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Van Buren taxes will hold steady for 2015

Taxes in Van Buren will likely hold steady in 2015, according to Supervisor Claude Sykes and comptroller Greg Maxwell. “This is not the final [budget], but it’s going to be close,” Sykes said. “We strive to keep things stable.” The expenditures for the proposed budget total $4,772,343, which is an $18,396 increase over the 2014 budget’s $4,753,947. The proposed 2015 tax levy totals $3,165,750, up 0.2 percent from the 2014 levy of $3,158,916.

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.

Lysander budget public hearing set for Nov. 6

Though it doesn’t yet have a budget to present, the town of Lysander will seek public comment on it next month. The Lysander Town Board voted Oct. 20 to authorize Town Clerk Lisa Dell to advertise for public hearings for the 2015 preliminary budget and a local law to exceed the 2 percent state tax cap. The hearings will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, in the auditorium of Lysander Town Hall.

On the campaign trail: Mahoney endorses Katko

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

Lysander hires consultant for ice arena

The Lysander Town Board voted Oct. 2 to hire a management consultant for the Lysander Radisson Community Arena, of which the town took control last month. Robyn L. Bentley-Graham signed a contract Oct. 3 with the town to manage the daily operations of the ice rink and create a business plan to ensure the arena’s future profitability.

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.

Town of Lysander debates future of ice rink

After the sale of the Lysander Radisson Community Arena to the Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena fell through earlier this year, the Lysander Town Board voted Sept. 25 to take control of the ice rink. The action will terminate the Greater Baldwinsville YMCA’s lease — and the GBIA’s sublease through the YMCA — in 2015. With the resignation of the ice arena’s manager and both rinks requiring repairs under “serious time constraints,” according to Supervisor John Salisbury, the town board held two emergency meetings and a work session last week to decide the fate of the rink, declaring it an “emergency situation” in the Sept. 25 meeting.

Lock Street renovation may begin in October

The village of Baldwinsville has awarded the bid for the Lock Street renovations to L&T Construction. The village’s Board of Trustees approved L&T’s bid of $733,190 at the Sept. 18 meeting. Village Engineer Steve Darcangelo said L&T could begin modifications of the street in early October.

Town of Van Buren takes over Harbour Heights paving

The Van Buren Town Board voted last week to take over the repaving of the final section of road in the Harbour Heights neighborhood. Town Supervisor Claude Sykes said the developer, Eldan Homes, has failed to finish the project.

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.

Village board mulls 2015 car show fireworks

B’ville Diner owner Jim Orlando is seeking a new site to set off fireworks at one of his classic car shows next year, but he will have to wait a bit longer for an answer from the village of Baldwinsville’s Board of Trustees. Orlando appeared in front of the board Sept. 4 to request the use of Baldwin Canal Square July 16, 2015, but the board would only grant him a “soft hold” — a promise not to book any other event that day. The board cited coming changes to the village’s park reservation system for tabling Orlando’s request. “I don’t think it would be prudent to make a commitment when everything could be changed,” said Deputy Mayor Bruce Stebbins.

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.

Van Buren Town Board in brief

The Van Buren Town Board met Aug. 19 for a brief session to discuss and act on the following items.  The Seneca Knolls year seven drainage project was awarded to Liverpool-based JJ Lane in the amount of $181,777. The board received bids that ranged from JJ Lane’s base bid up to $286,450.

Lysander Town Board to continue Aug. 25 meeting on Thursday, Aug. 28

The Lysander Town Board’s meeting of Aug. 25 was adjourned until 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28. The work session planned for that evening will be held after the Aug. 28 meeting is adjourned. The first two resolutions on the Aug. 25 agenda are being discussed and will be voted upon on Thursday, said Supervisor John Salisbury.

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