Camillus/Elbridge news briefs

Camillus/Elbrige news briefs

Custer convicted

Animal cruelty is rarely tolerated and on April 9 Judge Anthony Aloi agreed when he sentenced Kyle Custer, 18, to two years in state prison. Custer killed a family's cat by setting it on fire. The cat belonged to one of his neighbors who also lived in Champion Trailer Park in Elbridge.

In addition, Custer will also serve one to three years for attempted second degree rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Aloi said he wished he could impose a stronger sentence for what he calls a "senseless and vicious" act.

New mayor; new hires

When Tom Grant defeated former village of Camillus Mayor Ed Fletcher, he decided it was time for some changes. Fletcher had been in office for two decades, along with the village clerk/treasurer and attorney.

Clerk/treasurer Sharon Norcross served the village since 1982. About a year later, attorney Bob Allan joined her.

Grant announced their replacements at a village organizational meeting on April 5.

It was also announced that Norcross' deputy clerk Rose McVicker lost her job.

Marie Stanczyk, clerk/treasurer in the Oswego County village of Phoenix, will replace Norcross. Attorney Robert Greenough Jr. will take Allan's position.

Greenough has a private practice sharing office space with Harry Armani in Syracuse. Armani serves as attorney for the village of Elbridge.

Norcross and Allan have held their posts through four mayors - Morris Raichlin, 1982-93; Dick Goodale, 1993-95; Raichlin's son Dick, 1995-99; and Fletcher, 1999-2007.

Allan, whose practice is next door to the village hall, said he was not surprised by the changes.After three unsuccessful campaigns, Grant, 45, beat Fletcher, 73, in last month's election. Fletcher had been mayor since 1999 and a member of the village board for more than 20 years.

Be a star, buy a star

The Camillus Memorial Day Parade Committee encourages everyone to take part in their Be a Star, Buy a Star program. It only costs $10 to purchase an American flag, which will be placed at the gravesites of veteran's in our community. Flags will also be given to parade attendees, a proud local tradition. A contribution of $10 underwrites the cost of over 5,500 American flags. A star placed on the traditional "star board" at the Camillus town hall this May will recognize those who donate. Your family name, business, or a special "In Memory of" star will be displayed. So be a star and buy a star today!

The Camillus Veterans' Memorial Day Parade will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Monday May 28. Please send any and all contributions to the Camillus Memorial Day Parade Committee at 501 Clouds View Circle, Camillus NY 13031. Or call 468-2996.

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