C-NS in 2006: A year in review

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The town finally secured a solid bond rating, after defaulting on the Cicero Commons previously, and subsequently losing the ability to borrow money. This was an immense achievement on the town board's behalf, because it essentially allows Cicero to apply for grants, which is exactly what the board did. There was more drama between Councilor Charlotte Tarwacki and Supervisor Chet Dudzinski, Christ McCarthy took over as comptroller, Conway took over after Thomas Schunk, and a law passed making sure dog owner's pick up after their four-legged buddies "droppings." Here's everything else in between:

Zambrano stirs things up

We saw the impact of the Bush's mishaps in the Iraq war at the grassroots level, as Democrat newcomer Jessica Zambrano unseated incumbent Cicero councilor Vern Conway on Election Day. Many officials, and residents, thought Conway was a sure-fire thing, but the distaste of the war in Iraq sparked a need for anything non-republican many voters said. Both candidates ran clean campaigns.

Zambrano represents a shift in the politically dominated Cicero town board, which on Jan.1 will consist of one democrat, one independent, and three republicans including Supervisor Chet Dudzinski.

Money for Cicero projects

Speaking of Dudzinski, the Cicero saw state and federal money come in after the Republican supervisor shook some money out officials in Albany and D.C. The money went toward rebuilding roads around Driver's Village, outfitting the police department and most notably -- the revitalization of the hamlet of Brewerton.

To get the ball rolling the town board secured $250,000 from Assemblyman Jeff Brown for the hamlet, which will be split 50-50 for planning and marketing the hamlet.

"The success of this thing will hinge on the investment of outside resources," Dudzinski said.

Summer water woes

Residents from several neighborhoods voiced concern about their summer-storm-initiated water woes. Zoning Director Jay Seitz has both addressed the issued and been addressed by residents, some pleased with progress, and some who claim the town has not done enough.

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