Manlius: Meet Dennis Baldwin


My wife, Gail, and I have been married for 43 years. We have two sons, Greg and Eric.

Greg and his wife, Kathryn, live in Berkeley, Ca. and have two children, Ellie, 4 1/2, and Matthew, 3 months.

Eric and his wife, Alexandra, live in Canton, Mass. and have one child, Olivia, 1 month.

Where do you live?

Gail and I live on Ledyard Avenue in Fayetteville.

How long have you lived in the area?

We moved to Fayetteville in 1965 and into our present home in 1968.

What is your career?

I am a lawyer.

How long have you been a lawyer?

I have practiced law for 41 years, most of them as a partner with Mackenzie Hughes LLP, a century-old Syracuse law firm.

What are your responsibilities as a lawyer?

My primary area of practice has been in the "right to build" field; that is, I have represented commercial developers in obtaining various zoning and planning approvals.

I have also enjoyed a municipal practice where I have been the lawyer for a number of municipalities including the village of Manlius. Closely related to that practice has been my long time representation of the Fayetteville-Manlius Central School District.

Over the years I have also served my law firm in a number of ways -- for example, as chair of our banking/real estate department and as a member of its executive committee.

What are the highlights of your career?

It's hard to single out any one highlight, but I have been very fortunate to have represented Wegmans Food Markets since the late 1960s in obtaining various zoning and planning approvals for a number of their area stores, including their flagship DeWitt store.

I have also represented Wilmorite in connection with zoning and planning approvals for many of its shopping centers in the Syracuse area. Perhaps my longest tenure has been with the village of Manlius which I have served since 1965, the last 20 years as its village Attorney.

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