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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.

Another zone change kerfuffle

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Ledyard Avenue residents last week voiced extensive concerns and criticisms at a public hearing about the village’s proposed local law to create a new zoning district and to change the zoning of certain land parcels on both sides of Ledyard Avenue from Route 13/Lakeland Park to the western village boundary by the Trush property. As we report in this week’s issue, the village board was shocked at the vehement criticisms and had no idea they were coming. We, likewise, did not expect the public hearing to turn into such a long and heated discussion, and had no idea residents were upset over the Western Gateway proposal.

To fight the good fight

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We had written a 1,500-word editorial for this week’s paper, decrying how some Cazenovians are so terrified of change they do not see that change can, and often does, come in the form of necessary progress; we criticized short-sighted and obstructionist residents and certain members of the village board who, because of this mindset, throw up roadblocks against proposals and projects rather than provide for a more economically and culturally vibrant community; we encouraged entrepreneurs to populate municipalities that will welcome them with open arms to their borders, such as they do in the town of Nelson. Our editorial, our pouring out a plenitude of frustrations, regarded last Monday’s public hearing on the requested zone change for the proposed expansion of Eric Burrell’s office building at 4 Chenango St., the purpose of which was to build a new home for local restaurant Circa. After a week of reflection on this, we have come to the realization that there is a larger issue here.

Buy local week starts May 4

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The first annual “Buy Madison Week” runs May 4 through 11, and we would be remiss if we did not take this opportunity to encourage our readers to make sure they are cognizant of where they shop next week.

A total disdain for the truth

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The twisting, distorting, ignoring and even disdaining of the truth by Owera Vineyards owners and attorneys has by now, unfortunately, become commonplace in this months-long soap opera occurring in our town. The latest evidence of this occurred at last week’s State Liquor Authority hearing when Nancy Muserlian and attorney John P. Sidd, of the Syracuse firm Menter, Rudin & Trivelpiece, both told the SLA they had no idea there were any violations issued against Owera by any municipalities. These latest false statements are so outrageously egregious they would be laughable if they did not occur in front of a governmental body.

A year of changes

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It’s amazing how quickly a year passes away. And when the weeks are replete with news, events and achievements — such as 2013 was — the time only expires that much more rapidly. Cazenovia has seen its share of moving and important stories this year, as we have reviewed in this week’s issue. The Cazenovia Republican also has experienced great changes and evolutions in 2013 and, looking back, it’s impressive how far we have come.

The audacity of Owera

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There are many items of interest we could opine on this week: the impressive athleticism of our high school athletes, the results of the recent election, the inspiring actions of two of our Cazenovia police officers — but we feel compelled to comment once more on the situation with Owera Vineyards and its appearance before the town planning board last week. How can the Muserlians even conceive of a situation in which the planning board would reward them with more freedom after repeatedly ignoring local laws and regulations?

Don’t waste your vote by not voting

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Election Day is coming up fast, and the town of Cazenovia has five positions up for election as well as ballot propositions to extend the supervisor’s term of office and to change the town clerk from an elected to an appointed position. As our readers are most likely aware, the seats for town supervisor, town board, town clerk and town justice are all uncontested — but this should not be a reason to avoid voting on Nov. 5.

The college is part of our community

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We have been thinking in recent weeks that despite the fact that we are a “college town” there seems to be a large disconnect between the college and the village communities. And this really should not be so.

‘Speed Week’ sends reminder about dangerous driving

Speeding on local roads, or highways, can be dangerous and can out you and loved ones needlessly in harm’s way. As a reminder of this fact, state police will be cracking down on speeders this week, remember not to speed now, rather than after you’ve already been ticketed.

It’s time to move the brewery project forward

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The May 6 village board public hearing on the Empire brewery proposal was the most interesting and illuminating to date. After listening to Katleski’s presentation and then reviewing all the studies, drawings, photos and other new information in the planning board’s Empire Brewing Company files, our conclusion is that all the major concerns and issues raised in the past three months have been more than adequately addressed, and this project will be a benefit to the community.

It’s about responsibility

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The Feb. 25 board of education meeting was replete with discussions on important issues such as budget, attendance and student safety, which we reported on this week. The board’s decision to revisit and review its new attendance policy was especially interesting — and one with which we can’t help but disagree.

Time to take responsibility

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The village board’s recent actions increasing parking fines, making enforcement more stringent and actively pursuing parking violators delinquent on paying their fines is an appropriate and laudable act, and one that was probably long overdue.

EDITORIAL: The importance of shopping locally

As with every year, a number of deep discounts were offered to the early-risers and bargain-hunters the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Congrats, Burton Street Elementary students and staff

From the editor

On Friday, Sept. 7, United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan verified what many Cazenovia residents already knew, by recognizing Burton Street Elementary School as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School.

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