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LETTERS: North Syracuse trustees-elect say thank you

Trustees-elect Diane Browning and Pat Gustafson express their gratitude to voters.

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LETTER: Szczesniak for county legislature

To the editor: I am delighted Ed Szczesniak wants to represent the third district in the Onondaga County Legislature.

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Boards in brief: Cicero redefines ‘restaurant’ in town code

The Cicero Town Board changed the definition of a restaurant in the town code to include establishments that allow both indoor and outdoor consumption. The board voted unanimously at its June 24 meeting — Supervisor Jessica Zambrano and Councilor Mike Becallo were absent from the meeting.

Roberts appointed to state position

BOE announces vacancy in the 128th

Sam Roberts is no longer the assemblyman for the 128th district. Roberts, who was first elected to the seat in 2010, was appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. He was confirmed by the state senate last week just before the end of the state legislative session.

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Boyke again seeks supervisor’s seat

Judy Boyke is once again running for supervisor in the town of Cicero. The Democrat, who served in the town’s top spot from 2009 to 2011, announced her candidacy last week after the Cicero Democratic Committee’s caucus, held June 16 at Cicero’s Twin Rinks.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Fraud division investigates benefit fraud

Onondaga County’s Department of Social Services – Economic Security is responsible for providing public benefit programs to the citizens of our county. More than 120,000 members of our community will receive some benefit through DSS-ES this year. The benefits available vary greatly, from Temporary Assistance and SNAP (food stamps), to energy assistance (HEAP), day care subsidies, child support and medical insurance (Medicaid). The downturn in the economy has increased the need for these programs dramatically. In fact, 25 percent of Onondaga County’s population qualifies for assistance in some way through DSS-ES.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Plan to fund private schools with tax credits misses the mark

As we enter the last days of this year’s legislative session, there’s one issue that continues to echo loudly in the halls of the Capitol — the Education Investment Tax Credit (EITC).

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EDITORIAL: Village voter turnout dismal

Last week’s election results were pretty disappointing. We’re certainly not lamenting the candidates who were elected into office. No, we’re more concerned with the dismal voter turnout in both the village of Liverpool and the village of North Syracuse, where less than a fifth of registered voters made their way to the polls.

North Syracuse mayoral race too close to call; trustee seats go to Democrats

The mayoral race between former North Syracuse village trustees Gary Butterfield and Chuck Henry was too close to call on Election Night. Just 10 votes separated the two candidates after the polls closed at 9 p.m. June 16, with Republican Butterfield pulling in 274 votes and Henry, a Democrat, at 264. Village Clerk Dianne Kufel said 49 applications were filed for absentee ballots. Those votes will likely have to be counted before a winner can be declared.

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Cicero residents hit pause on stop signs

While Cicero Police Chief Joseph Snell recommended that the town install a stop sign on the northwest corner of Matilda Gage and Asa Eastwood, neighborhood residents said at a June 10 public hearing that they wanted to see more enforcement of speed limits rather than more signage.

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Liverpool election a sure thing

Mayor White, Trustee Hebert and newcomer Christina Fadden Fitch all unopposed in village election

Politics can be unpredictable, but not here in Liverpool. For most of this young century village candidates have run unopposed, and that’s the way it will be when voters cast their ballots June 16, at the Village Hall.

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LETTERS: North Syracuse village elections

Several readers wrote in with their opinions about the North Syracuse elections:

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EDITORIAL: Village residents: Don’t forget to vote June 16

This Tuesday, voters in both Liverpool and North Syracuse will head to the polls to select their leadership.

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ASSEMBLY: Education reforms put the focus back on learning

When it comes to education, we must make every effort to provide our children with a solid foundation that will prepare them for future success. This includes providing vital funding for our schools and making certain the education policies we enact will give our students the support and opportunities they deserve.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: If you’re being overcharged for utilities, contact NYSDPS

The New York State Department of Public Service’s (NYSDPS) primary mission is to ensure affordable, safe, secure and reliable access to electric, gas, steam, telecommunications and water services for New York state’s residential and business consumers while protecting the natural environment.