He hopes to continue to work for the village with a run for mayor this year, and sees the continuing effort to improve the village budget as the first priority.
"That's the biggest challenge, to continue the same high quality services with less money," he said. "Quality so far is not affected."
The Wall of Distinction honoree said he has enjoyed working with others in the community to tackle the issues that impact North Syracuse.
"I think the biggest benefit of living in the village of North Syracuse is the people that live in the village of North Syracuse. There are many people willing to get involved with efforts to improve the community. It's a lot of fun working like that."
Beverly Hill was also honored March 4 with a place on the North Syracuse Central School District's Wall of Distinction after 19 years of working as a nurse for Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
"It's quite an honor," she said. "I never in my wildest imagination thought that I would ever be up there on that wall with all these other folks. I'm proud of my school district, having graduated from there, and I'm proud to work there. I think it's a great place."
Hill graduated from North Syracuse High in 1965. Back then she was known as Beverly Sydorak. She describes herself as being a quiet student who just "did her thing." After graduating, Hill went on to college and did a two-year stint in the navy. She credited those years as helping her to open up and become more outspoken.
After the navy, she got married to her "best friend," Stewart Hill. They bought a house and started a family, relocating five miles from where she grew up.
Hill taught nursing at St. Joseph's Hospital and Syracuse University. She also dedicated herself to being a stay-at-home mom for a while, calling that a great experience.