New Lysander political party seeks second endorsement

— Lysander 1st, a new bipartisan political party in the town of Lysander, has announced that it will seek the endorsement of the Lysander Democratic Committee, which will meet in caucus at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 24 to choose candidates for this fall’s election.

Lysander 1st features a bipartisan slate of candidates for four town roles including John Salisbury (Democrat) for supervisor, Andy Reeves (Republican) for councilor, Melinda Shimer (Democrat) for councilor and Charles Mantione (Democrat) for justice.

Salisbury said that Lysander 1st will “put the people first, ahead of politics.”

“We hope to bring a new spirit of openness, transparency and accountability to town government and a new level of progress in Lysander,” Salisbury said. “The new Northwest Family YMCA, or lack thereof, is a perfect example of how Town Supervisor Barry Bullis has actually impeded the town’s progress for the past decade instead of advancing it.”

“As recently as the town board meeting on Aug. 8, Mr. Bullis said that ‘there’s an inherent danger if you go down the path of allowing or disallowing projects like this one based on public opinion.’ He’s still trying to defer the town’s decision on the YMCA until after this fall’s election and his fifth and final term in office,” Salisbury continued. “It’s simply unacceptable for him to put his own political needs ahead of the people’s best interests and well-being.”

Last week, the Onondaga County Conservative Party announced its endorsement of Salisbury, Reeves and Mantione. Endorsement of this bipartisan slate of candidates by the Lysander Democratic Committee would give Lysander 1st a second line on this fall’s election ballots.

Salisbury, currently treasurer of the Baldwinsville Village Board, has previously served as both Baldwinsville Village Trustee and Lysander Town Councilor, and has significant financial and accounting experience in both the public and private sectors. He has been endorsed by the Conservative Party.

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