Manlius Village Trustee Mark Paul Serafin announced in a press conference Dec. 18 that he is running for village mayor. His slate includes incumbent Eric Krause who seeks a second term as trustee, newcomers Janice Abdo-Rott and Mark Hills seeking first terms as trustees and Justice Joseph Greenman who is running for reelection.
Mayor Rick Penhall has opted not to seek a second term.
"As a fiscal conservative, I can be real good during a difficult economic time to right size our village government, [and] right size our spending and budget to keep as much money in our taxpayers' pockets as I possibly can," Serafin said.
Redevelopment, or village renewal, is another issue Serafin, a freelance graphic designer, said he'd tackle if elected, adding he has the "aesthetic sensitivity and awareness" the village needs. Additionally, his flexible work schedule would allow him to be in constant contact with the community.
"We can have a mayor in the office Monday through Friday during business hours, with both hands on the wheel and two eyes on the road to help us get where we need to go," he said.
Serafin's opponent Marc Baum, who was appointed as village trustee in April by Penhall, held his kickoff campaign for mayor Dec. 8.
Newcomers in the race
Creative Landscapes owner Janice Abdo-Rott is a Fayetteville native who has lived in the village of Manlius for more than 20 years. She helped establish the East side chapter of the Jaycees and the Village of Manlius Parks Committee, and has served and continues to serve on various boards such as the Manlius Restoration and Development and the Manlius Parks and Recreation.
"I have a solid background of community service and involvement in many projects in the village," Abdo-Rott said. "I care greatly about the village of Manlius and the quality of life for families who live in, work in and visit the village."