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Village names bridge in honor of Assemblyman Magee

New York State Assemblyman Bill Magee, left, stands beside Village of Cazenovia Mayor Kurt Wheeler, Tioga Construction Project Engineer Charlie Sirowatka, Village Engineer John Dunkle and Greg Sgromo of Dunn and Sgromo Engineering, after the signage for the newly-named bridge was unveiled on June 29.

New York State Assemblyman Bill Magee, left, stands beside Village of Cazenovia Mayor Kurt Wheeler, Tioga Construction Project Engineer Charlie Sirowatka, Village Engineer John Dunkle and Greg Sgromo of Dunn and Sgromo Engineering, after the signage for the newly-named bridge was unveiled on June 29. Photo by Pierce Smith.

— “This was my first foray into local politics. I started attending meetings, I wrote a letter to Kurt and read it at a public meeting, I distributed it to my neighbors on Burton Street and started making phone calls to families that had children and had been impacted by the 18-wheeler traffic and bucket truck traffic,” Hartley said. “We’re just very lucky that they have this relationship that works so effectively. The [replacement of the bridge] was completed in record time.”

Before ending the dedication ceremony, Wheeler also thanked the students of Cazenovia High School who raised money for the bridge before Magee had secured the grant. A letter writing campaign, promotional video, collection cans at sporting events and bake sale yielded about $100, all of which was put toward the bridge repair.

Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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