Town of Salina candidate profiles

— Why are you the best candidate for this office?

As a veteran that served almost eight years in the U.S. Army, I understand what commitment to public service means and the sacrifices you must make to serve your community and country. I worked at the Syracuse Housing Authority for 19 years as director of maintenance and other positions. I managed a workforce that performed many of the same tasks that a town government does, plowing roads, inspecting buildings, code issues, budgets, contracts, etc., so I am familiar with many of the day to day tasks of managing a union workforce and accomplishing difficult tasks while cutting costs to stay under budget. A hands-on approach to day to day operations is needed to increase accountability, and that is what I will do. Once again, taking a critical look at what we are doing and how to make it better is what I have done in the past and will do again for our town when I am elected supervisor.

What are the major issues facing the town, and what will you do to address them?

The biggest issues facing the town are increasing costs and revenue that does not increase at the same rate, making it difficult to pay for services. By ensuring that we make an assessment of town operations and then make adjustments to improve efficiency and cost effectiveness, expenses will be reduced.

Another big issue that the town has little control over is what happens to the businesses that rely on Route 81 traffic for their livelihood. By collaborating with these businesses and other interested parties we need to make sure that our voice is heard regarding the final solution. An old adage states that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, so we need to make sure our squeak is the loudest.

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