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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: 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.

Cicero candidates disclose campaign finances

With election season gearing up, candidates for office in the town of Cicero have disclosed their financials to the state.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: B.J. robs Nichols Liquors then drifts into the mist

Small world, I guess. The last Wednesday in July, I met a man who said his name was B.J. He was hanging out on the fringe of an audience of 300 at the Skiffle Minstrels’ concert at Johnson Park. Attired in grunge fashions – checked shirt, tattered jeans and scuffed cowboy boots — B.J. bummed a cigarette from a bystander and listened quietly to the Western swing tunes like “Fort Worth Jailhouse” — just a tall, lanky loner with a scruffy beard and tattered ball cap.

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Gate approved

County Parks will place a card-activated gate lift at the base of Vine Street

At its July 20 meeting, the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees approved an Onondaga County Parks plan to install a “Card-Activated Gate Lift” at the entrance to Onondaga Lake Park at the base of Vine Street.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Save the Rain saves money, reduces waste

As a member of the legislature’s Environmental Protection Committee, I receive regular updates from the Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protection (WEP).

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Help support the CanTeen at the annual Gus Macker tournament

For years, I’ve worked with the Cicero CanTeen, a youth center that provides a safe and constructive place for teens to go after school. But the CanTeen offers more than that, including meals, games, educational field trips and numerous volunteer opportunities, available to all who wish to attend. Programs like the CanTeen help to make our community a better place and provide a brighter future for our kids.

A step back for Stewart’s Shops

Clay town board denies zone change request

It looks like the town of Clay may not welcome a second Stewart’s Shops after all. With minimal discussion, the Clay Town Board voted unanimously July 20 to deny Stewart’s request for a zone change for a parcel on the southeast corner of Bear and Buckley roads.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Every child deserves a quality education

When it comes to our kids’ education, I think we can all agree that every child deserves the opportunity to succeed. That’s why early special education programs — like the one offered at the Main Street School in North Syracuse — are so important.

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LETTER: Thanks for voting for Butterfield

To the editor: To the residents of the village of North Syracuse: I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for selecting me to represent the village as mayor.

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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: 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.

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