The election is 28 days away and tonight Ciceronians heard from Dana Balter during a live event on ZOOM!
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.
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?
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, 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.
The Democratic Committee wishes everyone a blessed, warm, and safe Holiday filled with fond memories!
The Cicero Democratic Party nominees for Town Councilor, Nate Riley (D, WFP) and Joyce Villnave (D), and Town Supervisor, Judy Boyke (D, WFP), showed up alongside 300 town residents to voice their opposition to the Bus Garage proposed on South Bay Road near Gillette Middle School, the site of last night’s planning board meeting.
The meeting began with a presentation from one of the proponents of the bus garage. The presentation downplayed the traffic and environmental impacts from 185 buses parking, starting up, and driving in Cicero to pick up and drop off Syracuse City School District students. They argued that some fencing, trees, and wind patterns would mitigate the sound of 185 buses traveling through nearby neighborhoods. The presentation drew laughs from the 300 skeptical audience members.
Nate Riley spoke out against the deceptive tactics used by the proponents of the Bus Barn. He noted that people were right to laugh during the presentation in support of the proposal, calling their arguments a “farce.” Nate pointed out that no Cicero jobs would be created from this proposal, that the proposal was environmentally unsound, and that the private traffic study commissioned by the proponents of the “Bus Barn” had been rightfully questioned by Onondaga County Department of Transportation. Again, the crowd cheered for our candidate’s points. Nate also gave a hearty “fist bump” to all of the 31 residents who were brave enough to come forward and speak out against this proposal.
Joyce Villnave connected the proposal to her continued opposition to unplanned, unwarranted expansion in the Town of Cicero. Joyce has spoken out against interests outside the Town seeking to exploit our resources with no plan for the drain it causes on those resources. She argued that the bus garage was similar to apartment expansions or the usual tax and build policies that have only resulted in increased traffic and strain on our ailing infrastructure. The crowd cheered and a snippet of her speech made it onto the evening news (see below).
Judy Boyke concluded the night by speaking out against the proposal. She let her opposition be known in a clear, concise statement that this project would not benefit the Town of Cicero. As a leader on the Town Board, and the current liaison to the planning board, she has followed the proposal from its inception. Like all of the residents that laughed at the presentation, she remained unconvinced by the proponent’s proposal to park 185 buses in Cicero.
This is only one of many issues that our candidates have been talking about as they knock on doors this summer. Please help them get out their message this fall about ending pay raises for Cicero politicians, fixing our roads, expanding the Town’s drainage committee, protecting our environment, and a comprehensive plan for a brighter, better future in Cicero. They need your help this fall as they knock on more doors, call voters, and get out the vote. If you can’t donate your time, please consider donating a few dollars to any of their campaigns, including online to Nate Riley, Joyce Villnave, and Judy Boyke.
On Sunday, May 19, 2019, our candidates for Cicero Town Board attended a fundraiser at the North Syracuse Community Center. The dessert fundraiser brought together Democrats from all over Onondaga County to share sweets and discuss local issues. The fundraiser focused on benefitting candidates in three northern towns of Cicero, Salina, and Clay. The event was a tremendous success in raising money for local candidates!
Judy, Nate, and Joyce all gave brief speeches about their plans for a more transparent, fair, and fiscally responsible Town of Cicero.
The slate of candidates for all local offices in Salina and Clay also showed up to tell everyone how they would improve quality of life for citizens in their towns. We also heard from many county-wide candidates, including the nominees for County Legislature Jessica Bumpus, Nodesia Hernandez, and Tony Malavenda . Other county-wide Democratic nominees appeared, including those running for District Attorney, Chuck Keller, and Comptroller, Marty Masterpole. Each shared their unique vision for equality, fairness, and responsibility in County government.
The congressional candidates for 2020 appeared as well. Cicero candidates were humbled by Dana Balter offering to help candidates up and down the 2019 ballot. Balter shared with us her gameplan for 2019 and offered her campaign experience and infrastructure to help Democrats in all three towns. Roger Misso and Francis Conole shared their respective visions for the 24th congressional district.
There was great energy in the room and, despite the scary tornado warning toward the end, everyone left feeling #FiredUpAndReadyToGo