Manlius: Meet trustee candidate Mark-Paul Serafin

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 Mark-Paul Serafin and his responoses below:

Mark-Paul Serafin

Vision Party

Manlius resident since 1968

Political experience:

Member of the village of Manlius Planning Board (architectural review)

Member of the Vision Manlius comprehensive planning committee

Community involvement:

Create the annual Ernie Davis Courage Award for the CNY Leukemia Society

Supports Coaches versus Cancer as a graphic designer/illustrator

Member of the Immaculate Conception (Fayetteville) stewardship committee

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?

"As I'm a fiscal conservative, I think we should look at every opportunity and save money with our taxpayers. I would not be in a hurry to consolidate our village with Fayetteville and Minoa into one township necessarily, unless it was really necessary.

But I think that, I'm an old thinker as far as activating resources. Mayor Penhall has done that already with the snowfall when our little sidewalk plow broke down. He activated a resource in Fayetteville with Mayor Olson. I think with that kind of thinking -- to help others in the town of Manlius and the village of Fayetteville, and they do the same and help us, maybe even if there's a little overlap, maybe it would help us save money."

Should the village of Manlius continue with the trash sticker program or should the tipping fee come from a line item in the budget?

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