Van Buren: Supervisor candidate

With the impending retirement of Supervisor Mary Crego, candidate Claude Sykes is running unopposed for the Van Buren supervisor position. The Messenger recently questioned Sykes about how he will serve his constituents. Below are his responses:

Name: Claude E. Sykes

Address: 7708 VanBuren Road, Baldwinsville

Age: 54

Political Affiliation: Republican

Professional Experience: 25 years - Superintendent of Public Works for village of Baldwinsville; Past NYS Director of New York Rural Water Association; Licensed Water Treatment Plant and Distribution System Operator; Stormwater coordinator for village of Baldwinsville

Political experience: VanBuren Town Councilor since August 2005

Community Involvement: Church board member, Community Wesleyan Church, former Celebrate Baldwinsville committee member, former Boy's Club youth leader at church

Family: Married, four adult children, two grandchildren

Why are you running for office?

I enjoy my work on the town board. The opportunity to run for supervisor with Mary Crego's retirement coincided pretty well with my own retirement from the village. I am confident that with my background and experience I can be an asset to the town.

What is the number one issue/problem you feel is facing town residents?

Tax stabilization. Taxpayers want to know that someone is working for their best interest in keeping taxes as low as possible while providing the services they need.

Other issues/problems?

Drainage in certain areas. My background in public works will benefit the residents with drainage problems. I have dealt with such issues for 25 years and will do my best to help resolve these problems with the resources we have to work with.

What goals do you hope to accomplish, if elected?

A comprehensive review of all town insurance coverages; continue infrastructure improvements; improve communications with government and with the public; and attract new business, retail establishments and environmentally friendly industry.

Consolidation is a popular idea and could save taxpayers money - what do you think the town can do to consolidate services?

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