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Monforte: Tentative town budget includes ‘significant’ tax increase

The tentative Cazenovia town budget was officially submitted this past Monday, Sept. 30, to the town clerk, and town residents may not be happy with its contents. “We are looking at a substantial increase in taxes” ranging from 15 to 30 percent for the 2014 fiscal year, said town Supervisor Ralph Monforte, who is also town budget officer.

UPDATE: LHS lockdown lifted

UPDATE: The lockdown at the LHS campus has been lifted as of 9:45 a.m. We still do not know the nature of the verbal threat that caused the lockdown, but we will continue investigating and bring you that information as soon as we can.

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Arrest made in Lakeland Park graffiti case

Local teen turns self in, police suspect more perpetrators

Cazenovia Village Police have arrested a local, 16-year-old male in connection with the Lakeland Park Bathhouse graffiti incident from last week. The teen, whose name cannot be released because he is a minor, was charged with a Class E felony for criminal mischief and will be arraigned in Cazenovia Village Court on Sept. 4. If convicted, a Class E felony is punishable by up to four years in prison.

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South Dakota man indicted in Spindler death

The man who struck and killed 25-year-old Cazenovia native Maegan Spindler with his minivan in Pickstown, S.D., on July 8 has been indicted by a Charles Mix County South Dakota Grand Jury on multiple counts of manslaughter, vehicular homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and faces life in prison if convicted.

Dyce to get a full year’s salary after resignation

According to the severance agreement between the North Syracuse Central School District and former superintendent Dr. Kim Dyce Faucette, Dyce will continue to get her salary payments for up to the next year and a half. The agreement, released Friday, outlined the buyout agreement between Dyce and the district after Dyce announced her resignation July 12. It states that Dyce will continue to receive salary payments totaling $182,000 until July 12, 2014. Dyce must make a “good faith” effort to find a job that pays at least $165,000; if she is unable to do so by July 12, she will continue to receive salary payments for six months, not to exceed $91,000.

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.