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Van Buren: 13 district incumbent uncontested

Incumbent Bob Warner is running unopposed for the 13th district position in the Onondaga County legislature. The Messenger recently questioned Warner about how he will continue to serve his constituents. Below are his responses:

Name: Bob Warner

Address: 1478 Gunbarrel Road, Baldwinsville

Age: 65

Political affiliation: Republican -- also endorsed by Conservative and Independence parties

Professional experience: 25 years NY Sate Police, retired as supervisor; Bureau of criminal investigation, Fulton office, duties included most criminal investigations including homicide, rape, robbery, burglary and confidential investigations for governor's office. Also provided dignitary protection.

Family: Wife, Ann, 40 years, two grown sons, Bob II and Scott, four grandchildren and one on the way, 50 year member of Grace Episcopal Church.

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

The relationship I have had with the towns I represent, which are the towns of Van Buren, Elbridge and Camillus, I consider excellent. When they have a problem that I can help with at the county level, I will always do what I can to resolve it. I will continue to represent constituents in the future the same as I have in the past. That is continuing to try reducing county property taxes and also will continue to pursue health issues like our second hand smoke law, which prohibits smoking in restaurants and other places. I was the sponsor of that law.

What are the three most important issues facing the legislature?

1. Jobs. We need to continue our economic development programs. These programs assist in keeping jobs here and continue trying to bring other opportunities to CNY.

2. Taxes. The legislature has done a good job keeping county property taxes under control. We returned $16 million in surplus to taxpayers for the 2008 tax rolls. This effort gives Onondaga County one of the best credit ratings in NY state. As our population ages, more people are going to require different types of assistance with health care, transportation, etc., which will drive up tax bills.

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