Todd Rouse, mayor of Canastota is seeking to challenge Rocco DiVeronica for his seat as Lenox supervisor. Mayor since 2001, Rouse said his experience in his professional and public careers qualifies him for the position. He said the town needs new direction and someone with fresh ideas.
"I'm running on the aspect that I believe now is the time for change," Rouse said. "Plus, people have asked me for a number of years to run. With my background they felt I would be of value at the county level."
Rouse said his purpose for running is to help build the community for the future.
"A leader has to be a change agent," Rouse said.
As town supervisor Rouse said he would evaluate assets within the town and come up with a plan on how to expand water, sewer and natural gas so the town can look to expand its tax base. He'd like to design a master plan.
"That way we can apply for grants and work on projects in advance. There are growth opportunities in the town, it has open land. We just have to get it. Infrastructure drives growth. Growth drives lower taxes or more affordable taxes."
Rouse said he also would look to hold quarterly meetings or forums in Wampsville, the Oneida Lake area and in Whitelaw so people who live in the outer districts wouldn't have to come into the village.
As mayor, Rouse takes pride in the village's economic development.
"Canastota is the only community that can stand up and say, we have built economic development," Rouse said. He noted the Canastota Business Park, funded through grants and the sale of property.
"The park is creating a surplus in revenue of more than $250,000, which is used to establish a tax stabilization fund," Rose said.