While most Tompkins County village elections were held last month, the Village of Lansing will be holding elections for two trustee seats and Mayor on Tuesday, April 23. While all three elections are uncontested, Tompkins Weekly sent a short Q&A to all incumbent candidates to remind village residents of their elected officials priorities and qualifications.
Don HartillCandidate for Village of Lansing Mayor (incumbent)
Why are you running (or running again) for this position in village government? I am running again for Mayor of the Village of Lansing as my way of giving back to society. Life in the Village of Lansing has been very good to me and this is my way of helping to keep the Village of Lansing a great place to live and work.
What are your top three priorities as a village official if you are elected? My three top priorities are first keeping our infrastructure in a well-maintained state, second keeping our Village tax rate as low as possible for the level of service that the Village provides to its residents, and third provide a welcoming environment for business. You may have noticed in driving through the Village that there are no pot holes in our eighteen miles of roadway. The water system is well maintained and main breaks are fixed as quickly as possible and our sewer system is also continuously monitored for I&I. By maintaining a small Village staff and outsourcing as much of our design and maintenance activities as possible the Village does not have a large marching army cost. The Village is working hard on work arounds that will work for our businesses given the natural gas moratorium that the Lansing area is currently under.
What makes you qualified for this position? I have been Mayor since February of 1996 and the Village seems to be running well.
What do you want people to know about you as a candidate?I would like to continue to serve as Mayor to see our planned expansion of the Village’s sewer collection system along East Shore Drive and Cayuga Heights Road. Keeping the Village as a welcoming place for all is my goal.
Ronny HardawayCandidate for Village of Lansing Trustee (incumbent)
Why are you running (or running again) for this position in village government? I am running as an incumbent trustee to continue to serve the Village residents and businesses by ensuring the integrity of the Village’s water, sewer, energy, communication, traffic, and pedestrian infrastructures. I want to continue the Village’s history of good Village-property management, lowest-possible Village taxes, and consistent fiduciary oversight of Village budgets.What are your top three priorities as a village official if you are elected? If elected, my top three priorities will include revitalization of the Ithaca Mall; water, sewer, energy, and road infrastructure integrity; and assessing, maintaining, and creating greenways and greenspaces within the Village.
What makes you qualified for this position? I have four years of trustee experience, and I served as the Village’s deputy mayor for the last two years. I work well with the Village staff members and board members, and I participate in several community-based committees and organizations to align Village and community goals and strategies. My professional experience includes setting departmental budgets to achieve the best value and personnel longevity with finite funding.
What do you want people to know about you as a candidate?I want people to know that I do my best to gather the most information from different perspectives before reaching a final decision regarding Village governance. I work to ensure the safety of Village staff, board members, residents and visitors above other considerations. Within the legal constraints of their offices, I encourage people to make their own decisions, but I invite them to ask for my opinion or my advice. I like to build good teams that perform without micro-management, and at the same time I like to understand the basics of everyone’s responsibilities and goals.
Patricia O’RourkeCandidate for Village of Lansing Trustee (incumbent)
Why are you running (or running again) for this position in village government? I lived in the Village of Lansing for 33 years and want to continue serving our Village by working on issues related to keeping our community safe, environmentally friendly, and financially stable. I have a deep understanding of the community, having run a successful business in the Village, teach in the school system, and served on the Board for nearly a decade. I am a moderate. I believe in a balanced local government that is fiscally sound, business-friendly, and environmentally sensitive and protective.
What are your top three priorities as a village official if you are elected? My top three priorities are 1) cost effective infrastructure, 2) balanced use of Village land, and 3) enhancement of green space. We must continue to support excellent roads, water service, and Village infrastructure combined with low taxes. I support balanced land use for housing, business, natural areas, and technology parks. I will promote the development of our parks and protection of green space.
What makes you qualified for this position? I served the Village of Lansing as a Trustee since 2010. During that time, I was a member of several committees, and worked diligently to understand and resolve development issues that require both Trustee and Planning Board leadership.
What do you want people to know about you as a candidate?I am politically a moderate and can represent fairly the views of all my constituents. I am committed to the Village infrastructure. I believe the smooth running of government depends on the quality of our Village personnel and an open, productive relationship among all members of the Village government.
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