Sure, you can read the minutes, catch the meeting on PAC-B a few days later or read the recaps in the Messenger, but there’s no replacement for being present when your elected officials hash out how to spend your tax dollars.
Over the past few weeks, the Eagle Bulletin has produced two stories relating to accusations by the F-M school board president that OCM BOCES has been violating a longstanding gentleman’s agreement. This agreement relates to how the 11 member seats on the board of education are split between the 23 component districts, namely, that the top five schools in terms of enrollment get their own seats and the remaining seats are shared by the remaining districts.
The topic of the three teens’ recent arrests for throwing homemade chemical “bombs” at a teacher’s home continues to be part of the Cazenovia community conversation. What interests us is how many people continue to defend the behavior of these boys who allegedly broke the law and could have seriously injured someone. We continue to hear comments in person and see comments online and in social media — such as the letter to the editor in this week’s issue — that say, “I’m not saying the boys did not do wrong, but…” and “I’m not trying to defend the boys’ behavior, but…” Ever and always, there is that “but” — that grammatical coordinating conjunction that people pretend does not mean they are excusing the boys’ behavior, when really that is exactly what they are trying to do.
You’d think, with some 16 percent of students statewide making a conscious choice not to take the exams, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Education Department might start to rethink their policies.
Last week, Manlius Town Attorney Tim Frateschi presented a draft resolution for a special use permit for Resort Lifestyle Communities to construct a senior living center on the corner of North Burdick Street and Medical Center Drive.
Everyone knew that Breanna Stewart was special when she roamed the local courts and led Cicero-North Syracuse to four consecutive Section III Class AA girls basketball titles and, as a senior, helped the Northstars sweep the state and Federation championships.
Animal abuse doesn’t justify online cruelty
What the Lashers have been charged with is inexcusably cruel. While animal lovers have every right to be angry about the treatment Hope endured and the leniency of animal cruelty laws in New York state, there are more positive and productive ways to vent that energy rather than spewing hateful comments online.
Last weekend’s high school drama club production of “Singin’ in the Rain” was an amazing production of great acting, well-executed singing and dancing and impressive live orchestral accompaniment. All the performers in the show, musicians in the pit, stage and production crews and production staff deserve the standing ovation they received Saturday night, and can be rightly proud of an impressive accomplishment.
As an interesting exercise in recent weeks, we have been looking into the demographics of the village of Cazenovia and the surrounding greater Cazenovia area. The intention, from a business standpoint, was to see who exactly our readers are and if we are reaching everyone and writing about every interest they have. From an academic standpoint, we found this just plain fascinating to see the numbers.
Last week’s State of the Area event was as excellent and educational as always — but a bit more sobering than in past years. While there continue to be positive happenings in our area — such as popular community events, municipal achievements and success in keeping taxes low — the impacts of Washington and Albany politics on the quality of our lives was disturbing. U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna’s stark assessment of Washington partisanship and gridlock was, while not surprising, still frustrating to hear; while Cazenovia CSD Superintendent Matt Reilly’s warning of our district’s dire financial circumstance and the need for all residents to stand up and demand the refunding of our stolen aid from our state legislators was saddening.
We always find it amazing how quickly each year passes away, and one great mental exercise is to sit and think about the top news stories of the year — for us we mean locally in Cazenovia, but it works just as well with national and international news and events. Can you remember the biggest events of the past year? It is more difficult than one would think.
It’s coming up on budget time again, and the outlook for the Cazenovia Central School District is … dismal. It may be fair to say catastrophic. We have all been forewarned by the district that unless something changes, there will be severe budget cuts to school programs and staff, and, although it has not been stated, it is logical to surmise there will be high tax increases. This is not the fault of our district administrators or our school board members. This is the fault of our state government.
For too long, New York’s system for drawing electoral maps has been broken. Under current legislation, members of the New York State Legislature draw the lines for legislative and congressional districts. Those lines are redrawn every 10 years by a committee made up of sitting legislators. That means that the people responsible for drawing the lines are the very people who benefit from how the lines are drawn.
Ledyard Avenue residents last week voiced extensive concerns and criticisms at a public hearing about the village’s proposed local law to create a new zoning district and to change the zoning of certain land parcels on both sides of Ledyard Avenue from Route 13/Lakeland Park to the western village boundary by the Trush property. As we report in this week’s issue, the village board was shocked at the vehement criticisms and had no idea they were coming. We, likewise, did not expect the public hearing to turn into such a long and heated discussion, and had no idea residents were upset over the Western Gateway proposal.
There have been a number of scams in our area recently targeting the elderly. Below, find some tips from the Cicero Police Department on how to keep yourself safe.