On March 20, village residents will have the opportunity to vote for three new trustees to represent them on the Manlius Village Board. The five candidates running for the three open seats are Harold Hopkinson, Ed Lowenstein, Jim Starowitz, Mark-Paul Serafin and Scott McGrew.
The Eagle Bulletin sponsored a candidate's forum on Thursday, March 8 to find out each candidate's position in regards to village issues. Read about Ed Lowenstein and his responses below:
Manlius town resident since 1973; village resident since 1980
Trustee from 1983 to 2001
Mayor from 2001 to 2005
Chairman and member of town of Manlius Police Committee
Fourth of July chair for five years
Past President of Manlius Lions Club
Past President of Academy Hill Homeowners Association
Past President of Enders Road HAS
Charter member of Manlius Chamber of Commerce
In order to possibly lower taxes and save the village money, what services would you consolidate, if any? Do you think the villages should be consolidated into the town in any form?
"Consolidation doesn't always work. It's a nice thing to be able to work with the town of Manlius Police Department. People say 'why don't we consolidate our DPW's, why don't we consolidate our fire departments?' Why don't we just get rid of the village altogether?
The important thing is what services does the village provide and is it cost effective to the people in the community who have to burden the cost of these services? Are we providing the best bang for the buck that we can for the people to live here? Consolidation is not just a today, or tomorrow or next week issue. It's an issue that has to be looked at on an ongoing basis, in order to provide the best services for the public at a price that the public can afford to pay."