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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.

— She said she believes in smart economic growth, in care and planning for village infrastructure, in providing affordable housing and services for both young families and senior citizens. “Why [vote for] me: I’m already doing it,” she said. She added that the current board of trustees is very harmonious as a group. “It works well. Why change it?”

Mann, who was first elected to the board in 2009, said she has made a number of essential partnerships and relationships during her four years on the board, she has many achievements under her belt and more goals to achieve. She reviewed a large list of achievements the board has made during her tenure, including great strides for the Carpenter’s Barn restoration committee and the village Tree Commission, both of which she chairs. “I don’t feel like I’m done yet,” she said. “I am up and running and ready to keep going.”

The evening’s forum was a cordial affair, respectful and substantive — and it was more forum than debate, with the candidates agreeing on a majority of the issues broached by the audience.

The candidates all agreed that:

—In 10 years they want Cazenovia to be the same, and preferably better, than it is right now, with a vibrant downtown, an Empire Brewing Company farmstead brewery up-and-running, and more agri-business and agri-tourism in the village.

—Smart growth is essential to the future of Cazenovia, to increase visitation and population and to keep local businesses vibrant and successful;

—The recent village partnership with L.L. Bean as a host site for the company’s Outdoor Discovery School was a huge and exciting success for Cazenovia, and the village must be sure to capitalize on that relationship to increase and encourage other business, visitation and population opportunities.

—It is not too early to start considering emendations to the village Comprehensive Plan, especially in light of the ongoing Village Edge South development project, but that any such changes should be done slowly and deliberately.

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