Sen. John Mannion (D – NY50) addresses supporters at our coffee and pastries house pre-game!

The Clay and Cicero committees spent Saturday firing each other up for the home stretch of door knocking, calling, lit dropping, and rocking the (early) vote! Our thanks to Dr. Shannelle Benson (D, candidate, CL 14) for opening up her home to sponsor the event.

Clay Town Chair, Nancy Kinnetz, snaps a shot with Sen. Mannion
Cicero Dems Chair, Nate Riley, caffe-nate-ing himself for the long day ahead!
Talking about the issues with Towns Chair, Denise Baker.

Once people had their fill, we went out and did the most important part any organizer can do: TURN OUT THE VOTE!

We next headed out into neighborhoods contacting hundreds of voters in one afternoon!

Clay committee and candidates hitting the streets!
Nate knocking doors with Jana (lit pictured, candidate outside of frame talking to voters)

Finally, the day concluded at Union Hall with Governor Hochul giving a rousing speech about her time in Syracuse as an organizer before our candidates came on stage.

Dem County Legislature candidates on stage
All candidates recognized for an electric conclusion to the day!!

Let’s get out and close this thing out for a better Clay, Cicero, and Onondaga County.

Fall Football Fundraiser

Come help us kickoff our fall campaigns for local office by enjoying good company, good food, and FOOTBALL during the final cookout of the year at Nate’s house! Please RSVP ( no later than Friday, September 17, 2021!

Re-Elect Judy Boyke

Judy Boyke (D) – Cicero Town Councilor

Judy Boyke has formally announced her candidacy for Re-Election as Councilor for the Town of Cicero. Keep “YOUR VOICE FOR CICERO” alive.

Her voice has resonated loud and clear for the Town of Cicero residents.  She is extremely proud to have accepted the endorsements from the Democratic Party,  Conservative Party and the Veterans Council.

Since 2009 being elected Supervisor Town of Cicero, through today Judy has displayed a composed temperament insisting on “Open Government”! She is bipartisan by nature, always engaging in open discussion at all board meetings. Regardless of the outcome, Judy has always made it clear, her commitment as a Public Servant to represent the people who put her in the current position as Councilor – Town of Cicero.

Her dedication as a Public Servant, rather than a career politician, speaks for itself. She is proud to say she has attended all Town Board meetings except 3 since 2009. Attending as many Planning Board meetings is the only way to be up to date on development in the Town of Cicero.

Even though she was not an elected official throughout those years, she continued to be vocal making sure that the Town of Cicero residents had a VOICE!

Her experience with General Electric for 33 years, as a private business owner for over 30 years in the Town of Cicero, a life resident and 12 years of municipal experience far outweighs all other candidates.

Some recent major accomplishments have been her involvement in the Brewerton Revitalization Project, filing a petition to give the residents the opportunity to vote for the new highway garage, plus continued advocacy with the traffic, drainage and flooding issues.

The most important accomplishment has been successfully introducing and passing a resolution to update/create a Comprehensive Plan for the Town of Cicero.  A Citizens Committee has been voted to complete this intense project.  This is the most important component the Town of Cicero needs.  With this plan the issues the Town faces with land use, zoning, controlled development, traffic & drainage, plus the most important “Quality of Life for residents will finally be addressed. 

She also helped placed a 1 year moratorium on the development of commercial Solar Farms in the Town of Cicero. Having a new Comprehensive Plan in place will describe the proper location/ land use for these projects plus others. 

Please feel free to visit her website to get involved in her re-election campaign!

Cicero Town Board Meeting

by Joyce Villnace

If you left the virtual Cicero Town Board Meeting of February 10, 2021 after the nearly 2 hour public hearing on the Horner Farmstead proposed zone change run by Mr. Bragman, you left way too soon!

Along with a third public hearing that didn’t make the agenda, there were “two late breaking items” Councilman Jonathan Karp brought up at the end of the meeting. One was a donation for ballistic shields for the police department, the other was to reestablish the Deputy Supervisor position the same board abolished in the September 9, 2020 meeting.

Councilors Boyke and Becallo seemed stunned that the Deputy Supervisor resolution was on the agenda. The resolution was read by Mr. Karp and seconded by Councilor White.

