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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Push back the teacher evaluation deadline

The passage of the 2015-16 state budget was the fifth consecutive on-time budget holding spending growth to less than 2 percent. This budget also puts families first by restoring much-needed funding for our schools, securing a $1.6 billion increase in education aid over last year for a total of $23 billion. The budget plan also funds numerous economic development projects to create more jobs.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Blood donations help cancer patients and many others

Locally, our community has stepped up in honor of those who are bravely fighting cancer which requires multiple blood and platelet transfusions.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Ya gotta regatta… in Onondaga County

At the April legislative session, I’m proud to report that my colleagues and I authorized funding to bring back the sport of competitive rowing to Onondaga Lake.

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Program Log Baldwinsville PAC-B (Channel 98, FiOS 30)

Baldwinsville PAC-B, the public access cable channel 98 for Time Warner and channel 30 for Verizon FiOS, is available 24 hours a day to provide video and information of local interest. For the convenience of the public, the schedule of the next 10 programs is aired on PAC-B TV at 9 a.m., noon, 3, 6 and 9 p.m. daily. For anyone that missed a program on TV, many of the programs are available on the Internet. To access the previous videos online, a link is available at pacbtv.org.

YMCA readies for June opening

Aside from the finishing touches of installing the last doors and windows, paving and land grading, the Y is nearly ready for its grand opening in June.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: NYS Assembly welcomes tablet technology

The assembly has announced the historic step of computerizing the chamber desks. This extraordinary transition away from printed bills began with this year’s annual Earth Day Observance, when the assembly advanced an environmental agenda that includes measures that reduce waste and preserves our natural resources.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: CNY in good position for state economic award, but cutting taxes would benefit all

There are a lot of things to be positive about in Central New York. Unfortunately, the economy is not one of them. Over the last decade, job growth in the Syracuse area has been anemic. The lack of jobs, among other things, has caused an outward migration of population which, in turn, places additional stress on our economy. We are not alone. Almost all of Upstate New York is facing similar challenges. Naturally, as with any crisis, state government wants to provide solutions. Unfortunately, these solutions are often politically expedient reactions rather than rationally thought-out long-term solutions.

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EDITORIAL: P.I.G. for adults

Sure, you can read the minutes, catch the meeting on PAC-B a few days later or read the recaps in the Messenger, but there’s no replacement for being present when your elected officials hash out how to spend your tax dollars.

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PAC-B: Baldwinsville Bulletin Board, April 25 to May 1

Baldwinsville PAC-B, the public access cable channel 98 for Time Warner and channel 30 for Verizon FIOS, is available 24 hours a day to provide video and information of local interest. For the convenience of the public, the schedule of the next 10 programs is aired on PAC-B TV at 9 AM, noon, 3, 6 and 9 p.m. daily. For anyone who missed a program on TV, many of the programs are available at pacbtv.org.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: So-called ‘landmark’ ethics reforms continue to fall short

I am skeptical of the claim, however, in light of the fact that we have passed “landmark” ethics reform in the recent past and yet ethical lapses by elected officials continue to occur.

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EDITORIAL: Opting out sends a strong message -- but will Albany hear it?

You’d think, with some 16 percent of students statewide making a conscious choice not to take the exams, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Education Department might start to rethink their policies.

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PAC-B: Every day 9 a.m. to midnight Baldwinsville Bulletin Board

Baldwinsville PAC-B, the public access channel at cable channel 98, has a digital sister channel and Verizon channel. The locally produced programs seen on PAC-B for the past decade can also be seen on Time Warner Digital Channel 1498 and Verizon FiOS Channel 30. In addition, digital equipment at PAC-B’s facilities at 8 Mechanic St. is providing improved signal quality to Channel 98 viewers. For those without Internet access, “Upcoming schedule” will display the next 10 programs to be aired on PAC-B TV at 9 a.m., noon, 3, 6 and 9 p.m. daily. Visit pacbtv.org online.

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Lysander highway super, board clash over stop signs

How many engineers does it take to install a stop sign? If you ask Lysander Highway Superintendent Gene Dinsmore, he might say just one engineer — but not the one employed by the town of Lysander.

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LETTER: Four reasons Shimer should resign

To the editor: Over the last week we saw the unfortunate flurry of local news media reports on the arrest of Lysander Town Councilor and Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES teacher Melinda Shimer for driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and unsafe backing.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Task force seeks to improve kids’ mental health services

I am proud to partner with U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) to strengthen pediatric mental health care services. In making the announcement last week of this federal and state partnership, Rep. Katko and I seek to increase awareness and provide greater access to care by creating a six-month task force to address gaps in pediatric mental health care in Central New York.

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