Onondaga County Legislature Committee passes funds for CNY Arts

The Legislature’s County Facilities Committee approves $70,000 for Symphoria

By John Paul Chunga SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – The Onondaga County Legislature’s County Facilities Committee passed a $70,000 allocation from the 2014 budget to CNY Arts for distribution to Symphoria.

The County’s Ways and Means Committee will need to accept the measure before the funds can be up for approval.

“We’re in the first step of a process of asking for contingency funds,” Stephen Butler, CNY Arts Executive Director, said.

The funds would go towards paying for Symphoria’s musicians, facilities, and marketing, according to Butler. The additional funds would be a slice of the group’s $1.6 million total budget for the fiscal year.

“This symphony is operating in the black,” Butler admitted.

According to Butler, it’s too early to determine if Symphoria will finish in debt, but the group has a variety of programs planned for the new season, including “The Sound of Nature” and “The Rat Pack is Back.”

“The funds that you are making available will be used on the community providing the services that a symphony would provide its residents,” he said.

The presentation drew acclaim.

“I see even with a modest budget that we give you that you’re able to do great things,” John Dougherty, R-Liverpool, said.

The amendment will be heard before the Ways and Means Committee on February 24.