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LETTER: Thanks for helping Cub Scout Pack 71

To the editor: Cub Scout Pack 71 would like to thank the Baldwinsville community for supporting our popcorn fundraiser.

LETTER: Thanks to the voters of the 120th Assembly District

To the editor: I am writing to thank the constituents of the 120th Assembly District for providing me the honor of representing them in the New York State Assembly.

LETTER: Praising the cast and crew of ‘Young Frankenstein’

To the editor: Just a brief letter to sing the praises of the cast and crew of the show "Young Frankenstein," staged by the Baldwinsville Theater Guild. We attended Saturday night, Nov. 1, and we were thoroughly entertained and enthralled with the talent, commitment and professionalism of every actor and actress, as well as all the stage hands, orchestra and production staff.

LETTER: Thank you to the 129th Assembly District

To the editor: I wish to thank each of the voters of the 129th Assembly District for allowing me to continue to represent you in the New York State Assembly. Please know that I will return to Albany committed to working in a bi-partisan fashion to represent all of my constituents. My office remains open to hearing from you on any concerns, problems or issues you have with state government. I truly believe that New York State is on the right path to restoring economic viability to upstate New York and I will do my best to continue bringing resources back to our district that enhance the quality of life for all our residents. Again, thank you for electing me your assembly member.

EDITORIAL: Vote yes on Prop. 1

For too long, New York’s system for drawing electoral maps has been broken. Under current legislation, members of the New York State Legislature draw the lines for legislative and congressional districts. Those lines are redrawn every 10 years by a committee made up of sitting legislators. That means that the people responsible for drawing the lines are the very people who benefit from how the lines are drawn.

On the campaign trail: Mahoney endorses Katko

Republican Congressional candidate John Katko has received the backing of Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney.

On the campaign trail: DeJoseph will have a ballot line

Judge Brian DeJoseph has earned the Conservative Party nomination in his bid for reelection to the New York State Supreme Court. DeJoseph’s name will appear on Row C this year along with other highly qualified Conservative candidates. This position will appear on ballots in Onondaga, Oswego, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and Herkimer counties.

On the campaign trail: Maffei agrees to debates

During the 2012 season, Rep. Dan Maffei participated in just two debate. He's upping that number this time around. The Democratic incumbent running for the 24th Congressional District has announced a series of debates and joint appearances with Republican challenger John Katko. Four debates will be televised by local stations, and two will be broadcast on public radio.

On the campaign trail: First responders endorse Maffei

Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) announced last week that he had earned the endorsement of local public safety officials in his campaign to keep his seat in the 24th Congressional District. Several first responders joined Maffei at a press conference to announce their support for the incumbent, who is running against former federal prosecutor John Katko of Camillus.

On the campaign trail: Katko responds to allegations: ‘I was the victim of a crime’

Republican Congressional candidate John Katko is fighting back against accusations of wrongdoing relating to a gun crime that took place in April of 2000. According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, Katko purchased a personal firearm to protect the safety of his family in late 1999. On April 3, 2000, Katko and his wife attended an event at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on the city’s west side. He left the gun, loaded, out of view in his car. While Katko was inside the church, someone broke into his car and stole a duffel bag, which contained the gun.

Chapter 18: The Adventures of Frankie

Over time

“This rain sucks, is it ever gonna stop? This rain sucks, is it ever going to stop?” Frankie’s head hung low under the hood of his raincoat. “Yeah, but didn’t your grandfather say this was the best time to fish?” Scrawny Ronnie let out a snicker. Frankie didn’t offer a response. “What’s with you?” Ronnie didn’t really expect him to answer; he already knew his best friend wasn’t pleased with all the rain they’d been getting.

Chapter 17: The Adventures of Frankie

The gift

Paulette bounced up behind Frankie digging fingers into both sides of his ribs. He nearly cleared the jewelry counter at the discount department store. Good thing nobody was waiting on him, she’d a freaked them out too.

Chapter 16: The Adventures of Frankie

Charge

“Dad,” Frankie whispered out of the corner of his mouth. “Dad,” a little more insistent. “DAD,” he nearly shouted as he tugged at his father’s shirt. “Yeah, yeah, what?” Dad turned his attention from the wall of fishing lures lined in neat rows. “Those people are buying some of my worms!” His voice was down to a whisper again, but still very excited.

There is truth to what 'they' say

So they say that after you adopt, you're sure to become pregnant. Well, there's truth to that particular adage, though I didn't think it spoke to me. I was wrong ...

On the campaign trail: Maffei releases first TV ad

Congressman Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) has released his first television campaign ad, sparking sharp criticism from the opposition. Maffei’s ad, a 30-second spot entitled “Hard Work,” features the congressman visiting with small businessmen and –women, chatting with senior citizens and posing with his family. The ad asserts that Maffei, too, is sick of Congressional gridlock and perks and is working hard to get rid of them.