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KeyBank promotes Mitchell to commercial banking sales leader in CNY

KeyBank announced last week that Steve Mitchell has been promoted to Commercial Banking Sales Leader in Central New York. Mitchell will be responsible for leading Key’s Commercial Banking team and growing the commercial banking franchise in the Central New York Market. “Steve has a long and accomplished history of success in the banking industry and with Key,” said Hugh Donlon, regional sales executive for KeyBank’s Eastern New York Region. “This change will help focus our efforts and improve our execution in Commercial Banking in the Eastern New York Region.”

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Brewster Inn tentative expansion plans presented at latest Western Gateway public hearing

At the second public hearing in seven days concerning the village’s proposed rezoning of Ledyard Avenue into a “Western Gateway” development district, Brewster Inn owner Richard Hubbard offered some new information into the discussion by having his architect present a brief slideshow of the tentative Brewster Inn expansion plans. Hubbard’s plan is to purchase the houses at 8 and 10 Ledyard Ave. — formerly a single-property house and carriage barn — directly next door to the Brewster Inn at 6 Ledyard Ave., and create a new Brewster Inn overnight wedding and dining venue.

Cicero looks to revise sign code

In order to make their town more business-friendly, members of the Cicero Town Board are looking to revise the town code pertaining to signs.

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Cazenovia H&R Block named one of top 100 franchise branches in U.S.

The Cazenovia branch of H&R Block was recently named one of the top 100 H&R Block franchises out of 4,500 in the United States. The recognition was given for having some of the highest client satisfaction and business growth numbers in the company.

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Phase I of Brewerton Revitalization Project unveiled

After eight years of waiting, the residents of Brewerton are finally seeing progress on the revitalization of the hamlet. Town and state officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 2 to commemorate the completion of Phase I of the Brewerton Revitalization Project, which includes picnic tables, new streetlights, a 400-foot brick walkway and benches along the riverfront. The improvements cost a total of $102,400, which was made possible through matching grants to the town of Cicero, in-kind services from local businesses and town departments and donations from Brewerton residents.

Ledyard Avenue neighbors continue to oppose Western Gateway proposal

After three public meetings and three proposal drafts, Ledyard Avenue residents remain opposed to the proposed new law that would change the zoning on their street — what is being called the “Western Gateway district” — to allow for more and varied building uses in the area. Continuing to question not only the reason, but also the motivations, behind the proposal, project opponents filled the village board meeting room last week to continue to press for the withdrawal of the law, or, at the very least, significant revisions, clarifications and changes to the proposed language.

Change is the name of the game in banking

This month, Seneca Federal Savings and Loan Association, celebrating 85 years of service locally, will change its name to Seneca Savings. The old hometown bank has locations at 105 Second St. in Liverpool, 201 N. Main St. in North Syracuse and another one in Baldwinsville.

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Manlius Town Board may be considering potential sites for new town hall

Since the Manlius, Minoa and Fayetteville Police Departments consolidated in 1985 into the Manlius Police Department, the Town of Manlius has toyed with the idea of bringing the police department and the town offices together into one building in a centralized location.

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Brian Tait funeral directing license suspended for six months

State health department takes action 18 months after Tait pleads guilty to two misdemeanor charges

Tait Funeral Home director Brian Tait has had his license to practice funeral directing suspended for six months by the state health department, the result of his 2012 guilty pleas to two misdemeanors stemming from his arrest for subjecting a number of his female employees to inappropriate physical exams.

RMS receives approval for ACO surveys

RMS achieves approval as a survey vendor for Accountable Care Organizations

Baldwinsville based Research & Marketing Strategies, Inc. (RMS) is pleased to announce that it has received conditional approval from the Center of Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) for ACOs Survey Project Team as a vendor for the 2014-15 survey administration. The approval allows RMS to administer the CAHPS for ACO survey on behalf of Accountable Care Organizations who are required to conduct the survey as part of their participation in the Medicare programs.

Zoning board moves Owera code enforcement appeal hearing to July 28

It will be another three weeks before the town Zoning Board of Appeals considers the appeal of Owera Vineyards over a decision by the town codes enforcement officer denying Owera’s plans for a June 10 event. The delay in the case — originally heard by the board on June 23 — was decided after the CEO’s attorney filed a motion for the ZBA to dismiss the appeal altogether as “untimely,” claiming that Owera had missed the 60-day appeal deadline as required by law.

Proposed changes to Fayetteville zoning code leave residents concerned

A proposed amendment to a zoning chapter in the village of Fayetteville could change the rules that outline who can operate a business out of some of the village’s oldest homes.

From the mayor: Preserving our future

There are many exciting new initiatives taking shape this year. This is not an accident, but part of a conscious effort to choose a constructive, sustainable path for our community. In 2011, the village of Cazenovia celebrated its 200th anniversary, an inspiring legacy of history and continuity. Yet community leaders simultaneously face major challenges related to infrastructure, demographics and revenue. Meeting those challenges will require vision, teamwork and shared commitment to forging a path that connects our heritage to our future.

County-village agreement OKs public use of Griffin, Salt Museum lots

At its June 16 meeting, the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees approved two measures designed to encourage development on the basin block bounded by First and South Willow streets and Lake Drive. They passed a local law allowing site review applicants — who must demonstrate that enough nearby parking exists to accommodate customers — to count parking spaces located on-street and/or in municipal parking lots within 500 feet of the site. The new law, Local Law C, allows site-plan applicants to count up to 50 percent of their required parking that way.

Side Hill Farmers expand and innovate

Larger retail location opens with more local products and interactive space

The 2014 culinary forecast is in: according to more than 1,000 chefs surveyed by the National Restaurant Association, locally sourced meats are the most sought-after food item in the country. The farm-to-table movement has energized chefs and consumers alike to demand more local, quality foods. Indeed, the most recent census shows farms selling directly to consumers increased sales by more than 300 percent since 1992, and are growing twice as fast as the country’s total agricultural sales.