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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Coming to the aid of Lt. Columbo: ‘Peter Falk Bill’ will protect visitation rights for families

My office received an email last June 2014 from Catherine Falk, the daughter of the late Peter Falk, who starred in the TV series “Columbo” from 1973 to 2003. During that time Peter Falk received four Emmys for his portrayal of the bumbling, trench-coat wearing but cagey and clever Lt. Columbo of the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Don't forget to vote May 19: Liverpool BOE, budget

School board and budget elections will be held Tuesday, May 19. In Liverpool, voters can cast their ballots from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Liverpool High School, 4338 Wetzel Road, Liverpool. In North Syracuse, the polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. If you live south of Route 481, vote at the district office, 5355 W. Taft Road, North Syracuse; if you live north of Route 481, vote at Cicero Elementary School on Route 31.

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Don’t forget to vote May 19: North Syracuse BOE candidates

School board and budget elections will be held Tuesday, May 19. North Syracuse voters will go to the polls to select five candidates for four open seats. Of those four seats, three are full three-year terms, while the fourth is to fill the unexpired term of Catherine Cifaratta-Brayton, who passed away earlier this year. Her term was set to expire June 30. Candidate George Harrington, an incumbent, did not respond to the Star-Review’s request for information. Voters also will be asked to approve a $150.8 million budget, which represents a 2.03 increase in the tax levy, and a $1.4 million bus proposition.

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F-M teacher’s union announces school board candidate endorsements

Questions arise over endorsement process during board meeting

For the first time in more than a decade, the Fayetteville-Manlius Teacher’s Association (FMTA) has endorsed candidates for the upcoming school board election. The rarity of the endorsement has been overshadowed, however, by questions over the propriety of the union’s endorsement process.

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School board candidates square off at LWV forum

More than 50 Cazenovia Central School District residents came out to the high school Wednesday night to meet and hear the issue positions of the four candidates seeking seats on the school board in the upcoming May 19 election. The four candidates — Jennifer Bradstreet, David Mehlbaum, Louis Orbach and Jennifer Parmalee — all participated in the forum, which was sponsored by the Cazenovia League of Women Voters and moderated by Anne Redfern.

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Cazenovia Board of Education election candidates profiles

The May 19 Cazenovia Board of Education election will feature four candidates running for three open seats. The candidates are David Mehlbaum, Louis Orbach, Jennifer Parmalee and Jennifer Bradstreet. The three highest vote-getters will be elected to the board. Each will serve a three-year term, beginning July 1. The Cazenovia Republican sent each candidate a questionnaire in order to publish a profile to inform potential voters of who they are and what they stand for, although not all candidates followed the template we provided.

Meet the BCSD school board candidates

There are three candidates for three open seats on the Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education. Voters can go to the polls from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Baker High School in the auditorium.

Minoa village tax rate to increase 3.12 percent

The village of Minoa Board has approved the 2015-16 budget, which will be increased for the first time since 2011.

Get to know your ESM Board of Education election candidates

Along with the school’s 2015-16 budget, the voters of the East Syracuse Minoa School District will have the opportunity to vote from four candidates to fill two seats on the school’s board of education.

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Get to know your J-D Board of Education election candidates

On Tuesday, May 19, residents in the Jamesville-DeWitt school district will vote on several matters pertaining to the district from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the high school.

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LETTER: Becallo’s grandstanding doesn’t serve town

To the editor: At the Sept. 10, 2014, Cicero Town Board meeting, Councilor Mike Becallo read a prepared statement concerning the timeliness of the agenda. It included the statement: “We are elected officials whose job is to represent the people of this town. We need to keep open lines of communication.”

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LETTER: Why didn’t Becallo have issue with other deputy supervisors?

To the editor: At the April 22 Cicero Town Board meeting, Supervisor Jessica Zambrano was absent and Deputy Supervisor Bill Meyer presided. Councilor Mike Becallo challenged the legality of that meeting. He stated that he did some research and could not “find it anywhere in the town code that establishes the position of deputy supervisor of the town of Cicero.”

Lysander turns $255K profit on ice arena

After sinking more than $2 million into ice arena, the town of Lysander is finally turning a profit on the property — now that it’s been sold. Lysander Town Supervisor John Salisbury announced the final numbers on the town’s sale of the Lysander Radisson Community Arena at Monday’s town board meeting. The town’s $550,000 sale to Home Ice 1 resulted in a profit of $255,002.45, which will be added to Lysander’s general fund balance.

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Program Log Baldwinsville PAC-B (Channel 98, FiOS 30) - May 16 to 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 10 programs is aired on PAC-B TV at 9 AM, noon, 3, 6 and 9 p.m. daily. For anyone that missed a program on TV, many of the programs are available on the internet. To access the previous videos online, a link is available at pacbtv.org.

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Van Buren adds solar panels to building code

With the uptick in the popularity of solar power in Central New York, the town of Van Buren has amended its building code to include solar photovoltaic systems.