B'ville: Trustee candidate Presley

Rick Presley

Village Party

Baldwinsville resident since 1978

Political experience:

Trustee since 1989

Deputy mayor for eight years

Public safety committee chair for 12 years

Previously served on public works, future directions, labor relations and parks committees

Community involvement:

Active at St. Mary's Church

Project Children hosts (when his children were younger)

How do you envision Baldwinsville's future?

There is a momentum in Baldwinsville that makes me enthusiastic about the future. I envision a community that continues to provide a safe living environment, that is business-friendly and whose growth includes continued waterfront development and expanded public access to our natural resources.

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

I believe that everyone needs to keep an open mind about the possibility of consolidating services and eliminating redundancy. I support studying opportunities to reduce duplication of services and expanding shared services. I believe that village residents are less concerned with preserving a particular form of government than they are with receiving the services they need in the most cost-effective manner possible.

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

Drainage -- during intense rainfall events, certain areas of the village are susceptible to flooding. The village is currently undertaking an inflow and infiltration study to examine and implement re-mediation measures.

Harrington Fire Station site -- the building will be demolished in the near future. Site design is being studied currently. The intent is to implement a plan that improves public parking, links walking trail components and maximizes public access to the Seneca River.

12 Lock St. (the former village DPW garage) -- this site needs to be re-developed so that it can become a productive waterfront asset. Village government is currently exploring ideas to insure that this becomes a reality.

Why should voters re-elect you for village trustee?

I'm not a one-issue candidate. I care about the wellbeing and future of this community. I believe that I have the knowledge, the experience and the energy to keep this village moving forward.

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