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Get to know your East Syracuse Village Trustee candidates

On March 18, citizens in the village of East Syracuse will vote to fill two Village Trustee positions for the village board. The open seats to be filled currently belong to Barbara Falcone Quonce, who currently serves as the deputy mayor, and Trustee James Carr, who is up for re-election.

Village of Manlius approves code officer position

Prepares the Parks and Recreation Department for the upcoming summer season

The village of Manlius Board of Trustees last week reinstated a codes enforcement officer position for the village after approving a contract with MRB Group Engineering and Architectural Firm to provide the service.

Forward strides made on former Howard Johnson property

The town of DeWitt has announced they will not declare the former Howard Johnson property located off of Carrier Circle on Thompson Road as eminent domain due to forward strides made with McDonald's and the owner of the property.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Legislature should decide on education proposals outside of budget

Last year, the state spent $22.3 billion on education. In 2012, combined with the local and federal share of education, New Yorkers spent $58.4 billion on public education. This is a 56 percent increase over what was spent on a combined basis in 2002.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Danger of EEE returns

As we endure one of the harshest winters in memory and prepare for possibly more snow, it seems strange that I am writing about the mosquito-borne virus, Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).  But with March 20, the beginning of spring, just a few weeks away, this important topic is indeed timely.

LETTER: Moderates stay silent on extremist remarks

To the editor: Congressman John Lewis was right when he recently said that he saw the “the scars and stains of racism” in Rudy Giuliani’s remarks about the President of the United States.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Ensuring opportunities for all students

A huge part of our children’s education is their social development. That happens in the classroom, on the playground and through participation in interscholastic activities such as team sports.

Sound levels: Public hearing set April 13 to discuss village noise concerns

Have you ever had to call the cops to quell a loud party next door? How about that summer night when the guitar players turned their amps up to 10 at the nightclub down the street? Next month, the village of Liverpool’s board of trustees wants to hear your story. The trustees are considering possible changes to the village noise ordinance and have scheduled a public hearing on the matter for 7 p.m. April 13, at the Village Hall, 310 Sycamore St.

Melting point

Cicero spends $7,200 on ice problem

Though it’s just a temporary fix for larger facilities problems, the Cicero Town Board has found a solution for the ice buildup on the highway garage. The board approved the installation of heating tape to melt the ice above the main door and on the first bay of the garage at its Feb. 25 meeting.

Cazenovia Forum announces 2015 speaker series

A former acting general counsel for the Central Intelligence Agency, the nation's top expert on current events in Ukraine and a leading anti-corruption activist are among the upcoming speakers at the Cazenovia Forum, Central New York's premier public affairs lecture series, which recently announced its 2015 lineup.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Vaccines vital to public health

In the Central New York area, there have been two suspected cases of mumps in local schools this winter. These reports have understandably spurred discussions and concerns and accordingly it is important to know about New York’s vaccination requirements, childhood safety, and ways you can help protect your families from diseases that were once thought to be eradicated.

FROM THE LEGISLATURE: County government heading in the right direction

While opening the receipt for my county property tax bill this week, my mind flashed over every controversial issue that confronted the legislature in 2014. To say the least, the year was full of highs and lows. However, when I looked at the bottom line of that tax bill, I knew we got the most important thing right.

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Hopkinson recognized for more than 50 years of service to village of Manlius

Friends, family and colleagues of Harold Hopkinson, a long-time public servant in the village of Manlius, came together this past Sunday to celebrate his retirement after 56 years of service on the village board of trustees. Hopkinson was given multiple citations for his service, and had both a village board room and a calendar day named in his honor.

Lieutenant Governor Hochul visits Minoa

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who was sworn in on Jan. 1, recently visited the village of Minoa to meet with Mayor Richard Donovan and discuss needs of villages throughout the state. Donovan, previous president of the New York Conference of Mayors, said he saw Hochul speak at the most recent NYCOM meeting in Albany and invited her to visit Minoa.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Seeking nominations for 3rd annual Women of Distinction Awards

To honor our history of equality and progress, I’m hosting my third annual Women of Distinction Awards ceremony. It will be held in March in conjunction with Women’s History Month to recognize some of the most accomplished women from our area.

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