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B'ville Election: Interview with Mayor Candidate Joseph Saraceni

Opened up village facilities and encouraged village residents to see municipal facilities at work.

Research consolidation of parks for Greater Baldwinsville.

Support Van Buren's efforts to study merging local fire departments.

Work closely with local development agencies to promote downtown Baldwinsville.

Acquire a $70,000 grant to construct a 200-plus foot steel wall along Marble Street Park to accommodate boaters visiting from the east.

In terms of growth and development, how do you see Baldwinsville in five years?

Baldwinsville will continue to see both economic and population growth over the next five years. I see Baldwinsville continuing to tap into the natural resource we have in the Seneca River. The internationally renowned Carp Tournament and the Baldwinsville Oktoberfest, our mid-winter carnival, The B'ville Big Chill, as well as Blessing of the Fleet showcase our village as not only a recreational destination, but as a community that likes to have fun.

We are in the process of preparing an overlay district codifying the adopted downtown redevelopment plan (EDR Plan). This will ultimately allow for better utilization of waterfront properties along East Genesee Street. With the pending reconstruction of the buildings ravaged by fire on West Genesee Street, downtown Baldwinsville should see more retail and residential space occupied. The main parking area located behind Key Bank will be redeveloped to accommodate more parking while creating green-space in the heart of downtown. The village needs to continue to work closely with the Greater Baldwinsville Economic Development Agency as well as the Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce to promote the downtown business district.

We are also working to dispel the misconception that there is a parking shortage in the village. Most of the businesses are within a short walk of public parking and are conveniently located within a mile of more than 7,900 village residents and within four miles of the rest of the population of Greater Baldwinsville.

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