Column: Star Wars, more than just a movie?

Wars, wars, wars — all wars are all turf wars. The Russians grab Crimea, they have a toehold in Syria (right next to Turkey), and both are picking for a fight. Silently, the Russians are positioning to control the Arctic as well. China is creating new islands, as they destroy valuable coral reefs and daring anyone to challenge them.

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CICERO: Zambrano issues report summarizing her term

Ethics complaint, facilities loom large

Jessica Zambrano has issued a report summarizing her term as Cicero’s town supervisor, which ends Dec. 31. The document, which clocks in at nearly 5,000 words, is available on the town’s website.

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LETTER: Tassone justifies pay raise vote

To the editor: For decades, the Onondaga County Legislature has struggled with how to address elected officials’ salaries. Many times I have opposed raises for elected officials. For the past year, proposals to increase elected officials’ salaries were debated.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Together, we can strengthen New York state’s export trade

As your representative in Albany, I am always trying to find ways to help locally-owned businesses grow and thrive. When that happens, local jobs are created and everybody benefits.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Create tax policies that support low-income earners

At the beginning of the year, New York state’s minimum wage will increase to $9 an hour. Many, particularly left-leaning organizations from NYC, argue that $9 isn’t enough and New York should raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour — a position with which Governor Cuomo agrees. Their basic argument is that we need higher wages to lift low-wage earners out of poverty. 

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Cicero nixes public comment on agenda items

Residents still may speak during ‘public input’

Cicero residents with something to say will have to speak at the end of town board meetings or forever hold their peace. The town board voted 4-0 in Councilor Mike Becallo’s absence Dec. 9 to rescind the June 11, 2014, motion allowing public input for each agenda item.

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Program Log Baldwinsville PAC-B (Channel 98, FiOS 30) - Dec. 19 to 25

Baldwinsville PAC-B, the public access cable channel 98 for Time Warner and channel 30 for Verizon FIOS, is available 24 hours a day to provide video and information of local interest. For the convenience of the public, the schedule of the next ten programs is aired on PAC-B TV at 9 a.m., noon, 3, 6 and 9 p.m. daily. The Baldwinsville Bulletin Board will air from midnight to 9 a.m. daily. For anyone that missed a program on TV, many of the programs are available on the internet. To access the previous videos online, a link is available at pacbtv.org.

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From the Assembly: Award paves the way for a promising future in CNY

Gov. Cuomo recently announced that Central New York is one of three regions to receive $500 million through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative. As the largest investment of state aid our region has ever seen, this represents an unprecedented opportunity for our economic future.

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From the Assembly: All the stars were aligned

I am pleased and proud to report that the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) was awarded one of the top three economic development packages worth $500 million over five years. The other two regions of upstate that also received the highest monetary awards were the Finger Lakes Region and the Southern Tier Region.

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Guest column: Melvin Farm incentive zoning application raises questions

As many local residents already know, a real estate developer, Marden Associates, has applied to the town of Lysander for approval of their plan to build 447 homes on 280 acres on property located on the “peninsula” along Hayes Road, close to the northwest end of that road. This is known as the “Melvin Farm Zoning Change Application.”

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Town clerk clashes with board over incentive zoning notifications

Melvin Farm, Cabbage Patch public hearings canceled

Developers in charge of the proposed Cabbage Patch and Melvin Farm incentive zoning developments will have to wait for the next Lysander Town Board to decide the fate of their projects. The board voted Monday night to cancel the public hearings on the two applications, which had been scheduled for Dec. 28.

Lysander ZBA recommends incentive zoning applications

Board concerned about sewers, traffic

The Lysander Zoning Board of Appeals has issued a positive recommendation to the Melvin Farm and Cabbage Patch incentive zoning applications. The projects will be referred to the Lysander Town Board for review, and public hearings for both proposals will be held Dec. 28.

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Letter: Elected officials in Manlius thank voters

To the editor: On behalf of the recently elected and re-elected Town of Manlius officials, we would like to thank the voters for their continued support and the support of our entire team.

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LETTER: Thanks and best of luck to Supervisor Jessica Zambrano

To the editor: It has been with honor and pleasure that I have had the opportunity to work with Supervisor Jessica Zambrano for the past two years.

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LETTER: Cicero should post video recordings of meetings on web

To the editor: The article titled “Cicero tax levy jumps nearly 12 percent” in the Star-Review (posted online on Nov. 24) discussed the 2016 budget vote.