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Sally C. Snyder

SKANEATELES — Sally C. Snyder, 83, of Skaneateles, passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 at The Commons on St. Anthony.

She was born Feb. 16, 1934 to Elizabeth and Kenneth Cook. She grew up in Skaneateles and continued to live there until recently. She was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was a member of St. James Church. Sally graduated from Skaneateles Central School in 1951. After graduating, she attended Catherine Gibbs School in Boston and then worked for Kemper Insurance in Syracuse. Sally then went on to work for the Skaneateles School District. There she worked as both a library aide and in the State Street office until she retired. She also worked part time for the Town of Skaneateles as a secretary to both the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Skaneateles Town Court.

Sally is survived by her husband of 44 years, Richard “Duke” Snyder; their children, Mary (Jim) Dries, and James (Heather) Snyder; grandchildren, Ashleigh and Matthew; sister-in-law, Tully Cook; nieces, Cammy and Jodi, along with their families. She also leaves behind her dear friend, Larry Loveless, and his family.

Sally was predeceased by her parents, and brother, Kenneth Cook Jr.

There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at Robert D. Gray Funeral Home, Skaneateles.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be directed to SAVES Ambulance Service, 77 Fennell St., Skaneateles, NY 13152, in Sally’s memory.

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Jeffrey M. Young

SYRACUSE — Jeffrey M. Young, 44, of Syracuse, died Aug. 23, 2017 at his home.

Jeffrey was born Nov. 15, 1972 in Auburn, a son of Frederick Young Sr. and the late Gladys Mae Stroup Young. He had lived in Niles and was a graduate of Moravia High School class of 1991. He was employed as a driver for Dependable Taxi in Syracuse.

Surviving him are his father, Fred Young Sr., of Niles; brother, Fred (Jill Grobelny) Young Jr., of Niles; sister, Tammy Bumpus, of Moravia; niece, Cheyenne Bumpus; nephew, Dakota Bumpus; paternal grandmother, Vivian Haswell, of North Carolina; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at the Wade Funeral Home, 22 Church St., Moravia. Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association.

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Ronald Allen 'Ron' Saunders

LANCASTER, Pa. — Ronald Allen “Ron” Saunders, 71, of Lancaster, Pa., died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness.

Born in Auburn, N.Y. to the late Orlie R. and Doris L. (Rawson) Saunders, he married his childhood sweetheart, Nancy (deBeaumont) in 1968. The couple celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary this past June. In 1985, Ron moved with his family to Lancaster, Pa.

A 1964 graduate of West High School, he earned an AAS degree in electronics from Auburn Community College and attended Syracuse University with a major in physics and Widener University for managerial studies. Ron spent most of his career working in the television manufacturing industry with GTE Sylvania, General Electric, and RCA Thomson Consumer Electronics. He retired as a district manager from K.C. Building Maintenance in January. Ron enjoyed traveling with Nancy and visiting area wineries with friends. He was a talented photographer and artist and pursued those interests in his spare time.

Surviving besides his wife are a daughter, Wendy, wife of Randall K. Nolt, of Gordonville, and a grandson, Zackory. Ron and Zackory shared a love of sports, especially watching Green Bay Packers football together. He will also be greatly missed by his brothers, Gary R. Saunders, married to Ginger, of South Daytona Beach, Fla., and Brian D. Saunders, companion of Edi Brooker, of Cocoa Beach, Fla. Sharing in our grief are cousins, nephews, and a niece all residing in Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, South Carolina, and California.

In addition to his parents, Ron was preceded in death by a son, Timothy A. Saunders.

The family is grateful for the compassionate care Ron received through hospice services and Evergreen Estates Retirement Community.

A viewing will be held from 2 to 3 p.m., followed by the funeral at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 with Rev. Daniel O’Brien officiating at the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 414 E. King St., Lancaster, PA 17602. Interment will take place at noon Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 in St. Joseph Cemetery, Auburn, N.Y.

Please omit flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lancaster General Health Foundation, 609 N. Cherry St., 3rd Floor, Lancaster, PA 17602, with “Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute” in the memo line or to the American Cancer Society, 314 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17603.

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Mary 'Marie' C. Masotto

AUBURN — Mary “Marie” C. Masotto, 79, passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at Matthew House of Auburn.

Marie was born in Auburn on July 18, 1938 to the late Paul and Carmela Bruno Masotto. She was a graduate of Auburn’s West High School, class of 1956 and retired from FOSTEC where she had been employed as a receptionist for many years.

Marie was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church and enjoyed golfing and caring for her home, where she took great pride in its appearance.

Surviving Marie are her sisters, Jo Coleman, Nancy Vivenzio, both of Auburn, and Toni (Robert) Calhoun, of Florida; nieces and nephews, and many special friends.

Marie was predeceased by her sister, Connie Catalano, and a brother, Joseph Masotto.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in Sacred Heart Church. Following services, interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Fleming. Following Marie’s wishes, there will be no public calling hours.

Marie’s family would like to extend their appreciation to Hospice and Matthew House for the care and compassion shown to her.

Those wishing may contribute to Matthew House, Hospice of the Finger Lakes, or to a charity of one’s choice in memory of Marie Masotto.

