LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Traffic delayed as two prime corners get makeovers

Road work is impacting traffic at both the northwest and southeast corners of Galeville. Paving at the intersection of Buckley Road and Seventh North Streets to the southeast began Sept. 14, and the same day work crews started digging at the corner of Old Liverpool Road and Electrics Parkway to the northwest.

Salina, Liverpool to hold rare joint meeting to discuss ‘overlaps’

Over the past several years, drainage problems at the intersection of Pearl and Salina streets right on the edge of the village have repeatedly resulted in flooding the Young & Franklin employee parking lot. More than a dozen properties outside the village boundary receive village services without paying villages taxes. Those properties are located in the town of Salina. Overlaps such as these will be in focus at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, when the Salina Town Board hosts a rare joint meeting with the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees at the Town Hall on School Road in Galeville.

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From the mailbag: Becallo announces formation of citizen advisory committee

To the editor: The Cicero Town Board is now beginning the budget process for 2016. To assist me with this important process, I am forming a Citizens Advisory Committee, composed of Cicero residents and business owners, to advise me of their concerns and ideas pertaining to the budget.

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From the Legislature: Investing in tourism to reduce property taxes

The Central New York economy has been changing for more than two decades, and the service and tourism industries are leading the way. Sales tax revenue generated by these emerging industries is funding county government more than ever before. Visitors — people who come here to spend their money in our hotels, restaurants and retail establishments, then leave — produce the best kind of revenue for the county.

Hunter wins 128th Assembly Democrat primary

Voters in the 128th State Assembly District can expect to see Pamela Hunter on the Democrat line in the November election.

Cicero: Residents oppose exceeding tax cap

As budget season approaches, the Cicero Town Board is entertaining a local law that would allow the board to exceed the state-mandated cap on the property tax increase. What began in 2012 as a 2 percent cap has shrunk to 0.73 percent.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Clay Fall Festival is this Saturday

Star-Review columnist Dorothy Heller will be among the many local folks celebrating the Clay Fall Festival, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Clay Historical Park located behind the Immanuel Lutheran Church at 4939 Route 31, in the hamlet of Clay next to the rail road tracks.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Municipalities work together to save money

In 2012, the legislature approved an agreement with towns, villages, and Cayuga County to plow approximately 316 miles of Onondaga County’s roads. For many years, Onondaga County has had an agreement with the state of New York to plow state roads in exchange for a base rate per mile. In an effort to streamline this service at the local level, the county reached out to the local municipalities to request they perform a similar service on county highways. After some negotiation, 19 towns, two villages and Cayuga County have agreed to a five year agreement to provide snow plowing services.

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Cicero PD may move to South Bay FD building

The town of Cicero is in talks with the South Bay Fire Department to acquire their vacant building as a new site for the Cicero Police Department.

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On the campaign trail: Salina campaign finance filings unremarkable

All Salina Town Board candidates are running unopposed this year, making for some pretty unremarkable campaign finance filings.

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On the campaign trail: Sharon to run for 128th Assembly Seat

John Sharon is hoping the fourth time’s the charm. Sharon, an attorney from DeWitt, has announced that he will once again be seeking the 128th Assembly seat this November. The seat was vacated in June when Assemblyman Sam Robert was appointed as commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

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Hiring in process

New part-time police officer on tap in village; new assistant court clerk hired

At its Aug. 17 meeting, the Village of Liverpool Board of Trustees heard a request from Police Chief Don Morris to consider hiring a new part-time officer. The candidate is John Linnertz, a retired Syracuse Police detective sergeant.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: County budget must make cutting property taxes a priority

On Sept. 15, the County Executive will present the 2016 county budget. I am optimistic that the budget that is presented will include a reduction in spending and, more importantly, a lower tax rate. I have spent the past several months knocking on doors, listening to the concerns of my neighbors. The message has been consistent — do something to lower my taxes. The legislature and the county executive have been focused on reducing the property tax levy the past several budget cycles. I am eager to continue that trend.

On the campaign trail: Clay campaign accounts show little activity

The Clay Republican Committee’s most recent campaign finance report doesn’t show much in the way of activity, but it’s no surprise, since the Republicans haven’t had a slate of opponents for the town board since 2007.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Women’s Equality Day is Aug. 26

In 1852, activists gathered in Syracuse to fight for equality at the third national Women’s Rights Convention. New York has remained at the forefront of the women’s rights movement ever since, but, despite significant gains, many women still lack full equality. On Aug. 26, I hope you’ll join me in observing Women’s Equality Day, which reminds us not only of the strides we have taken in securing full and equal rights for women but also of the importance of continuing the fight.