Hailing the (former) Chief

Once a SFD Deputy, Lance Denno now looks at-Large

Lance Denno knows a lot about fire fighting and public education. Retired after 30 years with the Syracuse Fire Department, he still carries the aftereffects of a building collapsing on him 15 years ago, covering him with a pile of bricks. The Nottingham High School graduate calls his time in the SFD a career second to none.

His wide-ranging knowledge of the issues confronting the Syracuse City School District has resulted from more years than he can count, studying, observing, and participating as a concerned volunteer. He is optimistic about the economic development needed to bring stability to the school system, and the community as a whole, but sees a need for reform of the local industrial development agencies.

The current 5th District Common Councilor sat to talk about the issues important to him as he wages a campaign for a Democratic ballot line in this fall's citywide race for Councilor-at-Large. And while they were mostly educational, afterward he reflected, "There are a million other issues. Public Power. We need a competent contract attorney to review the franchise agreement with Niagara Mohawk (National Grid), which is over 100 years old. The devil's always in the details, but the city should be able to establish a cooperative purchasing authority."

Denno also focused on the franchise agreement with Time Warner Cable, currently up for review. "With Verizon interested in becoming competitive," he said, "it opens up the opportunity to expand Public Access programming and open up a channel for the school system and one for broadcasting government meetings."

He noted that the state agrees that something needs to be done with Route 81, either renovation or demolition.

"Whatever happens," he said, "it should end south of Brighton Avenue. Tearing it down could create a boulevard with commercial potential to foster significant economic development on the Southside."

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