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Volunteers make holiday efforts possible

This time of year, there are a number of foot soldiers out there working to make someone’s holiday special. Whether it’s adopting a family to make sure they have presents under the tree or working at a local community dinner to ensure that people have a warm holiday meal in good company, many volunteer their time to give back to their community.

Salina teams up with county for summer activities

The town of Salina has entered into an intermunicipal agreement with Onondaga County for summer recreation program funding. The town board approved the motion at its Nov. 24 meeting. Previously, Salina received funds from New York state for summer programming, which includes arts and crafts, “Zoo to You” activities through the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

Mr. Katko goes to Washington

Congressman-elect shares his thoughts about his coming term

On Nov. 4, voters in the 24th Congressional District sent a resounding message: they no longer wanted Dan Maffei to represent them. Maffei, a Democrat, lost to Republican challenger John Katko, a former U.S. Attorney, by a margin of 73,317 votes to 55,268. Katko said he wasn’t necessarily surprised by the victory. “We were going door-to-door for the last couple of weeks of the campaign … and we were getting a pretty good response,” he said. “I just felt the momentum, so I wasn’t surprised that we won.”

LETTERS: Presented budget a workable one

To the editor: This year I attended two budget workshops and two of the town board meetings when the budget was discussed. I once again observed the struggle that the town board faces each year when budget discussions are held.

Nelson tax rate to increase 9 percent next year

Nelson residents will see their taxes increase by 9 percent in 2015, due mainly to the town’s need to update its fleet of highway department trucks and the costs that will be associated with that action.

Manlius town board approves municipal trash contract - but not from lowest bidder

The Manlius town board last week selected Syracuse Haulers as its municipal trash hauler for 2015-16. The service bid that the board accepted, however, was not the lowest bid received by the town for the contract, although municipal procurement policy states that it must be.

State offers scholarships, assistance with higher ed

Fall is the time of year when many graduating high school seniors start to look toward the future. According to the New York State Education Department, in 2010, 82 percent of high school graduates in New York entered postsecondary education which includes either two- or four-year institutions.

LETTERS: Becallo addresses budget issues

To the editor: I want to correct the false statements Supervisor Zambrano made regarding her 2015 Cicero town budget in the Nov. 17 Star-Review (“Cicero passes budget”).

Thanking our veterans

This column is dedicated to our veterans. I am pleased to host the CNY Veterans Parade and Expo held at the New York State Fairgrounds. Each year, this event gets bigger and better and this year was no exception. Fair officials estimated that more than 8,000 spectators and participants came through the gates to salute and honor the extraordinary service that our Central New York men and women in uniform have contributed to defending America’s freedoms.

Supporting our veterans

Last week, we saw many celebrations and ceremonies to honor our veterans and those currently serving in our military. I had the pleasure to participate in the Cicero American Legion’s open house on Veterans Day and was honored to speak with many local veterans. They have done so much for us and deserve our respect and support.

Village of Fayetteville approves update to comprehensive plan

The Village of Fayetteville Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to approve an update to the comprehensive and design plan of the village, which was presented at a preliminary hearing at board’s Nov. 10 meeting.

Town of Dewitt expected to raise tax rate more than 1 percent in 2015 budget

Residents in the town of DeWitt can expect a tax rate increase this year by 1.5 to 1.8 percent, according to the preliminary 2015 town budget.

Town of Fenner votes to adopt 2015 budget

Tax rate to stay the same as 2014

The Fenner town board last week voted to adopt the 2015 preliminary budget as the final budget, which will have the same tax rate as last year.

Absentee ballots counted: Magee retains assembly seat

Nearly two weeks after Election Day, the race for the NY-121 State Assembly seat has concluded, with challenger John Salka conceding that incumbent Assemblyman Bill Magee won the election.

LETTER: Thank you to the 129th Assembly District

To the editor: I wish to thank each of the voters of the 129th Assembly District for allowing me to continue to represent you in the New York State Assembly. Please know that I will return to Albany committed to working in a bi-partisan fashion to represent all of my constituents. My office remains open to hearing from you on any concerns, problems or issues you have with state government. I truly believe that New York State is on the right path to restoring economic viability to upstate New York and I will do my best to continue bringing resources back to our district that enhance the quality of life for all our residents. Again, thank you for electing me your assembly member.