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
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 town officials are optimistic that the former Stauffer Chemical Company property will be released for development this year.
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 officials took time to address recent emails, letters and calls expressing concerns about electric bills, at the April 10 Village Board meeting.
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.
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.
The village of Skaneateles has released its tentative operating budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.
The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees voted to publicize a public hearing for its tentative budget at its March 27 meeting.
Community college students may soon have a harder time finding child care while they go to school. In his 2014-15 executive budget proposal, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed cutting $653,000 from the state’s operating grant to the State University of New York’s child care centers. The cut would come in addition to a reduction in the federal Child Care Block Grant, which subsidizes care for children of needy student-parents. While the New York State Senate restored Cuomo’s cut in their budget proposal, advocates say the cuts faced by SUNY centers in the last several years are still devastating and need to be restored. And it’s community colleges that will likely see the most damaging consequences.
The Spafford Town Board held a public hearing and voted to pass a local law to use the services of a town constable at its March 13 meeting.
The Skaneateles Town Board announced that it will hold four hamlet meetings in coming months to communicate and get feedback from residents.
According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York is looking at a $2 million budget surplus. Cuomo has talked a lot about the surplus and his plans for it. Unfortunately for him, it’s not his money to spend.
Ramsgard write-in campaign falls short
Carol Stokes-Cawley was elected the next trustee for the village of Skaneateles on March 18.
In response to questions from village residents, village officials again addressed the matter of high power bills for Skaneateles, at its March 13 meeting.