Cicero Dems Speak Out Against Bus Garage

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.

The public comments began with a speech from Barb Evanoff, a retired chemist and Democratic Committee member, who spoke out against the harmful effects of carcinogens from bus fumes. Her speech drew raucous and sustained applause by the crowd of 300 concerned citizens who agreed with the points she raised. Her speech was the most powerful of the evening and was featured in an article covering the meeting.

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.

Cicero Democrats Supporting Other Democrats!

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.

From left to right: Nate Riley (D, WFP), Judy Boyke (D, WFP), and Joyce Villnave (D)

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

If you like to donate to Nate or Joyce, you may do so through their ActBlue pages: Nate Riley (Vote Nate) and Joyce Villanve.

Nate Riley (D, WFP) discussing his plan to reprioritize Cicero’s budget to value re-paving roads over pay raises for politicians.
Joyce Villnave (D) discussing her desire to do away with the “tax and build” policies of the past.

New Year, New Cicero

You want to rein in reckless, runaway spending in the Town of Cicero. You want your elected officials to create opportunities for your family, not three Cicero Town Board members, all Republicans, that voted for a 2019 budget that gave themselves raises with taxpayer dollars. You want a thriving community in the town you call home, not headlines about Town of Cicero public officials putting down dogs. You want safety, freedom, prosperity, and transparency without disrespectful bickering and infighting.

We want that too. Join us as we work to elect the next generation of leaders in the Town of Cicero and on the Onondaga County Legislature. Contact us via facebook, twitter, or email (links at the bottom of this page) to join our growing movement to tighten fiscal belts and promote safety, prosperity, and open government. With your help, we will elect hard working people like you and work toward our common goal of a diverse, thriving community. New Year, New You, New Cicero!