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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.

LETTER: Changing DeWitt Town Clerk position to appointed is not in the best interest of the town

To the editor: Town of DeWitt residents will be voting on Sept. 23 on a referendum to change the town clerk position from elected to an appointed political patronage position.

On the campaign trail: Maffei releases first TV ad

Congressman Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) has released his first television campaign ad, sparking sharp criticism from the opposition. Maffei’s ad, a 30-second spot entitled “Hard Work,” features the congressman visiting with small businessmen and –women, chatting with senior citizens and posing with his family. The ad asserts that Maffei, too, is sick of Congressional gridlock and perks and is working hard to get rid of them.

A chat with Assembly candidate John Sharon

John Sharon has decided to challenge Sam Roberts for the privilege of representing the citizens of the 128th NY Assembly District in this fall’s election. We need to know who John Sharon is and where he stands on the issues.

LETTER: David’s Refuge thanks flash-mobbers

To the editor and the Manlius community: To all who danced in the Fourth of July Manlius parade flash mob dance, we say, thank you! You helped us share the amazing story of a local nonprofit, David’s Refuge. Our mission is to love and serve moms and dads who have children with special needs or those struggling with a life threatening disease. By joining in the dance you reminded these amazing parents that they are not alone, that what they do every day in caring for their child is the most important thing in the world, and that they are loved by God.

On the campaign trail: Katko named Republican ‘Young Gun’

Congressional candidate John Katko has earned the status of “Young Gun” from the National Republican Congressional Committee after reaching the third and final tier of the group’s recruitment program. Founded in the 2007-08 election cycle by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Young Guns program provides financial support to candidates in races across the country.

LETTER: Could the town board consider the old Friendly’s property for new town hall?

To the editor: After reading about the possible relocation of the town offices and police department in the July 2 edition of the Eagle Bulletin (“Manlius Town Board may be considering potential sites for a new town hall,”) the first thought I had was leave the offices where they are on Brooklea Drive and move the police department to the corner of Routes 5 and 257 - the former Friendly’s ice cream location.

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