Manlius Village Trustee Marc Baum kicked off his campaign for mayor Dec. 8 at The Wine House in Manlius. Appointed as trustee by Mayor Rick Penhall after elected trustee Tim Fox resigned, Baum said he talked about running for office, either as trustee or mayor, even prior to his appointment in April.
Becoming a trustee has enabled him to see how the village runs, he said, adding that he sees opportunity for the village to save money, save on spending and make infrastructure improvements.
"We need to work on a program where we're proactive rather than reactive," Baum said, adding that if elected, he'd tackle issues like sewage and drainage, duplication of services and partnering with private sectors.
"It's sad right now to see 20 open store fronts in the village," he said. "We need to work on deciding what we want to do and how to do it."
Vision Manlius, the village's comprehensive plan that recently won the board's approval, describes changes and improvements the village would like to implement. Baum said that while the plan is a great outline, it's still not a law and therefore has no teeth.
"Now we have to see it through," he said.
Baum was president of the Greater Manlius Chamber of Commerce in 2007 and 2008. He stepped down after he was sworn in as a village trustee to avoid any conflicts of interest, but still continues to serve on the board of directors. To find out more information about Baum, visit baumformanlius.com.