Friday April 5, 2013

ZEKE WRIGHT

Staff Writer

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The village’s newest mayor laid out her agenda for the next two years.

Describing a "lengthy and ambitious" list, Mayor Valerie Reagan included controlled spending, reviews of village office and financial operations, increased communication, and revising the functioning of board meetings as some priorities.

"(I) hope to accomplish a few of those things," she said shortly after being sworn in Wednesday.

Ongoing concerns for village officials include finding a resolution for the dilapidated Ackley building on Main Street and constructing a new firehouse for the Cambridge Volunteer Fire Department. A meeting is scheduled later this month with representatives from Canton, where the community successfully fundraised a portion of costs to build a new firehouse in 2003.

Reagan said she would also seek better cooperation between the village and the three surrounding towns, more village-sponsored community events, and other projects like finding a use for the old landfill property and completing sign zoning revisions.

Issues with village financial operations have arisen in recent months after Cambridge received notice of penalties for late quarterly payments to the Internal Revenue Service. In March, trustees received notice that the first two payments in 2012 were late, resulting in filing penalties that increased after those payments were made with paper checks instead of direct deposit.


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The failure to file and "failure to make a proper federal deposit" electronically totaled a little over $18,000, although the municipality has petitioned local Congressman Bill Owens’ office to help with a reprieve.

On Wednesday, trustees were notified of an additional accounting error that resulted in youth department expenses being taken out of a village account instead of youth department funds. The youth commission is a service of the village that provides after-school and summer programming but is mostly financially independent.

The potential hiring of an accountant and bookkeeper were bullet items on the list of mayor’s priorities.

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