Local elections are on the ballot this general Election Day, Nov. 7, 2017. The campaign for Auburn City Council is an important race which every two years sets the tone for the future of our city.
Four years ago the city council at the time was setting policy for our city that was broken. They were attempting to sustain a landfill energy “Co-gen” plant that was costing local taxpayers millions of dollars. To pay for these “Co-gen” losses they cut local government services. They cut our city’s public safety personnel including elimination of 10 firefighter positions, the elimination of the police department’s participation in the Finger Lakes Drug Task Force and the police department’s Emergency Response Team. They cut the housing code office which led to a reduced effort to address vacant housing in our neighborhoods.
The council majority four years ago that made all of these decisions included Mr. John Camardo, who lost his re-election bid two years ago. Now, he is trying to return to the council and if you listen to his campaign rhetoric you will hear that he has his own unique view of things. During the last candidate forum that I watched on Facebook, Mr. Camardo stated that the “Co-gen” facility financially broke even while he was on the council. This is absolutely false. The failed “Co-gen” project has never broken even. It lost millions during the four years Mr. Camardo was on the council and that loss was paid for by Auburn taxpayers through direct tax dollars and cuts to essential local government services.
Mr. Camardo wants you to think he understands this issue but he clearly does not. We cannot afford to go back to the days of a city council that takes the city’s finances lightly and passes the cost of their lack of oversight on to the local taxpayer. The incumbent councilors McCormick and Cuddy have worked hard to fix city finances, including shutting down the failed “Co-gen.” They have been part of a new council majority that has worked the past four years to make significant improvements to our city’s financial health.We cannot afford to go back to the days when Camardo was on council; rather, I encourage all Auburn voters to stay on the current course of progress and re-elect Deb McCormick and Terry Cuddy.