East Syracuse tax rate to decrease 18 percent

Large change due to abolishment of East Syracuse Police Department

The Village of East Syracuse Board of Trustees voted to adopt a 2015-16 budget that will have a tax rate decrease of 18 percent.

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Get to know your F-M School Board Candidates

On Tuesday, May 19, citizens who live within the Fayetteville-Manlius school district will get a chance to vote on the $78.9 million 2015-16 budget, which includes a 1.89 percent tax levy increase, and a proposition authorizing the district to complete a $2,569,262 roof replacement project using $580,000 from the district’s capital reserve fund.

Village of Fayetteville seeks volunteers for deer committee

The Fayetteville Village Board is looking into drafting a local law that would help decrease the white tail deer population within the village — and they're looking for interested citizens to help out.

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Manlius swans may be able to hatch their eggs

New bill puts a moratorium on the DEC’s ruling that mute swans are an invasive species

Good news for Manny and Faye — the beloved mute swan pair in the village of Manlius Swan Pond — might come in the form of a bill that was passed in the New York State Senate on April 22. And this bill comes just in time because Faye recently laid two eggs at the swan pond — with more expected to be laid in the upcoming week.

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Mann nominated to run for fourth term on village board

Cazenovia Democrats have nominated incumbent Village Trustee Amy Weber Mann to run for re-election in the village elections taking place on June 16.

F-M voters to decide on elementary roof replacement proposal

The 19-year-old Fayetteville Elementary School roof has deteriorated in several areas, allowing water to seep inside the building, causing damage such as soaking and staining ceiling tiles to the point they crumble and must be replaced.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Meetings give residents the opportunity to voice concerns

As your representative in the state assembly, my top priority has always been to stand up for the issues that matter most to families here in Central New York. That’s why I fought for a state budget that will help strengthen our local economy and invest in our schools — but there’s still more that can be done. Together, we can make our communities stronger. I encourage you to get involved in the legislative process and make your voice heard.

Fadden Fitch eyes L’pool village board

More than three dozen village Republicans gathered at Liverpool Village Hall for their annual caucus on the evening of April 27, and they unanimously endorsed three candidates to run in this year’s village election on June 16. Two of the candidates — incumbent Mayor Gary White and five-term Trustee Dennis Hebert — will seek re-election, while the third candidate — Christina Fadden Fitch of Hiawatha Trail — was nominated for run for the trustee seat now held by Bob Gaetano.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Push back the teacher evaluation deadline

The passage of the 2015-16 state budget was the fifth consecutive on-time budget holding spending growth to less than 2 percent. This budget also puts families first by restoring much-needed funding for our schools, securing a $1.6 billion increase in education aid over last year for a total of $23 billion. The budget plan also funds numerous economic development projects to create more jobs.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Blood donations help cancer patients and many others

Locally, our community has stepped up in honor of those who are bravely fighting cancer which requires multiple blood and platelet transfusions.

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Szczesniak to challenge for county legislature seat

Ed Szczesniak (says knee ack) announced today that he is seeking the Democratic Party’s designation to be this November’s candidate for the Onondaga County Legislature’s third district. The third district represents almost all of the town of Cicero and a portion of the town of Manlius in the village of Minoa.

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Henry announces mayoral campaign

Village of North Syracuse Deputy Mayor Chuck Henry announced his candidacy for mayor April 27.

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Nicotra to seek fifth term as Salina supervisor

Salina Supervisor Mark Nicotra has announced that he will be running again. Nicotra announced last week that he will be seeking a fifth term as town supervisor. He first won the seat in 2007, taking office in January of 2008.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: We must do more for victims of domestic violence

As a husband and father, hearing stories about incidents of domestic violence truly breaks my heart. No one should have to suffer such abuse. As we take steps to prevent these crimes from happening, we should also fight for the rights of those who have been victimized.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Ya gotta regatta… in Onondaga County

At the April legislative session, I’m proud to report that my colleagues and I authorized funding to bring back the sport of competitive rowing to Onondaga Lake.