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B'ville: Trustee candidate Augello

Robin Augello

Village Party

Baldwinsville resident since 1991

Political experience:

Planning board for four months

Architectural review board for six months

Community involvement:

Baker High School musicals, Baldwinsville Little League, serve on the advisory board of Women TIES, a CNY based organization that promotes women business owners and entrepreneurs

How do you envision Baldwinsville's future?

I see a thriving river front community where people can come and live affordably while enjoying a wide range of nearby services. I see more and more visitors coming to Baldwinsville eating in our restaurants, staying a night or two, enjoying unique shopping while taking in the fabulous view.

Increasing property taxes and the current effort to consolidate seem to be two issues at the forefront. What is your take on these issues?

What is important for residents to understand is that our rising property taxes are, for the most part, a direct result of our increasing property values, which is a good thing. Whether you plan on selling your house or using your home's equity for any number of reasons, a higher value is always favorable. What we need to focus on is how money collected is spent and make sure we all know what we are getting in return. I am very much in favor of the study to determine how we can run a more cost-effective village. I love the sense of community that surrounds us and don't want to lose that, but at the same time we owe it to ourselves to investigate any possible alternatives as to how things are currently done. The fact that our current leaders, in the village and both towns, have agreed to this is excellent progress already.

In your opinion, what other issues are facing Baldwinsville? How do you intend to tackle these issues?

I see the vacant buildings that dot our landscape as current issues. Some of these buildings, such as the DPW on Lock Street or the old town hall, sit on prime waterfront property that offers possible development opportunities at no cost to taxpayers. A potential green space in place of the old firehouse is a great move, but we need to be proactive, investigate possible options, determine what is financially feasible, and make timely decisions. I believe there is a great potential for tourism development as well. The carp tournament heading our way is certainly a start, but once again, we can't wait for these opportunities to come to us. We are part of a canal system known worldwide I would like to see us working with local, regional and state tourism agencies and develop a plan. I know once visitors, fishermen, etc. discover Baldwinsville, they will the spread word about our vibrant, welcoming community. I think it is important to communicate, either via the media, the village web site or maybe a newsletter, to all residents what is happening in a clear, consistent manner.

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