Eagle Bulletin, village of Fayetteville sponsor political forum

Candidates running for supervisor and councilor seats on the Manlius Town Board participated in a forum Oct. 21 in the courtroom of the Fayetteville Village Hall.

About 30 people attended the event, which was organized by the Eagle Bulletin newspaper and the village of Fayetteville.

Each candidate was asked two questions, and had two minutes to state their response with no rebuttals.

Town supervisor candidates include Republican Ed Theobald and incumbent, Democrat Mark Tetley.

Those running for the three available councilor seats include Democrat Marc Baum, Democrat Larissa Brenner, Republican Vince Giordano, Republican Karen Green incumbent Republican Dave Marnell and Democrat Tom Reitano.

The questions and summarized answers are as follows:

Candidates for town councilor

Q: What do you see as the defining issues of the campaign?

Baum: Shared services, including the Department of Public Works, the Highway Department and the Fire Department. A long-term fiscal plan is necessary to provide the best services at lower costs, while maintaining the town's quality of life.

Brenner: The tax burden. Lower-cost shared services and grants from the state and federal governments to conduct infrastructure projects can help this problem. Creating a business-friendly environment and establishing an even tax base is also crucial.

Giordano: Consolidating duplicate efforts through shared services. The town already has some of the top school systems in the country, so the focus should be on maintaining the quality of life and keeping residents here.

Green: Long term fiscal management and business retention. These are crucial elements in keeping taxes down.

Marnell: Shared services throughout the county, town and villages. The fact that the town is fiscally conservative also contributes to the tax rate.

Reitano: Budget spending. It's necessary to coordinate and share decisions on how to spend the tax payer money.

Q: Which shovel-ready projects should receive stimulus funding?

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