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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Industrial development agencies key to economic growth

I supported a resolution at our March legislative session that is very important to Onondaga County’s future economic development. This resolution recognizes the vital role that local industrial development agencies (IDAs) play in New York State to create jobs and encourage economic growth.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: New York has highest tax burdens in the nation

Recent findings by the Tax Foundation, a Washington-based research organization, should serve as a reminder to the State Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo during this year’s budget negotiations that New York needs to decrease spending, reduce state mandates and cut property and income taxes.

Lysander addresses county’s land plan concerns

The town of Lysander continues to tweak its revised Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

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Moore appointed vice president of development and executive director of OCC foundation

Onondaga Community College announced that it has appointed Lisa R. Moore as vice president of development and executive director of the OCC Foundation.

Details released for proposed apartment project in Fayetteville

Developers of a proposed apartment complex aimed at “empty-nesters and young professionals” on 547 E. Genesee St. in Fayetteville presented a planned unit development (P.U.D) application at the March 9 Fayetteville Village Board meeting.

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Former Caz Fitness building undergoing renovations

Albany Street building to revert to retail, office space

When Caz Fitness closed its doors at 51 Albany St. in early February, local residents wondered why and what would occupy the space instead. Current construction activity in the building and “For Rent” signs in the windows have only increased the curiosity. The new owner of the building at 51 Albany St., Eric Burrell, said he is now ready to make public his plans. He is renovating the structure to create retail space on the first floor and office space on the second and third floors.

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Public hearing set for ‘cruise ship on land’ senior living center in Manlius

A public hearing has been set for Wednesday, March 25, for the proposed “cruise ship on land” Resort Lifestyle Communities senior living center, to be located at the corner of North Burdick Street and Medical Center Drive in the town of Manlius.

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Fit for a village

Workouts B’ville picks up where Riverside Fitness left off

The former Riverside Fitness Center is now under new ownership, but customers are staying the course at the village gym, according to Workouts B’ville manager Jamie Miccuci.

Lysander seals the deal for ice arena

The town of Lysander is finally hanging up its skates. The $550,000 sale of the Lysander Radisson Community Arena closed March 5. Back in January, the Lysander Town Board voted unanimously to approve a purchase offer from Rochester-based developer and property management firm DHD Ventures.

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Fayetteville-Manlius High School students to hold dance marathon to raise money for Camp Good Days and Special Times

On Saturday, March 21, from 4 to 8 p.m., Fayetteville-Manlius High School, along with campers from Camp Good Days and Special Times, will collaborate for Dance Marathon 2015 (FM DM).

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Owera Vineyards files suit in state supreme court against Cazenovia town planning board

The disagreement between Owera Vineyards and the Cazenovia town planning board over how the winery should be allowed to operate its business continued last week when Owera’s owners, Peter and Nancy Muserlian, filed suit in New York State Supreme Court against the town planning board. The Article 78 proceeding is a challenge to the planning board’s approval on Feb. 5 of Owera’s site plan application to construct a 6,300 square-foot permanent promotion and marketing facility on its East Lake Road property. That approval included numerous conditions on the business such as restrictions on hours of operations, number of events and number of people allowed per event in the building, as well as stipulations on how the winery must prove to the town that it is abiding by state agriculture and markets department rules — conditions which Owera claims in its lawsuit were not only “arbitrary and capricious” but also exceeded the planning board’s jurisdiction.

Lysander closes ice rink sale

The sale of the Lysander Radisson Community Arena from the town of Lysander to Rochester-based firm Home Ice 1 closed March 5.

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Junior’s Caz Bar keeping it local

Local restaurant and pub Junior’s Caz Bar at 64 Albany St. is coming up on its one-year anniversary on April 1. The milestone is not just an achievement for Junior’s, but is one that also benefits the various local businesses that Junior’s owner Geoff Zimmer Jr. works with and supports.

Auxiliary partnership makes large gift to Menorah Park residents

Thanks to a $70,000 donation, residents of Menorah Park’s Jewish Health and Rehabilitation Center will soon have brand new beds. The donation, a gift from the Auxiliary of Menorah Park, enabled the skilled nursing facility to purchase beds specially designed for seniors, and provide the utmost in comfort and safety.

Not your father’s regatta

USRowing Masters Regional Championships set to race June 28 on Onondaga Lake’s new seven-lane course

The second annual USRowing Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Masters Regional Championships hosted by the Syracuse Chargers Rowing Club Sunday, June 28, is unlikely to attract the same kind of crowd that flocked to the IRA races all those years ago.