June 2, 2004

Dryden legislators split on assessments

Today's Journal reports that the County Legislature voted 9-5 against a proposal for a public hearing on shifting to a three-year assessment cycle put forward by Dryden County Legislator Mike Lane. Lane voted for it, while the other two legislators representing Dryden - Martha Robertson and George Totman - voted against it. Thomas Todd's proposal to put the Republican proposal for a County Executive on the November ballot as a referendum was sent to committee.

The Journal's editorial for today also looks at county legislative matters, quoting Martha Robertson while encouraging the development of a discount prescription drug card for the county.

This week's Our Towns section includes a profile of the Freeville Fire Department, a Neighbors section filled with Dryden people, and a list of upcoming events that includes the Dryden schools reunion dinner June 12th, the Elm Tree Stump Run on June 6th, the Varna United Methodist Church barbecue on June 5th, and Dryden Dairy Days on June 12th. A story on the restoration of a house across the Groton line in McLean gives me some hope for similar old houses in Dryden.

There's also another statistical tidbit, this one on employment. It shows 68.24% of Dryden's 6555 people over 16 are in the civilian work force, while 28.69% aren't in the labor force at all, and 3.02% are unemployed. 0.05% are listed as working for the armed forces. Once again, I'm curious how these numbers are derived, as the paper just cites Claritas.

The Journal also notes that the Tompkins County Democratic Committee endorsed incumbent Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton for her current seat and Jeff Miller of New Hartford as a challenger to Sherwood Boehlert in the Congressional race.

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