Cicero Whenever I’m speaking with residents, it is not uncommon to hear comments such as, “I never know what’s going on in the town,” or “Why doesn’t the town send us information?” Legitimate questions, I agree, and I am strongly committed to the town maintaining active involvement with residents. Although I would like to tell people that we mail newsletters to households, the budget just doesn’t support that. Instead, we rely on the Star-Review and on internet services that have no fee.
Shortly after taking office this past January, we rolled out a new design for our website at ciceronewyork.net, providing support for personal computers, tablets, and smart phones. As part of that, I wanted the format of the website changed so that all important announcements were immediately visible from the main page. To provide the special services that residents want accessible for parks and recreation offerings, we also now have a website solely for that department. With feedback we had received, we now have quick links to all departments from the town’s main page, plus a direct link to our several newsletters.
Speaking of newsletters, are you a subscriber? We are proud to offer a widely-respected e-policing newsletter from our Cicero police that announces recent crimes and safety tips. This newsletter has been serving our residents for more than eight years and has been a role model for other police departments.
Are you interested in the town’s recreational activities offered by our parks and recreation department? We have a newsletter that will keep you apprised of all opportunities being offered. Are you a senior citizen? We have your interests covered in a seniors’ newsletter.
Facebook? Yes, we’re there; we’ve been there for more than two years. Following the town on Facebook is the fastest way to stay abreast of issues. Example: on the morning of Aug. 6, I received a bulletin from the county health department for immediate dissemination regarding the EEE virus. Followers on Facebook had the information within the hour. The final tax assessment role announcement? Likewise.
Questions on town business? We have agendas and minutes from town board meetings, planning board meetings and Zoning Board of Appeals on the town website, going back years. Of course, you’re always welcome to attend town board meetings. These are true “town hall” meetings where business issues are presented and residents can voice their concerns. So, could we communicate better? I’m sure we could and I am always seeking more ideas. Until then, please investigate our offerings. Links to everything in this article are on the main page at ciceronework.net. And you can always call my office at 699-1414.