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PAC-B TV worth supporting

Board chair Andy Dryden talks about its services, importance to the community

Former Baldwinsville mayor Andy Dryden has been involved with PAC-B TV for almost a decade. As mayor, he said it was one organization he made sure to support.

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B’ville resident announces plans to run for sheriff

On March 1, the Onondaga County Republican Party chose DeWitt Police Chief Gene Conway as its designated candidate for county sheriff in the November elections. Subsequently, Conway’s Republican opponent, John Balloni, chief deputy to Sheriff Kevin Walsh, decided not to challenge him in a primary. But it looks like there may still be a primary after all. Baldwinsville resident and Republican John “Jack” Garafalo announced last week that he, too, will seek to run for sheriff. Garafalo, a retired Pennsylvania state drug agent

Town insurance policies set right

The Lysander Town Board will soon negotiate with the Teamsters Local Union 317 for a new health insurance contract; the old one expires in June. A committee comprised of councilors Robert Geraci and Andrew Reeves as well as Supervisor John Salisbury was recently created to handle union negotiations.

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Saraceni says goodbye as mayor April 3

'Job well done'

Outgoing mayor Joe Saraceni served at his last village board meeting April 3 to a full house. Friends and family members gathered to watch the mayor tie up loose ends, listen to colleagues’ personal and professional sentiments, then celebrate with a reception immediately following adjournment.

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Clarke swears in as mayor April 7

A new chapter begins

Richard Clarke swears in as the village of Baldwinsville’s new mayor April 7. With him is his wife, Linda, and the Honorable Elijah Huling, Jr. Clarke’s first board meeting as mayor will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17 at Village Hall, 16 W. Genesee St. in Baldwinsville.

Shepard: Support OCRRA's 'Trash-for-Ash' efforts

When I was a kid, I practically lived at the Van Buren pool in the summer, and I remember often hearing visitors at the park protesting a proposed landfill nearby. Residents surrounding the semi-rural location were alarmed at the potential for plummeting property values and a diminished quality of life. Although the site has not been turned into a landfill, the 500-acre property is still owned by the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA), which holds the necessary permits to convert the site to an ash landfill, so the potential for its development continues. The proposed Trash-for-Ash agreement OCRRA is negotiating with Cortland County is critically important to preventing a landfill from coming to Van Buren.

DeFrancisco: Preventing child abuse

April is proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention Month in the State of New York — a time to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of child abuse and how we, as a society, can help make a difference.

Barclay: SAFE Act repeal dies in assembly

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I—Pulaski) released the following statement today following the Majority’s decision to stop efforts to repeal the SAFE Act.

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Clarke swears in as mayor April 7

Trustee incumbent Dick Clarke was voted in as mayor by village residents March 18 to replace outgoing mayor Joe Saraceni. He will be sworn in on Monday, April 7 and his first meeting as mayor will take place on Thursday, April 17.

Town board reduces insurance buyout incentive

Lysander town employees eligible to receive health insurance benefits still have the opportunity to opt out, but with a buyout offer from the town that has now been reduced.

Barclay reacts to 2014-15 state budget

While the $138 billion spending plan for 2014-15 is not ideal, I am pleased with many components of the New York State budget and, accordingly, voted in favor of many of the budget bills.

Board tables action regarding insurance benefits buyout

The Lysander Town Board tabled a vote last week on reducing its insurance benefits buyout from 50 to 25 percent after Councilor Bob Geraci requested information that stemmed from an unanswered Jan. 26 email he had sent the supervisor.

OCC child care faces cuts

Community college students may soon have a harder time finding child care while they go to school. In his 2014-15 executive budget proposal, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed cutting $653,000 from the state’s operating grant to the State University of New York’s child care centers. The cut would come in addition to a reduction in the federal Child Care Block Grant, which subsidizes care for children of needy student-parents. While the New York State Senate restored Cuomo’s cut in their budget proposal, advocates say the cuts faced by SUNY centers in the last several years are still devastating and need to be restored. And it’s community colleges that will likely see the most damaging consequences.

Get rid of the GEA now

According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York is looking at a $2 million budget surplus. Cuomo has talked a lot about the surplus and his plans for it. Unfortunately for him, it’s not his money to spend.

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Voters elect Clarke for mayor

Baldwinsville village trustee Richard "Dick" Clarke won voters approval for mayor March 18. Clarke received 382 votes, his opponent Stephen Jordan, 88.