What have you accomplished since becoming mayor?
The Central New York region has faced a number of challenges in recent years, and the out-migration of people and jobs are at the top of the list. Yet, I believe that our population centers including the village of Baldwinsville, will be key to the long-term vitality of our entire region. As a village community and as a part of the larger Central New York community, I believe it is imperative that we continue to leverage our unique assets - our waterfront properties, our walkable business district and neighborhoods, our strong school system, our public amenities, and our service organizations - to continue to improve the quality of life for our residents and create new opportunities for revitalization and transformation. I originally ran for mayor four years ago because I was committed to being a part of Baldwinsville's continued transformation. I am very proud of what we have been able to accomplish over the last four years.
We have utilized information from our business corridor master plan to modify our codes in order to foster redevelopment in downtown and to encourage development that reflects our efforts to improve aesthetics, pedestrian safety and economic vitality. There are several key initiatives underway that will build upon the village's continued transformation. Trustee Mark Wilder continues to impress me as he focuses on the village-owned waterfront property on Lock Street. It holds a tremendous amount of potential for redevelopment, and for the past year we have been preparing to bring this vacant property to market. With his continued efforts, we will see this completed very soon. The abandoned Harrington Firehouse was removed, and designs have been completed to redevelop the lot into a beautiful, pedestrian-friendly, public space with organized parking for our downtown businesses. The first phase of the project will be completed by the end of July.