There are two contenders for the county Legislator's seat in the 13th district -- incumbent Bob Warner and challenger James Scaramuzzino. The 13th district seat represents residents of the towns of Van Buren, Elbridge and portions of the town of Camillus in the Onondaga County Legislature.
The Baldwinsville Messenger recently interviewed the two contestants to learn more about their qualifications and why each is running for the position. Below is Bob Warner's profile and answers.
Address: 1478 Gunbarrel Road, Baldwinsville
Political Affiliation: Republican
Political Experience: 18 years as County Legislature
Community Involvement: 50-year member Grace Episcopal Church, Baldwinsville; 30-year member Baldwinsville Masonic Lodge.
Professional Experience: 25-year Member NYS Police, retired 1991 as supervisor of Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Fulton office. Duties were to investigate and supervise all criminal matters like murders, rapes, robberies, child abuse, etc.; also confidential investigations for NYS Governors office and dignitary protection.
Family: Wife, Ann, two grown sons, Bob Jr. and Scott, five grandchildren, all girls and one more on the way (a boy). I am the sixth generation of Warners in Baldwinsville, my sons are seventh and grandchildren eighth.
Why are you running?
To continue some of the work I have already done. I got rid of the Marlboro Man advertising at Alliance Bank Stadium in 1992, put all tobacco products behind the counters in stores so kids could not shoplift them, and also got rid of cigarette vending machines. I made it illegal to smoke in restaurants (known as the second hand smoke law). I also recently passed Tobacco 19, which makes it illegal for anyone under 19 to buy tobacco products. Eighteen-year-olds used to buy cigarettes and sell or give them to underage kids at school. The passage of all these laws are for health and financial reasons. A lot of smokers eventually end up with medical problems -- cancer, emphysema, etc. and a large percentage have no health insurance and fall back on Medicaid, which is $600 million per year in Onondaga County. Smoking is a significant portion of that. Medicaid is 51 percent of our property taxes. Eventually, all of these laws will save our taxpayers millions.