Villages hire new auditors

Liverpool, North Syracuse vote to hire Bonadio Group

After Certified Public Accountant Mike Koagel passed away Aug. 24 at his Syracuse home, his accounting firm partner, Donald Vincentini, decided to cut back on his work load. That decision left two longtime clients of Koagel & Vincentini CPAs — the villages of Liverpool and North Syracuse — looking for new auditors.

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CICERO: Preliminary budget shows 10.7 percent tax hike

The town of Cicero’s preliminary budget for 2016 projects an increase of more than $900,000 over the current year’s budget. The first glimpse of the 2016 budget totals $12,966,594, a 7.54 percent jump over 2015’s adopted budget of $12,057,166.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Patriotic murals set for Legion Post 188

The village business district is due for a refreshing bit of beautifying. Liverpool American Legion Post 188 Commander Ken Palmer appeared at last week’s village board meeting to share the post’s plans to commission murals to be painted on the sides of its building at 205 Cypress St.

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FROM THE MAILBAG: Szczesniak for legislature

To the editor: Seventy years ago, World War II came to a welcomed close and so ended the military duty of millions of fine servicemen and women. Although we were no longer fighting on foreign battlefields, our service continued at home as U.S. veterans.As defenders of our nation and its freedoms, veterans share a special bond. We want the best for our families and our communities. That is why I am voting for Ed Szczesniak this November.

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FROM THE MAILBAG: Does Becallo really intend to work on the budget?

To the editor: I wonder about the sincerity of Councilor Becallo’s letter to the editor in the Sept. 23 Star-Review. The budget was discussed at the Cicero Town Board meeting on Sept. 23, yet Mr. Becallo did not mention his committee at this meeting. Also, the budget process began in June; it is not just beginning. (Mr. Becallo was not at the June 5 budget workshop.) Who is on this committee? How did he recruit the members? Why did he not include his fellow councilors in this process?

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Job creation on the horizon with emerging technology

To further the research at Griffiss, NUAIR Alliance has been established as a not-for-profit coalition of more than 90 private and public entities working together to manage UAS test ranges and promote unmanned transportation systems.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Experience fall in Central New York by visiting local farms

With fall now upon us, there are countless ways to make the most of it here in Central New York. One of the best ways to enjoy autumn is by visiting one of our many local farms, where you can buy local produce straight from our farmers, go on a hayride, or go apple picking.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Increasing mortgage revenues benefit Onondaga County taxpayers

The county clerk collects a 1 percent tax whenever a mortgage is filed with their office. Distribution of tax receipts (plus interest while the funds are in the custody of the county) is governed by Section 261 of the New York State Tax Law.

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From the mailbag: Embarrassing loss for Reeves and Shimer

To the editor: In the aftermath of the primary election held on Sept. 10, it is reasonable to believe that unimaginable history was just made in our town. So many of you watched it unfold in amazement. The primary was for registered Conservatives, with the winners capturing the all-important “extra line” to represent the Conservative Party on the November ballot.

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Dell to run for Onondaga County Clerk

Lysander Town Clerk Lisa Dell has received the Republican nomination to run for Onondaga County Clerk. At the Onondaga County Republican Committee nominating meeting Thursday, Sept. 24, Dell was the only candidate on the ballot. Dell also received the Conservative endorsement. She hopes to replace Republican Sandra Schepp of Manlius, who resigned Monday, Sept. 21, after being appointed as Onondaga County Commissioner of Jurors.

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FROM THE MAILBAG: Meet Lysander Town Board candidate Peter Moore

To the Editor: I am writing today to introduce myself as a candidate in the November election for the position of Lysander Town Council.

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EDITORIAL: Lysander Town Board’s antics need to stop

Town board meetings are supposed to be about governance, not politics. Unfortunately, it seems that the members of the Lysander Town Board seem to have forgotten that particular rule.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Traffic delayed as two prime corners get makeovers

Road work is impacting traffic at both the northwest and southeast corners of Galeville. Paving at the intersection of Buckley Road and Seventh North Streets to the southeast began Sept. 14, and the same day work crews started digging at the corner of Old Liverpool Road and Electrics Parkway to the northwest.

Salina, Liverpool to hold rare joint meeting to discuss ‘overlaps’

Over the past several years, drainage problems at the intersection of Pearl and Salina streets right on the edge of the village have repeatedly resulted in flooding the Young & Franklin employee parking lot. More than a dozen properties outside the village boundary receive village services without paying villages taxes. Those properties are located in the town of Salina. Overlaps such as these will be in focus at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, when the Salina Town Board hosts a rare joint meeting with the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees at the Town Hall on School Road in Galeville.

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From the mailbag: Becallo announces formation of citizen advisory committee

To the editor: The Cicero Town Board is now beginning the budget process for 2016. To assist me with this important process, I am forming a Citizens Advisory Committee, composed of Cicero residents and business owners, to advise me of their concerns and ideas pertaining to the budget.