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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Session to focus on families, students, small businesses and ethics

The beginning of the state legislative session, like the beginning of a new calendar year, is a time for reflection and goal setting. It reminds us to improve ourselves and the world around us through hard work and determination. As the new session gets underway, I’d like to take this opportunity to share my reflections and goals with you.

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Local leaders share New Year’s resolutions

According to a 2015 Nielsen survey, some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions among Americans are “to stay fit and healthy, to lose weight” and “to spend less [and] save more.” While on a considerably larger scale, the goals of local government leaders are to keep the northern towns and villages healthy and fiscally responsible. Read on for your municipality’s New Year’s resolutions:

Becallo to challenge Stirpe for assembly seat

Republican Mike Becallo has announced his candidacy to run for the New York State 127th Assembly District currently held by Al Stirpe. The 127th Assembly District includes the towns of Cicero, Clay, Manlius, Tully, Fabius and Pompey.

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Remembering 2015

A look back at the year that was

It was a big year in the north suburbs, one that included headlines in the fields of politics, education and sports. Read on for the top 10 stories in the towns of Cicero, Clay and Salina in 2015, as well as some of our most notable photos.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Recycle your electronics this holiday season

The holiday season is a wonderful opportunity for renewal. From connecting with loved ones around the Thanksgiving table to making resolutions for the new year, these celebratory weeks inspire us to be more generous, thoughtful and kind.

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CICERO: Zambrano issues report summarizing her term

Ethics complaint, facilities loom large

Jessica Zambrano has issued a report summarizing her term as Cicero’s town supervisor, which ends Dec. 31. The document, which clocks in at nearly 5,000 words, is available on the town’s website.

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LETTER: Tassone justifies pay raise vote

To the editor: For decades, the Onondaga County Legislature has struggled with how to address elected officials’ salaries. Many times I have opposed raises for elected officials. For the past year, proposals to increase elected officials’ salaries were debated.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Together, we can strengthen New York state’s export trade

As your representative in Albany, I am always trying to find ways to help locally-owned businesses grow and thrive. When that happens, local jobs are created and everybody benefits.

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Cicero nixes public comment on agenda items

Residents still may speak during ‘public input’

Cicero residents with something to say will have to speak at the end of town board meetings or forever hold their peace. The town board voted 4-0 in Councilor Mike Becallo’s absence Dec. 9 to rescind the June 11, 2014, motion allowing public input for each agenda item.

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From the Assembly: Award paves the way for a promising future in CNY

Gov. Cuomo recently announced that Central New York is one of three regions to receive $500 million through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative. As the largest investment of state aid our region has ever seen, this represents an unprecedented opportunity for our economic future.

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LETTER: Thanks and best of luck to Supervisor Jessica Zambrano

To the editor: It has been with honor and pleasure that I have had the opportunity to work with Supervisor Jessica Zambrano for the past two years.

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LETTER: Cicero should post video recordings of meetings on web

To the editor: The article titled “Cicero tax levy jumps nearly 12 percent” in the Star-Review (posted online on Nov. 24) discussed the 2016 budget vote.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Onondaga Lake to host inaugural regatta in July

At last month’s Planning and Economic Development meeting we received some wonderful news from Syracuse Media Group and the Syracuse Chargers Rowing organization. A corporate regatta has been scheduled for July 16, 2016, in conjunction with the Chargers summer Corporate Rowing League. The Corporate Rowing League runs from May through July, culminating with the 24 corporate teams competing with other teams from across the nation in the inaugural Onondaga Cup Regatta.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: For people with disabilities, inclusion matters

On Dec. 3, we marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This designation has been celebrated around the world annually since it was established by the United Nations in 1992. As the father of a daughter with disabilities and a representative to many others, I hope you will join me in reflecting on this occasion and considering how we can make our world more welcoming for everyone, including people with disabilities.

Liverpool: Tulip Street neighbors worried about proposed Meyer Manor Apartments

Two dozen residents of the Tulip Street area north of the Thruway attended the Nov. 16 meeting of the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees to express their concerns about a 130-unit apartment complex proposed for their neighborhood.