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‘Tell your story’

School boards association urges residents to lobby for state aid

Local school districts have two demands for state legislators this budget season: get rid the gap elimination adjustment and fix the formula for foundation aid.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Paid family leave good for families, the economy

Have you ever had to choose between caring for a loved one and working so you can pay the bills? It’s a painful decision that too many workers have had to make.

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Feedback on initial ‘Consensus’ government consolidation report accepted until March 16

County Legislator: ‘We need more time for Consensus feedback’

The independent group studying the government within Onondaga County, Consensus, has recently released a plan that recommends consolidation of the governments of Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse with hopes to eventually put the plan to a vote. But District 10 Onondaga County Legislator Kevin Holmquist said he believes more time is needed to make such a big decision.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Families keep more money with free tax help

Navigating the complex tax system can be overwhelming and stressful, making it easy to overlook hundreds or even thousands of dollars in potential credits and deductions. But right now, free assistance is available throughout Central New York to help guide hardworking families through tax season and ensure they get every penny they deserve.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: This year’s state budget should invest in our future

Balancing a budget is never easy, but every family and household has to do it, and so too does the state. One of the most important responsibilities I have as your representative in the state Assembly is to help craft and pass a balanced state budget that meets the needs of our community. The budget isn’t just a spending plan; it’s a reflection of our priorities and a blueprint for achieving our shared goals.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Women’s equality laws now in effect across the state

When Gov. Cuomo signed several women’s rights bills into law last year, it was an important victory. That’s because enacting full equality for women has always been one of my top priorities — not just as a member of the Assembly, but as a husband and father of two remarkable daughters.

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Olson will seek reelection as mayor of Fayetteville

Has served on the village board for two decades

Incumbent mayor of Fayetteville Mark Olson has announced that he will seek reelection in the upcoming March village elections.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Session to focus on families, students, small businesses and ethics

The beginning of the state legislative session, like the beginning of a new calendar year, is a time for reflection and goal setting. It reminds us to improve ourselves and the world around us through hard work and determination. As the new session gets underway, I’d like to take this opportunity to share my reflections and goals with you.

Becallo to challenge Stirpe for assembly seat

Republican Mike Becallo has announced his candidacy to run for the New York State 127th Assembly District currently held by Al Stirpe. The 127th Assembly District includes the towns of Cicero, Clay, Manlius, Tully, Fabius and Pompey.

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Mayor of Minoa announces retirement after 26 years on village board

Deputy mayor will seek position in March election

Minoa Mayor Richard Donovan recently announced he will not seek reelection in March and is retiring from the village board after serving 26 years, including 12 years as mayor.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Recycle your electronics this holiday season

The holiday season is a wonderful opportunity for renewal. From connecting with loved ones around the Thanksgiving table to making resolutions for the new year, these celebratory weeks inspire us to be more generous, thoughtful and kind.

Column: Star Wars, more than just a movie?

Wars, wars, wars — all wars are all turf wars. The Russians grab Crimea, they have a toehold in Syria (right next to Turkey), and both are picking for a fight. Silently, the Russians are positioning to control the Arctic as well. China is creating new islands, as they destroy valuable coral reefs and daring anyone to challenge them.

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From the Assembly: Award paves the way for a promising future in CNY

Gov. Cuomo recently announced that Central New York is one of three regions to receive $500 million through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative. As the largest investment of state aid our region has ever seen, this represents an unprecedented opportunity for our economic future.

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Letter: Elected officials in Manlius thank voters

To the editor: On behalf of the recently elected and re-elected Town of Manlius officials, we would like to thank the voters for their continued support and the support of our entire team.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: For people with disabilities, inclusion matters

On Dec. 3, we marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This designation has been celebrated around the world annually since it was established by the United Nations in 1992. As the father of a daughter with disabilities and a representative to many others, I hope you will join me in reflecting on this occasion and considering how we can make our world more welcoming for everyone, including people with disabilities.