Lysander: Two vie for first district seat

Appointed incumbent Richard Lesniak is running against James Borchik for the first district position in the Onondaga County legislature election. The Messenger recently questioned the candidates about how they will serve their constituents. Below are their responses:

Name: Richard M. Lesniak

Address: 3302 Patchett Road Baldwinsville

Age: 52

Political affiliation: Republican, endorsed by the Independence Party

Professional experience: Retired from law enforcement after 25 years and presently employed as a staff representative for Council 82 AFSCME

Political experience: Fire commissioner for Belgium Cold Springs Fire District; Onondaga County Legislature, from 1999 to 2000; Lysander Town Board, from 2003 to 2007; Onondaga County Legislature, from 2007 to current.

Community involvement: Active Volunteer Firefighter for Belgium Cold Springs Fire Dept for 17 years, past president and vice president, presently on the executive board of the fire department. Served on the NYS Daycare Advisory Committee, member of Liverpool Elks, Board of Directors of Friends of Beaver Lake, and served on several sport booster organizations.

Family: Wife of 31 years, Barbara, two adult daughters, Darcie and Carolyn

How do you see the relationship between the county and the town of Lysander and how do you plan to represent your constituents in the legislature?

The relationship between the county and the town of Lysander has been very good. We have been working on a polite program of tax collection that has lead to a savings of taxpayer dollars with no additional expense to the county. I plan to continue this relationship and look for further areas to save duplication of services. I have been involved with the Lysander Public Safety Committee that provides training to our volunteer firefighters that at one time was only provided by the county fire coordinators.

As to how I would serve the constituents of Lysander and Clay, I know of only one way and that is to the best of my ability. I have always looked for opinions of the constituents on issue. I have tried to keep our residents informed by reporting on the legislature's activities in the paper. I will continue to vote to support the majority of our resident in Lysander and Clay.

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