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Becallo to challenge Giordano in primary

The Onondaga County Republican Committee may have picked Vince Giordano to run against Assemblyman Al Stirpe for the 127th district seat, but Cicero Town Councilor Mike Becallo isn’t backing down. Becallo announced last week that he will continue his campaign for the seat, challenging Giordano in a primary this fall.

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‘Tell your story’

School boards association urges residents to lobby for state aid

Local school districts have two demands for state legislators this budget season: get rid the gap elimination adjustment and fix the formula for foundation aid.

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LETTER: If enrollment is down, why are taxes going up?

To the editor: Just finished reading the column by Russ Tarby in the Star-Review about our high school taxes in the county [“Consensus kicks door open to future tax relief,” page 4, Feb. 3]. The one thing that was missing from the column was that, as taxpayers, we still continue to approve the school budgets that come up for a vote each year. Maybe it’s about time the taxpayers started voting down the budget and forced the school administrators and boards of education to find other ways to educate the kids that are more cost-effective.

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LETTER: Tarby gives unrealistic view of school taxes, demographics

To the editor: Reading Russ Tarby’s article, “Consensus kicks door open to future tax relief” [page 4, Feb. 3] one is lead to believe that the Liverpool school district “demands” money from its taxpayers and that those budget increases are somehow out of line with the district’s needs. Let’s take a closer look at the reality.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Paid family leave good for families, the economy

Have you ever had to choose between caring for a loved one and working so you can pay the bills? It’s a painful decision that too many workers have had to make.

Village of North Syracuse: CanTeen reports a busy 2015

Representatives of the CanTeen made their rounds to local municipal boards last week, reporting on the center’s 2015 activities to the Cicero Town Board on Jan. 27 and the North Syracuse Board of Trustees on Jan. 28.

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Cicero postpones lighting district hearing again

Cicero residents who want to speak about a proposal to consolidate the town’s numerous lighting districts will have to wait once again. The town board voted Jan. 27 to adjourn a public hearing on the proposed law to March 23.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Families keep more money with free tax help

Navigating the complex tax system can be overwhelming and stressful, making it easy to overlook hundreds or even thousands of dollars in potential credits and deductions. But right now, free assistance is available throughout Central New York to help guide hardworking families through tax season and ensure they get every penny they deserve.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Consensus kicks door open to future tax relief

After a year and a half of study, the Consensus committee to modernize local government in Onondaga County recommends merging the county and the city of Syracuse. Such a dramatic consolidation would likely save a few bucks here and there, but the average property taxpayer here would see little change to their annual levies. Maybe if they squint.

LIVERPOOL: Villagers invited to weigh in on proposed Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru

If Liverpool residents are concerned about the possibility of Dunkin’ Donuts building a new restaurant in the village, they should mark their calendars for Monday, Feb. 29.

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LETTER: Zambrano not absolved of ethics charges

To the editor: Recent news articles and letters to the editor, along with comments at Cicero Town Hall and in the community, indicate there is a good deal of misunderstanding regarding the decision by the Cicero Board of Ethics that found the former town supervisor guilty of a conflict of interest and subsequent litigation seeking her removal from office.

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LETTER: Becallo for state assembly

To the editor: Over the last two years, the town of Cicero has been fighting for its life. For most of the people in CNY, this is no big surprise, as many communities are fighting hard to stay afloat. With reports stating that Cicero will be bankrupt by 2019, we have had one single hope: Councilman Mike Becallo.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: This year’s state budget should invest in our future

Balancing a budget is never easy, but every family and household has to do it, and so too does the state. One of the most important responsibilities I have as your representative in the state Assembly is to help craft and pass a balanced state budget that meets the needs of our community. The budget isn’t just a spending plan; it’s a reflection of our priorities and a blueprint for achieving our shared goals.

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Paved paradise, part two

North Syracuse trustees discuss restrictions on driveways

The village of North Syracuse is still mulling over a possible change to the code that would restrict the percentage of a homeowner’s front yard that can be made of paved asphalt or stone. The issue first arose last month when village officials discussed what to do about homeowners who park multiple vehicles on their lawns, creating an eyesore.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Women’s equality laws now in effect across the state

When Gov. Cuomo signed several women’s rights bills into law last year, it was an important victory. That’s because enacting full equality for women has always been one of my top priorities — not just as a member of the Assembly, but as a husband and father of two remarkable daughters.

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