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Lysander supervisor addresses accusations

In response to town clerk Lisa Dell’s accusations made at the May 19 town board meeting, Supervisor John Salisbury addressed in detail the sequence of events leading up to the proposed boys’ group home to be built on Doyle Road, as well as the April 24 meeting Dell claimed was illegal.

Dairy still leader in ag, regional economy

There has been some good news lately involving dairy and the local economy. New York was recently named the top yogurt producer in the nation. This is the second year our state has earned this distinction, in large part due to the Greek yogurt producers who call New York home. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York produced 741 million pounds of yogurt, up from 695 million pounds in 2012. New York also accounted for 15.7 percent of the total U.S. yogurt production in 2013.

Town of Van Buren to hold special election June 3

The town of Van Buren is holding a special election to discontinue the town’s sponsorship of the Baldwinsille Volunteer Fire Department’s Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP), a retirement plan for firefighters. All registered voters in the town are eligible to vote.

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SAFE-ACT has serious flaws, won’t work in the long run

My opinion of the New York Safe Ammunition and Firearms Act (SAFE-ACT) is as follows: Lawmakers feel desperate to do something in the wake of violence in American schools and American society in general. I get it. The next time something horrible happens in an American school or workplace, the lawmakers can say they were trying, we have a new law and it will help. It’s not that their hearts are in the wrong place, they have children and families they worry about, too. It’s their reasoning and intellect that is not in the right place.

Lysander Town Board: Every minute counts

The Lysander Town Board voted down a resolution to approve the April 28 meeting minutes after a contentious debate between board members and the town clerk during its May 19 meeting. Councilor Robert Geraci addressed concerns over unapproved meeting minutes after that specific action on the agenda was skipped.

Van Buren Town Board talks second Alpine Challenge, milling in Seneca Knolls, other current events

The Van Buren Town Board met on May 20 to discuss and act on the following issues:

Lysander Town Board won’t challenge establishment of boys’ group home

The Lysander Town Board at its May 5 meeting picked up a tabled resolution from the week before regarding a proposed boys’ group home to be built on Doyle Road. The board voted 4-1 against writing a letter to New York state representatives to reconsider the protocol of announcing the establishment of community group homes. Councilor Roman Diamond voted in favor.

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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.

Barclay: New law seeks to assist disabled veteran-owned businesses

New York is home to more than 900,000 veterans, and some estimates indicate that as many as 72 percent have seen combat. Additionally, New York is home to approximately 30,000 active duty military personnel, as well as 30,000 National Guard and reservists.

Coffee with the Van Buren supervisor

Supervisor Claude Sykes and Messenger Editor Tami Scott recently met at the B’ville Diner to talk about the goings-on in the town of Van Buren. Though Sykes said it’s been a slow year so far, a few topics made it to the table.

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Residents angry with town board, proposed project

More than 75 people turned out last week for what became a heated informational meeting that the Lysander Town Board held to learn more about a community residence expected to be built on 3494 Doyle Road. Its program serves boys ages 7 to 13 who experience severe mental health and or behavioral issues.

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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.