3rd Quarter Newsletter


I hope everyone had a great summer and you were able to enjoy the nice weather. I have a few items to share.  As always, feel free to call or email me with any questions or concerns. 

Inland Cargo Port – Engineers preparing the report on the Inland Port have named Camillus as the preferred site. Engineers and officials associated with the project met with the Town Board and shared conceptual drawings detailing the plans for the project.  The site would be located on waste bed 12 on the former Allied Chemical site.  The site is south of the CSX railroad tracks, between Route 695 and Airport Rd. across from the Fairgrounds.  The property is isolated from residential areas, it is located next to the railroad line and has plenty of room for the off loading of Cargo.  There is also plenty of room for warehousing and manufacturing facilities that often follow these projects.  Truck traffic from the site will not enter any local roadways.  They will use the highway to get to Route 81 or I-90.  The hope is that this could bring hundreds or even thousands of jobs to the area.  We hope to hear a final decision soon.

Camillus Park – In addition to the new Splash Pad in the park, Senator DeFrancisco and Assembleyman Finch have announced that they will try to secure an additional $1000,000 each to go towards a new playground at the park.

Former Camillus Cutlery property – This project will be moving forward soon as the new developers are anxious to get started. The plan is to have tenants in the building by Summer 2017. The plan calls for 29 upscale and moderately upscale apartments. A portion of the building will be mixed use with commercial/retail. There is a tremendous amount of work to be done on the inside and outside of the property.

Camillus Police Chief Participates In White House Briefing on 21st Century Policing

Camillus Police Chief Thomas M. Winn was among 30 chiefs of police and high level law

enforcement executives that participated in the Advancing 21st Century Policing Briefing at the

White House on August 10, 2016 in Washington D.C. Chief Winn attended the briefing via an

invitation extended through the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), a

component of the U.S Justice Department dedicated to community policing. The briefing was

among a series of follow ups to the final report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century

Policing. The report outlined six key categories of recommendations for police departments

across the country: Trust and Legitimacy, Policy and Oversight, Technology and Social Media,

Community Policing/Crime Reduction and Officer Wellness and Safety. Many of the task force’s

recommendations are already in effect within the Camillus Police Department. Our local police department has strong community-oriented policing initiatives, and Chief Winn’s participation

in the briefing provided an opportunity to not only give valuable input to the Task Force but to

also learn from other communities throughout the nation.


Township Five – Workers from All Wall Builders are working on the shell of what will be a new Petco store near the Movie Tavern in Township 5 in Camillus. The 13,000-square-foot store is expected to open in February, according to a newsletter from the Cameron Group LLC, which is building the center located off Hinsdale Road near Route 5. All Wall Builders has also begun construction of a 19,000-square-foot building for multiple retail tenants, said general contractor Alex Ewaniszyk. Cameron’s newsletter says Vine & Barrel will open early next year as the anchor tenant for the building also located near Movie Tavern. The Cameron Group will present plans for a new 90-room tru by Hilton hotel to the Camillus planning board on Monday. Construction is to begin in the spring with the hotel completed within a year.


Erie Canal Park – The Erie Canal Park in Camillus recently grew by 75 acres thanks to a donation from Paul Dudden in memory of his parents Helen and Ernest “Dick” Dudden. The land is situated near the southeast corner of Devoe Road and Van Alstime Road intersection which includes the historic site of the former Dill House and most of the pond including the viewing platform. Thanks again to Mr. Dudden and his generous donation.


General Reminders

1) Assemblyman Gary Finch has an office in Camillus town Hall. To schedule an appointment,

please call 255-3045.

2) Camillus Town Hall has both a prescription drug depository for all expired medications and

also has free wifi for those who may need to use it.

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