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DeWitt and East Syracuse courts receive grant

Courts in the town of DeWitt and the village of East Syracuse have received grant money from the New York State Justice Courts Assistance Program (JCAP) to help enhance courtrooms in the communities.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: New health tax included in budget; ethics debate ethics must be had

We have heard a lot from the governor’s office about the success of New York’s health exchange. The exchange was set up pursuant to the Affordable Care Act, which mandates that all Americans obtain health insurance. The exchanges, which are either set up by individual states or by the federal government (when a state decides not to opt into the program), are, in theory, supposed to provide a market for people to purchase health insurance. New York, pursuant to an executive order of the governor, set up its own exchange. Compared to other states and to the federal government’s system, New York’s exchange has had fewer reported problems.

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Town of Manlius selects new councilor

Will fill the vacant seat left by Jason Cassalia

The Manlius Town Board swore-in Richard Rossetti as its newest councilor at the Feb. 11 regular meeting. Rossetti, a 23-year resident of Manlius, had previously served on the town’s zoning board for two years and on the planning board for about 10 years, where he had been the chairman. He is involved in the real estate industry and construction.

Cicero drama continues

Town board member’s father files petition to remove Zambrano as town supervisor

Two months after the town’s Board of Ethics determined that Supervisor Jessica Zambrano’s romantic relationship constituted a conflict of interest, a resident of the town of Cicero has filed a petition requesting her removal.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Don’t let the tax season be so taxing

 A guide to tax breaks and local assistance

Tax season is not supposed to be so taxing. Yet, when navigating through the complex system, it’s easy to overlook opportunities that could save you and your family hundreds or even thousands of dollars in federal and state tax credits. This month, I encourage residents in our communities to set aside time and check what tax credits are available for them.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Tax credits available to help you save money

Too often, hardworking families miss the opportunity to save hundreds or even thousands of dollars in federal and state tax credits. These tax credits are in place to help families make their hard-earned dollars stretch just a little farther.

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Lysander discusses supervisor’s position

The supervisor’s position was the topic of a heated discussion during the work session preceding the Feb. 9 Lysander Town Board meeting. The board is considering whether it will reduce the position of supervisor from full-time to part-time in 2016.

North Syracuse seeks ideas for community development grant

The village of North Syracuse is brainstorming projects for a community development grant. Residents will have the opportunity to share their ideas for what they think the money should be used for at a public hearing March 12.

Lamson Road area eligible for community development grant

A block in the town of Lysander may be eligible for up to $50,000 in homebuyer assistance grants for low-income populations, town engineer Al Yager announced at the Feb. 9 meeting of the Lysander Town Board.

Cicero’s building woes

Committee finds fault with town facilities

As the list of needed repairs at the town’s facilities grows, the Cicero Town Board approved $1,275 in emergency snow and ice removal from the roof of the highway department at its Feb. 11 meeting.

Public informational meetings held for Manlius fire station

Two more planned for Feb. 26 and March 7

About 40 residents gathered at Eagle Hill Middle School for the first of three informational meetings on the proposed construction of a new fire station for the village of Manlius Fire Department, which comes with a bond of $10.8 million.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: With new speaker comes opportunity for meaningful reform

It is a tumultuous time in the New York Assembly. Long-time serving Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver has been arrested for public corruption.

LETTER: Lysander councilor to host town hall meeting

As an elected councilor in the town of Lysander, I would like to personally invite every resident that has any questions or concerns with their town government to attend my first town hall meeting scheduled for March 5.

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Former Van Buren supervisor dies at 91

Longtime Van Buren stateswoman Elizabeth “Liz” McCarthy-Bowers died Jan. 25 at her home in Baldwinsville, five days shy of her 92nd birthday.

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Carrier Recreation Center project receives $4 million in town-approved bond

The town of DeWitt board has approved a $4 million bond that would go toward costs associated with the Willis Carrier Recreation Center, which will be home to the Challenger Baseball League and a hub for many other sport competitions in DeWitt.