Voters will decide on March 18 who will sit on the Canastota Village Board of trustees for the next four years when Republican incumbents Ann Marie Rossi and Theodore Lumbrazo face Conservative challenger Stephen Perry. Two trustee positions will be filled.
Each candidate spoke with Eagle Newspapers staff and talked about why they wanted to run for trustee and what the issues are that village taxpayers face, including the upgrades and cost involved with the waste water treatment plant, consolidation of services and sidewalks.
Stephen L. Perry
Perry, who owns and operates a commercial cleaning business and several apartment buildings in the village, has lived in Canastota all his life. In the 1990s he served two years on the village Zoning Board of Appeals. He's been a volunteer firefighter with Canastota for 25 years, 15 of those years serving on the fire council. He serves as the department's treasurer. In 1997, Perry ran for village trustee but lost to Lumbrazo.
Perry said he chose to run for trustee because he feels there are a lot of things started but nothing is being completed.
On the waste water treatment plant
Perry said he understands that the village is under a state Department of Environmental Conservation consent order to upgrade the sewer treatment plant, but the main issue is storm water infiltrating the system. Perry feels the village board should place monies in the budget every year to find the infiltration.
"We need a line item in the budget for separation," Perry said. "It has to be there every year. We can do a little bit every year. We are spending money to treat water that shouldn't be there."
On consolidation of services
Perry believes a committee should be formed to study consolidation of services to see what should be consolidated.
"The problem is nobody wants to lose their identity," Perry said.