Lysander First holds community forum

With the election two months away, Lysander Town Board candidates Andy Reeves and Melinda Shimer hosted a community forum Sept. 3 to showcase their achievements during their term on the town board.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Municipalities work together to save money

In 2012, the legislature approved an agreement with towns, villages, and Cayuga County to plow approximately 316 miles of Onondaga County’s roads. For many years, Onondaga County has had an agreement with the state of New York to plow state roads in exchange for a base rate per mile. In an effort to streamline this service at the local level, the county reached out to the local municipalities to request they perform a similar service on county highways. After some negotiation, 19 towns, two villages and Cayuga County have agreed to a five year agreement to provide snow plowing services.

Nelson Democrats to caucus Sept. 9

A caucus of the Nelson Democratic Party for the purpose of nominating candidates for the Nov. 3 general election will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9 at the Nelson town office.

Cazenovia Democrats to caucus Sept. 9

A caucus of the Democratic Party for the purpose of nominating candidates for the Nov. 3 elections will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the Cazenovia Public Library community room.

Manlius Town Board sets public hearing to discuss tax cap

The Manlius Town Board has voted to set a public hearing to discuss whether or not the town should vote to override the 2 percent New York State property tax cap set by Governor Andrew Cuomo for the upcoming 2015-16 budget.

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‘Our fire is spreading’

Neighbors band together to form ‘Community Alliance for Residential Excellence’

It’s been a busy summer for community activists in Baldwinsville. The greater B’ville area has dealt with a proposed fire station, changes to the middle school curriculum, election season heating up and a possible new bus garage. A group of residents has banded together to address these issues, calling themselves “Community Alliance for Residential Excellence,” or CARE.

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Cicero PD may move to South Bay FD building

The town of Cicero is in talks with the South Bay Fire Department to acquire their vacant building as a new site for the Cicero Police Department.

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On the campaign trail: Salina campaign finance filings unremarkable

All Salina Town Board candidates are running unopposed this year, making for some pretty unremarkable campaign finance filings.

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On the campaign trail: Sharon to run for 128th Assembly Seat

John Sharon is hoping the fourth time’s the charm. Sharon, an attorney from DeWitt, has announced that he will once again be seeking the 128th Assembly seat this November. The seat was vacated in June when Assemblyman Sam Robert was appointed as commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

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Hiring in process

New part-time police officer on tap in village; new assistant court clerk hired

At its Aug. 17 meeting, the Village of Liverpool Board of Trustees heard a request from Police Chief Don Morris to consider hiring a new part-time officer. The candidate is John Linnertz, a retired Syracuse Police detective sergeant.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: County budget must make cutting property taxes a priority

On Sept. 15, the County Executive will present the 2016 county budget. I am optimistic that the budget that is presented will include a reduction in spending and, more importantly, a lower tax rate. I have spent the past several months knocking on doors, listening to the concerns of my neighbors. The message has been consistent — do something to lower my taxes. The legislature and the county executive have been focused on reducing the property tax levy the past several budget cycles. I am eager to continue that trend.

Locked out

Lysander highway super claims he was excluded from contract negotiations

While the Lysander Town Board approved a new contract Aug. 24 for the Teamsters Local 317, Highway Superintendent Gene Dinsmore is claiming he was “shut out” from contract negotiations for his employees.

On the campaign trail: Clay campaign accounts show little activity

The Clay Republican Committee’s most recent campaign finance report doesn’t show much in the way of activity, but it’s no surprise, since the Republicans haven’t had a slate of opponents for the town board since 2007.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Raising wage for one industry sets dangerous precedent

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the governor’s decision to convene a wage board for the purposes of considering increasing the minimum wage for fast food workers to $15 an hour.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Women’s Equality Day is Aug. 26

In 1852, activists gathered in Syracuse to fight for equality at the third national Women’s Rights Convention. New York has remained at the forefront of the women’s rights movement ever since, but, despite significant gains, many women still lack full equality. On Aug. 26, I hope you’ll join me in observing Women’s Equality Day, which reminds us not only of the strides we have taken in securing full and equal rights for women but also of the importance of continuing the fight.