COLUMN: Coffee with the Mayor – the village eyesore

Baldwinsville Mayor Joseph Saraceni met with Messenger Editor Erin Wisneski on Tuesday, May 14, at Canton Woods Senior Center to chat about what’s new in the village. Canton Woods seniors kept the conversation going with questions and concerns regarding village happenings.

The first item of discussion during our coffee was the appeared absence of the carp tournament. When asked what happened, Saraceni said the organizers cater to the fisherman and go where the biggest fish are, which seems to be down river. He added that participants he has spoken with still stay in Baldwinsville. He also noted the tournament is smaller this year with only 30 teams participating in a 75-hour tournament (previous tournaments were about 50 hours).

“I don’t understand … as mayor, you can’t convince the bigger fish to swim to Baldwinsville,” 32-year resident Sharon Henderson jokingly said.

Henderson then shifted gears and began talking about the eyesore that is the remains of the Tri-County Mall.

“If our properties looked like that, we would be fined,” she said. “Trees are pushing through the pavement and there is a significant amount of wildlife that lives within the fence then parades out at night.”

Saraceni said, “it’s frustrating for me, too,” and elaborated on what the village has done to try and rectify the situation. “We are in the middle of a 28A action,” he said, noting it takes time to progress. According to Joe, the village hopes to present to the State Supreme Court soon and leave with an ability to demand that the buildings on the site be torn down. Other than the 28A action, Saraceni said the village’s hands are pretty much tied.

“Other than showcasing the village as a growing community, an accessible community, a waterfront community, there’s not much we can do [to draw interest from developers],” he said.

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