Star-News Year in Review

By Brett Findlay

Another year come and gone. As we get ready to step into 2008, the Star-News would like to take this opportunity to look back upon 2007. The following will be brief overviews of the major local events that transpired in the past twelve months.


Cicero and Manlius 'duke it out' over adult business designation

Lawmakers in Cicero found a spot in town to put adult businesses after a decade of looking, but officials from Manlius cried foul.

At its Dec. 29 meeting the Cicero town board passed a resolution that confined adult entertainment businesses to a remote part of Oxbow Road. Reaching that designated zone requires passage through Manlius before curving back to Cicero.

"This board took on a very difficult issue, and we are acting in the best interest of the town residents," Cicero Supervisor Chet Dudzinski said.

"I'd like to have the officials of Cicero come out here and explain what they're doing to some of the residents (Manlius), that's all," said Manlius Supervisor Henry Chapman.

After talking it over with the town board and legal counsel, Dudzinski said a sit-down would do more harm than good. He emphasized that any business that moves into the designated zone will have to adhere to a plethora of stringent regulations.

Roy Mallette confronts Cicero

Roy Mallette sat down for an interview with the Star-News and expressed his concern about his taxation battle with the town of Cicero. Since then, he filed suit against the town, citing "a gross misassessment of his property on East Taft Road.

In 88 years, Mallette said he left the town limits but once, and said in all those years he had never been more dissatisfied with local government. A former town official himself, many in the town's political ranks wondered if he was boiling bad blood. Cicero officials wouldn't comment on the matter and neither would Mallette's attorney.

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