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Election time in B'ville

Village elections are around the corner.

With three trustee seats open, only three candidates will be on the ballot -- incumbent Bruce Stebbins, who is seeking his eighth term, and first-time candidates John Salisbury and Melinda Shimer. Incumbents David Mott and Anthony Saraceni will not seek reelection.

Mott, who works for National Grid, said his company did some reorganizing, which effected his position.

"My career has taken quite a leap and now I'm traveling around the world," Mott said. "Unless I can commit my time to the village, I don't think it's a good idea to run for reelection. I still want to continue my involvement with the village, just not as an elected official . . . not until I retire anyway."

Salisbury said the Citizens Party approached Shimer and himself about the village election after November's Lysander election (Shimer was running for a town councilor seat and Salisbury was running for the supervisor seat under the Friends of Lysander Democrat party).

"There are a lot of exciting things in the village and I want to contribute to that," Salisbury said. "My background in finance, serving on other governmental boards and living in the village for so many years makes me a qualified candidate."

Salisbury said controlling expenses is the number one issue. Other issues include the further development of the village downtown area and trying to attract more people downtown.

"We need to get more people downtown," he said when asked about closing businesses. "Once you get the people downtown, businesses will be able to survive. We have a natural resource that makes Baldwinsville a very desirable area -- one of the fastest growing in the county -- I think it can just keep getting better."

The village election will be held from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday March 18 at the village hall, 16 West Genesee St. in Baldwinsville.

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