Come January, newly appointed Casey Jordan will step up to the plate as the representative of the 14th District in the Onondaga County Legislature, and he is chomping at the bit to get to work.
A former planning board member for town of Clay, Jordan is right at home in the 14th district, which encompasses a portion if the village of North Syracuse and the town of Clay.
Onondaga County Executive Nicholas J Pirro last month appointed Jordan to the position. Jordan will replace T. Brendan Whelan who resigned from the legislature earlier this fall.
Jordan was administered the oath of office by Supreme Court Justice Edward Carni in early November at a ceremony at the Civic Center.
At the party, Pirro praised Jordan for his virtuosity.
"Casey Jordan is an attorney and very involved in this community from local government to youth sports and civic groups. He will be an excellent addition to the county legislature and I am proud to appoint him to represent the people of the 14th District," Pirro said.
But party time is over; it's time to get to work Jordan said.
"I come from a business background," he said. "And I'd like to use my knowledge of economics to make government programs more fiscally efficient."
Jordan said that government programs like medicaid and medicare often have too much red-tape. He said he plans on using his background in economics to facilitate more financially responsible legislation.
"The government has no outside competition for these programs," he said. "Without that pressure, sometimes these programs aren't as streamlined or as cost-effective as they should be."
Jordan said the current lawmakers for the county haven't been grossly irresponsible with spending.
"But it never hurts to save where you can,"
Jordan is a practicing attorney and partner in the law firm of Rose and Jordan in Syracuse. He and his wife Carla reside on Rizzo Drive in Clay with their tow children.