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Committees begin their work for county residents

— First and foremost, I want to thank all of my constituents for electing me to a second term. It is a pleasure to represent our district, and I am looking forward to another term. This past election cycle, the Onondaga County Legislature experienced an immense amount of turnover. Therefore, as I embark on my second term in office, I find myself among the “veterans” with seven of the 17 legislators serving their first term. To start, the chairman of the legislature, Ryan McMahon, chose to appoint me as chair of the County Facilities committee. I have served on County Facilities for the past two years, so I feel that I have the experience necessary to lead the committee. Additionally, I am once again serving on the Environmental Protection committee, as well as serving for the first time on the Public Safety committee.

I am excited to chair the County Facilities committee because the departments that report to this committee are the most visible departments in everyday life. The department of transportation, which maintains our highways, and the parks and recreation department, which maintains our parks and provides recreational programming, are departments that the average citizen encounters on a day-to-day basis. Other departments that report to County Facilities are Onondaga Community College and the Onondaga County Public Library. This month, we began by reviewing the new lease agreement with the Syracuse Chiefs for Alliance Bank Stadium. County Facilities is an extremely active committee, so I will do my best to keep the district informed as projects come forward.

As I mentioned, I am also a member of the Environmental Protection committee. This is the third year I have sat on this committee. At Environmental Protection, we authorize the projects and spending on the lake clean-up. Each month we receive a very detailed report on the lake’s status. If you would like more information on the Save the Rain campaign and other lake improvement projects, please visit the website savetherain.us. Furthermore, I believe that in the very near future we will start to see the lake become an economic driver; as the many species of fish return there will be opportunities to host tournaments which will bring people from all over the world to Syracuse. Onondaga Lake has come a long way, and I am optimistic about its recovery.

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