Funeral arrangements are with White Chapel Funeral Home, 197 South St., Auburn.

Ronald L. White

PORT BYRON — Ronald L. White, 67, of East Dock Street, Port Byron, passed away at Auburn Community Hospital on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.

Ron was the son of the late Robert and Mary Winters White, and was born March 1, 1950 in Williamsport, Pa. A graduate of Jordan-Elbridge High School, he enlisted in the Air Force after high school and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. He retired from Tessy Plastics of Elbridge following eight years of employment. He enjoyed fishing, video games and recording music; his greatest love was his family, especially his grandchildren.

Ron is survived by his wife of 28 years, Lori Grant White; his daughters, Karen Hayne, of Florida, and Heather White, of Port Byron; three sons, Craig White, and Josh and Tyler White, of Port Byron; six grandchildren, Logan, Caitlyn, Conner, Ethan, Owen, and Bailey; a sister, Theresa (Ben) Porman; two brothers, James and Thomas White, all of Weedsport; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at White Chapel Funeral Home, 2719 Erie Drive, Weedsport. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Port Byron. Friends are invited to call on Ron’s family from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, prior to services at White Chapel.

Ryan opens door to tax cuts adding to deficit

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan backed off months of promises that the Republicans' tax plan won't add to the nation's ballooning deficit, declaring Wednesday in an AP interview that the most important goal of an overhaul is economic growth.

Asked twice whether he would insist the emerging tax plan won't pile more billions onto the $20 trillion national debt, Ryan passed up the chance to affirm that commitment. GOP leaders made that "revenue neutral" promise in a campaign manifesto last year and many times since.

"We want pro-growth tax reform that will get the economy going, that will get people back to work, that will give middle-income taxpayers a tax cut and that will put American businesses in a better competitive playing field so that we keep American businesses in America," the Wisconsin Republican told Associated Press reporters and editors. "That is more important than anything else."

Ryan's comments signaling possible retreat on a core GOP commitment came amid quickening action on taxes, which Republicans view as their last, best chance to notch a significant accomplishment to take to voters in the 2018 midterm elections following the collapse of their "Obamacare" repeal drive. Yet even as President Donald Trump hunted for Democratic votes for a plan that's not yet taken shape, and GOP leaders laid out an aggressive timetable to lawmakers, significant hurdles remained.

A major one is the GOP's failure, thus far, to pass a federal budget, which under legislative rules is a prerequisite for a tax plan that can avoid being stalled to death by Democrats in the Senate.

Others involve the contents of the tax blueprint itself, which Ryan and his lieutenants envision as a far-reaching reform plan that would significantly lower rates for corporations and individuals while cleaning up the loophole-ridden code. One problem is that every tax deduction has its own constituency, and Ryan has already ruled out eliminating some of the most popular ones, including deductions for home mortgages and charitable giving.

Objections also threaten from the GOP's seemingly shrinking ranks of deficit hawks if Ryan, Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell do try to move forward with a tax plan that could cost hundreds of billions of dollars, without paying for it with cuts in federal spending, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement earlier this week calling the debt the "greatest threat to our nation," greater than North Korea, Russia or the Islamic State group.

Ryan made his comments on taxes as he discussed a range of issues with the AP, including immigration, where he pledged to find a solution for the nearly 800,000 immigrants brought to this country as children and now here illegally. He declared that removing them all is "not in our nation's interest," though he declined to reaffirm his past support for eventual citizenship for the "Dreamers."

He said any immigration solution must include border security measures, though he said a wall along the entire southern border, which Trump has repeatedly urged, doesn't make sense.

On taxes, Trump himself added to the complications when he surprisingly declared, at a meeting with a bipartisan group of House members, that taxes on the wealthy would not go down under the GOP plan and might even go up. Although the administration has not provided specifics on its plan, House Republicans have embraced an approach that would lower the top individual rate from 39.6 percent to 33 percent, which would be enormously beneficial to the wealthiest Americans.

Still, Trump declared, "The rich will not be gaining at all with this plan. We are looking for the middle class and we are looking for jobs — jobs being the economy."

Trump reiterated that he hoped to lower the top corporate tax rate from 35 to 15 percent, something Ryan has already ruled out as impractical — and an idea the president himself has backed off from, according to people with knowledge of a meeting he held Tuesday night with bipartisan senators.

The president added, improbably, that the individual rate would be even lower than that.

The long list of difficulties has led some analysts to conclude that Congress is likelier to settle on straightforward tax cuts than on full-blown reform — if it passes anything at all.

But Ryan rejected that approach, telling the AP, "It's not just narrow cuts in taxes that will do the job."

Referencing tax cuts signed by President George W. Bush, Ryan said, "You can't just do what Bush did in 2001 and 2003. You have to overhaul the system itself to put American businesses and the American economy in a much more competitive situation."

Earlier Wednesday, Ryan and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady met behind closed doors with GOP lawmakers to lay out a timetable on taxes, pledging a detailed blueprint from top congressional Republicans and administration officials in the final week of September. The goal, which Ryan reiterated Wednesday, is to send Trump a bill to sign before year's end.