Meet the Team LEADING THE onondaga commons urban revitalization initiatives...


MARTIN A. YENAWINE FacebookIcon.pngTwitterIcon.pngLinkedInIcon.png

Served as principal and corporate officer of a private sector emergency medical service provider serving over 500,000 residents and visitors to CNY. Introducing the state’s first all paramedic fully nationally accredited paramedic service. Service was recognized as among the top ten EMS providers in the country for response time and clinical performance and received the nation’s highest award for community service. Served three United Way organizations with progressively increasing leadership responsibilities raising over $25 million in charitable donations and developing programs for adolescent parents, disable adults and inner city disadvantaged youth. Raised over $160 million in an Initial Public Offering and subsequently a Secondary Offering. Assisted the senior executive teams to grow two publicly held healthcare companies from $50 million to more than $450 million and $300 million respectively by acquisition, same store growth, and new site development. 

Was a founding team member that created the Center for Young Parents in Niagara Falls, Summer Cohesion and Human Services Center in Elmira, Up Downtowners, Citizens League, Leadership Greater Syracuse, Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service, NoCasiNo in Jefferson County, statewide New York Mentoring Program, and National Responsible Beverage Service Council. 

Purchased and transformed an abandoned foundry into Onondaga Commons, an award winning 5.5 acre human services park including a much needed inner city daycare center, health clinic and much used community room. Created I’m Smart of Central New York, a community wide alcohol counter-measures and impaired driving intervention program that has drawn national attention as the nation’s most enduring program providing transportation alternatives and community education.

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W. Michael Short FacebookIcon.pngTwitterIcon.pngLinkedInIcon.png

Founding partner of Short Enterprises, an economic strategy and innovative development firm based in Central Upstate New York. Short Enterprises is serving as a lead developer on the Onondaga Commons Comprehensive Expansion & Urban Revitalization Initiatives. Short carefully guides the process of developing the organizational relationships necessary to successfully facilitate, apply for, and integrate a number of very large grant opportunities and funding partnerships that are crucial to the success of our large-scale urban revitalization initiatives currently underway.

Coordinating with a number of partners and Natural Systems Engineering, Short Enterprises also spearheaded the innovative green Infrastructure projects currently being installed across the 5.5 acre Onondaga Commons campus in downtown Syracuse. In total, and with over a million dollars in committed funding support from Onondaga County, the new installations will manage roughly 10 million gallons annually in rainwater runoff that would otherwise overload the local sewer system and result in raw sewage overflowing into our Community's local water systems

Michael is also spearheading the adaptive redevelopment of 506 W. Onondaga St., which will feature business incubation, co-working space, and live/work apartment units. The design is to connect entrepreneurs with opportunities, coaches, and new relationships with like minded forward thinking leaders. This effort is being undertaken in partnership with the NYS Small Business Development Center at Onondaga Community College.

Short Enterprises supports and guides our efforts in multiple capacities: Economic DevelopmentCommunity DevelopmentBusiness DevelopmentCollaboration FacilitationCommunications ManagementCommunication StrategyStrategic PlanningSite SelectionGrants & IncentivesProposal Development, Real Estate & Development AnalysisEconomic Impact Analysis, & Market Intelligence.


MANNY BARBAS LinkedInIcon.png

After 36 years organizing and administering major capital projects for Onondaga County, Manny now works as an independent consultant in the private sector. Primary focus has been in the administration of Commercial re-development projects and residential design. Manny is a crucial member of our team and assists in program development for the buildings tenants and contract administration for the comprehensive "design build" renovation projects at the Onondaga Commons. Manny also works closely with the Syracuse Area Landmark Theatre Board of Directors to provide professional hands on representation and administration of contracts with both the design team and the Construction Manager.


Hon. Donald Hamilton

Don Hamilton is a longstanding partner with Onondaga Commons and serves in numerous roles critical to the ongoing success of our large-scale community revitalization efforts. Don brings to the table his expertise in the operations of the City and County having served 29 years in the Onondaga County Health Department. Don is also a highly regarded elected official having served as a councilman on the Onondaga Town Board since 1992. Don also serves as the Chairman of the Town of Onondaga Republican Committee and the Vice-Chairman of the Onondaga County Republican Committee



Hon. Craig Kerr

Craig Kerr serves as the attorney for Onondaga Commons and has been a critical partner in our efforts for a number of years.

  • Onondaga Town Justice
  • Director, New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • President, Upstate Trial Lawyers Association
  • Judicial Instructor for Office of Court Administration
  • President Onondaga County Magistrates Association, 2008-2009
  • Onondaga County Bar Association Judiciary/Trial Lawyers Committees
  • Sheriff’s/Judges Ad Hoc Committee on Court Security and Transport
  • Chairman, Attorney’s Division, United Way
  • Board of Trustees, Park Central Presbyterian Church, 2003-2008
  • County Executive’s Stop DWI Executive Board
  • Judges Tri-County Award for Service to the Community
  • 2008 Magistrates’ Outstanding Leadership and Service Award
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, Founding Member