Current occupation/employer: Private Enterpriser
Why are you seeking election to a seat on the Oswego Village Board?
I want to make a difference on a local level by bringing new and exciting ideas to help grow Oswego in a fiscally smart and healthy way. I am looking to stop the “tax and spend” mentality that the current board seems to have adopted.
What sets you apart from the other board candidates?
My extensive knowledge and understanding of business, thanks to the many years in my role as president of multiple corporations. I am involved in every aspect of the businesses, most importantly the budget. Every major decision I make affects not only my own family, but that of the employees. I will use the same responsible spending skills I’ve accrued and apply them to the village. Furthermore, I plan on reducing the multiple tax increases the current board has imposed.
If elected, what would be your top priority as a board member?
My top priority would be bringing more businesses and industries to Oswego. We are a bedroom community, which means people live here, but don’t necessarily work here, which in turn leads to estimates of 85 percent housing and a mere 15 percent business and industry. This creates extra burdens on our schools, as well as other governing bodies, due to the ratio of population to industry.
Do you support the current board’s handling of economic development, including the establishment of the downtown TIF district?
I do believe that there have been some good decisions, as well as bad decisions. For example, I cannot support the board’s decision on The Reserve on Hudson Crossing, mainly since the contractor was unable to secure their own funds from the beginning. Pushing an idea and poor planning, resulted in giving away millions of dollars to one developer. I am in support of a TIF district if it is used correctly.
Do you support the Village’s efforts to secure a Metra commuter rail station?
I would consider the Metra when we have some actual numbers and facts. I believe the board must be completely transparent. The Park and Ride was cancelled on Orchard (location for the station), due to a lack of commuters. This would also result in yet another tax increase, and millions of taxpayer dollars spent on a station and additional tracks brought from Aurora.
Is there fat in the Village’s budget? If so, what programs or positions would you work to eliminate?
There is fat in every budget. Wants are not always needs. I would initially observe to determine whether certain programs or positions are effective.