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Good news for Brewerton and the town of Cicero

— On June 11, the Cicero Town Board unanimously voted to move forward with the next phase of the Brewerton Revitalization Project. This portion of the project will include acquisition of two parcels of land that sit adjacent to Riverfront Park (just on your left prior to the bridge heading north over the Oneida River on Route 11) and expansion of the walkway and docking area along the river. These improvements will be ADA-compliant and will encourage more visitors to the park and create an atmosphere whereby boaters will be able to easily access the hamlet of Brewerton to shop and dine.

These efforts have been ongoing and since January of 2012, when the project was revived, by moving forward to obtain the necessary approvals from state permitting authorities. The countless, meetings with state, county, our team of professionals and town department heads to move the project forward were extensive. In 2013 we were able to utilize $102,400 in county community development monies that were in jeopardy for the park improvements that you see there now, including lighting benches, walking trail and more. The improvements that were made last year will surely complement the next phase which the board approved.

Lastly, without the support of the majority of the town board during 2012 and 2013 we would not have been able to replenish the dwindling fund balance and save $1.5 million in 2012 and an additional $500,000 when the books were closed for 2013. Without saving and building a healthy reserve fund, the monies would not have been available to continue with this project.

With progress being made it shows how working together with various levels of government and involving people from the community, like Helen Carol Dick Flaherty and Nick Chervinsky, much can be accomplished.

Thank you to all that have been and continue to be involved with this important project.

Jessica Zambrano is the supervisor for the town of Cicero, and Jim Corl is the Onondaga County legislator for the third district.

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