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Baldwinsville residents go above and beyond

The August session of the Onondaga County Legislature was held Aug. 2. This month we had several appointments in support of the management of the county. First, Kevin Wisely, a past member of the Belgium Cold Springs Fire Department, was appointed as commissioner of emergency management. Wisely will take over for retiring Commissioner Peter Alberti, who had a long and distinguished career with Onondaga County. Alberti coordinated many emergency events throughout the county including the Labor Day storm that caused a large amount of destruction to the New York State Fairgrounds. I welcome Mr. Wisely and look forward to working with him.

Another Baldwinsville native, Hugh Kimball, was appointed to a county board, the Onondaga County Council on Environmental Health. Kimball has served the Town of Lysander well on several boards, both past and present and will be a great addition to the Environmental Health Council. I want to thank Kimball for donating his time to this important board.

At the beginning of the legislative session, we took a moment to honor another Baldwinsville resident, Michael Chura. Chura is a past member of the Belgium Cold Spring Fire Department and the Moyers Corners Fire Department. He is currently a chief for the City of Syracuse Fire Department. While Chura and his family were on their way to the New Jersey shore, they observed that a vehicle had overturned on the New Jersey Turnpike. The vehicle was upside down, on fire, with a woman trapped inside. Chura pulled over and used his training to remove the women from the burning car just before it became fully engulfed in flames. The Legislature presented Chura with a Gold Seal Proclamation, thanking him for his heroism.

If you were to ever ask me why I have lived here in Onondaga County for over 35 years, you only have to look at this article and realize the people in our little corner of the county really care about their community and the people that reside in it. We are very fortunate.

Rich Lesniak represents the first district, which includes the Town of Lysander and the western portion of Clay. Rich welcomes constituent feedback; he can be contacted at 638-8373.

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