Minoa mayor warns North Syracuse board of difficult times ahead

— Difficult times are ahead for small New York state communities, according to a local mayor, and the best option for villages like North Syracuse and others is to stick together.

Richard Donovan, the mayor of the village of Minoa, president of Onondaga County Mayors’ Association and first vice president of the New York Conference of Mayors, appeared briefly before the North Syracuse village board during the July 12 meeting to speak in support of the OCMA and NYCOM.

“I'm going around the county this summer trying to attend, hopefully, everyone's board meeting and kind of give them an update on what we're doing in the county as well as in NYCOM and to encourage everybody's participation in our activities,” Donovan said. “I'm kind of preaching to the choir here, because you typically have pretty good representation from this board at our county meetings. We're not doing so well with other communities. I realize that things are tough. With losing the state sales tax everybody's budget is really strained and extra activities are tough to include.”

Donovan went on to note some ominous signs of the future, urging that more needed to be done.

“The city of Syracuse is forecasting to be bankrupt within two years,” Donovan said. “Other government bodies, especially cities, all over the state are failing. This is all going to come running downhill because the money's got to come from somewhere. We need to stay together as a group. We need activities at our monthly meetings so I'm encouraging all of you, whenever you can, please attend. We need to be one voice. We need to keep after our elected officials.”

Donovan said that recent actions on the part of the state have done little to help the problem, despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s promises to the contrary.

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