CNY community voices its opinion at forum with State Education Commissioner
For the second time this school year, New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King paid a visit to the Fayetteville-Manlius School District. But instead of observing classrooms and speaking with administrators, this time King faced a crowd of around 200 people, composed mainly of frustrated parents, teachers and students.
Public hearing set for Jan. 6
East Syracuse Trustee Jim Carr has made three motions at three different board meetings this year to hold a public hearing to discuss the abolishment of the East Syracuse Police Department, and that motion failed each time. But the fourth time was the charm for Carr, and at the board’s Dec. 2 meeting, the motion passed by a vote of 3 – 2. It was Mayor Robert Tackman's vote that decided the outcome.
Tax rate to increase less than two percent
After making minimal changes to its preliminary budget, the Manlius town board adopted a $13 million budget for 2014 at its Nov. 20 meeting. The budget is up 1.9 percent from last year.
There is an abundance of blue lights around the village of Manlius this month, and it’s no coincidence. The lights were put up at the beginning of November, marking Diabetes Awareness Month, and were made possible by the Palladino family. Ever since 10 year old Frankie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age six, his family has banded together to raise awareness about a disease that his mom, Patty Palladino, said carries many misconceptions.
Board majority flips as Dems win three council seats
Democrats in the town of DeWitt finally have the majority they’ve sought for years. On Tuesday, DeWitt voters made it a clean sweep for the Democratic Party, re-electing Supervisor Ed Michalenko, who was uncontested, and electing Jamie Frank, Joey Chiarenza Jr., and Kerin Rigney to town councilor positions, all by wide margins.
For the second time in four years, Democratic candidate Mark Tetley and Republican Ed Theobald faced off against each other for the Manlius town supervisor seat. This time, the tables were turned as Tetley challenged incumbent Theobald for the supervisor job, but the outcome was the same; Theobald ousted him again, winning with 59 percent of the vote.
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At its Oct. 23 meeting, the Manlius town board held a public hearing for its 2014 preliminary budget, which calls for town taxpayers to pay seven cents more per $1,000 of assessed home value. The proposed tax rate for town residents is a 1.43 percent increase from last year, or $4.84 per $1,000 of assessed home value, up from $4.77 in 2013.
After a public hearing and a brief discussion, the DeWitt town board voted to adopt a $27 million budget at its Oct. 28 meeting. Taxpayers can expect to pay 12 cents more this coming year, as the tax rate will be $4.65 per $1,000 of assessed home value.
Holmquist runs unopposed in tenth district
On Nov. 5, voters in the Eastern suburbs will vote for county legislator. In the seventh district, Democratic candidate Lorene Dadey is challenging Republican incumbent Danny Liedka. The candidates ran against each other in 2011. And in the tenth district, Republican incumbent Kevin Holmquist is running unopposed for a seat in the legislature, where he’s served since 2005.
On Nov. 5, the voters of the town of Pompey will elect new town officials. The ballot will have two options for a new town supervisor, Republican incumbent Carole Marsh and Democratic candidate Phil Benedict. Two Republicans are running for election uncontested for the town councilor positions; Carl Dennis and Victor LaFrenz. Additionally, Ann Christmas is running for town clerk, and Thomas Purcell is running for highway superintendent. The candidates in the contested supervisor race are profiled below. For more information about voter registration, polling places and absentee ballots, visit ongov.net/elections.
Although most political signs pertaining to the Nov. 5 election have been up for weeks, a new batch of signs were put up by Republicans within the last 10 days and Democrats are calling them "fabricated.” These signs read "Save the DeWitt Police Department" and "Keep Our Brush Pick-Up," and town supervisor Ed Michalenko says that both topics are based on the self-interest of the Republican candidates and aren't real issues.
To the editor: It is with great enthusiasm that I personally endorse Edmond Theobold for supervisor of the town of Manlius. I do so because Ed is a true public servant who is interested in improving his community and is always putting public interest above politics. Whenever I call Ed with a question or concern, I can count on him being true to his word. In his position as town supervisor, Ed is fair to all sides of an issue and constantly looking for ways to make our town better.
To the editor: Election season is upon us, so I would like to remind people to speak with their vote. I am a registered Republican, and voted along party lines during the last town election. However, I can’t in good conscience vote that way this year because Manlius is now too top-heavy with Republicans.
To the editor: When are the residents of the town of Manlius finally going to have a full account of the hundreds of thousands of dollars missing from the Manlius Town Court?