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Lysander town offices to close early today, March 12

The Lysander town offices are closing at 1 p.m. today, March 12, because of inclement weather. Town court is cancelled for tonight and all parks and recreation programs scheduled for today have now been cancelled.

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Village elections to be held March 18

Two mayoral candidates will vie for outgoing mayor Joe Saraceni’s seat on Election Day next month. Village Trustee Richard Clarke and political newcomer Stephen Jordan will seek residents’ votes to serve the four-year term.

Barclay: Smoking rates still high in state and region

This year marks the 50th anniversary  of the first Surgeon General’s report on Smoking and Health. That report, issued in 1964, was the first federal government report linking smoking to ill health, including lung cancer and heart disease.

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Synthetic legislation closes legal loopholes

Barclay bill would penalize dealers, users of synthetics to prevent further addiction, deaths

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I—Pulaski) was joined by fellow lawmakers from the state senate and assembly and Upstate Poison Control officials at a March 4 press conference to ban synthetic drugs. Joining these officials at the press conference was Teresa Woolson and her family, who are advocating for stronger laws regarding synthetic drug use. In 2012, Woolson’s son, Victor, died from injuries related to synthetic drug use.

It's official

Nominations for March elections have been filed with village clerk

Two mayoral candidates will vie for outgoing mayor Joe Saraceni's seat on Election Day next month. Village Trustee Richard Clarke and political newcomer Stephen Jordan will seek residents' votes to serve the four-year term.

Van Buren Town Board: Daboll Road speed limit reduced

The New York State Department of Transportation recently approved the speed limit reduction on Daboll Road from 55 to 40 miles per hour, said Supervisor Claude Sykes at the Feb. 4 Van Buren Town Board meeting. The board had submitted such a request to the NYSDOT and Onondaga County DOT last year.

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Village obtains $40K grant, approves budget, new website launches

The Baldwinsville Village Board recently received a community development grant from Onondaga County for improvements along Mercer Park waterway between River Street and the park.

COLUMN: Coffee with the mayor

A small gathering of people braved some icy roads to converse with Mayor Joe Saraceni at Canton Woods Senior Center earlier this month. One in particular, Kathy Raymond, is new to the area and now resides in Radisson. Welcome, Kathy! The others included Baldwinsville native Frank O’Donnell, John Luczak and Anthony Gianbrone.

Lysander Town Board approves sale of ice rink

The Lysander Town Board last week approved to sell its ice rink for $600,000 to the Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena, a non-profit organization. The unanimous vote came with no discussion between board members and just a couple questions raised by residents who attended the meeting.

COLUMN: Budget proposal: Good on cutting manufacturing taxes, bad with public financing of campaigns

As he is constitutionally required to do, the Governor proposed his 2014-15 budget last week. It was a status quo budget proposal that did not contain any revolutionary ideas or reforms but it does keep spending in check and does contain some positive proposals. It should be noted that this budget proposal is a starting point for negotiations with the state legislature. The governor and legislature have until April 1st to agree on a final budget.

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CNY SBA to hold forum on schools’ fiscal crisis Feb. 4, 5

School districts in Central New York and beyond are in trouble, and it’s time we do something about it. That’s the message behind a pair of forums to be held Feb. 4 and 5 in Auburn and North Syracuse by the Central New York School Boards Association (CNY SBA) in conjunction with the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison, Cayuga-Onondaga, Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga and Oswego County BOCES. The forums, which will take place at Auburn West Middle School and North Syracuse Junior High School, respectively, will focus on the major factors causing those financial issues and how school administrators, teachers and community members can make a difference.

Wanted: Public input

Committee urges residents, businesses to fill out survey located on town website

Imagine a small train depot with lite rail running through the heart of Baldwinsville, connecting commuters to nearby towns and landmarks. Envision taking a stroll during the summer months to a quaint, fine dining district just minutes away from your home.

Elected officials offer ‘Resolutions 2014’

We all make them. Well, most of us anyway. But do we keep them? According to one website, Statisticbrain.com, more do than we think. It lists that 45 percent of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, 17 percent not so much and 38 percent never. But a whopping number of those who do — 89 percent — are successful in achieving their goal. That’s pretty impressive.

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Should town of Lysander reimburse officials for cellphone usage?

When the Lysander Town Board convened Jan. 2 for its first meeting of the year, Town Clerk Lisa Dell swore in two new councilors — Roman Diamond and Bob Geraci. Before the meeting ended, Diamond and Geraci had joined together to oppose a resolution that would have reimbursed five town officials who routinely use their personal cell phones for town business.

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Former Lysander councilor questions supervisor’s eligibility for receiving opt-out insurance bonus

Former Lysander town councilor Russ Johnson is questioning the eligibility of Supervisor John Salisbury’s receipt of an insurance “opt out” bonus of more than $5,000. His concerns were raised at his last board meeting in December as an active town councilor.