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Aurora Board Calls for Referendum on Gleed

Aurora Board Calls for Referendum on Gleed

Town of Aurora residents will soon decide whether they want to allocate funds—from a bond of roughly $1 million—to renovate the facility at 300 Gleed Ave. for use as a new town hall. Town officials made it clear on Monday night that the expected public referendum will only be an up or down vote on whether to borrow the money; the vote won’t be a contest to see what other site might be more popular.

State of the Town: Aurora Supervisor Shares Thoughts

State of the Town: Aurora Supervisor Shares Thoughts

by Adam Zaremski

Aurora Town Supervisor Jolene Jeffe is surprised to find that she is already at the halfway point for her first term in office. She said the time has gone by quickly, but with much work and many challenges.

“We accomplished a lot. Not necessarily what I planned to get done, though I think I accomplished everything I set out to do,” she said.

Jeffe spoke with the East Aurora Advertiser about the past year and what she sees occurring in the next part of her term. Above all else, she wants to settle the issue of where the next town hall will be located, and thinks that once that is done the Town Board can begin to move onto other tasks, such as possibly consolidating the Tax Receiver’s Office with that of the town clerk, along with addressing the needs of the Aurora Town Public Library.

Major Medicaid Reform Legislation Approved In Committee; Chairman Gallivan Shepherds Bill

Major Medicaid Reform Legislation Approved In Committee; Chairman Gallivan Shepherds Bill

ALBANY, NY - Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma), Chairman of the Senate Social Services Committee today announced a major piece of reform legislation has passed through the Social Services Committee with his enthusiastic support. The bill, often referred to as Medicaid opt-out legislation, allows for increased local control of Medicaid by permitting county governments to “opt-out” of non-mandated services that do not fit the needs of their specific county, significantly reducing the cost burden on local property taxpayers.

“For too long New York State’s Medicaid system has tried to be everything to everyone, but the simple truth is everyone, doesn’t need everything. The one-size-fits-all approach has produced a system that provides sub-standard care at a cost of more than $1 billion per week; a price tag larger that the Medicaid systems of California and Texas combined,” said Gallivan.

Village Turns Down Dissolution Study

Village Turns Down Dissolution Study

A little more than a year after deciding to apply for it, the East Aurora Village Board has decided to refuse a $50,000 Local Government Efficiency study grant from New York State. The reason for the board’s change of heart was the state’s demand that the study focus mainly on the possibility of dissolving the village government, rather than examining a broader range of options.

Village Board Incumbents Will Run Unopposed

Village Board Incumbents Will Run Unopposed

by Jeremy Morlock

Group Will Raise Funds to Preserve Open Space in Aurora

Group Will Raise Funds to Preserve Open Space in Aurora

by Adam Zaremski

If the funds are raised, the land can be bought. That stipulation is the main clause of the contract between two Mill Road residents and a volunteer committee seeking to purchase 60 acres of land to keep as open space.

The Aurora Town Board approved the purchase resolution for the land at the Jan. 24 meeting as long the Friends of Mill Road Scenic Overlook group can raise $550,000, or an amount that would cover all purchasing costs. The committee is hoping that some of the money can be raised through a state grant for which the town would apply.

Petitions for East Aurora Elections are Due by Feb. 8

Petitions for East Aurora Elections are Due by Feb. 8

by Jeremy Morlock

Village residents who are considering running for a seat on the East Aurora Village Board are now able to pick up independent nominating petitions at Village Hall (571 Main St.). Between now and Feb. 8, those political aspirants must gather the signatures of at least 100 registered village voters.

The terms of trustees Kevin Biggs, Peter Mercurio and Libby Weberg will expire this spring, with new or re-elected trustees to take office in early April. Biggs, Mercurio and Weberg each won re-election in 2009, edging out challenger Susan McBurney. Candidates in Village of East Aurora elections have traditionally run independently from major political parties.