Baldwinsville's newly elected Mayor Joe Saraceni took office April 1, about 125 days ago. The Messenger caught up with the busy mayor to discuss the progress made in the village since his term began.
What were your initial goals when you first took office?
During the election my party and I outlined four major issues -- reinvigorate economic development in the downtown business corridor, fiscal responsibility, promote and protect the value of village living and public safety. Under each of these main issues, we had a number clearly defined objectives to help us achieve our goals.
Among those goals, what have you been able to accomplish so far?
I am pleased with the progress we have made in regards to the agenda we set. In addressing economic development, we have attracted two developers that are interested in redeveloping village owned property on Lock Street, demolished the old Harrington Firehouse providing a clean slate for redevelopment in the heart of the village, worked with the planning board in consideration of the redevelopment of Tri-County Mall as well as starting to codify the EDR Downtown Corridor Study recommendations. These are enormous projects that will positively impact the health of our business district.
In terms of fiscal responsibility, the village is in excellent financial shape. The true test will occur when we begin the budgeting process for 2008. I will stay true to my commitments of making proposed department budgets available for public inspection and presenting a budget based on needs and not wants.
In regards to promoting and protecting the value of village living, we have held our first neighborhood advisory committee meeting. It offers an opportunity for residents to meet with their elected officials in a comfortable setting to offer suggestions or ask questions about village issues. All are welcome to the next meeting held at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday July 26 at our Canton Street well facility. A tour of the plant will precede the meeting.