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Green seeks councilor seat on Manlius Town Board

Karen Green is one of six candidates running for a councilor seat on the Manlius Town Board. There are three openings.

Occupation:

Manager, Stickley, Audi & Co.

Political background:

Republican

First time candidate, running for Manlius Town Board

Community involvement:

I have been involved in many organizations, including: F-M schools, past president: Academy Hill Association, board: Manlius Chamber of Commerce, past president: Onondaga County Medical Society Alliance, district councilor: Medical Society Alliance of State of New York, St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary, current chair: National Kidney Foundation Golf Classic.

Why are you running for a seat on the Manlius Town Board?

My good friend Councilor John Curtis decided to retire this year after representing the residents for almost three decades. Being native to Manlius and having a family history of involvement in local office in neighboring towns, serving in public office has always been an interest and an opportunity to give back to my community.

Name at least two key issues happening within the town that concern you and what you would like to do to address them, if elected.

What concerns me the most is what concerns most residents: taxes. I have had the opportunity to speak with many residents, some moving out of the area. The number one reason they were leaving was high taxes. I don't like to see anyone leave, especially when they have raised their children here and enjoy the beautiful four seasons and the quality of life. With escalating costs of goods and services, it is vital that we scrutinize how every dollar is raised and spent. I look forward to working with all government officials, business leaders and residents to develop tax saving strategies.

We have had several accomplishments in economic development over the last few years. However, more needs to be done to create sustainable job growth. I remember very well the transformation of the Fayetteville Towne Center and the addition of the YMCA. As new economic opportunities are approached, we need to work together to maintain the safety, character, and well being of all residents of the town of Manlius.

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