COLUMN: Coffee with the Mayor – the village eyesore

— “It’s an insult to our properties,” Henderson said.

Saraceni said efforts to clean up village properties including the Tri-County Mall are handled by the village’s Code Enforcement Officer Gregg Humphries, who also serves as a resource for residents. Humphries most recent work resulted in the tear down of the old Yorkers store on Syracuse Street, which had severe structural issues and was a danger to emergency responders.

“Gregg has done a great job,” Saraceni said.

He then discussed this year’s focus for the village, which included having Reeves Park annexed into the village so the police can patrol it as there have been problems at the ball fields; installing a sidewalk along Meigs Road so residents at Golden Legacy (and possibly as far up as Syracuse Home) can access the rest of the village safely; Tri-County Mall; linking village to Community Park with the installation of a bridge over Crooked Brook; and installing 200’ of iron sheet pilings, which would enable visiting boaters to dock along the canal east of Lock 24. He reminded residents that the village is celebrating its 165th anniversary this year, as well.

The B’ville Diner’s Classic Car Show, which is held every Thursday evening in the summer, was brought up. Saraceni said he attended the weekly event on its inaugural night with his family and was very impressed noting there was a DJ, games to play and a bouncy house – very family-friendly. He said the diner also utilized a golf cart to bring diner food to people at picnic tables in Village Square.

Now that it is finished, Village Square is proving an excellent investment with the new car show and the upcoming farmers market to be held on Wednesday evenings.

Mayor Joseph Saraceni and new Editor Tami Scott plan to schedule another coffee sometime over the summer. Community members are welcome to join them for coffee (once the date is announced) and address your concerns about the village with the mayor or send your questions to editor@baldwinsvillemessenger.com and Editor Scott will ask the mayor for you.

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