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 Harold Hopkinson and his responses below.
Manlius resident since 1954
Village trustee for 48 years, from 1957 to 2005
Member of the Vision Manlius Steering Committee
Historical Society member and vice president
Member of the Senior Centre
Member of the N.Y.S. Designer Blacksmith
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?
"I think that all facets should be looked at from that standpoint -- from the standpoint of whether it makes sense financially to combine or not. I believe the answer to that question is if it can be done at a lower price, and it doesn't carry with it some adverse effect on the public and what we want to do in the village as a long range plan, then everything should be considered, analyzed and determined the effect of cost, and the effect on business and the effect on the residents."
Should the village of Manlius continue with the trash sticker program or should the tipping fee come from a line item in the budget?
"I guess people are aware of the survey and people have felt that, one of the questions was, 'Would you be in favor of eliminating the stickers if it didn't increase taxes?' We all know that's impossible because if you eliminate a source of funds you have to replace it. It won't be replaced by sales tax. It won't be replaced by any of the other incomes to the village, other than increasing the tax rate to balance that. If you say last year we had a surplus, then last year we were overtaxed. If that surplus is used to make out the cost of eliminating the stickers, then in the next year, where is the money coming from? I think that we really have to look at it."