Dudzinski gets county leg. nod

— In a surprise move, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney appointed former Cicero Supervisor Chet Dudzinski to replace outgoing Legislator Bill Meyer, just hours before the Cicero Republican Committee nominated current Supervisor Jim Corl for the position.

Corl said he was notified of the decision in an email that was also sent to Dudzinski and Michael Becallo, who had also expressed an interest in the seat.

Zambrano changes parties

In her letter to third district legislative candidates Michael Becallo, Jim Corl and Chet Dudzinski, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney revealed a major shift in party dynamics in the town of Cicero.

“I’ve been told that the deputy supervisor has changed her registration and it will become effective in November of this year,” Mahoney wrote.

Deputy Supervisor Jessica Zambrano confirmed that she had changed her party registration from Democrat to Republican.

“I have been working closely with Jim Corl since the fall of 2011 when we together attempted to introduce an alternative budget,” Zambrano said. “When he won the election, he asked me to be his deputy supervisor. It just seemed appropriate for me to change my political affiliation in support of his administration, whether at the town or county level.”

How will that affect politics in the town of Cicero? Zambrano says it won’t.

“There will be no impact on the rest of my term,” she said.

Zambrano was elected to her current term in 2011 as a Democrat. Onondaga County Democratic Committee Secretary Joan Kesel said that she did not carry petitions as a committee member this year, which is required of all committee members every two years. She also confirmed that the shift will take place in November.

“If any voter changed their voter registration before the last November election, it is now in effect,” Kesel said. “If a voter submitted a change after the November 2012 election, it does not become official until after the next general election.”

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