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It’s coming up on budget time again, and the outlook for the Cazenovia Central School District is … dismal. It may be fair to say catastrophic. We have all been forewarned by the district that unless something changes, there will be severe budget cuts to school programs and staff, and, although it has not been stated, it is logical to surmise there will be high tax increases. This is not the fault of our district administrators or our school board members. This is the fault of our state government.

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State gives more than $1 million in grants to Cazenovia-area businesses

Four Cazenovia-area businesses last week were awarded more than $1.8 million in state grant funding by the New York State Regional Economic Development Council. The funds will go towards the creation of a new Cazenovia hotel, the expansion of an existing Cazenovia vineyard, the expansion of a Cazenovia restaurant and inn and the transformation of a commercial building in Nelson into an agri-tourism-based destination.

Three arrested for assault, burglary in Fenner

On Thursday, Dec. 18, at approximately 6:50 p.m., Madison County sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported robbery and assault on State Route 13 in the Town of Fenner, between the villages of Chittenango and Cazenovia. Upon arrival, the victim was located and interviewed before he was transported to the hospital for injuries he received.

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School board, district looking to regain lost state funding through advocacy push

In the past five years, the Cazenovia Central School District has lost $6.2 million dollars in state aid, due to the way the state legislature and governor divvy up money at budget time using the state’s Gap Elimination Adjustment program. Cazenovia has survived the low funding coupled with increased unfunded state mandates by cutting programs and staff, increasing the district tax levy and using up its reserve funds. But now, coming into the school year 2015-16 budgeting process, Cazenovia is nearly out of money with nothing left to cut.

From the school board president: District faces deep budget cuts due to continued loss of state aid

This time it’s for real. I’m referring to the issue of school funding here in Cazenovia, and specifically the cumulative impact of six years of diminished state aid in the wake of the Great Recession. Although state finances have long since recovered and are now well into the black, the ongoing and relentless drive in Albany to cut support to local school districts is about to be felt here in our community in ways that will be all too real.

LHS Senior of the Week: Penelope Lane

This week’s Liverpool High School Senior of the Week aspires to a career on the music scene.

LCSD again asks state to eliminate GEA

Cuts have cost district more than $43 million

The Liverpool Central School District Board of Education is once again asking New York state to eliminate a damaging funding stream that has hurt its finances.

Calendar offers chance to win $500

Set forth on a scavenger hunt

In an effort to bring more people into the village of Liverpool, Phyllis Coombs and her granddaughter, Anna, developed a 2015 calendar, which contains close-up photos of buildings within the one-square mile municipality. The calendar, which is available for purchase at several Thrifty Shopper locations, is not just a listing of months for next year — it also lays the groundwork for a fun scavenger hunt contest with major prizes.

NOPL news: Keeping busy on school break

We’re only a few days into a two-week holiday break for kids in local school districts. Although they’re probably enjoying themselves, keeping busy and looking forward to getting their presents, by next week they might be suffering from cabin fever. If that’s the case, NOPL has just the thing: Jeff the Magic Man is coming!

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: A Christmas kindness recalled four decades later

Whenever Dolores Gleason thinks of Butternut Street — one of the primary roads running through Syracuse’s North Side — she thinks of a kind lady who brought Christmas to life for the struggling Gleason family 40 years ago.

FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Community Development offers many programs

Have you ever wondered just what Onondaga County’s Division of Community Development does? This department offers some of the most visible programs and projects in the county.

Top cop retires

Walsh leaves office after 20 years as sheriff

Kevin Walsh always wanted to be a police officer. “I always wanted to be a cop, from the time I was very young,” the retiring Onondaga County Sheriff said. “Sarto Major, who was the sheriff from the late 1950s to the early ‘60s, went to the same church I went to in Skaneateles. My father and he were friends. I used to see him from time to time going out on some sort of an emergency, and that kind of engendered a desire to be involved.” But that doesn’t mean he always wanted the sheriff’s position. “It probably wasn’t until my later years [that I wanted that position],” he said. “The opportunities were there and the timing was right.”

Corl leaving legislature

Third district representative taking job in Onondaga County Family Court

Onondaga County Legislator Jim Corl has announced he is stepping down from his seat. Corl, who represents the third district, which includes the town of Cicero and portions of the town of Manlius, will be taking a position as principal court attorney for Onondaga County Family Court Judge Michael Hanuszczak.

Van Buren renews OCRRA agreements

Board also discusses winter safety, 'Ash for Trash'

The town of Van Buren has renewed its solid waste management agreement with the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA). The previous 25-year agreement, which OCRRA held with Van Buren and 32 other municipalities, expires this year.