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Former East Syracuse mayor seeks seat as DeWitt councilor

Republican Tony Albanese is one of six candidates running for a councilor seat on the DeWitt Town Board. There are three vacant spots. Election Day is Tuesday Nov. 3

Occupation:

Proprietor Tony's Family Restaurant

Political background:

Mayor, village of East Syracuse 2005-2007

Deputy mayor, 2001-2003

Village trustee, 2001-2003 and 2004-2005

Community involvement:

I am a member of St. Matthew's Church, a 31-year member of the East Syracuse Volunteer Fire Department, a VFD Trustee for two years, and a member of the New York State Firemen's Association. I have been a member of Local 1 of the Meat Cutters Union for the past 25 years. I was also the Court Bailiff for the Village of East Syracuse. I am currently a member on the Village of East Syracuse Planning Board. I was also on the Town of DeWitt's Citizen Advisory Committee.

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

I have deep roots in our community. I feel that I am a person of real integrity, who truly cares about the future of our children, families and town. I am also running for Town Board because I believe I am qualified for the position. My civic experience from serving the village of East Syracuse coupled with my business experience, as a local business owner will be an asset to the town.

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

One key issue that I have is taxes and keeping them down. I will watch over the budget and hold each town department responsible for keeping costs under control by sharing resources. We need to keep government spending under control.

The issues of safety and personal security are also important aspects of my agenda. We need to maintain the professional, accountable and ethical police force we currently have in place. The town also needs to coordinate with our fire and emergency service personnel to ensure their proper function. My 31 years of experience with the East Syracuse Volunteer Fire Department will be an important asset in dealing with these issues.

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