Four candidates vie for two Lysander seats

Robert Ellis

Republican Party

Community Involvement: I have served on the Lysander Parks and Recreation Commission for over 12 years, serving as chairman for the past six years. The Commission is a group of seven members who act in an advisory capacity to the Lysander Parks and Recreation Department. I am currently the Scout Master, and have been for the last 10 years of Troop 119 with the Boy Scouts of America, which is sponsored by St. Mary’s Church right here in Baldwinsville. Naturally, having two sons I have been very involved and have coached with BYSA Soccer, B’ville Little League, Pop Warner Football and B’ville Booster Basketball for more years than I can count.

How do you plan to ease the financial strain on Lysander residents?

Allow me to answer this question in two parts. First, the Town of Lysander’s town taxes are not the strain. Our town taxes are $1.32 per $1,000 of assessed value that means a homeowner with a $100,000 home will pay $132 in town taxes for all the quality services the town provides. The current town administrators have used sound financial practices to keep our budget in check. As a matter of fact, there are 908 townships in New York State and the Town of Lysander is ranked the 39th lowest in per capita spending. I want to be a part of that town board to continue the sound financial management of our budget. Secondly, the real financial strain comes from mandated costs. We need to work closely with other levels of government to ease the burden and find creative ways to work more efficiently with those other level of governments to fight for relief.

What is the primary issue facing Lysander? How do you intend to work to resolve the issue?

Since becoming more involved with the topics and issues faced by the town board, I have truly noticed a contentious attitude at board meetings between the public and town officials. I would truly like to foster an attitude at meetings that is open, honest, constructive, trustworthy and productive. To lead this town forward we all need to be pulling in the same direction with open honest government. I want to listen to citizen’s concerns, hear both sides of the issue and come to a consensus that is in the best interest of the town and I want to do that in a productive, caring manner.

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