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Cicero: Fizz from the biz'

On Monday, Jan. 28 town of Cicero Supervisor Chet Dudzinski continued to sign letters to bottling companies. He'd began his quest on Friday, a quest to bring a bottling company to the town of Cicero.

"Probably one of the most important local asset that we've never taken advantage of is our abundant water supply, Lake Ontario," Dudzinski said. "Any company that hooks in can hook into the public water system."

And such is the selling point for Dudzinski and the town of Cicero. Thus far the town has sent out 300 letters to bottling companies throughout the United States.

"Soda, water, beer, any beverage companies that we can find we are sending letters to," he said.

So besides the water supply, what else does the town of Cicero have to offer bottling companies interested in coming to the area?

"The Interstate road system, 481, 690 and 81 including the Thruway all of which are in close proximity to Hancock Airport," Dudzinski said. "Especially with the cost of fuel now, if you had a product that was selling it would be to anybody's advantage to locate a new facility that cuts costs on fuels, for distribution purposes alone."

What would a bottling plant mean to the town of Cicero?

"Number one is jobs, and to just broaden our commercial tax base," he said. "We have a good education system but we don't have the jobs to support it. We need more companies like Syracuse Research, Lockheed Martin and Censis amongst others in the area."

So if indeed a company does decide to come to the Cicero area, where would they go?

"The Northern Boulevard corridor is only one mile from 481," Dudzinski said. "Which in turn will get you to the thruway and then to Hancock, which will all get clients to your facility."

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