Is there anything Curtis would have done differently during his political tenure?
"I don't know," he said after some thought. "I told someone a while ago that if I had to do it again, I'd probably do it again. I've enjoyed it so much."
Bennett says goodbye
After 23 years as highway superintendent, Bill Bennett is also stepping down. Highway department employee and one of two candidates for Bennett's seat, Rob Cushing described Bennett with high regard.
"Bill is a family-type man. He's always been good to us," Cushing said. "He's dedicated to his guys and I think the guys are really dedicated to him."
Cushing said Bennett has dedicated more time to the town than people know. On several occasions, department responsibilities have called Bennett to action when others are sleeping during the night or spending time with family during holidays. Cushing said Bennett would take care of the problem himself before he'd call on another employee.
"Bill has always been dedicated to the town," Cushing said. "They've gotten their money's worth out of Bill Bennett, I will tell you that. He's been nothing but dedicated [and] has always put the town of Manlius first."
Bennett, who did not attend the dinner, could not be reached for comment by press time.