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State Police to increase DWI enforcement this weekend

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the New York State Police will join local law enforcement agencies across the state in an effort to crack down on impaired driving during the big game between Seattle and New England this weekend. The STOP-DWI campaign will include increased patrols on the roadways and sobriety checkpoints to deter, identify and arrest impaired drivers.

Becallo accuses Venesky, Germain of threats

Cicero Town Councilor Mike Becallo is claiming that other members of the town’s administration have made threats against him.

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.

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Guest column: North Syracuse doing its part for government efficiency

During the 2014 re-election campaign, Gov. Cuomo claimed that New York’s high property taxes were due to the waste and duplication of New York’s “more than 10,500 local governments.” Not only is his contention incorrect, the governor also failed to acknowledge the role the state has played in exacerbating this property tax problem.

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Burtis sworn into legislature

Cicero’s former deputy supervisor Tim Burtis was sworn in as county legislator Jan. 23 by Onondaga County Family Court Judge Michael Hanuszczak.

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State of the area: U.S., N.Y. politics as partisan, detrimental as they appear

The partisan politics of Washington are as bad and gridlocking as they look, and the governor’s politics in Albany are crippling the finances of our school district and endangering our children’s education. These were the two major messages received by about 50 area residents last week during the annual State of the Area event sponsored by the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce.

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. 

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.

DeWitt to host forums to make town more pedestrian and biker friendly

The town of DeWitt will be hosting community discussions to gather information from the public about ways to make the town of DeWitt more pedestrian and bicycle friendly. Cyclists and walkers sharing the road with automobiles have inevitable impacts to both user groups.

Lysander handles routine business

The Lysander Town Board passed a variety of resolutions at its Jan. 26 meeting. Notably, the board approved the creation of the Pompo Woods drainage and sewer districts as well as the retirement and reinstatement of two employees and took care of some business regarding the Lysander Radisson Community Arena.

Van Buren to help pave the way for solar power

With a somewhat laissez-faire approach, the town of Van Buren has opted to help make information about solar power options available to interested residents. The town board voted Jan. 20 to authorize Supervisor Claude Sykes to send a letter expressing interest about the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Community Solar NY program, a solar energy initiative led by the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board (CNYRPDB) and the national Solar Roadmap Initiative.

Fayetteville residents voice concerns over proposed North Burdick Street development

Board votes 3-2 to adopt zone changes for project

Neighboring residents of the proposed 8,000-square-foot commercial development on North Burdick Street in Fayetteville last week voiced concerns about the planned location being on an area prone to flooding, and that a new development would displace the water into neighborhood homes.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: In memory of Mario Cuomo

Mario Cuomo was an excellent speaker and an exemplary public servant. The impact of his service for our great state will be evident for years to come. His contributions and accomplishments, as an orator and as governor, will be remembered fondly. However, for me, it’s his kind demeanor that set him apart as a leader and especially as an elected official.

Burtis appointed to legislature seat

Cicero deputy supervisor will take over for Corl

Cicero Deputy Supervisor Tim Burtis has been selected to replace Jim Corl as the Onondaga County Third District legislator.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: New year brings new priorities for New York state

With a new year comes new commitments and renewed hope. Last week, the assembly welcomed new representatives. The swearing-in ceremony reminds all who attend to renew our commitment to public service.

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