Town of Cicero

Seeking Volunteers

The Town of Cicero is looking for volunteers to serve on our Parks & Recreation Commission. This is a 7-person advisory committee whose purpose is to provide valuable input that will assist us in developing, implementing, and continuing programs that will have a positive impact on the residents of our community. As a volunteer, you will be expected to attend 4-6 meetings a year.  We currently have two vacancies that we are looking to fill. Since we are striving to maintain a diverse committee, and already have individuals with specific backgrounds, we would like to have individuals who might have one or more of the following:

  • Experience with elementary age children or teenagers
  • Experience with a youth and or adult leagues
  • Person with technical experience in facility management and planning

If you are interested, please visit the Parks & Rec web site at to complete the Parks & Recreation Commission Application form and send to Director Jody Rogers at If you aren’t interested, but know others who may be, please forward this to them. We will appreciate your help.

UPDATE for Cicero Apts and Marina Hearing

The previously announced Planning Board meeting on the proposed Cicero Apartments and Marina on Lakeshore Road, scheduled for December 11th, has been MOVED from Town Hall to the CICERO FIRE STATION, 8377 Brewerton Road, Cicero, NY, 13039, said meeting will commence at 6:30 PM.

By Order of:                   Robert Smith, Chairman, Town of Cicero Planning Board


Safety Concerns on Rte. 11

Many have expressed their concerns to me regarding traffic along State Route 11 from Bear Road north to Caughdenoy Road, especially in light of the latest pedestrian fatality at Hogan drive this past week.

On Tuesday, December 05, State Senator David Valesky, Assemblyman Al Stirpe, State DOT Director of Operations David Smith with members of his staff; Cicero Planning Board Chairman Robert Smith, Cicero Police Chief Joseph Snell and I met to work toward solutions that takes into consideration current traffic volumes, potential future traffic volumes, pedestrian safety and speed enforcement on Route 11.

Utilizing a Federal Grant, per David Smith, sidewalks will be installed on the west side of Route 11 from Bear road to about 200 feet north of Caughdenoy Road in 2018. Construction will begin in June of next year.

Cross walks will be installed at every intersection to include pedestrian crossing lights as well.

In the meantime, DOT engineers will make recommendations to me regarding the installation of additional lighting to make it safer for pedestrians and for drivers to see those pedestrians at night. They will also evaluate the speed limits as posted and make recommendations if they determine that changes are needed.

Chief Snell will be working with the New York State Police to slow traffic down to the posted limits. Speeders be warned.

Senator Valesky and Assemblyman Stirpe have offered the weight of their respective offices to not only see that the projects move forward as planned, but will look to make additional funds available where Cicero needs them to enhance public safety.

The meeting Tuesday was a good start. There is nothing more important to me than the safety of our Cicero Team , of our residents, and of the visitors to our community.

I’ll keep you posted on our progress. My best to you and your families,

Mark Venesky
Town of Cicero


Public Hearing: Apartments & Marina on Lakeshore Rd

TAKE NOTICE THAT TREY JAY LLC has made application to the Planning Board for a Major Site Plan (Cicero Apartments & Marina). The properties are located at 6475 Lakeshore Road, 6477 Lakeshore Road and Beach Road (Tax Map #086.-02-40.1). File is available for review in Zoning and Planning Office.

FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that a Public Hearing will be held at the Cicero Town Hall, 8236 Brewerton Road, Cicero, NY, 13039, by the aforesaid Board at 6:30 PM, local time, on Monday, December 11, 2017, at which time and place all persons will be heard either for or against the granting of the request stated in said application.

 Dated:                             November 29, 2017

By Order of:      Robert Smith, Chairman, Town of Cicero Planning Board

Job Posting: Assessment Clerk

The town has an opening for a part-time Assessment Clerk, Monday thru Friday, noon to 4 pm. Job description and submission process is at If you’re not interested, but know someone who might be, please share this with them. Thank you.

The Shared Services Agreement

Yesterday, I posted an announcement of a shared services agreement to be signed between the city of Syracuse and the town of Cicero. That has happened and I would like here to share my thoughts with you.

First, I am proud that Mayor Miner and I have entered into this historic service agreement. With this agreement, the town of Cicero will share grant research and writing staff with the city. City employees will help Cicero identify potential monies for projects that will benefit Cicero residents. In turn, Cicero’s participation will help to lower the cost to city residents who are paying to identify the same types of grant money for similar projects. Together, this is a money saving ‘win-win’ for both the city and town of Cicero.

The agreement will enable our town of Cicero to use grant writers employed by the city of Syracuse Bureau of Research. These professionals are responsible for identifying and applying for funding opportunities available through the federal and state governments, as well as private foundations. The town of Cicero will pay the city of Syracuse up to $6,000, including fringe benefit costs. The agreement is for a period of one year with the option for annual renewals. Questions or concerns? You can always reach me at 315-699-1414. Thank you.

Mark Venesky

Brush Pickup Schedule Extended

Still see some leaves on the trees? We do, too. Well, our brush vendor, Onsite Development LLC, has graciously offered to add two additional pickups at no charge to the town to ensure we’re all ready for winter. We do appreciate their kind offer. Those new dates are below. Please share with neighbors.
Additional Pickups:
West Side of S. Bay Week of December 4th
East Side of S. Bay Week of December 11th

Groundbreaking Ceremony Speech

Today was a significant milestone for our town. For those of you who were unable to attend, my speech is provided here:

Today marks a milestone not only in in Cicero’s history but for Cicero’s future.

Fifty-five years ago, Cicero completed its existing highway garage. Who then, could imagine what our community would look like? Who then could foresee the changes, the growth that we have experienced?

Today we break ground on the promise of a future, a future that I believe will be prosperous, planned for and user friendly to our residents.

But we cannot move forward without acknowledging those who got us to where we are today.

People who served this community selflessly and with an inner dedication to those here today and to those who will come after.

One such person stands with us today. Vern Conway has served this community for over 60 years.

Vern has served as Chief of one of our Fire Departments, he has served on this Town’s Planning Board, as a member of your Town Board, as Acting Town Supervisor, and as your Deputy Supervisor today.

It is with that spirit of giving back to all of us that we recognize, and give back to him today.

Ladies and Gentlemen, today we formally break ground on the C. Vern Conway Highway Complex.

Mark Venesky

Cicero and Syracuse Entering Shared Services Agreement


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Mayor Stephanie A. Miner and Supervisor Mark Venesky of the Town of Cicero, New York will hold a news conference to announce details of a shared services agreement. The news conference will take place on Tuesday, November 28 at 11:00 am in the mayor’s office lobby of Syracuse city hall at 233 East Washington Street.

Mayor Miner and Supervisor Venesky will unveil an agreement between the city of Syracuse and town of Cicero to share grant writing services. This agreement is expected to generate new revenue for both municipalities through the identification of new federal, state, and nonprofit funding opportunities.

Date/Time: November 28, 2017
11:00 am

Location: Mayor’s Office Lobby
Syracuse City Hall
233 East Washington Street
Syracuse, New York 13202


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