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East Syracuse officials sworn-in

Two trustees and two judges were sworn in at the April 6 meeting of the East Syracuse village board.

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Lysander highway super, board clash over stop signs

How many engineers does it take to install a stop sign? If you ask Lysander Highway Superintendent Gene Dinsmore, he might say just one engineer — but not the one employed by the town of Lysander.

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LETTER: Four reasons Shimer should resign

To the editor: Over the last week we saw the unfortunate flurry of local news media reports on the arrest of Lysander Town Councilor and Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES teacher Melinda Shimer for driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and unsafe backing.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Task force seeks to improve kids’ mental health services

I am proud to partner with U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) to strengthen pediatric mental health care services. In making the announcement last week of this federal and state partnership, Rep. Katko and I seek to increase awareness and provide greater access to care by creating a six-month task force to address gaps in pediatric mental health care in Central New York.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: State budget increases aid but treats teachers unfairly

In my mind, there are three issues that define this budget: the governor’s so-called education reform, ethics and capital spending. The education section of the budget is discussed below.

Village board approves tentative 2015 budget, taxes to increase slightly

Also announces 6 percent increase in village water rates

The Cazenovia Village Board unanimously adopted its tentative 2015 budget last week and, although tax rates for the coming year will decrease, village assessments this year have increased after last year’s property revaluation, which means the average homeowner will see a slight rise in their taxes.

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50 years of Cicero Parks and Rec

The town of Cicero’s Parks and Recreation Department recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Local elected officials, denizens of the CanTeen and parks employees past and present gathered at the American Legion April 2 for an emotional evening of proclamations, presentations and heartfelt memories of the town’s recreation programs.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Book dispensers serve as mini libraries

In 2012, I was able to secure funding for two library book dispensers that were put into service in 2014. Now that the dispensers are open for business, they serve as mini loaning libraries for the residents of Onondaga County.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: State budget includes largest school aid increase since 2008

I supported this year’s state budget because it provides crucial funding for our schools, while also preserving local control over important issues like teacher evaluations. The 2015-16 state budget provides a total of $23 billion for education, an increase of $1.6 billion over last year’s budget. Almost $1.3 billion of that increase goes directly to individual school districts.

LETTER: Cicero Dems seek candidates for supervisor, town board

To the editor: "People for Improved Cicero Government” (aka Cicero Democratic Committee) is searching for candidates to represent Cicero residents as town supervisor and two positions as town councilor.

Every day 9 a.m. to midnight Baldwinsville Bulletin Board: PAC-B April 11-17

Baldwinsville PAC-B, the public access channel at cable channel 98, has a digital sister channel and Verizon channel. The locally produced programs seen on PAC-B for the past decade can also be seen on Time Warner Digital Channel 1498 and Verizon FiOS Channel 30. In addition, digital equipment at PAC-B’s facilities at 8 Mechanic St. is providing improved signal quality to Channel 98 viewers. For those without Internet access, “Upcoming schedule” will display the next 10 programs to be aired on PAC-B TV at 9 a.m., noon, 3, 6 and 9 p.m. daily. Visit pacbtv.org online.

LETTER: Lysander First coalition members seek re-election

To the editor: Lysander Town Councilors Melinda Shimer and Andrew Reeves of Lysander First are seeking re-election to the Lysander Town Board.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: New laws created to protect victims of domestic and sexual abuse

Domestic violence, harassment, and sexual assault continue to be issues that concern me. Studies reveal that such abuse occurs more than many realize. A few new laws were recently chaptered and aim to improve victims’ rights and protections. I supported all of these in the Assembly and I am glad they have been signed into law.

U.S. Congress bulletin: Calling all CNY high school artists

Each spring, the members of the U.S. House of Representatives sponsor a high school art competition to acknowledge and promote artistic talent. The winning piece of artwork from each congressional district across our country is displayed for one full year in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

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Lysander deputy supervisor arrested for DWI

‪Lysander‬ Deputy Supervisor Melinda Shimer was arrested and charged with ‪driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and unsafe backing March 31.