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Canastota: Carpenter takes the helm

Larry Carpenter is not new to government operations or the area. He's lived in Clockville for 32 years, was supervisor of the town of Lincoln for 10 years and chairman of the Madison County Board of Supervisor's for six of those 10 years.

Just recently Carpenter took on a new role as administrator for the village Canastota. The village hasn't had anyone in that position since Bryan Gazda left in 2003.

Carpenter's new position is to oversee the day-to-day operations of the village.

"I work for the board of trustees and the residents of the village," Carpenter said. "My real responsibility is to make sure the village is run efficiently and at the same time making sure the residents are getting their money's worth for their taxes. It's an incredible, exciting opportunity."

Since leaving the county in 1999, Carpenter has operated a consulting firm, providing advice to businesses on grants, bonds and financing. He's been consulting for Camp, Dresser and McKee (CDM), engineers hired by the village to design upgrades to the waste water treatment plant.

Carpenter said his experience with CDM has helped him get familiarized with the village's issues at the plant.

"We are looking for [Carpenter] to take the helm," said Mayor Todd Rouse. "He's got our support. He's experienced enough to make decisions based on the board's direction."

Carpenter grew up in Chittenango. He met his wife, Susanne, in high school. He owned and operated two convenience stores: Sal's market, which was located where Casatina's restaurant is on Main Street in Canastota and the Clockville Store. Susanne teaches fourth grade at Roberts Street Elementary School. They have four children: A daughter who teaches fifth grade at RSES in Canastota, a daughter who teaches school for the VVS school district, a son who is a student at Syracuse University and their youngest daughter, who is a student at LeMoyne College.

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