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 Jim Starowitz and his responses below:
James G. Starowitz
Citizens for Innovation Party
Manlius resident since 1981
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 believe first and foremost that the village is accountable to the bottom line. We need to analyze whether or not it's cost effective to consolidate our services with other municipalities or if we should be outsourcing or selling our services with other local municipalities instead of being only a service provider of sorts. If it makes dollars and cents, it would be reasonable to consolidate but I think the village can be more resourceful by selling services directly to other municipalities."
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've had some thoughts about this issue and it sounds like everyone wants to do away with it, but then there's the backlash of the financial aspect. It affects the village and I think that maybe instead of banking on the laws of averages to figure out how much everyone needs to pay for one sticker, we can implement some innovative quota system in which each resident is allowed to put a certain amount of trash to the curb each week, while those who need to dispose of more will be required to purchase trash stickers."