Mary Crego will bid adieu to Van Buren residents on Dec. 31, as town supervisor that is.
After serving the town for 10 years, the good-humored, fiscally conscious public servant decided she would not run for re-election. As of Jan. 1, Claude Sykes, who has served on the board for two years as a councilor, will fill the supervisor position.
The Baldwinsville Messenger recently questioned Crego about her memories and accomplishments during her decade of service and the legacy she leaves behind.
What first inspired you to run for supervisor?
I was first inspired to run for Supervisor when Liz Bowers announced her retirement. I had been a councilor for two years and had enjoyed that part of government.
How long have you been in office?
I have been supervisor for eight years.
What accomplishments has the town made since you've been in office?
We have had several major accomplishments in those eight years. Among them being getting public water to Jack's Reef with an inter-municipal agreement with Lysander and Elbridge, leasing the town water system to OCWA for billing and maintenance and setting long range tax stabilization goals, which have been met with the tax levy actually decreasing for 2008.
What is your most memorable experience during your stretch in office?
My most memorable experience was holding our organizational meeting on Jan. 2, 2002 in our newly expanded town hall.
Why did you choose not to run again?
I chose not to run for several reasons - most of what I thought needed to be accomplished has been done or is well on the way, I'm certainly old enough and there are other things that I would like to do and not have work interfere with, such as travel.
What do you think is your legacy?
My legacy will be having reconciled all town financial records, which makes budgeting easier. By consolidating accounts and making investments, the town has earned much higher interest rates. Each department gets monthly reports on expenses and revenue and I have always been available to answer questions.