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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.

Mayor Serafin, Judge Greenman say goodbye at an emotional Manlius village board meeting

Manlius Mayor Mark-Paul Serafin took his seat at the head of the table for the last time on March 26 at the village board meeting. In an uncharacteristically short meeting, which lasted only 55 minutes, the board covered a few quick topics, but Judge Joe Greenman’s and Serafin’s goodbye speeches easily stole the show as the highlights of the meeting.

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Whorrall Wins

Citizens’ Party sweeps Manlius election, Tackman is East Syracuse mayor and Hughes wins Fayetteville justice race

Paul Whorrall and his Citizens’ Party easily beat out Mark- Paul Serafin and the Vision Party Tuesday night in what will most likely go down in Manlius village history as one of the most controversial elections ever. Whorrall topped Serafin 869 votes to 198 votes in an election that saw a tremendous voter turnout in the village.

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Village election 2013 results

Citizens' Party sweeps Manlius, Hughes and Tackman win Fayetteville and East Syracuse respectively

Paul Whorrall and the Citizens' Party swept Manlius Tuesday night, winning the mayoral candidacy as well as all three open trustee spots and the village justice seat. Robert Tackman won in the East Syracuse mayoral race and Jim Hughes won in Fayetteville and is the new village justice.

Election Day 2013 cheat sheet

Each candidate speaks out on why they're the best for their potential position and what they plan to do if elected

Today is Election Day and long-time elected officials Tom Miller and Danny Leidka are out, making way for a new Fayetteville village justice and East Syracuse mayor. And in perhaps one of the most controversial local elections in recent history, Paul Whorrall and his Citizen’s Party team are taking on Manlius mayor Mark-Paul Serafin and his Vision Party candidates for their shot at new leadership in the village of Manlius. The only question is… who are you voting for?

Election Day Polling Locations and Times

Poll locations in East Syracuse, Fayetteville, and Manlius

The polls are open today from noon to 9PM on Fayetteville, 6AM to 9PM in Manlius, and from 10AM to 9PM in East Syracuse. Here is a list of polling locations by village:

Chittenango police chief arrested

Jeffrey Paul charged with two felonies and relieved of his duties

Madison County Sheriff’s investigators have arrested a long-serving Madison County Police Chief. Jeffrey Paul, 53, of Canastota, Chief of the Chittenango Police Department, was arrested this morning and charged with two counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a Class E Felony.

Skaneateles School District to extend superintendent search

High school, middle school principals, curriculum coordinators set to retire

The Skaneateles Board of Education announced March 8 that it will not hire a new superintendent of schools this year, in part due to the retirement of four administrators in the district.

Madison County Sheriff’s Office investigating Chittenango police chief

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office recently executed search warrants in at the Village of Chittenango Police Department and Chittenango Village Offices as part of an ongoing investigation of Chittenango Chief of Police Jeffrey Paul.

Manlius village planning board rules Ironwood and Café 119 have adequate parking

In the wake of the Manlius village board’s discussions of the parking situation concerning the lot behind the 100 block of East Seneca St., the owner of the private lot, Mike Magley, wrote a letter to the planning board citing the village code and Ironwood and Café 119’s alleged violations concerning it. The planning board discussed the issue at its March 6 meeting and came to the conclusion that neither business was in the wrong by failing to present a parking plan when each respective owner appeared before the board.

Former town of Manlius court clerk charged with stealing over $122,000

Kim Amidon appeared in Pompey town court Tuesday night

Kim Amidon, of Lafayette, appeared in Pompey town court on March 5 after being accused of stealing more than $122,000 of bail and fine money the day before.

22 year old man dead after car crash in Pompey

Sheriff’s deputies have identified Tyler Masters (22), of 7987 5 Road West, as the driver killed in this morning’s crash. This morning at approximately 3:30 am, Sheriff’s deputies responded to Route 91, just south of Bush Road, to investigate a one car crash. Deputies report that Masters was traveling south on Route 91 in a 1998 GMC Jimmy, when he drifted off the roadway and struck a tree. Rescue crews from the Pompey Hill Fire Department responded and paramedics pronounced Masters dead at the scene.