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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Your opinion matters to me

Every year at this time, I mail my Constituent Survey to every registered voter in the 129th District, which includes the city of Syracuse and the towns of Geddes and Van Buren. In addition to the survey, I also schedule Community Information Nights throughout the district so that I can hear directly from you about issues facing our lives, neighborhoods and the general community. This year the Van Buren Community Information Night will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Van Buren Town Hall.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE County Legislature working to deal with Emerald Ash Borer crisis

A common topic at the Environmental Protection committee over the last several years has been the arrival in Central New York of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive insect originating from Asia. The bug, which is the size of a Tic Tac, gets its name from its shiny, deep green appearance and its devastating impact on ash trees.

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LETTER: Dell thanks voters

To the editor: I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the residents of Onondaga County who exercised their right to vote on Election Day and a special thank you to those of you who voted for me for county clerk.

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EDITORIAL: On National Adoption Day, remember the kids without homes

Babe Ruth. Jesse Jackson. Steve Jobs. Faith Hill. Nelson Mandela. These people might not seem like they have much in common, but there is one thing they share: all were adopted.

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EDITORIAL: Local officials should attend Freeman visit

Freeman will speak beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in Room 141 of Newhouse III at Syracuse University.

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EDITORIAL: September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

According to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, when ovarian cancer is found before it has spread beyond the ovaries, the five-year survival rate is greater than 92 percent. But because there is no screening method for early detection of ovarian cancer, only one-fifth of all cases are discovered at this stage.

Editorial: Fayetteville should readdress 2012 renters’ law

At the Aug. 10 meeting of Fayetteville Board of Trustees, a problem relating to mold was brought to the village board by tenants in an apartment complex located within the village. With the current village laws, there doesn’t seem to be much the village code inspector could do about the problem because he is only allowed to do exterior inspections on rental properties in the village when he receives a complaint.

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EDITORIAL: Keep concussions at bay with sports safety tips

As summer draws to a close, local Pop Warner leagues are gearing up for their seasons. Many parents are hesitant to let their little ones participate because of the high rate of head injuries; football players suffer the most concussions of any youth sport.

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EDITORIAL: Look out for Lyme

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne infectious disease in the United States. It infects about 300,000 people a year, roughly 10 times more Americans than previously reported. The number of cases reported annually has increased nearly 25-fold since national surveillance began in 1982, making it a huge public health problem. So what should we do about it? To start, we should educate ourselves about the problem.

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From the state senate: Legislation to ensure equal access, participation in New York

As we mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about two important bills that would help to empower individuals with certain disabilities. Both of these bills that I sponsored passed the state senate and state assembly during the 2015 legislative session and await the governor’s consideration. I hope you will join me in urging Gov. Cuomo to sign these bills into state law.

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EDITORIAL: Protect your pets and your family from rabies

As you’re spending more time outside this summer, make sure you keep yourself and your pets safe from rabies. There is no treatment for this virus, which is transmitted by the bite of a rabid mammal, but luckily, rabies is preventable.

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New York State Senate kicks off summer reading program

Summer reading is a great way to keep children academically sharp for the new school year. It can also be a fun and rewarding activity. That is why I am once again sponsoring the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program to encourage summer learning. The New York State Senate, in partnership with the New York State Library, offers this convenient online program, so families may enjoy the rewards of reading together.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Addressing constituent concerns

I wanted to take a moment and provide the district with an update on some of the constituent concerns I have received in the past few weeks. I received several calls about the potholes on Second Street in the village of Liverpool and the overgrowth of the brush on Onondaga Lake Parkway. I am pleased to report both issues will be remedied in the very near future.

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EDITORIAL: Stay safe in the sun

As you enjoy some fun in the sun this Fourth of July, it’s important to protect your body’s largest organ: the skin.

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