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Roberts appointed to state position

BOE announces vacancy in the 128th

Sam Roberts is no longer the assemblyman for the 128th district.

DeWitt and East Syracuse move to resolve fire department funding conflict

Committee is created to start fire protection contract between the two entities

The DeWitt Town Board and the East Syracuse Village Board last week agreed to form a joint committee to rectify the ongoing issue of potential overpayments by the town for East Syracuse Fire Department services.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Property tax relief will make life more affordable for CNY families

This week marked the end of the state assembly’s legislative session. But before wrapping up, I helped make sure we took action to provide much-needed property tax relief for families throughout Central New York. This tax relief will help keep more of your hard-earned money where it belongs — in your pocket.

Roberts appointed to state position

BOE announces vacancy in the 128th

Sam Roberts is no longer the assemblyman for the 128th district. Roberts, who was first elected to the seat in 2010, was appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. He was confirmed by the state senate last week just before the end of the state legislative session.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Plan to fund private schools with tax credits misses the mark

As we enter the last days of this year’s legislative session, there’s one issue that continues to echo loudly in the halls of the Capitol — the Education Investment Tax Credit (EITC).

Town of Manlius moves to reduce size of planning board

The Manlius Town Board voted 4-3 last week to draft a local law resolution to reduce the number of planning board members from seven to five.

Town of DeWitt requests review of East Syracuse Fire Department financial records

The DeWitt Town Board last week paid the village of East Syracuse one-fourth of its usual yearly payment for services, and said that no more money will be forthcoming until the village proves to the town that it actually spends town money on fire protection and that it has not been overcharging the town for services.

To stop the ‘perpetual garage sale’

East Syracuse eyes proposed law to structure garage sales within the village

The village of East Syracuse has introduced a local law that would set guidelines for garage sales within the village.

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ASSEMBLY: Education reforms put the focus back on learning

When it comes to education, we must make every effort to provide our children with a solid foundation that will prepare them for future success. This includes providing vital funding for our schools and making certain the education policies we enact will give our students the support and opportunities they deserve.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Legislature accepts funds to improve infrastructure

I believe that one way that we can move our county forward is by improving our infrastructure. At our May legislative session we authorized funding to improve our highways and bridges, we accepted grant funding to continue the development of the Skä·noñh – Great Law of Peace Center, and we refinanced some outstanding bonds at a lower interest rate.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Buy local this season to support our community

Here in Onondaga County, agriculture is a vital part of our community and a cornerstone of our economy. I’ve been working hard to support our state’s dedicated farmers and ensure they have the resources they need to thrive, but there’s more that can be done. By shopping at our local farmers markets this season, you can do your part to strengthen our economy and bring home fresh, healthy products for you and your family.

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F-M voters approve $78.9 million budget

Mims, Izant and Cucinotta elected to the board of education

In a year with a contentious board of education race, voters in the Fayetteville-Manlius school district have chosen to elect from six total candidates incumbent Marissa Joy Mims, incumbent Lisa Izant and John Cucinotta to the F-M Board of Education for three-year terms. The school budget of $78.9 million was also approved with 1,720 votes yes and 565 votes no,

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Village of East Syracuse receives NYCOM achievement award

Award given as result of abolishment of police department

The decision to abolish the East Syracuse Police Department was not an easy one to make, but the outcome has been positive overall. Recently, the village of East Syracuse was awarded with a Local Government Achievement Award from the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) for making that decision.

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F-M teacher’s union announces school board candidate endorsements

Questions arise over endorsement process during board meeting

For the first time in more than a decade, the Fayetteville-Manlius Teacher’s Association (FMTA) has endorsed candidates for the upcoming school board election. The rarity of the endorsement has been overshadowed, however, by questions over the propriety of the union’s endorsement process.

Minoa village tax rate to increase 3.12 percent

The village of Minoa Board has approved the 2015-16 budget, which will be increased for the first time since 2011.

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