Name: Debby McCormick
Municipality: City of Auburn
Office Sought: City Councilor
Political Party Or Parties: Democrat, Working Families, Auburn First
Family Information: I married to Michael Kowal, who is a retired Teamster. We both have adult children. Abigail (Charles) Gleason married to Matthew Gleason, living in Syracuse and Marc and Laura Kowal have two boys, Owen and Tucker; they live in Denver, CO.
Professional And Previous Political Experience: I am currently serving my first term as an Auburn City Counselor and work part-time at Wells College. Previously I served Auburn as City Clerk for 13 years.
Education: I graduated from Cayuga Community College, and attended University College of SU Paralegal Certification program. I am a graduate of the inaugural class of Leadership Cayuga. I have served on several community boards such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Cayuga Counseling.
Message To Voters: Serving my hometown as City Councilor for the last four years has been an honor. I am running for re-election because I want to continue working on the issues that are important to our community.
Safe public drinking water. Owasco Lake is the heart and soul of Auburn and Cayuga County. Since I was elected four years ago, I have been an active member of the Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Committee, and the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council. City, town, county and state officials continue to work diligently to protect and find solutions to the threats that affect our drinking water, watershed and lake.
Vacant and abandoned property. Quality of life in Auburn depends on clean, safe neighborhoods. We must eliminate vacant and abandoned properties that plague the city. Working with the Mayor and my colleagues on City Council, we restored a code enforcement position, and hired an Assistant Corporation Counsel specifically dedicated to enforcing laws that will restore or remove zombie properties from our neighborhoods.
Economic Development. Tourism is essential to our economic development. Auburn’s rich history, culture and natural resources are attracting visitors from around the world. Our downtown renaissance has enhanced local tourism business and increased revenue for the city. Investment in downtown is growing; with new retail, dining, and service oriented businesses opening and purchases of vacant buildings in our downtown.
During the last four years, I have worked with the Mayor and City Council to stabilize and strengthen city finances and operations. We hired a Comptroller, implemented a long-term financial plan, and restored essential city staff such as firefighters and building code officers.
Four years ago, city finances and essential services were broken, we fixed it. We cannot afford to go backwards. Collaboration and partnerships are the key to Auburn’s success and future. As I continue to be a leader that respects and works with all levels of government, I will advocate for the citizens of Auburn. With your support on Nov. 7, I will keep the momentum going for another four years. Thank you.