The following is a statement by Manlius Mayor Mark-Paul Serafin in response to Chief Paul Whorrall’s announcement last week that he plans to run for mayor in March.
Elections are part of what makes our democracy great... Everyone is free to seek elective office.
As the oldest village in Onondaga County, Manlius has not only survived, but thrived for nearly 200 years because of the amazing spirit of generations of families who have called our neighborhoods home. Many have worked for our village, volunteered for our village and run for village office. Their sacrifice as well as their service has provided all of us with a quality of life that rivals any village across the country.
If you like the progress, growth and improvements our great village has made over the last four years... I ask for your vote on March 19.
If you like the job Chief Whorrall has done with our fire department, please vote for me as well...
Because as bayor, by New York State law, I cannot hold the office of fire chief, deputy fire chief or assistant fire chief. The mayor, simply stated, cannot simultaneously be the fire chief. And for good reason; it provides checks and balances.
Nor can the mayor be employed as a part-time village fire administrator.
Chief Whorrall currently is the part-time paid village fire administrator, (a position created especially for him by former Mayor Arkie Albanese to assist the sitting fire chief with their duties).
At this pivotal moment in our village history as we approach the eve of our Bicentennial... The mayor needs to be the mayor of an entire village.