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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.

Cicero PD completes investigation into leaked ethics docs

Identity of individual who sent committee’s decision to press unknown

The Cicero Police Department has run into a dead end in 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.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: End of session focuses on Downstate needs, leaves Upstate out

The 2015 legislative session has ended. There were many accomplishments but the list of what did not get done for Upstate is longer. Instead, the end of session was dominated by New York City issues like rent control, property tax exemptions for NYC (421a) and discussions on the control of New York City schools.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: June was a month for the history books

As our country evolves and strives for a “more perfect union,” we have just witnessed three profound and historical events that have moved our nation to more closely reflect the words of the Preamble to the U.S. Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

East Syracuse looks to rid village of backyard chickens

Will hold public hearing at Aug. 3 board meeting

The village of East Syracuse municipal office has gotten multiple complaints about properties within the village that are housing chickens — and the village board is looking to do something about it.

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Animal welfare concerns arise in circus production at ShoppingTown parking lot

The Cole Bro’s Circus has gained approval to set up and produce a circus under a tent at ShoppingTown mall parking lot from July 10 to 12, but some local animal advocate groups are unhappy with this decision.

Guidelines for garage sales adopted by village of East Syracuse

The East Syracuse Village Board has voted to adopt a local law that puts guidelines on garage sales within the village. The law limits the number of garage sales a family can have to three per year, and each sale can only last three days.

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LETTER: Come to a Lysander town board meeting

The Lysander Town Board invites interested citizens to get in touch.

Roberts appointed to state position

BOE announces vacancy in the 128th

Sam Roberts is no longer the assemblyman for the 128th district.

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LETTER: Social media is another tool for town councilor to do his job

To the editor: After reading an article in the Baldwinsville Messenger dated June 17 [“Questions raised about Lamson Road water costs,” page 3], I felt compelled to reach out to our wonderful community and ensure the residents that, as an elected town councilor for the town of Lysander, I always strive to represent the people in the best, fairest way possible with cooperation, openness and transparency.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Governor should approve Freedom of Information Law changes

The legislature recently passed a bill that, if signed by the governor, would reform the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and expedite the process for those in search of public records. The measure passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in both the senate and the assembly. I am urging the governor to sign the bill into law and make this change effective immediately. Its unanimous passage shows there is overwhelming public support for a more open government. Any legislation that cuts through the many layers of bureaucracy the public has to deal with in order to get public information is good legislation.

DeWitt and East Syracuse move to resolve fire department funding conflict

Committee is created to start fire protection contract between the two entities

The DeWitt Town Board and the East Syracuse Village Board last week agreed to form a joint committee to rectify the ongoing issue of potential overpayments by the town for East Syracuse Fire Department services.

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Marina access?

A proposal to install a card-activated lift gate at Onondaga Lake Park was revisited at the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees’ June 15 meeting.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Property tax relief will make life more affordable for CNY families

This week marked the end of the state assembly’s legislative session. But before wrapping up, I helped make sure we took action to provide much-needed property tax relief for families throughout Central New York. This tax relief will help keep more of your hard-earned money where it belongs — in your pocket.