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Lysander seals the deal for ice arena

The town of Lysander is finally hanging up its skates. The $550,000 sale of the Lysander Radisson Community Arena closed March 5. Back in January, the Lysander Town Board voted unanimously to approve a purchase offer from Rochester-based developer and property management firm DHD Ventures.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Assembly’s budget puts students first

I helped craft a state Assembly Families First budget proposal, which would help expand opportunities for all of New York’s students, especially during a time when a college education is becoming increasingly difficult to afford.

Fenner town board approves new solar permit resolution, energy conservation program

The Fenner Town Board last week approved resolutions to encourage use of solar energy in the town and to make municipal lighting more energy efficient.

Cazenovia town board scheduled public hearing on Climate Action Plan

The Cazenovia Town Board last week scheduled a public hearing to hear resident opinion on the adoption of a joint Climate Action Plan with the village of Cazenovia.

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East Syracuse trustee, deputy mayor retiring

Barbara Falcone Quonce served the village for more than two decades

East Syracuse Trustee and Deputy Mayor Barbara Falcone Quonce, after more than a decade on the village board and two decades involved in the village local government, said goodbye last week to her fellow trustees during her final board meeting on March 2.

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Options for the proposed Manlius fire station explained

High cost due to long seven-year process

The fate of the $10.8 million bond referendum for to pay for a proposed new fire station will be decided by Manlius village residents at the March 18 village election.

FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Burtis reflects on hist first month

My first month in the Onondaga County Legislature has been an exciting experience. I feel that serving at the town level certainly prepared me for public service; however, the issues that face the county are much more in-depth, and the decisions that are made impact a much larger constituency.

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Taste of L'pool, Cicero special election canceled

The Taste of Liverpool festival (March 11) and the town of Cicero's special election (March 31) have been canceled.

From the legislature: Syracuse Law offers new legal resource for local veterans

Syracuse University College of Law graduates Tom Caruso and Josh Keefe recently left Central New York to begin their careers as active duty judge advocates. Caruso is off to the Navy and Keefe to the Marine Corps, but they’ve left a remarkable legacy the legislature was proud to unanimously support. During their first year at Syracuse Law, Caruso and Keefe began what would turn into a three-and-a-half year journey to establish a legal clinic dedicated to the unique legal issues facing local veterans.

Village board approves Climate Action Plan

The Cazenovia Village Board of Trustees last week unanimously approved the Cazenovia Climate Action Plan, which will act as a guide to village officials and residents on the best ways to reduce energy use, increase energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprints. The plan offers goals and recommendations for action based on the greenhouse gas inventory of the village completed last year, but it is not a binding document or a new village law.

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.