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B'ville Election: Interview with Mayor Candidate Joseph Saraceni

Polls will open from noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday March 18 for village residents.

This year's candidates include two incumbents, Mayor Joseph Saraceni and Trustee Carrie Weaver, each running uncontested, and two new candidates, Dick Clarke and Mark Wilder, who are running for two open trustee seats. Current trustees Rick Presley and Robin Augello will not seek another term.

The Baldwinsville Messenger recently interviewed Mayor Joseph Saraceni. His responses follow:

Joseph P. Saraceni

Party Affiliation: Citizens Party

Address: 59 Oswego St., Baldwinsville

Family: Wife - Theresa, Daughter - Ainsley Grace Saraceni, Son - Joseph Thomas Saraceni

Political Experience: Village trustee for (two) two-year terms. Finishing first two-year term as Mayor.

Community Involvement: Resurrected the Baldwinsville Oktoberfest; Member of the Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce; Member of the Baldwinsville Big Chill Committee; Member of the Blessing of the Fleet Committee

Accomplishments of first term: I worked with the board to:

Craft back to back budgets resulting in true tax cuts (2.2 percent in 2008, 3.83 percent in 2009) following through on a campaign pledge to provide village services at the lowest possible cost.

Acquire funding and constructed a sidewalk linking Chaucer Circle to Smokey hollow Road creating a safe pedestrian walkway for children walking to school and for easy access to downtown.

Move forward with the recommended demolition of the Harrington Firehouse allowing for the future redevelopment of that area.

Bring outdoor skating to downtown Baldwinsville.

Finish River Street walkway connecting Mercer Park with downtown following recommendations of the EDR plan.

Move the South Shore East Trail forward with the acquisition of a footbridge to cross Crooked Brook linking Lyons Community Park to the village.

Introduce the sidewalk repair and replacement program with the first phase to be completed by June of 2009.

Establish a Neighborhood Advisory committee providing a forum for residents to share ideas and concerns.

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