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Attend dinner and support veterans

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: I would like to alert the Central New York community to an upcoming opportunity to support our area veterans. On Tuesday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), the inaugural Annual CNY Veterans Day Dinner will be held to raise funds for Honor Flight Syracuse (HFS).

EDITORIAL: Vote yes on Prop. 1

For too long, New York’s system for drawing electoral maps has been broken. Under current legislation, members of the New York State Legislature draw the lines for legislative and congressional districts. Those lines are redrawn every 10 years by a committee made up of sitting legislators. That means that the people responsible for drawing the lines are the very people who benefit from how the lines are drawn.

On the campaign trail: Mahoney endorses Katko

Republican Congressional candidate John Katko has received the backing of Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney.

Some thoughts on the recent DeWitt referendum

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Regarding the town of Dewitt town clerk referendum, [DeWitt Town Councilor] Kerin Rigney stated in her letter of Oct. 1 that she was “very glad that we on the town board opened it to the people to decide. This is what democracy looks like.” Let me remind Ms. Rigney that the residents of the town of Dewitt already had the right to elect the town clerk.

Town board member encourages residents to stay informed

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: It was very heartening to see so many DeWitt residents taking the time to come vote at the referendum last week. Although it didn’t go the way I’d hoped, I’m very glad that we on the town board opened it to the people to decide. This is what a democracy looks like.

On the campaign trail: DeJoseph will have a ballot line

Judge Brian DeJoseph has earned the Conservative Party nomination in his bid for reelection to the New York State Supreme Court. DeJoseph’s name will appear on Row C this year along with other highly qualified Conservative candidates. This position will appear on ballots in Onondaga, Oswego, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and Herkimer counties.

An introduction from the new editor

COLUMN

The past two weeks have been a transitional period at the Eagle Bulletin, as we said goodbye to previous editor Allie Wenner, I started taking over the reins at EB — while also continuing my work as editor of the Cazenovia Republican — while we at Eagle Newspapers worked to hire a full-time reporter to assist me on both newspapers. This is a new editorial configuration for us, having one editor and one reporter work together on two newspapers, but one we feel will generate better newspapers as we move forward.

On the campaign trail: Maffei agrees to debates

During the 2012 season, Rep. Dan Maffei participated in just two debate. He's upping that number this time around. The Democratic incumbent running for the 24th Congressional District has announced a series of debates and joint appearances with Republican challenger John Katko. Four debates will be televised by local stations, and two will be broadcast on public radio.

Supervisor does not make a compelling case for appointed town clerk

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: I read the justification for making the town of Dewitt clerk appointed as opposed to elected. Ed Michalenko does not make a compelling case for appointing a clerk answerable to him.

Should town clerk be appointed or elected?

GUEST COLUMN

This question will be voted on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the DeWitt Town Hall by the residents of DeWitt. If you want to vote come to town hall between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and cast your ballot on “yes” to change the town clerk position to appointed or “no” to keep it as an elected position every two years. I am writing this letter to help clarify so when you vote you are voting on facts and not scare tactics.

On the campaign trail: First responders endorse Maffei

Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) announced last week that he had earned the endorsement of local public safety officials in his campaign to keep his seat in the 24th Congressional District. Several first responders joined Maffei at a press conference to announce their support for the incumbent, who is running against former federal prosecutor John Katko of Camillus.

DeWitt councilman: Taking away the people’s right to elect their own representative to serve as town clerk is just wrong

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: The truth about the DeWitt town clerk is that the position is required by law and the fact that the current administration believes they are more capable of choosing the person to fill the position rather than allowing the taxpayers to elect the town clerk is just arrogant. The town clerk has been an independently elected official that is accountable to the taxpayers and should remain an independent position.

DeWitt supervisor explains reasons to make town clerk position appointed

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: DeWitt is holding a referendum on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Residents are asked to vote at town hall between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Only one polling place will be open in order to minimize expenses. A town clerk’s duties are administrative and should not be political. Town clerks should be appointed just like department heads: police chief, comptroller, assessor, etc. City and village clerks are appointed and serve the same functions. If appointment is so dangerous, why don’t we see chaos emanating from cities and villages?

On the campaign trail: Katko responds to allegations: ‘I was the victim of a crime’

Republican Congressional candidate John Katko is fighting back against accusations of wrongdoing relating to a gun crime that took place in April of 2000. According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, Katko purchased a personal firearm to protect the safety of his family in late 1999. On April 3, 2000, Katko and his wife attended an event at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on the city’s west side. He left the gun, loaded, out of view in his car. While Katko was inside the church, someone broke into his car and stole a duffel bag, which contained the gun.

Saying goodbye to the eastern suburbs

I have never been a huge fan of writing personal columns, but I have to step out of my comfort zone a bit this week to announce that my last day as the editor of the Eagle Bulletin will be Aug. 29, as I’ll be moving to Princeton, New Jersey the next day.

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