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East Syracuse voters elect to abolish police department

Village will enter into a shared services agreement with DeWitt Jan. 1

After a year of heated board meetings and high tax rates, East Syracuse residents voted 333 to 199 in favor of abolishing the East Syracuse Police Department on April 16.

Who is John Katko?

At the request of the Dewitt Republican Committee, I met with John Katko to discuss his views on a number of issues related to the 24th Congressional race. The committee, and even our non-political neighbors, have been concerned that candidates are too often being defined by the negative ads and sound-bites provided by their opponents. This is an effort to have Katko define who he is and how he will represent the people.

East Syracuse police vote to be held on April 16

Village board decides to enter into a shared services agreement with DeWitt

The East Syracuse Village Board held a public hearing on April 2 for residents to share their thoughts about the amended shared services agreement for its police department with the town of DeWitt.

No proposed tax increase for Minoa in 2014-15

Residents will pay $8.95 per $1,000 of assessed value

The Minoa Village Board held a public hearing before its regular meeting on April 7 for residents to ask questions about the 2014-15 tentative budget, which calls for no tax increase for residents.

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Upstate Medical students visit Assemblyman Stirpe

Upstate Medical University held its annual Advocacy Day in Albany on March 19. Students from the various programs accompanied Upstate's Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, MD, to a series of meetings with legislators. The group posed after their meeting with local Assemblyman Al Stirpe.

East Syracuse reschedules public referendum on police to April 16

Due to material changes to the inter-municipal agreement with the village of East Syracuse and the town of Dewitt, the village of East Syracuse board of trustees voted to reschedule the public referendum on the police abolishment on March 21. This will allow the residents of the village additional time to consider the referendum and the village to process some contractual changes with the inter-municipal agreement.

OCC child care faces cuts

Community college students may soon have a harder time finding child care while they go to school. In his 2014-15 executive budget proposal, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed cutting $653,000 from the state’s operating grant to the State University of New York’s child care centers. The cut would come in addition to a reduction in the federal Child Care Block Grant, which subsidizes care for children of needy student-parents. While the New York State Senate restored Cuomo’s cut in their budget proposal, advocates say the cuts faced by SUNY centers in the last several years are still devastating and need to be restored. And it’s community colleges that will likely see the most damaging consequences.

Get rid of the GEA now

According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York is looking at a $2 million budget surplus. Cuomo has talked a lot about the surplus and his plans for it. Unfortunately for him, it’s not his money to spend.

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Incumbents Brazill and Champagne win Minoa election

Minoa village board incumbents Bill Brazill and John Champagne will be keeping their trustee seats for at least one more term.

Incumbents run uncontested in Fayetteville election

On Tuesday, March 18, voters in the village of Fayetteville will be able to cast their ballot in the local village election. Incumbents Mike Small and Chris Randall are running for the two available trustee seats on the village board. Voting runs from noon to 9 p.m. at village hall. For results of the election, check EagleBulletin.com for updates Tuesday night.

OCC to host business conference

Onondaga Community College is more than just an asset for students seeking an associate’s degree in one of the numerous programs they offer. OCC is home to the NYS Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The SBDC provides one-on-one advisement to start up and existing businesses. OCC staff at the SBDC consists of small business advisors who can advise an entrepreneur on making their business a success. The SBDC works with businesses of all varieties; home based, e-commerce, manufacturing firms — small to large. Services provided by the SBDC are free and confidential. Additionally, the SBDC partners with statewide agencies which provide a strong network of support. Some of the support the SBDC can assist with is business plan development, small business start-ups, organizational structures, exporting, cost analysis, marketing, financial management, financing strategies, training programs, business expansion, selling a business and research.

Proposed Fayetteville budget calls for no tax increase

Tax rate would stay at $6.70 per thousand

Fayetteville residents can expect to pay the same amount in taxes this year that they’ve been paying for the last ten years.

F-M proposes no program cuts or reductions in 2014-15

Fayetteville-Manlius School District officials are proposing a 2014-15 budget that includes no major cuts to existing programs and services and allows the district to convert its half-day kindergarten program to full-day – a change that the state will fully pay for in its first year.

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Old Syracuse Plastics factory could get a face lift this summer

Proposed Chapel Street Apartments include residential units, commercial space and townhouses

A project in front of Fayetteville’s planning board could turn the old Syracuse Plastics factory into a mixed-use building as early as this year.

Republicans hold nominating convention

Katko Tapped to Challenge Maffei for 24th Congressional District

Representatives of the Republican Party for the counties of Wayne, Oswego, Cayuga and Onondaga met Saturday, March 1 to identify candidates for the fall elections. Of the eight announced candidates for Congress, seven were present and each was given five minutes to address the gathering prior to the vote. At the start of the convention, County of Onondaga Republican Chair Tom Dadey announced that Jane Rossi, the eighth candidate, had withdrawn from consideration citing health issues of a close family member. We wish her and her family all the best in this difficult time.

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