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Howie Hawkins challenges Cuomo, Astorino in gubernatorial race

Howie Hawkins is hoping to change the political landscape of New York state. “If you do public polling, the majority is very progressive on economic issues, but they never get what they want,” Hawkins said. “A study just came out, the oligarchy study, looked at 1,799 federal issues. They went to the top 10 percent. Any time [the top 10 percent] wanted one thing and the 90 percent wanted the other, of course, they got their way on every issue there was conflict. This goes back to 1979. That tells you. They say, is this a democracy or a plutocracy or an oligarchy? And I think it is [an oligarchy] until we organize a party that can speak for the majority of the people. That’s been the thing that I think we need to do, what we’re trying to do.” That’s why Hawkins is running for governor, taking on the Democratic political establishment and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as well as his Republican challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

On the campaign trail: Katko named Republican ‘Young Gun’

Congressional candidate John Katko has earned the status of “Young Gun” from the National Republican Congressional Committee after reaching the third and final tier of the group’s recruitment program. Founded in the 2007-08 election cycle by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Young Guns program provides financial support to candidates in races across the country.

On the Campaign Trail: Katko calls out Maffei; Kessner backpedals on primary

At a press conference on July 2, Republican Congressional candidate John Katko criticized Democratic opponent Dan Maffei, the incumbent representative for the 24th Congressional District, for his grandiose infrastructure plan as well as his vote against a House measure that encourages oil drilling within the U.S.

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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.

Skaneateles hires second constable for boat launch security

The town of Skaneateles will employ two peace officers starting this year. The Town Board voted to appoint Charles Augello as its second town constable at its May 1 meeting.

Skaneateles mayor, trustee disagree on tax increase

Board adopts 2014-15 budget by 4-1vote

The Skaneateles Village Board voted 4-1 in favor of adopting the proposed operating budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year at its April 24 meeting. The general fund budget will be $2,780,177. Of that, the village will raise $1,500,835 from property taxes, a 1.93 increase from the current year.

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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

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Spafford faces tough decisions on future of buildings

The Spafford town leaders are in the process of dealing with both short term and long term decisions regarding its building needs. In addition to dealing with a roof replacement and minor repairs to the town hall, the Town Board board must make a tough decision about the future of the highway department garage.

Skaneateles officials optimistic about release of Stauffer Chemical site

Skaneateles town officials are optimistic that the former Stauffer Chemical Company property will be released for development this year.

Village of Skaneateles makes annual appointments

The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees voted to approve its annual resolution with committee and other appointments at a reorganizational meeting held Monday, April 7. Mayor Marty Hubbard makes the appointments, with the approval of the village board.

Village of Skaneateles corrects billing errors; announces more detailed utility bills

Village officials took time to address recent emails, letters and calls expressing concerns about electric bills, at the April 10 Village Board meeting.

Skaneateles to start monthly ‘Re-Market’

Starting this summer, Skaneateles residents will have a chance to buy and sell used items in a garage-sale-type setting in Austin Park. The new “Re-Market” will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Saturday of the month, starting May 3, in the Austin Park Pavilion parking lot.

Town board to hold work session April 7 to discuss possible town hall move

The Skaneateles Town Board will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 7 to further discuss a possible town hall move.

Village of Skaneateles proposes budget with 1 percent tax rate increase

The village of Skaneateles has released its tentative operating budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Village prepares operating budget

The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees voted to publicize a public hearing for its tentative budget at its March 27 meeting.

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