2013: The year that was

According to the email sent to the candidates, Mahoney chose Dudzinski for the position in order to avoid the elevation of Deputy Supervisor Jessica Zambrano, a registered Democrat, to the position of supervisor.

“I heard from about 50 people, many of them Cicero Republican Committee members,” Mahoney wrote. “While the majority were to endorse a candidate, there was also a concern from a good number of them that an appointment of Jim would elevate a non-Republican to the role of supervisor. That is something many members of the committee indicated they did not want.”

Corl was elected to the seat in November.


NSCSD football coach resigns

North Syracuse Central School District Steve Ellis submitted his resignation as the district’s head varsity football coach. Ellis said his decision to resign as the head varsity football coach was motivated by his continued health issues, resulting from a serious injury he sustained while teaching physical education. Due to Ellis’ current status in his recovery, he felt his resignation at this time is in the best interests of the students involved in the district’s football program.

The district appointed Joe Sindoni as his replacement.

WRE librarian murdered, girl assaulted on VerPlank Road

Lori Bresnahan was attacked the night of Thursday, March 14, while leaving a gymnastics class at Great Northern Mall with a 10-year-old child. David Renz, 29, of Cicero, forced his way into Bresnahan’s car, bound her and sexually assaulted the child, then drove them to VerPlank Road, where his car was waiting. The child was able to escape and was helped by a passing motorist. Meanwhile, Bresnahan suffered several stab wounds and later died at Upstate University Hospital.

Renz pleaded guilty to murder and rape in July, with the agreement that he will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. But under that agreement, he would be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea if federal prosecutors decide the case was death-penalty eligible. With no decision yet, the Nov. 1 sentencing was pushed back to Jan. 10.

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