Village of Camillus moves to amend election date

The terms of current Camillus village officials just got a little longer. More significantly, village expenses -- i.e. village taxpayer expenses -- just went down.

Both are a product of the village's Aug. 12 resolution to move the village election from March to November. The idea was suggested to Montero by Helen Kiggins of the Onondaga County Board of Elections.

"We are going to be issued new election machines, and running a village election in March is going to cost us anywhere from $1,200 to $1,500," Montero said to the board. "By simple resolution, subject to permissive referendum, we can move our village elections to the general election date and that's going to save us that money -- we never have to budget that money again."

"From a taxpayer's standpoint, it's a no-brainer," he added.

Under the resolution, the terms of all current officials are lengthened by eight months. Future term lengths are not affected by the change.

Montero noted the low turnout of the last March election -- "20 percent at best." He felt that moving the elections to November could help the village improve this number.

"You get more people involved because they're here anyway," he said.

The resolution was passed unanimously.

Aviation museum to land in Village Hall

John Luebs, Camillus resident and member of the Aviation Historical Society of CNY, came to village hall to request use of space for the organization's collection of materials from the Amboy Airport in Camillus, which operated from 1926 to 1949. He brought with him Pete Boyle, curator of the organization's collection.

"We have accumulated a very substantial amount of material -- photographs and documents and so forth -- from the airport," Luebs said. He noted that, as the official Syracuse airport, Amboy drew traffic from many prominent historical figures -- Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh among them.

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