On March 1, the Onondaga County Republican Party chose DeWitt Police Chief Gene Conway as its designated candidate for county sheriff in the November elections. Subsequently, Conway’s Republican opponent, John Balloni, chief deputy to Sheriff Kevin Walsh, decided not to challenge him in a primary. But it looks like there may still be a primary after all. Baldwinsville resident and Republican John “Jack” Garafalo announced last week that he, too, will seek to run for sheriff. Garafalo, a retired Pennsylvania state drug agent
Although the village of Manlius’ tentative 2014-15 budget calls for no increase in taxes, the village board is waiting until its next meeting, on April 22, to make the final decision for its spending plan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Minoa village board incumbents Bill Brazill and John Champagne will be keeping their trustee seats for at least one more term.
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.
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.
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.
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.