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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.

Guest column: Local urgent care provides insight on the rising concern of tick-borne illnesses 

Spring is finally here and summer is just around the corner bringing longer days, warmer weather and, unfortunately, tick bites. With a number of tick bite cases already being seen across all of Five Star Urgent Care’s Upstate New York facilities, transmission of tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme and Powassan, are becoming a concern. The best means of handling tick-borne infections is through preventing a tick bite from happening in the first place.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: If you’re being overcharged for utilities, contact NYSDPS

The New York State Department of Public Service’s (NYSDPS) primary mission is to ensure affordable, safe, secure and reliable access to electric, gas, steam, telecommunications and water services for New York state’s residential and business consumers while protecting the natural environment.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Your single blood donation can save up to three lives

I am pleased and proud to announce my fifth annual Summer Blood Drive to be held from noon to 6 p.m. June 4 at the Solvay-Geddes Community Youth Center located on Woods Road in the village of Solvay.

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EDITORIAL: Support Paige’s Butterfly Run to help cure childhood cancer

Worldwide, 250 kids die every day from cancer. One in 330 children will be diagnosed with some form of cancer by the time they’re 20 years old, meaning the incidence is greater in children and adolescents than any other age group except for those over 65. It’s the leading cause of death by disease in children under 15 in the United States. The average age of diagnosis is just 6. For an adult, it’s 67. While adults lose an average of 15 years of life to cancer, kids lose an average of 71 years.

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EDITORIAL: Start small to help end lupus

Besides a collection of radio hits, what do Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Selena Gomez, Seal and Toni Braxton have in common? Like 1.5 million of their fellow Americans, they’ve struggled with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disorder that attacks the skin, joints and internal organs.

U.S. Congress bulletin: Calling all CNY high school artists

Each spring, the members of the U.S. House of Representatives sponsor a high school art competition to acknowledge and promote artistic talent. The winning piece of artwork from each congressional district across our country is displayed for one full year in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

From the legislature: Syracuse Law offers new legal resource for local veterans

Syracuse University College of Law graduates Tom Caruso and Josh Keefe recently left Central New York to begin their careers as active duty judge advocates. Caruso is off to the Navy and Keefe to the Marine Corps, but they’ve left a remarkable legacy the legislature was proud to unanimously support. During their first year at Syracuse Law, Caruso and Keefe began what would turn into a three-and-a-half year journey to establish a legal clinic dedicated to the unique legal issues facing local veterans.

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