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Green will not seek fourth term

After much thought, I have decided that I will not be seeking re-election to a fourth term as your mayor.

As your mayor, I have tried to harmonize every decision that required immediate and long range planning.

The mayor's office has become a full time commitment. It has required vision, dedication and enormous energy with enthusiasm to be successful. The character of this mayoral office is about doing. Performance with results during these difficult economic times was a necessary part of my goals.

My first objective was to successfully build a new fire station. Our police department became accredited upon my hiring a new Police Chief. A reduction in truck traffic became a reality after creating a regional Truck Traffic Task Force. Taxes have remained low by eliminating or consolidating various departments. These are only a few of the accomplishments of this administration over the course of six years. There are many remaining issues that will require our attention in the immediate future and the renewed energy of your next Mayor. The solutions will be complex and will require the involvement of many motivated individuals who will hold your elected officials responsible to your needs.

A successful leader surrounds themselves with good people and my successes are a result of those people. From your elected trustees, to the many residents who have volunteered their time to serve on the various boards of the village, the generous attorneys, department heads, employees and, last but not least, the taxpaying residents. Without this support many concepts could not have become reality with meaningful results, bettering our community. I want to express a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported me, not just over the last six years, but over the entire 37 years that I have worked for the village.

To my successors I promise a smooth transition and will assist in whatever way I can.

Again, thank you for your continued support.

Robert Green, a Vietnam Vet, was the head of the village's DPW before becoming the Mayor of the Village of Skaneateles.

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