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LETTER: Social media is another tool for town councilor to do his job

To the editor: After reading an article in the Baldwinsville Messenger dated June 17 [“Questions raised about Lamson Road water costs,” page 3], I felt compelled to reach out to our wonderful community and ensure the residents that, as an elected town councilor for the town of Lysander, I always strive to represent the people in the best, fairest way possible with cooperation, openness and transparency.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Governor should approve Freedom of Information Law changes

The legislature recently passed a bill that, if signed by the governor, would reform the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and expedite the process for those in search of public records. The measure passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in both the senate and the assembly. I am urging the governor to sign the bill into law and make this change effective immediately. Its unanimous passage shows there is overwhelming public support for a more open government. Any legislation that cuts through the many layers of bureaucracy the public has to deal with in order to get public information is good legislation.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Legislation that should be a ‘no-brainer’

There are times during the legislative session in Albany that you just scratch your head and think, “This is a ‘no-brainer.’” Two such bills were passed last week by the New York State Assembly, and each I am proud to have voted for.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Governor moves from ‘three men in a room’ to ‘one-man parlor’

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.

Questions raised about Lamson Road water costs

Residents of the Lamson Road area continue to raise questions about the proposed water district the town of Lysander is considering.

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LETTER: Know the costs of proposed water district before you decide

To the editor: To my neighbors within the proposed Lamson Water District: You have probably heard by now that there is a petition to develop a water district in the Lamson Road area. The full Map, Plan and Report can be found on the town of Lysander website at townoflysander.org.  

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Less-than-important legislation of 2015

Here are some bills introduced by lawmakers that make some of us scratch our heads. Even by Albany’s standards, these are a bit unbelievable. I want to share a few with you this week.

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EDITORIAL: Town had no business writing petition for residents

Residents of the area in favor of the Lamson Road Water District had to draft their own petition, but they didn’t know how to do that. So they went to the town board. They did everything by the book. Unfortunately, the town of Lysander didn’t.

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Water fight

What you need to know about the proposed Lamson Road Water District

While the debate between the haves (residents with functioning groundwater wells that produce plenty of clean water) and the have-nots (residents whose wells provide poor-quality or very little water) has been raging for years, the LRWD could become a reality in 2016 if the petitioners overcome a series of hurdles. Read on to find out what the proposed LRWD means for you:

Van Buren supports SAFE Act repeal

The Van Buren Town Board has jumped on board with the effort to repeal the SAFE Act. At its June 2 meeting, the board passed a motion in support of a series state bills that seek to repeal the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act of 2013.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Your single blood donation can save up to three lives

I am pleased and proud to announce my fifth annual Summer Blood Drive to be held from noon to 6 p.m. June 4 at the Solvay-Geddes Community Youth Center located on Woods Road in the village of Solvay.

Boards in brief: Lysander close to approving CLUP

The Lysander Town Board handled a variety of town business at its May 28 meeting.

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Program Log Baldwinsville PAC-B (Channel 98, FiOS 30) - May 30 to June 5

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 ten programs is aired on PAC-B TV at 9 AM, 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.

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Program Log Baldwinsville PAC-B (Channel 98, FiOS 30) - May 23 to 29

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 ten programs is aired on PAC-B TV at 9 AM, 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.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Coming to the aid of Lt. Columbo: ‘Peter Falk Bill’ will protect visitation rights for families

My office received an email last June 2014 from Catherine Falk, the daughter of the late Peter Falk, who starred in the TV series “Columbo” from 1973 to 2003. During that time Peter Falk received four Emmys for his portrayal of the bumbling, trench-coat wearing but cagey and clever Lt. Columbo of the Los Angeles Police Department.

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