Ms. Boyke opened the discussion saying this resolution needed more discussion and that she felt pressured to vote before talking with the Town Attorney or going into executive session for further discussion.

Mr. Becallo said he preferred the resolution be put up as a public referendum in November and asked what the real reasons were that this was being proposed at this meeting. You could almost hear a chorus of “good government” coming from Karp, White, and Meyer. Ms. Boyke mused that Ms. White seemed to have been informed, implying that Ms. Boyke and Mr. Becallo had been left out of the loop. 

Mr. Becallo insisted the real reasons be disclosed. Ms. White asked Mr. Becallo to enlighten us as to the real reasons.

When pressed, Mr. Karp said it was a “reasonable request” of Supervisor Meyer in order to get him to sign the Police Contract. Mr. Becallo reiterated that Mr. Meyer has refused to sign any contracts until his demands were met. The resolution passed 3 (Karp, White, Meyer) to 2 (Boyke, Becallo).

So, who will be the new Deputy Supervisor? Most money is on Mike Mirizio being appointed Deputy Supervisor since he has already chaired a meeting (January 13, 2021) in order to enhance his candidacy for Town Councillor. However, since Mr. Mirizio is an ad hoc member of the Planning Board, and they can already have him sitting on the Zoom meetings, even though he doesn’t participate (as they have the last several meetings), my money’s on Mike Aregano who’s the Republican candidate for Town Supervisor.

We’ll know soon enough and then Mr. Meyer can be “unavailable” and the entire slate of Republican candidates can be front and center through November.

Relieved, but not Resting

We’ve never been happier seeing this image of the *former* President leaving the White House for the last time.

Yet our resolve remains firm that we should never again endure him or his sycophants in any position of authority at any level of government (including those that supported him here in Cicero). The new Congress must ensure that supporting a violent insurrection is met with swift consequences.

Dana Balter Virtual House Party

The election is 28 days away and tonight Ciceronians heard from Dana Balter during a live event on ZOOM!

Dana Balter speaks directly to you about the strategic importance of Cicero in the upcoming #NY24 congressional race

As our next congresswoman, Dana will uplift communities like ours that have been overlooked in Congress for far too long. She’s fighting alongside Joe Biden to secure affordable healthcare during a pandemic and to restore science-based policy making to fight coronavirus. We need leaders like Dana that will formulate real plans to keep us safe and tell us the hard truths of what’s going on.

The virtual room was filled with engaged citizens looking to regain control of their government! We also had a very special guest: the Roman Senator and consul member Cicero himself showed up to warn us of the dangerous threat to our democracy posed by Katko and other sycophants siding with Trump to score political points instead of dedicating the resources our local governments need to survive.

Marcus Tullius Cicero looks an awful lot like retired teacher Rob Santucci

Join the campaign without spreading the virus by joining an event to safely make calls or send texts via the campaign website or by simply emailing the Cicero Democratic Commitee today to ask how you can get involved.


Help us by getting people to sign the petition.  Many people are going out right now getting designating petitions.  The great thing about this petition for fair maps is that you don’t need to go off a list!  Anyone can sign regardless of their party ID! We all want fair elections in Onondaga County, right?

You can return them by sending an email to or for instructions on where to send them. Thanks everyone! Let’s end gerrymandered maps!


Cicero Democrats Giving Back

Dana Balter and others join the Cicero Democratic Committee for their regular meeting and holiday donation drive!

Your local Cicero Democratic Committee gave back to three families in our community. Two of the families have served their community, and their nation, by enlisting in the armed forces. The third family came to us at the suggestion of the Cicero Canteen.

Nate Riley and his daughter, Keira, delivery holiday gift baskets to 3 Cicero families (Keira carried the turkeys)

Nate Riley, our chairperson for this effort, organized the donations, decorated the baskets, and delivered them with his family. The Committee’s donations to the holiday gift baskets included a complete dinner for the holidays: a 20 pound turkey, stuffing, sausage, and all the fixings! The baskets also contained $25 gift cards for Price Chopper so each family could pickup anything they wanted to add to their holiday feast.

Nate, Keira, and two veteran families

The Democratic Committee wishes everyone a blessed, warm, and safe Holiday filled with fond memories!