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Brewerton’s riverfront to be unveiled

To the editor: I am pleased to announce we are having a celebration for the long-awaited Riverfront Park Improvements Project in Brewerton.

Village trustee candidates Kochan and Rosier re-elected unopposed

Liverpool village trustees Nick Kochan and Jim Rosier were re-elected on June 17when 41 village voters cast ballots. As usual, they both ran unopposed

New clerk in North Syracuse

Village Clerk-Treasurer Dianne Kufel has worked for North Syracuse for a dozen years, and now she’s getting some permanent part-time help. At their June 12 meeting, village trustees approved the hiring of Julia Getman as the village’s new part-time clerk.

Summer is here

The warm weather is here, and as I drive around town I notice that many people are out and about doing yard work and keeping their lawns looking neat and tidy. Thank you, Salina residents, for showing pride in your homes and keeping Salina looking beautiful.

Enjoy summer with a visit to a state park or a night spent camping under the stars

After the long, cold winter we had here in the Central New York, it’s time to take advantage of the warm weather and the beautiful sunshine as much as we can in the days to come. We’re fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful scenery throughout New York, from our beaches to our mountains to everything in between. When it’s nice out, there is no shortage of locations for taking advantage of what can only be described as glorious weather. The month of June is Great Outdoors Month, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by visiting one of New York’s 180 gorgeous state parks and historic sites.

Curbing, new streetlights to spiff up North Syracuse Village Center

Mayor Mark Atkinson presided over a public hearing at the North Syracuse Board of Trustees June 12 meeting regarding the Village Center Streetscape Improvements project.

Liverpool village trustee candidates run unopposed…again

Liverpool village trustees Nick Kochan and Jim Rosier are up for re-election on Tuesday, June 17, and unless someone mounts a surprise write-in campaign, the incumbents’ victory is assured. As usual, they are both unopposed. Rosier first took office in 2002 while Kochan, the former chairman of the Village Planning Board, became a trustee in 2006.

Father’s Day highlights the importance of men’s health

Our lives are busy. It can be hard to make time for doctor’s appointments or to take care of ourselves. But, June is Men’s Health Month, a time to educate ourselves about preventable health problems and the importance of early detection and treatment. With Father’s Day just around the corner and Men’s Health Month already in full swing, it’s a good time to focus on the men in our lives — fathers, friends, sons, brothers, uncles, husbands and grandfathers — and their health.

Traffic and safety improvements coming to Thompson Road

For years there have been concerns raised about the traffic problems at the intersection of Thompson Road, Island Road and Northern Boulevard and the need to fix them. Since taking office, I have discussed the importance of improving infrastructure, addressing safety issues, and repairing roads with many officials to ensure funding for improvements such as this in 2014, and am proud to have been a co-sponsor for the resolution to secure monies for this initiative. Investments in these critical areas are important to the future of our community and the county legislature recently appropriated the funding for the 2014 road repair and maintenance program. The good news for Cicero is that Phase II of the Thompson Road project has been included, which results in approximately $2.5 million worth of road improvements.

Get your kids excited about science with this year’s ‘Summer Reading Challenge’

Studies have shown that summer reading helps students perform better in school the following year. This year’s Summer Reading Challenge themes are science-related: “Fizz, Boom, Read!” for young readers and “Spark a Reaction” for tweens.

Cicero resident files complaint alleging malfeasance by top town officials

An attorney has filed a complaint with several state agencies against current and former leaders in the town of Cicero. Robert D. George, of Brewerton, lodged a similar complaint with the Cicero Town Board last month, alleging that Supervisor Jessica Zambrano’s relationship with town engineer Doug Wickman constituted a conflict of interest. The 87-page complaint he filed May 16 with the New York State Comptroller’s offices in Syracuse and Albany and the state Attorney General’s office in Syracuse, as well as the town board and ethics board, takes that allegation a step further.

Will county lots accommodate overflow parking from basin block businesses?

When a new business files a site plan with the Liverpool planning board, they’re required to show that they have enough parking spaces to accommodate their staff and customers. The Liverpool Village Board of Trustees is mulling a change to the village code which will allow applicants to count parking spaces in adjacent municipal parking areas in addition to on-street parking spaces and whatever spaces they have on their own site.

Katko comes out swinging

As a federal prosecutor, John Katko took on Mexican drug cartels in El Paso and helped develop a gang task force in Syracuse. Now, as the Republican candidate for Congress in Central New York’s 24th District, he’s taking on the Democrats in Washington, D.C. “If I can get through to those gangbangers, I can get through to those knuckleheads in Washington,” Katko said in Liverpool on May 22.

Honoring service and sacrifice this Memorial Day

More than picnics, parades and a day off from work, Memorial Day is a solemn reminder of the sacrifices that have been made, and the price that has been paid, by the servicemen and women who have fought to protect our way of life and keep us safe from harm. The freedoms and values that our country stands for are due to their heroic efforts.

Work taking place on aging sewer infrastructure

In 2007, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued a consent order for Floradale Road and Viking Place. The consent order requires Onondaga County to repair and improve the Electronics Park trunk sewer, which was originally built in 1948. After careful consideration, the county legislature approved the funding to construct certain improvements to the trunk sewer and the surrounding system. Two phases were scheduled with cost estimates at $10 million.