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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: With new speaker comes opportunity for meaningful reform

It is a tumultuous time in the New York Assembly. Long-time serving Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver has been arrested for public corruption.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Art on the agenda for ‘Love Your Library’ month

Art, practical and otherwise, is on the agenda this Love Your Library month. Our art gallery will be showing works by Baker High Students and our shelving carts will be decorated to fit the Love Your Library theme. Come on down and enjoy.

REMEMBERING CLAY: The Rev. Canon Nelson B. Skinner, SSC, SKCM

Twenty years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a friendly, outgoing personable man at the annual Clay tree lighting and children’s Christmas party at Moyers Corners Fire Department. He said his name was Nelson. When I asked later who he was, I was told, “Why, he’s the priest of the Anglican Church on Morgan Road, the old Methodist-Episcopal church founded by Abraham Morgan in 1839. Also, he is chaplain of our Fire Department.” He was so down-to-earth and genuinely interested in everything in the town of Clay.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Neediest children, oldest adults deserve our help

They say you can judge a society’s worth by the way it treats its neediest children and its oldest adults. With its schools, playgrounds and parks and its clean and caring senior-citizen facilities, Liverpool measures up admirably.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Continuing the fight for tougher ethics reform

This week we saw a historic moment as we voted for the assembly’s first African-American speaker, Carl E. Heastie. As he made clear, one of Speaker Heastie’s top priorities is instituting much-needed ethics reform. I’ve been fighting for tougher measures to crack down on elected officials who violate the public’s trust because public officials are elected to serve the people – not betray their confidence.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Governor’s budget provides starting point for negotiations; overshadowed by Albany controversy

Last week, the governor presented his State of the State address. This annual tradition, much like the president’s State of Union address, is an opportunity for the governor to set forth his priorities for the upcoming state legislative session. The State of the State address is usually in the beginning of January but this year it was appropriately delayed due to the passing of the governor’s father.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: The Beatles will always be the best

Paul Davie grew up in the Southern Tier town of Sidney, but now that he’s grown up he lives in Liverpool. A longtime rock and roll musician who plays guitar, bass and harmonica, Davie settled here in 2006 because he’s obsessed with the Beatles, the British pop combo that hailed from Liverpool, England.

NOPL News: Give green to grow greens

NOPL @ Cicero is looking for support to improve the accessibility and irrigation of the LibraryFarm. Adrienne Canino, NOPL @ Cicero’s coordinator for the LibraryFarm, started an online Growing Drive Jan. 19 to help fund and promote the cause throughout our community.

Library focus: Find love at your library

We have lots of reasons to love your library this month including a weekend carnival for the kids, a Valentine weekend book giveaway and Valentine’s Day films for all ages and lots of programs to ward off cabin fever during the mid-winter school break week. Come on down any day and discover your own reason.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Federal investigators trap Albany’s Silver fox

Former Cicero Assemblyman Michael Bragman sure looks good in retrospect.  Bragman’s nemesis, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, was arrested on federal corruption charges Jan. 22.

NOPL news: Forgiveness, fun and frugality

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, NOPL is excited to announce the return of our popular “Food for Fines” program.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Upgraded transmission lines needed to improve energy infrastructure

A 2012 report created by the Energy Highway Task Force, a task force led by key representatives from the fields of energy, environmental conservation and economic development, cited the critical need for improving transmission lines across the state. 

LIBRARY FOCUS: Come into BPL and escape the cold

First comes the Big Chill, a near guarantee of unseasonable weather, and then winter break for the students in our audience. In other words, there are lots of reasons to come to the library and stock up, study up or simply escape without investing in long distance travel. In fact we even have the resources to help you plan your trip if you have the resources to take it.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: A new year brings new laws

With each new year, we look forward to changes and improvements in our communities. Many of these will come with new laws that went into effect in our state on Jan. 1, 2015. I’d like to highlight some of the laws that I feel will benefit our local families by growing our economy and keeping our community healthy and safe.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Heroin rears its ugly head right here in the village

Are we trying to close the barn door after the horse has bolted? Liverpool Police Officer Jerry Unger thinks so. Heroin abuse, he said, has hit the village with a vengeance.