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Dyce resigns

At a special meeting of the North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education, the board announced that Superintendent Dr. Kim Dyce Faucette has resigned. After a 30-minute executive session, Board President Pat Carbone made a resolution to approve the separation agreement between Dyce and the district. The board unanimously approved the resolution.

Manlius police arrest level three sex offender outside of Pine Grove Middle School

The town of Manlius Police Department arrested a level three sex offender, Terry Jandrew, 56, of 713, Lodi Street, Syracuse. At 8:36 a.m. on July 11, the police received a citizen complaint regarding Jandrew. He was seen in the area of Kirkville Road near the access road to Pine Grove Middle School.

Town declares state of emergency due to flooding

Power boating on Cazenovia lake suspended

The Town of Cazenovia has declared a state of emergency on Cazenovia Lake due to unprecedented water levels which are causing erosion and property damage.

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Superintendent Dubik announces retirement after 2013-14 year

Robert S. Dubik, superintendent of schools for Cazenovia Central School District since 2004, will retire when his current contract expires at the end of the 2013-14 academic year. Dubik informed members of the Cazenovia Board of Education of his plans at their June 17 meeting. He notified district staff during an end-of-year celebration June 21.

DeWitt town board passes resolution against redirecting I-81 traffic

At its June 10 meeting, the DeWitt town board voted unanimously to pass a resolution which reinforces the idea of looking towards other options for the I-81 project instead of redirecting traffic east of the city of Syracuse on I-481. In May, state officials said they had narrowed the "feasible" choices for the interstate to either rebuilding the bridge that runs through Syracuse or replacing it with a street-level boulevard, similar to Erie Boulevard, and rerouting highway traffic around the city.

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Election Results: Mann, Koennecke win village trustee election

Absentee ballots bring the final vote difference to seven votes

Amy Mann and Fritz Koennecke have been elected to the Cazenovia Village Board of Trustees. Final results: Mann - 226; Koennecke - 205; Peggy Van Arnam 198. There were 21 absentee ballots. The results were officially certified by the Madison County Board of Elections at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Tempers flare at East Syracuse board meeting over taxes

Village will hold annual fireworks show July 13

About 40 people packed the board room in the East Syracuse municipal building on June 3 for the village’s monthly meeting. The topic of the village’s recently – cancelled fireworks was on the agenda, but that wasn’t what brought the masses in. They were all there because they had just received their first tax bill of the 2013-14 fiscal year - and the fact that they will all have to pay 22 percent more than last year has finally hit home.

Voters approve Liverpool school budget

In Liverpool, voters approved the budget by a vote of 1,151 to 651. The $135 million budget, which restored several positions cut in previous budgets as well as foreign languages at the seventh-grade level, called for a 4.71 percent tax increase, which, accounting for PILOTS, new construction and other factors, falls within the tax cap.

DeWitt town board votes to ban hydrofracking

After three years of discussion and research by board members, the DeWitt town board voted to ban hydrofracking and oil exploration throughout the town on May 13. All seven members agreed that town board’s commitment to protecting the health, safety and welfare of its residents could be put into jeopardy by the possible health and environmental risks posed by fracking.

Village planning board to ok zone change for brewery

Four-hour meeting adjourns with agreement but no approval vote

The village planning board will recommend that Empire Brewing Company’s application for a zone change on its Route 13 property from residential to light industrial/agricultural use be approved with conditions by the village board of trustees, the planning board members agreed at their May 13 meeting. The exact conditions for the approval, however, have not been finalized, and the board’s vote to officially approve its recommendation will not occur until Thursday, May 16.

Manlius adopts a 4% tax increase for 2013-14 budget

Residents will pay 30 cents more than last year

After a public hearing on April 15, the Manlius village board gathered again on April 30 to present the finalized 2013-14 budget, which calls for a tax rate of $7.90 per $1,000 of assessed home value. This increase is 30 cents more than last year, and means a resident with a home assessed at $100,000 will pay $32 more starting on June 1.

East Syracuse taxpayers will pay 22 percent more this year

Village cancels annual fireworks show

For the first time in many years, residents of the village of East Syracuse will have to venture elsewhere for their July fireworks, as the celebration was nixed from the budget is an effort to lower the tax rate. Taxpayers will be reaching even further into their pockets as this year’s tax rate is $16.41 per $1,000 of assessed home value, meaning that a house assessed at $100,000 calls for an extra $291 this year.

ESM 2013-14 proposed budget reduces spending, no layoffs expected

The East Syracuse Minoa CSD Board of Education was presented a proposed budget on April 22 by the Superintendent for the 2013-14 school year that reduces total spending over the current year and increases the tax levy by 2.59% – a result that is well below the district's permissible tax levy cap.

Dewitt man dead after a motorcycle crash on James Street

The Syracuse Police Department responded to a reported car/motorcycle crash that occurred at about 8:05 PM last night at the intersection of James St. at Sedgewick St. Upon arrival, officers located a male who appeared to have sustained serious injuries after the 2009 Aprilia motorcycle he was operating struck another vehicle. The male who was later identified as 38 year old Benjamin Koss of Dewitt, was immediately transported to Upstate Hospital for medical attention, but Koss later died as a result of his injuries.

Proposed East Syracuse budget calls for a 26% increase in taxes

Tax rate would be the highest in the county at $17.01

Mayor Robert Tackman announced the proposed 2013-14 budget at a public hearing on April 15 to a crowd of East Syracuse village residents who were less than pleased with the numbers. Under the proposed budget, residents would be paying $17.01 per $100,000 of their property’s assessed value. This jump in taxes would make East Syracuse the highest-taxed municipality in the county (Solvay had the highest in 2012-13 with a $13.61 tax rate) and would cost residents about 26 percent more each year.