LETTER: Zambrano’s record not one of development

— LETTER: Zambrano’s record not one of development

To the editor:

Since leaving Cicero town politics four years ago, I’ve been happy quietly serving on the Onondaga County Planning Board.

I also have been very content to view town politics from the sidelines and watch the infighting that regrettably seems to go with holding local office in Cicero.

But enough is enough.

In their letters, published in the Aug. 8 Eagle Star-Review, John Gardner and David Kirk agree with Jessica Zambrano’s claim that Cicero has experienced remarkable growth over the last two years.

Really? Where?

Mr. Gardner and Mr. Kirk would have everyone believe there was little or no economic progress prior to the current town administration. Apparently they have very short memories.

I served as town supervisor from 2003 to 2009 and I am very proud of my administration’s record of development. My tenure saw the development of Driver’s Village, Market Place Mall, the Walmart and Target shopping plazas and other commercial sites along Route 11, developments that created jobs and brought much-needed tax dollars to Cicero.

At the time, according to the Census Bureau, Cicero was the fastest growing town in Central New York.

If Ms. Zambrano was simply providing residents with a development report, as Mr. Gardner maintains, why didn’t Supervisor Jim Corl provide it himself? After all, it’s his administration.

I also suggest Mr. Kirk reread Ms. Timmons’ letter of July 31. Nowhere does she say previous deputy supervisors misused their appointment. That leaves the question: to which previous deputy supervisor is Mr. Kirk referring?

Cicero has had a small handful of deputy supervisors in the last 20 years. Verne Conway was former Supervisor Joan Kesel’s deputy. He has a long record of service to the town, both on the town board and the zoning board of appeals. Mark Marzullo was former Supervisor Fran Kip’s deputy and he, too, has a long record of service and currently sits on the town’s planning board. Jim Corl was my deputy, and voters elected him supervisor two years ago.

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