Large city near Jefferson County
, about 60 miles south of Watertown
. County seat of Onondaga County. West of Syracuse is the Empire Expo Center
which hosts the annual Great New York State Fair
, and there area number of convention centers, malls, and Syracuse University
, a major research university, and a number of smaller colleges and professional schools. Syracuse was named after the original Syracuse which was a city on the east coast of Sicily, Italy. Interestingly, it shares some similarities including a formerly important salt industry and a neighboring town of Salina. Syracuse's airport is the largest in the region.