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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: County government heading in the right direction

While opening the receipt for my county property tax bill this week, my mind flashed over every controversial issue that confronted the legislature in 2014. To say the least, the year was full of highs and lows. However, when I looked at the bottom line of that tax bill, I knew we got the most important thing right.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Seeking nominations for 3rd annual Women of Distinction Awards

To honor our history of equality and progress, I’m hosting my third annual Women of Distinction Awards ceremony. It will be held in March in conjunction with Women’s History Month to recognize some of the most accomplished women from our area.

Cicero drama continues

Town board member’s father files petition to remove Zambrano as town supervisor

Two months after the town’s Board of Ethics determined that Supervisor Jessica Zambrano’s romantic relationship constituted a conflict of interest, a resident of the town of Cicero has filed a petition requesting her removal.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Don’t let the tax season be so taxing

 A guide to tax breaks and local assistance

Tax season is not supposed to be so taxing. Yet, when navigating through the complex system, it’s easy to overlook opportunities that could save you and your family hundreds or even thousands of dollars in federal and state tax credits. This month, I encourage residents in our communities to set aside time and check what tax credits are available for them.

North Syracuse seeks ideas for community development grant

The village of North Syracuse is brainstorming projects for a community development grant. Residents will have the opportunity to share their ideas for what they think the money should be used for at a public hearing March 12.

Cicero’s building woes

Committee finds fault with town facilities

As the list of needed repairs at the town’s facilities grows, the Cicero Town Board approved $1,275 in emergency snow and ice removal from the roof of the highway department at its Feb. 11 meeting.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Continuing the fight for tougher ethics reform

This week we saw a historic moment as we voted for the assembly’s first African-American speaker, Carl E. Heastie. As he made clear, one of Speaker Heastie’s top priorities is instituting much-needed ethics reform. I’ve been fighting for tougher measures to crack down on elected officials who violate the public’s trust because public officials are elected to serve the people – not betray their confidence.

Meet Dick Cushman

Cicero town board welcomes new councilor

As former Deputy Supervisor Tim Burtis bowed out to replace Jim Corl, Jr., as Cicero’s county legislator, the Cicero Town Board has added Dick Cushman to its numbers. Dick Cushman, a Republican, was one of two candidates who threw his hat into the ring to replace Burtis.

Meyer named Cicero deputy supervisor

Former Third District Onondaga County Legislator Bill Meyer has been named deputy supervisor of the town of Cicero. Supervisor Jessica Zambrano made the announcement Friday via a Facebook post on the town’s page.

Liverpool to apply for historic status for graveyard

If the National Register of Historic Places adds Liverpool’s Village Cemetery to its rolls, the 169-year-old graveyard could become eligible for state renovation funds.

Becallo accuses Venesky, Germain of threats

Cicero Town Councilor Mike Becallo is claiming that other members of the town’s administration have made threats against him.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Federal investigators trap Albany’s Silver fox

Former Cicero Assemblyman Michael Bragman sure looks good in retrospect.  Bragman’s nemesis, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, was arrested on federal corruption charges Jan. 22.

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Guest column: North Syracuse doing its part for government efficiency

During the 2014 re-election campaign, Gov. Cuomo claimed that New York’s high property taxes were due to the waste and duplication of New York’s “more than 10,500 local governments.” Not only is his contention incorrect, the governor also failed to acknowledge the role the state has played in exacerbating this property tax problem.

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Burtis sworn into legislature

Cicero’s former deputy supervisor Tim Burtis was sworn in as county legislator Jan. 23 by Onondaga County Family Court Judge Michael Hanuszczak.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: In memory of Mario Cuomo

Mario Cuomo was an excellent speaker and an exemplary public servant. The impact of his service for our great state will be evident for years to come. His contributions and accomplishments, as an orator and as governor, will be remembered fondly. However, for me, it’s his kind demeanor that set him apart as a leader and especially as an elected official.

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