Diane Browning is the village of North Syracuse Deputy Mayor. Browning was appointed to the Board of Trustees four years ago and in the next election was elected in to finish out the remaining year of the term. After the election, Browning was appointed Senior Advocate to the village as well as Deputy Mayor.
"My life is pretty much an open book," Browning said. "If you know me, you know me."
As Senior Advocate Browning says that her main responsibility is being there for North Syracuse's senior citizens. Browning aids seniors with anything from helping them fill out applications, notifying them about eligibility for different state and county programs that are available to them to making sure they have rides to the supermarket.
When citizens began coming to Browning three years ago with travel issues, she approached the situation proactively. Today, compliments of the Central New York Regional Transportation Authority and P&C, the village's senior citizens no longer have to worry about transportation. Centro Bus Service has been made available through the two companies at no cost to the seniors every Tuesday.
The bus transports everyone to the P&C located at Pitcher Hill.
The buses go to the Pitcher Hill Apartments, Maloney Manor, Malta Manor and Centerville Court, all senior housing units, between 11:30 a.m. and noon on Tuesdays. The buses leave P&C between 1 and 1:30 p.m. depending on which housing unit you hail from.
Senior programs now available from the village of North Syracuse range from tax relief, healthcare, form assistance, state park passes, and community discounts to employment.
If you are unable to purchase smoke detectors and alarms, calling Diane can lead you in the right direction, a program for this specific situation is overseen by Browning. Cell phones are also now available to seniors for emergency purposes. There is no charge for the donated phones that may only be used to call 911.