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A step back for Stewart’s Shops

Clay town board denies zone change request

It looks like the town of Clay may not welcome a second Stewart’s Shops after all. With minimal discussion, the Clay Town Board voted unanimously July 20 to deny Stewart’s request for a zone change for a parcel on the southeast corner of Bear and Buckley roads.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Every child deserves a quality education

When it comes to our kids’ education, I think we can all agree that every child deserves the opportunity to succeed. That’s why early special education programs — like the one offered at the Main Street School in North Syracuse — are so important.

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LETTER: Thanks for voting for Butterfield

To the editor: To the residents of the village of North Syracuse: I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for selecting me to represent the village as mayor.

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LETTER: Closed-door meeting gave every appearance of impropriety

To the editor: On July 13, I addressed the Lysander Town Board and inquired about a board meeting I witnessed being held behind closed doors earlier that day. The town attorney later provided me with an advisory opinion from the NYS Committee on Open Government, indicating the board can meet to seek legal advice and the Open Meetings Law does not apply. However, the opinion also stated: “Further, if at some point in a discussion the attorney stops giving legal advice, a public body may begin discussing or deliberating independent of the attorney. When that point is reached… the attorney-client privilege has ended and the body should return to an open meeting.”

Lysander town clerk, councilor question closed door meeting

The Lysander town clerk raised concerns about the propriety of a closed-door meeting of the town board last week. Town Clerk Lisa Dell raised questions about a meeting she said took place prior to the July 13 regular town board meeting. During the public comment period, Dell said the town board met behind closed doors without calling an executive session or announcing it to the public.

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B’ville trustees give fire district another chance

A month after revoking its conditional approval of the North West Fire District’s request for an exemption from the Planned Development District zoning on Smokey Hollow Road, the village of Baldwinsville board of trustees have given new life to the NWFD’s proposal to build a fire response station. The board voted July 16 to approve the PDD exemption request after fire district officials, their attorney and developers provided the village with more information about firefighter response times, alternate sites and the size and scope of the new station.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Playground in store for Skyway Park; other improvements coming

A federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) has been awarded to the town of Cicero for installation of a playground at Skyway Park on East Taft Road. The county legislature voted unanimously to accept $50,000 and allocate it to the town of Cicero at our recent legislative session. I was pleased to cosponsor this item.

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From the state senate: Legislation to ensure equal access, participation in New York

As we mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about two important bills that would help to empower individuals with certain disabilities. Both of these bills that I sponsored passed the state senate and state assembly during the 2015 legislative session and await the governor’s consideration. I hope you will join me in urging Gov. Cuomo to sign these bills into state law.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Katko applauds Navy for choosing Lockheed Martin

Last week, U.S. Rep. John Katko, the freshman Republican congressman representing our 24th District, applauded the announcement that the U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin $153,947,182 for Block 2 of the Navy’s Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP).

Department of Transportation responds to traffic concerns in the village of Manlius

The New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) has agreed to make numerous transportation related changes inside the Manlius village limits, including adding stoplights and turning lanes, modifying stoplight timers, adding new road lanes and relocating a crosswalk.

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Szczesniak files for candidacy in Onondaga County Legislature’s third district election

Edward Szczesniak of Cicero has filed candidacy papers to run in the Nov. 3 general election as the Democratic candidate for the Onondaga County Legislature's third district seat.

Town of Manlius Planning Board will remain at seven seats

Drafted local law to reduce P.B. size voted down 4 - 3

The Manlius Town Board has voted to keep the town’s planning board at seven seats despite previously drafting a local law that would reduce the number of board seats to five with the option to elect up to two alternate members.

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EDITORIAL: Cicero’s leaked document investigation a waste of time and resources

The Cicero Police Department has officially closed its investigation into who leaked to the press the advisory opinion of the Cicero Ethics Board calling Supervisor Jessica Zambrano’s relationship with the town engineer a conflict of interest. After interviewing all parties and following up on all leads, Investigator James Meyers reported he has no suspects and no further leads.

Boards in brief: Cicero resident criticizes email ‘transparency problem’

At the Cicero Town Board’s July 8 meeting, resident Deborah Gardner questioned why the town was not able to provide her with town board members’ email correspondence when she made various FOIL requests for those emails.

Boards in brief: North Syracuse welcomes new officials

Gary Butterfield presided over his first North Syracuse board of trustees meeting as mayor July 9. Butterfield appointed Paul Linnertz to fill his vacant trustee seat, and trustees-elect Pat Gustafson and Diane Browning, both Democrats, joined the board as well. Fred Fergerson was named deputy mayor.

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