Feedback wanted on modernizing local government

‘Consensus’ forum March 31 at Salina Town Hall

Most Central New Yorkers pay taxes to the federal government, the state, the county, their town, their village and their school district. All of those entities provide needed services, but there is some overlap and occasional duplication of services. In order to address such issues, a 19-member commission on local government modernization called Consensus has been formed and is now conducting public forums, including one at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at Salina Town Hall.

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Municipalities across New York state ask for infrastructure funding

Many municipal leaders across New York State agree that local infrastructure is crumbling in terms of road paving, bridges and drainage repair, and some groups in the state are looking for a way to fund infrastructure projects to repair the roads citizens use on a daily basis.

Carr, Mattox win trustee seats in East Syracuse village election

Justice Joseph Zavaglia will remain in seat

Janet Mattox and incumbent James Carr, both of the People’s Party, have beat out Conservative Party candidate Bernie Ment to fill two trustee seats as a result of the March 18 East Syracuse village election.

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Village of Manlius residents approve $10.8 million fire station project

Two incumbent Trustees win reelection

Citizens in the village of Manlius have voted to approve a $10.8 million bond resolution to construct a new fire station on the corner of Enders Road and Route 92 in the town of Manlius. The unofficial vote after the March 18 election was 260 ‘yes’ and 234 ‘no,’ with 14 absentee to be counted.

Fayetteville tax rate will stay the same in 2015-16

Residents in the village of Fayetteville will see no increase in their tax rate, which will remain at $6.70 per $1,000 of assessed value, according to Mayor Mark Olson, who presented the tentative 2015-16 budget at the March 9 village board meeting.

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East Syracuse trustee, deputy mayor retiring

Barbara Falcone Quonce served the village for more than two decades

East Syracuse Trustee and Deputy Mayor Barbara Falcone Quonce, after more than a decade on the village board and two decades involved in the village local government, said goodbye last week to her fellow trustees during her final board meeting on March 2.

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Options for the proposed Manlius fire station explained

High cost due to long seven-year process

The fate of the $10.8 million bond referendum for to pay for a proposed new fire station will be decided by Manlius village residents at the March 18 village election.

Get to know your East Syracuse Village Trustee candidates

On March 18, citizens in the village of East Syracuse will vote to fill two Village Trustee positions for the village board. The open seats to be filled currently belong to Barbara Falcone Quonce, who currently serves as the deputy mayor, and Trustee James Carr, who is up for re-election.

Village of Manlius approves code officer position

Prepares the Parks and Recreation Department for the upcoming summer season

The village of Manlius Board of Trustees last week reinstated a codes enforcement officer position for the village after approving a contract with MRB Group Engineering and Architectural Firm to provide the service.

Forward strides made on former Howard Johnson property

The town of DeWitt has announced they will not declare the former Howard Johnson property located off of Carrier Circle on Thompson Road as eminent domain due to forward strides made with McDonald's and the owner of the property.

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Hopkinson recognized for more than 50 years of service to village of Manlius

Friends, family and colleagues of Harold Hopkinson, a long-time public servant in the village of Manlius, came together this past Sunday to celebrate his retirement after 56 years of service on the village board of trustees. Hopkinson was given multiple citations for his service, and had both a village board room and a calendar day named in his honor.

Lieutenant Governor Hochul visits Minoa

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who was sworn in on Jan. 1, recently visited the village of Minoa to meet with Mayor Richard Donovan and discuss needs of villages throughout the state. Donovan, previous president of the New York Conference of Mayors, said he saw Hochul speak at the most recent NYCOM meeting in Albany and invited her to visit Minoa.

DeWitt and East Syracuse courts receive grant

Courts in the town of DeWitt and the village of East Syracuse have received grant money from the New York State Justice Courts Assistance Program (JCAP) to help enhance courtrooms in the communities.

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Town of Manlius selects new councilor

Will fill the vacant seat left by Jason Cassalia

The Manlius Town Board swore-in Richard Rossetti as its newest councilor at the Feb. 11 regular meeting. Rossetti, a 23-year resident of Manlius, had previously served on the town’s zoning board for two years and on the planning board for about 10 years, where he had been the chairman. He is involved in the real estate industry and construction.

Public informational meetings held for Manlius fire station

Two more planned for Feb. 26 and March 7

About 40 residents gathered at Eagle Hill Middle School for the first of three informational meetings on the proposed construction of a new fire station for the village of Manlius Fire Department, which comes with a bond of $10.8 million.