After voicing his concern, Senator Valesky shared a bright outlook for the upcoming year. Attempting to avoid the pitfalls of Albany's "hyper-partisan nature," he and three other senate colleagues have formed an independent conference, apart from the two primary conferences in the NYS Senate. Valesky said the new arrangement will allow him to easily work with both the majority and the minority, increasing chances for bipartisan cooperation.
Mayor Tom Dougherty offered an optimistic look back at the previous year in Cazenovia. He and the village board successfully established the Traffic Violations Bureau, and passed a new "Social Host Law." A new backhoe was purchased for construction projects, and numerous streets were repaved. Dougherty attributed the year's success to the twelve public hearings that were held and attended by townspeople.
"We had a very busy legislative year," Dougherty said. "The more public input we have when we are trying to put together legislation, the better the end result is. I want to thank all the residents that came and contributed to the public hearings."
A brief question and answer period followed the speeches. Chamber Chairman Gene Gissin concluded proceedings by thanking the representatives and the 70 area residents in attendance for their continuous support. The Chamber of Commerce has hosted the forum for the past decade.