Town residents express concern
Last week, the town of Lysander held a well-attended public hearing on the proposed 2014 budget of $4,821,571, up from $4,292,927 in 2013.
Budget calls for $45,000 less in spending
The Van Buren Town Council unanimously approved a 2014 budget of $4.75 million at its monthly meeting on Nov. 6, at the Town Hall on Van Buren Road. Taxes will remain flat for property-owners within the village of Baldwinsville, while residents living outside of the village will see a slight decrease in their tax levies, according to Town Comptroller Greg Maxwell.
It was recently announced that the residential punch card fee for the Madison County Landfill will remain stable for 2014 at $13.50 for a five punches. Municipalities and agents selling punch cards will continue to receive 35 cents per punch card sold.
To the editor: I am once again deeply honored by the continued support and confidence the voters of the town of Cicero have shown me by reelecting me as their receiver of taxes. It’s an honor that I do not take for granted or take lightly.
After a close election night lead of only a handful of votes, the Republican candidates for town supervisor and town board in Fenner have maintained their leads and apparently been elected by the voters.
Practically the entire East Lake Road neighborhood by Owera Vineyards attended a town planning board public hearing last week concerning Owera’s proposal to build an events building. The neighbors showed up to not only oppose the winery’s proposed new building but also to demand an audit of the winery’s books to determine whether or not it has been holding its numerous weddings and events in violation of the state Department of Agriculture and Markets law.
After a nearly two-hour meeting and public hearing last week, the Cazenovia Town Planning Board told Owera Vineyards owner Peter Muserlian that it will not approve his request to build a new events building on his East Lake Road property unless and until the state Department of Agriculture and Markets makes a determination that the building — and the numerous proposed, year-round events that will be held inside it — actually have anything to do with farming and with promoting Owera’s wines, as the state DAM laws say they must.
Election technically too close to call with absentee ballots yet to be counted
After the results came in at the end of Election Day last week, the Skaneateles Party candidates appeared to have won a sweep in the Skaneateles town supervisor and councilor races.
It was a night of celebration for the Conservative Party in Baldwinsville this 2013 election night. All open seats were swept up by the party for both the town of Lysander and the town of Van Buren. In addition to the party’s election success, history was made in Lysander by newly elected Town Councilor, Roman J. Diamond. At age 21, he became the youngest Town Councilor to be elected to Lysander Town Council.
Election results from both contested and uncontested races in the towns of Marcellus, Camillus and Elbridge.
Board majority flips as Dems win three council seats
Democrats in the town of DeWitt finally have the majority they’ve sought for years. On Tuesday, DeWitt voters made it a clean sweep for the Democratic Party, re-electing Supervisor Ed Michalenko, who was uncontested, and electing Jamie Frank, Joey Chiarenza Jr., and Kerin Rigney to town councilor positions, all by wide margins.
Fesko, Venezia win town councilor seats
Democrat Mary Bean has won the election for Spafford town supervisor. Bean received 373 votes to Republican Webb Stevens' 298, according to the Onondaga County Board of Elections website.
For the second time in four years, Democratic candidate Mark Tetley and Republican Ed Theobald faced off against each other for the Manlius town supervisor seat. This time, the tables were turned as Tetley challenged incumbent Theobald for the supervisor job, but the outcome was the same; Theobald ousted him again, winning with 59 percent of the vote.
Town clerk proposition, however, could change with absentee votes
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Cazenovia voters apparently approved two ballot propositions in last night's vote, saying a definite yes to changing the town supervisor term of office from two years to four years, and a likely yes to changing the town clerk from an elected position to an appointed one. The town clerk proposition approval, however, only passed by 35 votes at the ballot box, and there are 61 absentee ballots waiting to be counted by the county board of elections, and 23 more absentee ballots that can still be received by Monday, Nov. 11.
On Election Night, there were no surprises in the Clay Town Board race, as Republican incumbents Naomi Bray and William Weaver, along with returning board member James Rowley, easily held onto their seats against Democratic challengers Nicholas Macaulay and James Southard.