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East Syracuse police chief to retire

Departure will coincide with DeWitt Police Department merger

East Syracuse Police Chief Donald Morris has announced his intention to retire from the department after more than six years in the position.

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. 

Sheriff-Elect Gene Conway requests full departmental audit before taking office

Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci and Onondaga County Sheriff-Elect Gene Conway today announced that the Comptroller’s office will conduct a full departmental audit of the Sheriff's office at the request of the incoming Sheriff.

Mr. Katko goes to Washington

Congressman-elect shares his thoughts about his coming term

On Nov. 4, voters in the 24th Congressional District sent a resounding message: they no longer wanted Dan Maffei to represent them. Maffei, a Democrat, lost to Republican challenger John Katko, a former U.S. Attorney, by a margin of 73,317 votes to 55,268. Katko said he wasn’t necessarily surprised by the victory. “We were going door-to-door for the last couple of weeks of the campaign … and we were getting a pretty good response,” he said. “I just felt the momentum, so I wasn’t surprised that we won.”

Manlius town board approves municipal trash contract - but not from lowest bidder

The Manlius town board last week selected Syracuse Haulers as its municipal trash hauler for 2015-16. The service bid that the board accepted, however, was not the lowest bid received by the town for the contract, although municipal procurement policy states that it must be.

Correction to DeWitt Town budget story

In our story, “DeWitt budget to include tax rate increase,” published in the Nov. 19 issue, the total budget for the town of DeWitt was inaccurately reported

Village of Fayetteville approves update to comprehensive plan

The Village of Fayetteville Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to approve an update to the comprehensive and design plan of the village, which was presented at a preliminary hearing at board’s Nov. 10 meeting.

Town of Dewitt expected to raise tax rate more than 1 percent in 2015 budget

Residents in the town of DeWitt can expect a tax rate increase this year by 1.5 to 1.8 percent, according to the preliminary 2015 town budget.

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Village of East Syracuse engages citizens by hosting municipal office open house

Have you ever wanted to know more about how your local municipal government works or how to become more involved? The village of East Syracuse held an open house last week to answer these questions and to engage and inform residents about their local government. On Nov. 5, residents were invited to visit the village of East Syracuse municipal office, located on 204 North Center St., East Syracuse, to meet with local officials and learn more information about the government.

Manlius 2015 town budget to increase by nearly 2 percent

The Manlius Town Board last week held a public hearing on its preliminary 2015 budget, and will likely vote on its final 2015 budget at its next regular meeting. The $8.8 million budget includes a 3.59 percent increase in expenses over 2014 and includes a tax rate of $4.93 per every $1,000 of assessed value, an increase of nine cents from 2014, or 1.95 percent.

East Syracuse fire chief suspended

East Syracuse Fire Chief Robert Russell has been suspended effective Nov. 6 by the village of East Syracuse. In an executive session held Wednesday, Nov. 5, the village board of trustees discussed a personnel issue related to Russell and voted to suspend him until a meeting that will be held later this month, said Mayor Robert Tackman

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Antonacci falls in bid for state comptroller

Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci has failed in his attempt to become the state’s next comptroller. Antonacci, a Republican, earned 55,155 votes in Onondaga County to Democratic incumbent Tom DiNapoli’s 66,602. Statewide, Antonacci said he earned more than a million and a half votes, setting a record for an Onondaga County candidate.

Conway is the new sheriff in town

DeWitt Police Chief Gene Conway has beaten out Toby Shelley for the Onondaga County Sheriff’s seat. Conway, who earned 66,569 votes to Shelley’s 58,829, said he was honored to have been chosen by the people of Onondaga County.

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Unopposed state legislators return to office

Neither John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) nor Dave Valesky (D-Oneida) had an opponent this election season. The lack of opposition allowed both state senators to coast easily back to the state legislature, earning 65,967 and 35,515 votes, respectively.

DeJoseph returns to the bench

Longtime Judge Brian DeJoseph will return to the New York State Supreme Court bench, having beaten Republican challenger Robert O’Leary by a margin of 76,907 votes to 46,540.

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