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Trustee candidates square off at League of Women Voters forum

Cazenovia village trustee candidates for the June 18 election, from left, Fritz Koennecke, Peggy Van Arnam and Amy Mann participated in a candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters on June 12.

Cazenovia village trustee candidates for the June 18 election, from left, Fritz Koennecke, Peggy Van Arnam and Amy Mann participated in a candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters on June 12. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— The three candidates for trustee for the June 18 village election explained to voters who they were, where they stood on the issues and why people should vote for them at the June 11 candidate forum held by the League of Women Voters.

Incumbents Amy Weber Mann and Peggy Van Arnam, both seeking reelection, and challenger Fritz Koennecke, Jr., current president of the Cazenovia Board of Education, spent 70 minutes before a crowd of about 30 people answering questions on topics such as what Caz will look like in 10 years and how the village should get there, what should happen to the Riverside Drive property, how can the village have a better relationship with Cazenovia College, should the new Lincklaen Street parking lot be paid or free and whether or not the village should consolidate with the town.

Each candidate was given time for opening and closing statements, then given two minutes each to answer the questions, which were supplied by audience members and asked by the forum moderator, Sandra Kaplan, membership chair of the League.

“I love Cazenovia … it’s a great community … I’d like to do my part to keep it that way,” said Koennecke, who spoke first through lot draw. Koennecke, who grew up in Cazenovia, said he moved away for many years to serve in the military and moved back because Cazenovia is such a special place. He said he believes in smart economic growth, in attracting more young families and businesses into the village and in maintaining the beauty and cultural history of the village while also allowing for future growth.

Van Arnam, who spoke second, said she has lived in Cazenovia for 40 years and believes it is a “great community,” and she is running for reelection “to make sure those things remain.”

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