Michelle Obama said, “Don’t ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility. Make decisions based on what should happen not what shouldn’t.” Many politicians continue get elected by painting a picture of the world as a terrible place. This happens on a national level and a local level.

After reading The Citizen and listening to the political forums for the upcoming local election it is evident that some running for city council look to the future of the city negatively. “Camardo and Miller both expressed disdain with the direction the city of Auburn is headed in.” (The Citizen, Oct. 19, 2017). In a recent letter to the editor from a past “gloom and doom” local politician, Peter Ruzicka, dated Oct. 29, 2017, he cited a future of financial demise for our city, stating, “The city is going in the wrong direction and needs to be fixed.” He said this despite the news article from two days prior headlined: "'Good news' in the city audit." In that article the audit showed: The city's debts are decreasing; The city's total fund balance is on the rise from 2012, when it dropped from over $20 million to under $12 million; and after five years and millions in operating losses, city council closed down the failed COGEN facility, saving millions.

We can look around and see the changes to our city are positive. We know: Businesses are thriving, developers are investing in our community, existing businesses are expanding, the Auburn Fire Department has an IOS Rating of Class 1, and work is underway on the Owasco River Trail and St. Francis Playground ... just to name a few.

Other candidates choose to point to a better outlook. “Cuddy and McCormick highlighted the positive changes Auburn has experienced since they both took office in 2013. Since their election, 10 firefighters who were previously laid off were rehired, the city hired a comptroller to address the city's previous budget deficit and the Code Enforcement Office was reopened full time to combat zombie properties in Auburn's neighborhoods." (The Citizen, Oct. 19, 2017). It is with great confidence that I make my decision with those that visualize a future filled with promise and positivity for the city of Auburn. I, for the second time, will be voting for Debby McCormick and Terry Cuddy on Nov. 7 for city council.

Abigail Gleason

Auburn

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