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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.

Burtis appointed to legislature seat

Cicero deputy supervisor will take over for Corl

Cicero Deputy Supervisor Tim Burtis has been selected to replace Jim Corl as the Onondaga County Third District legislator.

Cicero Town Board comments on ethics ruling

More than a month after the Cicero Board of Ethics came to a conclusion about the conflict of interest created by Supervisor Jessica Zambrano’s relationship with former town engineer Doug Wickman, the town board has taken action on the ethics board’s opinion.

Village of North Syracuse to install Wi-Fi at Community Center

The village of North Syracuse’s board of trustees voted Jan. 8 to install wireless Internet in the community center on South Bay Road.

FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Thank you from Jim Corl

You may have read or heard “Jim Corl is leaving the legislature.” This has been one of my most difficult career decisions.

Residents have mixed feelings on ‘Ash for Trash’

About 50 people crowded into the Van Buren Town Hall to share their opinions on the proposed “Ash for Trash” waste management partnership between Onondaga and Cortland counties Jan. 6.

LETTER: Bob Smith - A leader when it comes to long term planning for our community

County Legislator Jim Corl Jr. is pleased to see that the Cicero Town Board recently re-appointed Bob Smith as the chair of the planning board.

LETTER: Town of Cicero should choose new planning board chair

To the editor: I commend the courage of The Eagle Star-Review to report the Cicero Board of Ethics’ decision that Supervisor Zambrano’s conduct did “constitute a conflict of interest.”

2014: The year that was

2014: The year that was

What were the biggest stories of the last year? Here are a few of our top picks:

Q&A with Onondaga County Sheriff Gene Conway

In this year’s midterm elections, Onondaga County had to elect a new sheriff after Kevin Walsh announced his retirement from the position he held for 20 years. In a competitive race between Republican Gene Conway and Democrat Toby Shelley, Conway won the race by a margin of 8,000 votes. Conway, who was chief of police for the town of DeWitt when he was elected, was sworn-in as sheriff on Dec. 17 at DeWitt Town Hall. Eagle Newspapers reporter Hayleigh Gowans got the chance to interview Conway shortly before he takes office at midnight on Dec. 31.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Single-payer would limit private options, cost taxpayers

Since the passage of Obamacare, polling consistently has shown people do not view the program favorably. Indeed, as has recently been reported, Dr. Gruber, one of the so-called architects of Obamacare, was recorded as saying that the only reasons the law passed Congress was because of the stupidity of the American voters and that there was a lack of transparency as to how the law was going to be financed. Gruber’s comments notwithstanding, this past election confirmed for many federal legislators who voted for Obamacare that the “stupid” American voter was going to hold them accountable for the passage of this flawed law. This is a sentiment that isn’t just coming from a Republican. Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer in a post-election speech also said as much.

EXCLUSIVE: Ethics committee: Zambrano’s relationship constitutes a conflict of interest

An ethics committee in the town of Cicero has determined that the supervisor’s relationship with an employee of the former engineering firm employed by the town does constitute a conflict of interest, according to a decision issued by the committee last week.

Cicero wraps up 2014 business

The Cicero Town Board took care of some housekeeping for its final meeting of 2014, which took place Dec. 10.

FROM THE LEGISLATURE: County legislature authorizes necessary sewer improvements

As a member of the Environmental Protection Committee at the legislature, I receive quarterly updates on the lake improvement project, as well as various projects taking place across the county to mitigate stormwater infiltration in to our sewers. Surprisingly, most of our water treatment and sewer infrastructure is more than four decades old. Investments to the infrastructure that is underground has paled in comparison to the infrastructure that we see every day — our roads and bridges.

From the state senate: Support Cell Phones for Soldiers

I have kicked off my seventh-annual Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive to help our soldiers serving overseas stay connected with their loved ones back home, especially during the holidays. You can support this important cause by donating your gently-used mobile phones to any of my designated collection sites throughout Onondaga County and the city of Auburn. 

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