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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Join the effort to revitalize Central New York

The hunt is on for the biggest and brightest ideas to revitalize Central New York’s economy. The deadline for the public to submit ideas that could help our region secure vital economic development funding is fast approaching, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to get involved in the future of our community.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Playground in store for Skyway Park; other improvements coming

A federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) has been awarded to the town of Cicero for installation of a playground at Skyway Park on East Taft Road. The county legislature voted unanimously to accept $50,000 and allocate it to the town of Cicero at our recent legislative session. I was pleased to cosponsor this item.

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From the state senate: Legislation to ensure equal access, participation in New York

As we mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about two important bills that would help to empower individuals with certain disabilities. Both of these bills that I sponsored passed the state senate and state assembly during the 2015 legislative session and await the governor’s consideration. I hope you will join me in urging Gov. Cuomo to sign these bills into state law.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Katko applauds Navy for choosing Lockheed Martin

Last week, U.S. Rep. John Katko, the freshman Republican congressman representing our 24th District, applauded the announcement that the U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin $153,947,182 for Block 2 of the Navy’s Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP).

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EDITORIAL: Protect your pets and your family from rabies

As you’re spending more time outside this summer, make sure you keep yourself and your pets safe from rabies. There is no treatment for this virus, which is transmitted by the bite of a rabid mammal, but luckily, rabies is preventable.

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Police blotter: Cicero PD announces recent arrests

Arrests from June 15 to July 9.

LPD’s Unger honored

Navy vet named Police Officer of the Year by local PBA, Elks

Within the past year, Liverpool Police Officer Gerald E. Unger helped save two lives. Over his six years with the LPD, Unger has consistently earned praise from his superiors for his interrogation skills and for his willingness to take extra steps to solve a case and make arrests. Last month his efforts also earned him two prestigious local awards.

Legislature to release $42K for second mosquito spraying in Cicero

County Legislator Tim Burtis announced Monday that he is requesting legislative approval of $42,100 to administer a second aerial spraying of the Cicero Swamp. Typically, the county sprays once a year.

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Historic North Syracuse: Meet Hubert C. Fay

Born in 1875, my granddad Hubert Carpenter Fay transitioned easily from the horse and buggy days into the age of the automobile.

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NOPL news: Enjoy hands-free reading throughout the busy summer

Get your hands on a hands-free read by picking up an audiobook at NOPL. For many people, the summer months are packed with activities: family vacations, get-togethers, holiday celebrations, summer camps and other events. With so much going on, we often leave little downtime for ourselves to enjoy reading. But some people have found a “secret” way to squeeze in that summer read — it’s in the form of an audiobook.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Donate blood at the ninth annual Lifesavers Blood Drive

I hope you’ll consider joining me in helping to save lives this summer at the ninth annual Lifesavers Blood Drive. The event will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, at Driver’s Village at 5885 E. Circle Drive in Cicero.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Historic village photos now among Images of America

For 11 long months, from February to December 2014, Dorianne Elitharp Gutierrez and Joyce M. Mills examined thousands of historic photographs of the Liverpool area and chose well to fill the 128-page paperback “Around Liverpool,” issued June 22 by Arcadia Publishing as part of its well-known series, “Images of America.”

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EDITORIAL: Cicero’s leaked document investigation a waste of time and resources

The Cicero Police Department has officially closed its investigation into who leaked to the press the advisory opinion of the Cicero Ethics Board calling Supervisor Jessica Zambrano’s relationship with the town engineer a conflict of interest. After interviewing all parties and following up on all leads, Investigator James Meyers reported he has no suspects and no further leads.

Boards in brief: Cicero resident criticizes email ‘transparency problem’

At the Cicero Town Board’s July 8 meeting, resident Deborah Gardner questioned why the town was not able to provide her with town board members’ email correspondence when she made various FOIL requests for those emails.

Boards in brief: North Syracuse welcomes new officials

Gary Butterfield presided over his first North Syracuse board of trustees meeting as mayor July 9. Butterfield appointed Paul Linnertz to fill his vacant trustee seat, and trustees-elect Pat Gustafson and Diane Browning, both Democrats, joined the board as well. Fred Fergerson was named deputy mayor.

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Cicero offers 14-week citizens’ police academy

The Cicero Police Department is offering a 14-week citizens police academy course that takes the average citizen behind the scenes of a police officer’s job. This is your chance to tour the Onondaga County Department of Correction, learn how law enforcement officers negotiate crisis situations and see how forensic science really works.

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Going gold for Griffin

Griffin’s Guardians to host inaugural Gold Tie Gala Sept. 18

Griffin Engle could often be found throwing his hands up in the air, looking at the sky, calling out, “It’s a great day to be alive!”

Cicero PD completes investigation into leaked ethics docs

Identity of individual who sent committee’s decision to press unknown

The Cicero Police Department has run into a dead end in its investigation into who leaked to the press the advisory opinion of the Cicero Ethics Board calling Supervisor Jessica Zambrano’s relationship with the town engineer a conflict of interest.

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CNYSPCA Pet of the Week: Your new best buddy Buby

Beautiful Buby is looking for a home!

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New York State Senate kicks off summer reading program

Summer reading is a great way to keep children academically sharp for the new school year. It can also be a fun and rewarding activity. That is why I am once again sponsoring the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program to encourage summer learning. The New York State Senate, in partnership with the New York State Library, offers this convenient online program, so families may enjoy the rewards of reading together.

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