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Onondaga County lawmakers Tuesday approved what is probably one of the more difficult budgets they’ve seen in several years.  Ways and Means Committee Chair David Knapp says he entered the budget process last month with low expectations.

"If you asked me back in September if we would be able to get to where we are now, I would have been very pessimistic," he admitted.

He says  the $1.29 billion spending plan had challenges from both the cost and revenue sides….



Many Onondaga County homeowners have probably received information in the mail from the water authority about an optional water line protection plan.  Authority executive director Michael Hooker says they began looking into the plans because many water lines in the system are 50 to 100 years old.  In addition, Hooker says last winter’s extreme temperatures froze the service lines of 500 customers.  So, OCWA considered three service providers, and settled on HomeServe.

Senator Schumer Seeks EPA Exemption for Fire Hydrants

Dec 4, 2013
fire hydrants
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Hundreds of new fire hydrants waiting to be installed by Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse might have to be scrapped next month, unless the EPA exempts them from an unexpected new lead standard.  Senator Chuck Schumer stopped by the Onondaga County Water Authority today to demand an exemption for the $400,000 worth of fire hydrants: