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East Syracuse mayor, trustees get sworn in

Dan Liedka, who ran unopposed for mayor in the March village elections, was sworn in to serve his second term at the April 6 East Syracuse Village Board meeting. Judge Donald Benack, and trustees Jodi Gehrke-Turner and Chad Tolhurst were also inducted. Officials will serve four-year terms.

Special guests at the ceremony included Fifth Judicial District Administrative Judge James C. Tormey III, Town of DeWitt Justice David Gideon, Town of DeWitt Counselor (and former East Syracuse village mayor) Lorene McCoy Dadey and EAVES Vice President Liz Barrett.

Public hearing set

The East Syracuse Village Board will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Monday April 20 concerning a proposed local law about the licensing of pawnbrokers in the village of East Syracuse.

Liedka said the village is working with Village Attorney Robert Germain and Police Chief Don Morris for a way to address the situation in the village. The reason the village has pawnshops, Liedka added, is because the village has no laws regulating their activities.

"As it stands, a criminal could steal something, and bring it to the shop," Liedka said. "They can turn around and sell it immediately. This isn't the norm elsewhere, and is the reason why they are in the village in the first place. They saw the opportunity, and took advantage of it."

According to the minutes, Morris has reported numerous instances when stolen items were brought to the pawnbroker and sold within hours.

The proposed law will required items be held for a period of time and identify the person that turned in the item.

"We need to have a law that protects the property owner," Liedka said. "It is working in other areas, we need it to work in East Syracuse. The law will protect the property owner, the shop owner and not the thief."

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