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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Important new IDA reform legislation signed into law

I am proud to announce that IDA Reform Legislation (S.5867 / A.7915) that I sponsored in the Assembly and that Senator Kathleen Marchione co-sponsored in the Senate has been signed into law by Gov. Cuomo.

Same place, new face

New Lysander board overhauls meeting practices

The Lysander Town Board is “switching things up” when it comes to public participation, the town clerk’s office and other aspects of the town’s government, Supervisor Joe Saraceni announced at the board’s organizational meeting Jan. 11.

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Paved paradise, part two

North Syracuse trustees discuss restrictions on driveways

The village of North Syracuse is still mulling over a possible change to the code that would restrict the percentage of a homeowner’s front yard that can be made of paved asphalt or stone. The issue first arose last month when village officials discussed what to do about homeowners who park multiple vehicles on their lawns, creating an eyesore.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Women’s equality laws now in effect across the state

When Gov. Cuomo signed several women’s rights bills into law last year, it was an important victory. That’s because enacting full equality for women has always been one of my top priorities — not just as a member of the Assembly, but as a husband and father of two remarkable daughters.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Working to increase opportunities for all New Yorkers

The quest for a stronger New York starts with identifying what families need to succeed, then delivering. To me, that means increasing opportunities and fairness so that everyone can get ahead and no one is left behind.

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Olson will seek reelection as mayor of Fayetteville

Has served on the village board for two decades

Incumbent mayor of Fayetteville Mark Olson has announced that he will seek reelection in the upcoming March village elections.

Great Decisions 2016 discussion group starts Feb. 4

The public is invited to participate in “Great Decisions 2016,” a discussion group about U.S. foreign policy, sponsored by the Cazenovia League of Women Voters, starting at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in the at the Cazenovia Public Library reference room. The group will meet for eight weeks on Thursdays through February and March.

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Van Buren adds solar panels to town code

In its first meeting of the new year, the Van Buren Town Board approved a local law that provides language in the town code for installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Session to focus on families, students, small businesses and ethics

The beginning of the state legislative session, like the beginning of a new calendar year, is a time for reflection and goal setting. It reminds us to improve ourselves and the world around us through hard work and determination. As the new session gets underway, I’d like to take this opportunity to share my reflections and goals with you.

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What's on PAC-B? Jan. 16 to Jan. 22

Baldwinsville PAC-B, the public access cable channel 98 for Time Warner and channel 30 for Verizon FIOS, is available 24 hours a day to provide video and information of local interest. For the convenience of the public, the schedule of the next ten programs is aired on PAC-B TV at 9 a.m., noon, 3, 6 and 9 p.m. daily.

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Local leaders share New Year’s resolutions

According to a 2015 Nielsen survey, some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions among Americans are “to stay fit and healthy, to lose weight” and “to spend less [and] save more.” While on a considerably larger scale, the goals of local government leaders are to keep the northern towns and villages healthy and fiscally responsible. Read on for your municipality’s New Year’s resolutions:

Becallo to challenge Stirpe for assembly seat

Republican Mike Becallo has announced his candidacy to run for the New York State 127th Assembly District currently held by Al Stirpe. The 127th Assembly District includes the towns of Cicero, Clay, Manlius, Tully, Fabius and Pompey.

Lysander wraps up 2015 business

Departing members of the Lysander Town Board said their goodbyes and wrapped up the year’s business at the board’s final meeting of the year on Dec. 28.

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Lysander’s ‘PB&J’ share New Year’s resolutions

The town of Lysander is ringing in the new year with a new supervisor and two new town board members. Supervisor Joe Saraceni and Councilors Peter Moore and Bob Ellis shared their New Year’s resolutions for the town for 2016, as did returning Councilor Bob Geraci and Baldwinsville Mayor Dick Clarke:

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Mayor of Minoa announces retirement after 26 years on village board

Deputy mayor will seek position in March election

Minoa Mayor Richard Donovan recently announced he will not seek reelection in March and is retiring from the village board after serving 26 years, including 12 years as mayor.