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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.

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Howie Hawkins challenges Cuomo, Astorino in gubernatorial race

Howie Hawkins is hoping to change the political landscape of New York state. “If you do public polling, the majority is very progressive on economic issues, but they never get what they want,” Hawkins said. “A study just came out, the oligarchy study, looked at 1,799 federal issues. They went to the top 10 percent. Any time [the top 10 percent] wanted one thing and the 90 percent wanted the other, of course, they got their way on every issue there was conflict. This goes back to 1979. That tells you. They say, is this a democracy or a plutocracy or an oligarchy? And I think it is [an oligarchy] until we organize a party that can speak for the majority of the people. That’s been the thing that I think we need to do, what we’re trying to do.” That’s why Hawkins is running for governor, taking on the Democratic political establishment and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as well as his Republican challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

DeWitt Town Board votes in favor of changing town clerk to appointed position

Residents will decide the fate of the position with a referendum Sept. 23

On July 23, more than 50 concerned DeWitt residents packed town hall for a public hearing to discuss whether or not to change the town clerk from an elected to appointed position.

Katko to Meet with Local Veterans on July 28 in East Syracuse

Republican, Conservative, and Independence candidate for U.S. Congress John Katko (NY-24) recently announced an addition to his growing listening session schedule with an event dedicated specifically to hearing the needs and concerns of area veterans: 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, July 28 at St. Matthew’s Church Community Room, 214 Kinne Street East Syracuse.

Mayor and community members voice concerns about F’ville zoning proposal

The village of Fayetteville's proposal to amend zoning chapter 187-7 was discussed at a public hearing, held on July 14. Community members came to voice their opinions and concerns on specific topics such as parking and the possibility of a commercialized appearance of the village. The board discussed the importance of the public’s input and the pressure it has been getting from the governor to create a more business and residential “blended” village.

Should the town clerk be elected or appointed? DeWitt Town Board seeks residents’ feedback July 23

For the last 17 years, Barbara Klim has served as the DeWitt town clerk. But on June 25, Klim announced that she plans to retire effective July 22, leaving a vacancy which needs to be filled immediately.

Chapel Street Apartments almost ready to build; Starbucks hopes to expand F’ville store

The proposed Chapel Street Apartments in the village of Fayetteville are a step closer to becoming a reality.

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Independence Party endorses Conway for sheriff

The New York State Independence Party has officially endorsed Republican candidate Gene Conway for Onondaga County Sheriff. The move was announced by State Chairman Frank MacKay.

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.

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Manlius takes first steps towards building new fire station

Village hopes to hold a referendum Aug. 26

After almost seven years of research and planning, the Village of Manlius is ready to take the next step towards building a new fire station.

On the Campaign Trail: Katko calls out Maffei; Kessner backpedals on primary

At a press conference on July 2, Republican Congressional candidate John Katko criticized Democratic opponent Dan Maffei, the incumbent representative for the 24th Congressional District, for his grandiose infrastructure plan as well as his vote against a House measure that encourages oil drilling within the U.S.

Political truth in advertising

It’s time again for the ubiquitous political attack ads. We will hear the old saw, “Attack ads work!” That may be true, but consider, if you will, doesn’t the electorate deserve better?

Enjoy summer with a visit to a state park or a night spent camping under the stars

After the long, cold winter we had here in the Central New York, it’s time to take advantage of the warm weather and the beautiful sunshine as much as we can in the days to come. We’re fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful scenery throughout New York, from our beaches to our mountains to everything in between. When it’s nice out, there is no shortage of locations for taking advantage of what can only be described as glorious weather. The month of June is Great Outdoors Month, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by visiting one of New York’s 180 gorgeous state parks and historic sites.

An interview with Gene Conway

Recently I had the opportunity to meet with Gene Conway, Dewitt Police Chief, to learn more about him. What I found out was that Gene is a dedicated policeman and capable administrator. He knows that the police are extensions of the public, as are all government employees. Being a policeman is unique in that sometimes contact with the public is unpleasant, but that a policeman should not be unpleasant.

County Legislature holds ‘Ash for Trash’ meeting in DeWitt

Despite residents’ pleas, legislature does not extend public comment period

The clock is ticking towards the expiration of a contract between Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency and Covanta Energy regarding the incinerator on Rock Cut Road in Jamesville.

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