeff Fusco.

A much-needed school levy was passed in Coventry, a community that has had their share of issues passing levies over the years. Lisa Blough, their superintendent, is excited about the next chapter.

An upbeat Jeff Ramnytz, the superintendent at Barberton schools, talked about their passage of their levy.

Not all the school levies passed. Woodridge schools did not pass theirs, and neither did Norton. Dana Addis, the superintendent at Norton, talked about how they will regroup.

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Akron City Council voted unanimously Monday night to lift the moratorium on medical marijuana implemented by Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan last September, shortly after it was passed statewide. 

Akron City Councilman Jeff Fusco said in addition to lifting the moratorium, council approved licensing, distribution, processing and even testing of medical marijuana. Fusco adds that the law specifically outlines who will be able to apply for licenses to distribute medical marijuana; state qualified and registered physicians. 

In addition to state laws, those looking to grow or distribute medical marijuana would need a license through Akron City Council. 

Fusco anticipates requests to grow and/or distribute will be coming in within the next few weeks, but doesn't expect the entire operation to be fully functional until September 2018. 

He adds that despite the legalization of medical marijuana in the state, recreational use is still a no-no, and those who break that law are still subject to the same rules that were already in place. 

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016 08:11

AUDIO: Downtown Akron To Get A Facelift

In recent years, a focus on bringing the people back to the downtown area has helped transform Ohio towns such as Columbus and Cleveland. Could Akron be not far behind?

It has been announced that the heart of downtown Akron will be getting a new look in the next few years. Jeff Fusco, president of the planning committee in the city of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the plans for new downtown development. According to Fusco, the focus has been on how to keep young professionals within city limits, which in turn will keep the businesses around, as well.

The plans are calling for 120 new apartments, which will also bring in construction jobs for said projects. Fusco calls this a “dynamic” project for the city.

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016 09:13

Akron Puts Hold On Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana passed as state law and officially went effective on September 8th of this year. While the state still has a lot of work to do as far as securing approval for licenses to prescribe marijuana as medication and permits for dispensaries, the city of Akron says it needs more time to get the law straight. 

On Monday night, Akron City Council approved a year-long moratorium on the state Medical Marijuana law. Councilman Jeff Fusco says the timetable is flexible, but the council believes more time is needed to see how Akron will take part in the statewide law. Fusco says the moratorium will give the city a chance to figure out "what's best for Akron in terms of the grow operations, processing, (and) dispensing of medical marijuana" within the city. 

Hear the entire interview from the Ray Horner Morning Show by clicking the player below: 

 

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Tuesday, 29 December 2015 09:23

AUDIO: Jeff Fusco Recaps His Tenure As Mayor

It’s been a whirlwind year in Akron politics, from near-fisticuffs in the council chambers to three mayors keeping the chair warm.

Jeff Fusco was thrown into the mix following the sudden resignation of Garry Moneypenny, and has had to hold down the fort since late May. Fusco joined the Ray Horner Morning Show with Jasen Sokol to recap his short tenure as mayor, which will end on January 1st.

Fusco shared his thoughts on mayor-elect Dan Horrigan. "Dan and I have been friends for a number of years,” said Fusco. "Dan is extremely sharp, he’s on top of it, and I believe he’s going to be a great mayor."

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