B'ville: Interview with mayoral candidate Stebbins

Bruce Stebbins is a candidate in the village of Baldwinsville election for mayor. The Baldwinsville Messenger recently interviewed him and here is what he had to say:

Age: 58

Party: Village Party

Address: 31 Sunset Terrace

Family: wife Deborah and two daughters, Sara and Erin

Baldwinsville resident: Lifetime

Political experience:

Village trustee for 15 years

Chair of public works committee for six years

Previous chair of labor relations committee for two years

Member of the public safety committee

Chaired Ad hoc committee for revitalization of parks

Board of Directors for the National Association for Interpretation for five years (national parks, museums, etc.) Currently the organization's treasurer.

Community involvement:

Baldwinsville Rotary Club, president-elect

Current employment:

Director of Beaver Lake Nature Center

Why are you running for mayor?

There is obviously a void with the current mayor stepping down. I feel the village is at a crossroads. I have experience in management and administration. I have proven leadership skills. I believe I will provide the leadership Baldwinsville needs.

What do you see in Baldwinsville's future?

I see a strong and vibrant community. I see growth, not necessarily in population, but in energy; an energy that has been growing over the last 10 years. I see the trail program growing and not only connecting within the village, but providing links beyond the village boundaries. I believe the old Harrington Fire House site will become a useful asset to the community. The village owned property on Lock Street needs to be addressed and brought back into productivity for the community's benefit. Our waterfront is a strong asset and we must continue to maximize access to it for public enjoyment.

What are the biggest issues facing Baldwinsville? How will you tackle these issues?

Consolidation is currently at the forefront. I believe the village should examine the potential values of consolidation and move forward in areas that are beneficial to Baldwinsville. Resolving the Old Harrington Firehouse site. I'm not going to tell people what the solutions should be, but the issue needs to be resolved. Improve parking issues by identifying where parking is available, especially for visitors who are coming into our community. Again, along Lock Street, there are currently several vacant parcels of land owned by the village, an old, filled-in canal, an abandoned DPW garage, the empty town of Lysander building, remains of a treatment plant, a salt bunker and a crumbling glass house. Currently no legitimate use is being made of these structure other than storage of salt and materials. We need to finalize a concept and move forward with it. Whether the area is cleaned up and made into riverside greenspace, converted into a blend of commercial and residential use contributing to the tax base, or a combination of both, action is needed to end the blighted appearance and the wasted money being spent on utility bills for these sites. A perpetual concern with rising taxes and cost containment must be addressed through a continued and constant vigilance of the budget process.

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