Canastota: Chandler challenges Rouse

Tell me your feelings, concerns or any ideas on consolidation of services.

It's a viable item that should be looked into very deeply before we do it. We need to weigh the savings versus services. And how much it will cost to do it? It's something that has to be addressed because the issue is not going to go away. The state will push it. The sooner we address it the better. I think the town and village should work closer together. I don't care how or where. The times have changed. If it's done right I would be in favor. You can't go in haphazardly.

What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of?

I wrote a grant for the new tanker plus five other grants for more than $500,000 through FEMA. With the AFG or assistance to firefighters grant, the truck category is the most competitive. The grant for the new tanker was $185,000. I'm really proud of this.

What is your leadership philosophy?

I like to delegate authority yet keep my finger on it. I like to communicate with my subordinates so we are all on the same page. You've got to delegate authority, assign people to do a job and trust it's going to get done, but keep tabs on them.

If I am elected mayor the board members are going to get more involved. If you have as many things on [the mayor's] plate as that man does, you need help. I don't think the board gets involved enough. I think they would enjoy getting involved more.

What organizations, clubs etc. do you belong to?

I've been a member of the Canastota Volunteer Fire Department for 42 years and held every position within the department. I was on the fire council for 18 years.

Chandler and his wife, Annette of 38 years, have two grown children, Aaron and Michelle, and three grandchildren.

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