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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Create tax policies that support low-income earners

At the beginning of the year, New York state’s minimum wage will increase to $9 an hour. Many, particularly left-leaning organizations from NYC, argue that $9 isn’t enough and New York should raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour — a position with which Governor Cuomo agrees. Their basic argument is that we need higher wages to lift low-wage earners out of poverty. 

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Program Log Baldwinsville PAC-B (Channel 98, FiOS 30) - Dec. 19 to 25

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 a.m., noon, 3, 6 and 9 p.m. daily. The Baldwinsville Bulletin Board will air from midnight to 9 a.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: All the stars were aligned

I am pleased and proud to report that the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) was awarded one of the top three economic development packages worth $500 million over five years. The other two regions of upstate that also received the highest monetary awards were the Finger Lakes Region and the Southern Tier Region.

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Guest column: Melvin Farm incentive zoning application raises questions

As many local residents already know, a real estate developer, Marden Associates, has applied to the town of Lysander for approval of their plan to build 447 homes on 280 acres on property located on the “peninsula” along Hayes Road, close to the northwest end of that road. This is known as the “Melvin Farm Zoning Change Application.”

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Town clerk clashes with board over incentive zoning notifications

Melvin Farm, Cabbage Patch public hearings canceled

Developers in charge of the proposed Cabbage Patch and Melvin Farm incentive zoning developments will have to wait for the next Lysander Town Board to decide the fate of their projects. The board voted Monday night to cancel the public hearings on the two applications, which had been scheduled for Dec. 28.

Lysander ZBA recommends incentive zoning applications

Board concerned about sewers, traffic

The Lysander Zoning Board of Appeals has issued a positive recommendation to the Melvin Farm and Cabbage Patch incentive zoning applications. The projects will be referred to the Lysander Town Board for review, and public hearings for both proposals will be held Dec. 28.

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From the assembly: HEAP can help with high home-heating costs this winter

We’ve been fortunate to experience quite a few warm days this fall, but New York’s cold winter weather is coming, and that means turning up our thermostats and shouldering the high costs of heating our homes. For those who fall within certain income guidelines, the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is here to help pay those expensive energy bills.

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From the assembly: Health Republic closure spotlights more Obamacare troubles for residents, small businesses in New York

The old cliché “there is no such thing as a free lunch” sadly rang true when it was announced that Health Republic of New York, one of the most popular insurance choices on New York’s health exchange, was being forced to shut down due to substantial financial losses. The carrier first began to enroll members in 2014 and quickly obtained the largest share of new business under the exchange with more than 200,000 customers or approximately 20 percent of the exchange enrollees and 35 percent of small businesses.

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What's on PAC-B? Nov. 28 to Dec. 4

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 a.m., noon, 3, 6 and 9 p.m. daily. The Baldwinsville Bulletin Board will air from midnight to 9 a.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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LETTER: Dell thanks voters

To the editor: I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the residents of Onondaga County who exercised their right to vote on Election Day and a special thank you to those of you who voted for me for county clerk.

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Lysander: Taxes to drop 21 percent in 2016

Budget passes 3-2

Despite pleas from councilors Bob Geraci and Roman Diamond to maintain a higher fund balance, the Lysander Town Board voted 3-2 to approve the 2016 budget Monday night.

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Article 78 filed against village

Several Baldwinsville residents have filed an Article 78 petition against the village of Baldwinsville’s board of trustees, claiming a resolution they issued allowing the North West Fire District to proceed with the construction of a fire station was improper.

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LETTER: Saraceni thankful to Lysander voters

To the editor: Dear Lysander residents, Thank you for supporting my candidacy for Lysander Town Supervisor. I would also like to congratulate Peter Moore and Bob Ellis, who were honored with the opportunity to serve on the board for the next four years.

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LETTER: Thanks from Ellis

To the editor: I want to thank the voters of the town of Lysander for your overwhelming show of support in the Nov. 3 election for Lysander town councilor.

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LETTER: Moore thanks voters

To the editor: I would like to thank the residents of the town of Lysander for going to the polls on Election Day and showing their support for myself and my running mates.