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Unopposed state legislators return to office

Neither John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) nor Dave Valesky (D-Oneida) had an opponent this election season. The lack of opposition allowed both state senators to coast easily back to the state legislature, earning 65,967 and 35,515 votes, respectively.

DeJoseph returns to the bench

Longtime Judge Brian DeJoseph will return to the New York State Supreme Court bench, having beaten Republican challenger Robert O’Leary by a margin of 76,907 votes to 46,540.

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Magnarelli holds onto 129th seat

Longtime Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli easily beat a challenge by Republican Rick Zaccaria, holding onto his seat as the 129th District assemblyman by a margin of 18,732 to 7,262.

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Katko wins congressional seat

Republican John Katko has ousted Dan Maffei from the 24th Congressional District seat. Katko claimed victory on Election Night by a margin of more than 18,000 votes. Though Maffei had obtained a court order impounding absentee and military ballots, it’s unlikely they’ll change Tuesday night’s outcome.

Lysander taxes down slightly for 2015

Last year, the town of Lysander caused a stir among residents when the tax rate for 2014 jumped nearly 37 percent. In 2015, residents can breathe a little easier — taxes are down. The Baldwinsville Messenger recently sat down with Town Supervisor John Salisbury, Councilor Andy Reeves and Comptroller David Rahrle to discuss Lysander’s 2015 budget. The expenditures for the proposed budget total $4,963,026, which is a 3.6 percent increase over the 2014 adopted budget’s $4,789,071.

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.