continued Why are you running for office?
I was proud to serve as town supervisor in 2008 and 2009 and led a non-partisan town board to manage the town effectively and efficiently for those two years. Among the accomplishments I am proud of are: (1) Fixing the issues uncovered by a State audit early in 2008 to bring the Town into compliance with NYS standards. (2) Installing new accounting software to give the supervisor and town board members the opportunity to manage and control the town budget. Unfortunately, my request for a town comptroller was turned down. (3) Promoting commercial development as opposed to residential growth to broaden the tax base without adding demand for new services. (4) Beginning discussions with the county and the villages to share more services.
What are the major issues facing the town and what will you do to address them?
Despite the new accounting system and board controls, there is $200,000 missing from the town court. There needs to be a full accounting of this and new controls must be put in place to make sure this will not happen again. My first priority will be to uphold the fiscal integrity of the town of Manlius.
I feel the town needs to pursue a path of responsible growth. Rather than have new residential housing offering a 37.5 percent property tax reduction (i.e. Buchman’s Close and Mallards Landing) and placing an additional burden on regular taxpayers like you and me, we should be pursuing and actively supporting commercial development like the intermodal project at the rail yards in Minoa. The town has chosen to remain neutral on this project. This is a project that deserves our enthusiastic support. Jobs are at stake as well as substantially increasing the tax base. I supported this when I was supervisor and if elected, will work with the town of DeWitt and the county to move this project forward.