John Balloni confirmed Monday what many already suspected…that he’s running for Onondaga County Sheriff. He’s been raising money for months, and retiring Sheriff Kevin Walsh has publicly supported Balloni as his successor. He told a crowd of about 50 supporters yesterday that in an age of tight budgets and sparse manpower, he wants more partnerships with local police agencies to boost community policing. But he stopped short of a full endorsement of consolidation.
After nearly a three-week break, the trial for 16 protesters of drone warfare resumed Thursday at DeWitt town court. The defendants, known initially as the Hancock 17, were arrested in October of 2012 after they blocked three gates at Hancock Air National Guard Base.
Central New Yorkers opposed to the U-S Supreme Court’s Citizens United Decision marked the 4th anniversary of the ruling Tuesday by vowing to overturn it. Supporters of the group Move to Amend want a constitutional amendment that would reverse what they say is corporations growing financial and corrupting influence on elections. Group co-chair Michael Messina-Yauchzy says we need to remember the first words of the constitution.
Central New York business leaders and homeowners are publicly expressing their support for Governor Cuomo’s $2 billion tax relief plan. They joined government officials Wednesday to urge the state legislature to approve the proposal. DeWitt Town Supervisor Ed Michalenko says the business community isn’t used to such a friendly atmosphere in tax decision-makers.