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Marcellus: Cox, Curtin candidate profiles

The village of Marcellus will soon elect a new mayor and trustee to the village board. John Curtin and Patrick Cox are both running unopposed; Election Day is Tuesday March 16.

John P. Curtin

Running for mayor, 4-year term

Wife, Maureen, four children and 12 grandchildren

Adjunct professor at LeMoyne College; retired Syracuse City School District high school teacher

Village trustee from 1996 to 2004; trustee with Marcellus Historical Society since 1996; trustee with St. Francis Xavier Church since 2005

1. What do you expect will be the biggest challenge for the village board during your term, and how do you plan to address it?

I would like to stabilize village taxes as well as reduce the village debt - a figure that is significantly higher than when I left office in 2008. This will require a major review of the village budget, and cuts in spending that could be painful. As Onondaga County reviews the sales tax formula and the share that is provided towns and villages, a decline in village services might be inevitable and drastic.

2. In what ways do you plan to work more closely and efficiently with the town to reduce costs for residents?

A number of years ago, the village mayor, town supervisor and school superintendent in Marcellus often met informally, sometimes over breakfast, to discuss mutual concerns as well as ways in which each entity might be able to help one another. I would like to revive that custom in the months ahead so as to determine what efficiencies might be addressed and what costs might be reduced. More specifically, the three entities might examine a recommendation that the Committee on the Future of Marcellus suggested -- that of economic development. As part of the Committee, I presented the following to village and town andschool district representatives:

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