There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the governor’s decision to convene a wage board for the purposes of considering increasing the minimum wage for fast food workers to $15 an hour.
Lysander supervisor hopeful Joe Saraceni must refund a large portion of a donation to his campaign, the state board of elections ruled last week.
The town of Lysander received the petitions in favor of the Lamson Road Water District, Supervisor John Salisbury announced at the July 27 meeting of the town board.
While Joe Saraceni had the support of Lysander First upon announcing his candidacy for Lysander supervisor, it seems that town board re-election seekers Melinda Shimer and Andy Reeves have withdrawn their favor in light of Saraceni’s July financial disclosure report.
Here I go again, Central New York’s biggest cheerleader, but I can’t help myself. In July I was fortunate to take three tours to see the progress, the accomplishments and the future plans of some of our community’s most iconic landmarks. I wish you were with me.
Fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, honey, wine and cheese are all out in abundance this time of year throughout the region and will be for the next few months at local farmers’ markets. Farmers’ markets provide an opportunity to buy local and give farmers a chance to provide home-grown produce straight to the consumer. The markets are located throughout the region, and we’re fortunate to have as much fresh and homegrown produce as we do in our area.
B’ville businesses unharmed by weather woes
Despite the third-wettest June on record in Central New York and closures of the New York State Canal System earlier this summer, business is still booming along the Seneca River.
A month after revoking its conditional approval of the North West Fire District’s request for an exemption from the Planned Development District zoning on Smokey Hollow Road, the village of Baldwinsville board of trustees have given new life to the NWFD’s proposal to build a fire response station. The board voted July 16 to approve the PDD exemption request after fire district officials, their attorney and developers provided the village with more information about firefighter response times, alternate sites and the size and scope of the new station.
The Canton Woods Senior Center is in need of donations in order to continue to provide the same services to its participants. Van Buren Town Councilor Howard Tupper told the board and those in attendance at the July 7 board meeting that the center needs help from the community to continue operations.
Visitor Center seeks volunteers
If you’ve ever strolled down the trail by Lock 24 and seen the volunteers chatting in their chairs on the tiny porch of the Baldwinsville Visitor Center, you might be wondering if they’re working hard or hardly working. The truth is somewhere in between those extremes; volunteer Mickie Lorenz called the two-hour shifts of directing tourists and locals alike to Baldwinsville’s greatest wonders a “pretty laid-back job.”
Carp fishers might have a few more chances to dip into the Seneca River this summer. The village of Baldwinsville board of trustees approved Wild Carp Companies’ request to host overnight carp fishing events during weekends in June, July and August at the July 2 meeting.
County agricultural council launches ‘Onondaga Grown’
The Onondaga County Agriculture Council kicked off its newest “buy local” initiative June 24 at Reeves Farms. The “Onondaga Grown” campaign seeks to promote the more than 700 farms in Onondaga County, which generate a $152 million agricultural economy.
Many people balk at the idea of paying a hefty surcharge at the ATM. But what if a portion of that surcharge went to a good cause? That’s the idea behind ATMs for Good, a project of Syracuse ATM. Kathryn Bolster, who owns Syracuse ATM, said she thought of the program as a way to bring more meaning to her work.
It is not a secret that New York is a challenging state in which to do business because of our high taxes and oppressive regulatory scheme. Some, but not all, of these policies originate out of New York City which faces different demographics and economic conditions than we do in Upstate New York.
Stewart’s Shops is looking to set down its stakes in Baldwinsville. The eastern New York-based convenience store chain known for its ice cream, which opened its first Syracuse-area shop on Morgan Road in the town of Clay in October 2014, is in talks with the village’s planning board to build a 3,975-square-foot shop at 120 Oswego St. If all goes well, the store and gas station will be open this fall.