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From the state senate: Support Cell Phones for Soldiers

I have kicked off my seventh-annual Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive to help our soldiers serving overseas stay connected with their loved ones back home, especially during the holidays. You can support this important cause by donating your gently-used mobile phones to any of my designated collection sites throughout Onondaga County and the city of Auburn. 

An open letter to the residents of the village of Fayetteville

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Our elected trustees are all fond of saying how much they value the “quality of life” in the village of Fayetteville and how hard they fight to ensure that the “quality of life” here is safeguarded. For the most part, I doubt that this motivation can be questioned. However, there are times when the policies they enact and defend defy both common sense and the “quality of life” that they so desperately want to defend. One such example of a misguided policy is their support of Richard Green’s revival of an old law that interferes with a resident’s right to contract for snow removal services.

Conway thanks supporters for election

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to the people of Onondaga County for your support on Election Day. I am honored that you have put your trust in me to become the next sheriff.

Excellent column on suburban deer control

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: I commend Steve Chamberlain, who, in his excellent Oct. 29 column on deer-resistant plants, gently reiterated the point that the deer population in residential areas (like Manlius) needs to be reduced.

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.

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