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PAC-B: Baldwinsville Bulletin Board, April 25 to May 1

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 10 programs is aired on PAC-B TV at 9 AM, noon, 3, 6 and 9 p.m. daily. For anyone who missed a program on TV, many of the programs are available at pacbtv.org.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: So-called ‘landmark’ ethics reforms continue to fall short

I am skeptical of the claim, however, in light of the fact that we have passed “landmark” ethics reform in the recent past and yet ethical lapses by elected officials continue to occur.

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EDITORIAL: Opting out sends a strong message -- but will Albany hear it?

You’d think, with some 16 percent of students statewide making a conscious choice not to take the exams, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Education Department might start to rethink their policies.

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PAC-B: Every day 9 a.m. to midnight Baldwinsville Bulletin Board

Baldwinsville PAC-B, the public access channel at cable channel 98, has a digital sister channel and Verizon channel. The locally produced programs seen on PAC-B for the past decade can also be seen on Time Warner Digital Channel 1498 and Verizon FiOS Channel 30. In addition, digital equipment at PAC-B’s facilities at 8 Mechanic St. is providing improved signal quality to Channel 98 viewers. For those without Internet access, “Upcoming schedule” will display the next 10 programs to be aired on PAC-B TV at 9 a.m., noon, 3, 6 and 9 p.m. daily. Visit pacbtv.org online.

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Lysander highway super, board clash over stop signs

How many engineers does it take to install a stop sign? If you ask Lysander Highway Superintendent Gene Dinsmore, he might say just one engineer — but not the one employed by the town of Lysander.

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LETTER: Four reasons Shimer should resign

To the editor: Over the last week we saw the unfortunate flurry of local news media reports on the arrest of Lysander Town Councilor and Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES teacher Melinda Shimer for driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and unsafe backing.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Task force seeks to improve kids’ mental health services

I am proud to partner with U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) to strengthen pediatric mental health care services. In making the announcement last week of this federal and state partnership, Rep. Katko and I seek to increase awareness and provide greater access to care by creating a six-month task force to address gaps in pediatric mental health care in Central New York.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: State budget increases aid but treats teachers unfairly

In my mind, there are three issues that define this budget: the governor’s so-called education reform, ethics and capital spending. The education section of the budget is discussed below.

Every day 9 a.m. to midnight Baldwinsville Bulletin Board: PAC-B April 11-17

Baldwinsville PAC-B, the public access channel at cable channel 98, has a digital sister channel and Verizon channel. The locally produced programs seen on PAC-B for the past decade can also be seen on Time Warner Digital Channel 1498 and Verizon FiOS Channel 30. In addition, digital equipment at PAC-B’s facilities at 8 Mechanic St. is providing improved signal quality to Channel 98 viewers. For those without Internet access, “Upcoming schedule” will display the next 10 programs to be aired on PAC-B TV at 9 a.m., noon, 3, 6 and 9 p.m. daily. Visit pacbtv.org online.

LETTER: Lysander First coalition members seek re-election

To the editor: Lysander Town Councilors Melinda Shimer and Andrew Reeves of Lysander First are seeking re-election to the Lysander Town Board.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: New laws created to protect victims of domestic and sexual abuse

Domestic violence, harassment, and sexual assault continue to be issues that concern me. Studies reveal that such abuse occurs more than many realize. A few new laws were recently chaptered and aim to improve victims’ rights and protections. I supported all of these in the Assembly and I am glad they have been signed into law.

U.S. Congress bulletin: Calling all CNY high school artists

Each spring, the members of the U.S. House of Representatives sponsor a high school art competition to acknowledge and promote artistic talent. The winning piece of artwork from each congressional district across our country is displayed for one full year in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

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Lysander deputy supervisor arrested for DWI

‪Lysander‬ Deputy Supervisor Melinda Shimer was arrested and charged with ‪driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and unsafe backing March 31.

LETTER: Toomey home almost complete

To the editor: This spring, construction will be completed on the Toomey Residential Children’s Community Residence on Doyle Road. Despite a bit of a work slowdown due to a particularly harsh CNY winter, things are back on schedule, and a June opening is in sight.

Feedback wanted on modernizing local government

‘Consensus’ forum March 31 at Salina Town Hall

Most Central New Yorkers pay taxes to the federal government, the state, the county, their town, their village and their school district. All of those entities provide needed services, but there is some overlap and occasional duplication of services. In order to address such issues, a 19-member commission on local government modernization called Consensus has been formed and is now conducting public forums, including one at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at Salina Town Hall.