Like so many, I have avoided, for the most part, any sort of involvement in politics due to its often acidic and cynical characteristics (in particular in more recent times). Only recently, when a very good friend of mine, as well as a professional contemporary, "threw his hat into the ring," did I take a more intimate interest in what is happening in our community. Mike Lesch is a dynamic young professional with a work ethic that I believe is unparalleled. He works a floor below me in a building that houses many businesses, and I can state unequivocally that he is often the first person in and one of the last to leave. He’s developed into a sought-after CPA providing both technical and practical advice to businesses of all types and sizes.

Unfortunately, and consistent with my fears mentioned above, I recently read with dismay an OpEd published by The Citizen regarding the water quality of Owasco Lake and the candidates’ position on the matter. The Citizen, potentially unwittingly, took a statement out of context and made it appear that Mike Lesch was ill-informed on a subject about which he is passionate; Mike is unequivocally concerned about our lake and our water quality, and recognizes we need immediate action and reform. Given the foregoing, I am hopeful The Citizen will take the initiative to immediately right this wrong.

Regardless, but most importantly, we live in a community that has witnessed its youth scatter for bigger and better things and places — this only makes our local economy and general appeal weaker, and we continue to struggle to attract younger people, or keep those that we do have with us. We now have the rare opportunity to elect someone to a position with the power and ability to effect real change and have a positive impact on our local future. I cannot imagine a better or more opportune time to seize this moment — to grab ahold of youth, hope and ingenuity. I cannot vote for Mike Lesch as I am not in his district, but I do hope and trust that those that are will realize that he is without question the right individual for this position. On this Nov. 7, vote for Mike Lesch!

Patrick A. Carbonaro

Owasco

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