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Boards in brief: North Syracuse welcomes new officials

Gary Butterfield presided over his first North Syracuse board of trustees meeting as mayor July 9. Butterfield appointed Paul Linnertz to fill his vacant trustee seat, and trustees-elect Pat Gustafson and Diane Browning, both Democrats, joined the board as well. Fred Fergerson was named deputy mayor.

Cicero PD completes investigation into leaked ethics docs

Identity of individual who sent committee’s decision to press unknown

The Cicero Police Department has run into a dead end in its investigation into who leaked to the press the advisory opinion of the Cicero Ethics Board calling Supervisor Jessica Zambrano’s relationship with the town engineer a conflict of interest.

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Marina access?

A proposal to install a card-activated lift gate at Onondaga Lake Park was revisited at the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees’ June 15 meeting.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Property tax relief will make life more affordable for CNY families

This week marked the end of the state assembly’s legislative session. But before wrapping up, I helped make sure we took action to provide much-needed property tax relief for families throughout Central New York. This tax relief will help keep more of your hard-earned money where it belongs — in your pocket.

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LETTER: North Syracuse election won’t do much for local economy

To the editor: Well, Gary Butterfield is mayor and he gets to name whoever he wants as trustee, which will provide balance to village government. One party rule kills all levels of local government. The new board will have at least one old member who pays no property tax and probably no income taxes to the state or federal government.

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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.