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F-M voters approve $78.9 million budget

Mims, Izant and Cucinotta elected to the board of education

In a year with a contentious board of education race, voters in the Fayetteville-Manlius school district have chosen to elect from six total candidates incumbent Marissa Joy Mims, incumbent Lisa Izant and John Cucinotta to the F-M Board of Education for three-year terms. The school budget of $78.9 million was also approved with 1,720 votes yes and 565 votes no,

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Village of East Syracuse receives NYCOM achievement award

Award given as result of abolishment of police department

The decision to abolish the East Syracuse Police Department was not an easy one to make, but the outcome has been positive overall. Recently, the village of East Syracuse was awarded with a Local Government Achievement Award from the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) for making that decision.

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F-M teacher’s union announces school board candidate endorsements

Questions arise over endorsement process during board meeting

For the first time in more than a decade, the Fayetteville-Manlius Teacher’s Association (FMTA) has endorsed candidates for the upcoming school board election. The rarity of the endorsement has been overshadowed, however, by questions over the propriety of the union’s endorsement process.

Minoa village tax rate to increase 3.12 percent

The village of Minoa Board has approved the 2015-16 budget, which will be increased for the first time since 2011.

Get to know your ESM Board of Education election candidates

Along with the school’s 2015-16 budget, the voters of the East Syracuse Minoa School District will have the opportunity to vote from four candidates to fill two seats on the school’s board of education.

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Get to know your J-D Board of Education election candidates

On Tuesday, May 19, residents in the Jamesville-DeWitt school district will vote on several matters pertaining to the district from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the high school.

East Syracuse tax rate to decrease 18 percent

Large change due to abolishment of East Syracuse Police Department

The Village of East Syracuse Board of Trustees voted to adopt a 2015-16 budget that will have a tax rate decrease of 18 percent.

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Get to know your F-M School Board Candidates

On Tuesday, May 19, citizens who live within the Fayetteville-Manlius school district will get a chance to vote on the $78.9 million 2015-16 budget, which includes a 1.89 percent tax levy increase, and a proposition authorizing the district to complete a $2,569,262 roof replacement project using $580,000 from the district’s capital reserve fund.

Village of Fayetteville seeks volunteers for deer committee

The Fayetteville Village Board is looking into drafting a local law that would help decrease the white tail deer population within the village — and they're looking for interested citizens to help out.

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Manlius swans may be able to hatch their eggs

New bill puts a moratorium on the DEC’s ruling that mute swans are an invasive species

Good news for Manny and Faye — the beloved mute swan pair in the village of Manlius Swan Pond — might come in the form of a bill that was passed in the New York State Senate on April 22. And this bill comes just in time because Faye recently laid two eggs at the swan pond — with more expected to be laid in the upcoming week.

F-M voters to decide on elementary roof replacement proposal

The 19-year-old Fayetteville Elementary School roof has deteriorated in several areas, allowing water to seep inside the building, causing damage such as soaking and staining ceiling tiles to the point they crumble and must be replaced.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Meetings give residents the opportunity to voice concerns

As your representative in the state assembly, my top priority has always been to stand up for the issues that matter most to families here in Central New York. That’s why I fought for a state budget that will help strengthen our local economy and invest in our schools — but there’s still more that can be done. Together, we can make our communities stronger. I encourage you to get involved in the legislative process and make your voice heard.

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Szczesniak to challenge for county legislature seat

Ed Szczesniak (says knee ack) announced today that he is seeking the Democratic Party’s designation to be this November’s candidate for the Onondaga County Legislature’s third district. The third district represents almost all of the town of Cicero and a portion of the town of Manlius in the village of Minoa.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: We must do more for victims of domestic violence

As a husband and father, hearing stories about incidents of domestic violence truly breaks my heart. No one should have to suffer such abuse. As we take steps to prevent these crimes from happening, we should also fight for the rights of those who have been victimized.

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Special use permit for ‘cruise ship on land’ approved

Compromise met on four acre parking space stipulation

The Manlius Town Board unanimously approved a special use permit for the proposed Resort Lifestyle Communities independent senior living center at their last meeting on Wednesday, April 22.