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Manlius town board eliminates opt out option of trash and brush pickup policy, makes surcharge mandatory

The Manlius Town Board last week approved a town-wide resolution to eliminate the opportunity for residents to opt out of trash and brush pickup in the two town trash and brush districts. The new policy will take effect Jan. 1, 2015. The intent of the resolution is to save the town money and make trash and brush pickup and payment more fair, although at least one board member offered concerns over the removal of residents’ freedom to choose who their trash and brush haulers will be.

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.

Minoa Fire Department receives more than $23,000 in funding

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Dan Maffei announced last week that the Minoa Fire Department has been awarded $23,731 in Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Minoa Fire Department will use this grant to purchase a large-diameter fire hose.

Candidates talk small business at political breakfast

At a recent political breakfast, federal, state and county candidates gathered together with members of the Manlius Chamber of Commerce to discuss the issue of small business, mingle with voters and try to gain more votes through an under-three-minute speech.

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.

Lune Chocolat eyes expansion in Manlius

As its third anniversary approaches, Lune Chocolat eyes an expansion in the town of Manlius. Since opening in September 2011, Lune has become a must-visit for not only Central New York foodies, but also a destination for tourists from all over the state. Its mouth watering and eye catching chocolates have even created a stir overseas after being part of a “Taste of New York” collection, being sold across Europe.

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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