I believe that one way that we can move our county forward is by improving our infrastructure. At our May legislative session we authorized funding to improve our highways and bridges, we accepted grant funding to continue the development of the Skä·noñh – Great Law of Peace Center, and we refinanced some outstanding bonds at a lower interest rate.
Here in Onondaga County, agriculture is a vital part of our community and a cornerstone of our economy. I’ve been working hard to support our state’s dedicated farmers and ensure they have the resources they need to thrive, but there’s more that can be done. By shopping at our local farmers markets this season, you can do your part to strengthen our economy and bring home fresh, healthy products for you and your family.
It looks like it’ll be a dogfight for the Democratic Party nomination to replace Assemblyman Sam Roberts. Or maybe a catfight.
Gary Butterfield has announced his candidacy as mayor of the village of North Syracuse. Butterfield has served as a village trustee since 2005. Running on the same ticket are current Trustee Paul Linnertz, who is seeking to retain his seat, and Jack Gaiser, who seeks the other open trustee position. All three are Republicans.
To the editor: A few of Cicero Town Supervisor Jessica Zambrano’s friends have asked about my questioning whether a recent Cicero Town Board meeting led by Bill Meyer, who is not a Cicero Town Board member and is not an elected official, may have been an illegal meeting, and I am happy to respond.
Nobody filed petitions to get on the ballot as an independent candidate in this year’s village elections, according to Deputy Village Clerk Sandy Callahan. The deadline was May 12. As a result, three Republicans will run unopposed, as usual.
School board and budget elections will be held Tuesday, May 19. North Syracuse voters will go to the polls to select five candidates for four open seats. Of those four seats, three are full three-year terms, while the fourth is to fill the unexpired term of Catherine Cifaratta-Brayton, who passed away earlier this year. Her term was set to expire June 30. Candidate George Harrington, an incumbent, did not respond to the Star-Review’s request for information. Voters also will be asked to approve a $150.8 million budget, which represents a 2.03 increase in the tax levy, and a $1.4 million bus proposition.
To the editor: At the Sept. 10, 2014, Cicero Town Board meeting, Councilor Mike Becallo read a prepared statement concerning the timeliness of the agenda. It included the statement: “We are elected officials whose job is to represent the people of this town. We need to keep open lines of communication.”
To the editor: At the April 22 Cicero Town Board meeting, Supervisor Jessica Zambrano was absent and Deputy Supervisor Bill Meyer presided. Councilor Mike Becallo challenged the legality of that meeting. He stated that he did some research and could not “find it anywhere in the town code that establishes the position of deputy supervisor of the town of Cicero.”
As your representative in the state assembly, my top priority has always been to stand up for the issues that matter most to families here in Central New York. That’s why I fought for a state budget that will help strengthen our local economy and invest in our schools — but there’s still more that can be done. Together, we can make our communities stronger. I encourage you to get involved in the legislative process and make your voice heard.
Ed Szczesniak has announced that he is seeking the Democratic Party’s designation to be this November’s candidate for the Onondaga County Legislature’s third district. The third district represents almost all of the town of Cicero and a portion of the town of Manlius in the village of Minoa.
More than three dozen village Republicans gathered at Liverpool Village Hall for their annual caucus on the evening of April 27, and they unanimously endorsed three candidates to run in this year’s village election on June 16. Two of the candidates — incumbent Mayor Gary White and five-term Trustee Dennis Hebert — will seek re-election, while the third candidate — Christina Fadden Fitch of Hiawatha Trail — was nominated for run for the trustee seat now held by Bob Gaetano.
Village of North Syracuse Deputy Mayor Chuck Henry announced his candidacy for mayor April 27.
Salina Supervisor Mark Nicotra has announced that he will be running again. Nicotra announced last week that he will be seeking a fifth term as town supervisor. He first won the seat in 2007, taking office in January of 2008.
As a husband and father, hearing stories about incidents of domestic violence truly breaks my heart. No one should have to suffer such abuse. As we take steps to prevent these crimes from happening, we should also fight for the rights of those who have been victimized.