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.
One of the best parts about living in Central New York is the many outdoor amenities we have right at our fingertips. From the uncomplicated footpaths at Baldwinsville’s Beaver Lake Nature Center to the challenging hikes that Homer’s Spafford Forest offers, Onondaga County alone presents an array of scenic venues for all ages and fitness levels.
We had written a 1,500-word editorial for this week’s paper, decrying how some Cazenovians are so terrified of change they do not see that change can, and often does, come in the form of necessary progress; we criticized short-sighted and obstructionist residents and certain members of the village board who, because of this mindset, throw up roadblocks against proposals and projects rather than provide for a more economically and culturally vibrant community; we encouraged entrepreneurs to populate municipalities that will welcome them with open arms to their borders, such as they do in the town of Nelson. Our editorial, our pouring out a plenitude of frustrations, regarded last Monday’s public hearing on the requested zone change for the proposed expansion of Eric Burrell’s office building at 4 Chenango St., the purpose of which was to build a new home for local restaurant Circa. After a week of reflection on this, we have come to the realization that there is a larger issue here.
The first annual “Buy Madison Week” runs May 4 through 11, and we would be remiss if we did not take this opportunity to encourage our readers to make sure they are cognizant of where they shop next week.
The grass is out and perhaps you are thinking about getting out enjoying some exercise.
Physical therapists, who are experts in restoring and improving motion, recommend that elderly adults who use canes and walkers as walking aids be properly assessed and fitted by a physical therapist to avoid fall-related injuries.
This Saturday for the second year Sustainable Skaneateles and Earth Works will be holding an event at Thayer Park to observe Earth Hour. Earth Hour is an international event during which people are encouraged to turn off their lights for one hour to conserve energy and limit light pollution.
According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York is looking at a $2 million budget surplus. Cuomo has talked a lot about the surplus and his plans for it. Unfortunately for him, it’s not his money to spend.
On the Move
Injuries to the meniscus of the knee have gotten national attention. The meniscus is a rubbery, c-shaped piece of cartilage that cushions between the bones of your knee. Each of your knees has two menisci (plural of meniscus); one on the inner (medial) part of your knee, and the other on the outer (lateral) part.
The financial implications of any decision made by a government must be taken into consideration above all else. Programs and services for the community are a big part of what any government does, but the elected officials also must remember to ask themselves: what is the cost?