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Four vie for two Lysander seats

Two concilour seats are open on the town of Lysander board for the upcoming election.

Councilors Jack Krisanda and George Rowland's terms will expire at the end of the year. Rowland will not be running in the upcoming eletcion. Incumbent Krisanda, who was appointed by the board after former town councilor Rich Lesniak left for a county legislator appointment, will be running, along with Ed Reed, Joseph Breda and Melinda Shimer.

The Baldwinsville Messenger recently interviewed the four candidates and received the following responses:

Name: Joseph Breda

Address: 4074 Cortina Road, Baldwinsville

Age: 38

Political Affiliation: Endorsed by Friends of Lysander, Democratic Party

Professional Experience: Practicing attorney, 12 years; equity partner of boutique Syracuse Law Firm; information technology consultant to many local small businesses.

Community Involvement: Youth soccer coach; speaking to union membership about issues of workplace safety and workers' compensation.

Family: Suzanne, wife of 8 years, children, Olivia, 5, and Chase, 3.

Why are you running for office?

I feel the town would benefits from both my problem solving skills, as well as my experience in technical and legal issues.

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

I agree with most residents when they identify property taxes as a primary concern. The tax rate should be maintained as level as possible, and assessments should be equitably determined.

Other issues/problems?

The town should strive to make the most effective use of taxpayer dollars and real estate development must proceed in harmony with the current infrastructure.

What goals do you hope to accomplish, if elected?

The town is currently without the services of a tax assessor. I look forward to working with the members of the council, regardless of political affiliation, in finding the most qualified individual to fill this vacancy.

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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