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Lombardo challenges Kastberg in Scotia's mayor race

Randall Lombardo

Age: 53

Occupation: Disabled/Retired

Residence: Scotia

Political Affiliation: Republican

Biography/Introduction:

17 year homeowner/20 year resident; 6 year Air Force Veteran/Law Enforcement. Honorably discharged as a Staff Sgt; Married 20 years to Master Sgt. Corine Lombardo of the Army National Guard (still serving); Daughter, Sabrina, 17, attending Wells College, Aurora, NY; Born and educated in Bridgeport, CT; Most of my work experience is in restaurant management and food service accounting, both at local and national chain/corporate levels.

Why do you want to be the Mayor of Scotia?

I believe that the economy of the state of New York will force large tax increases on the cities, towns and villages. By saving now and controlling costs we can avoid some of the coming burden.

How do you plan to stimulate economic development in Scotia?

We are a geographically small village with little room to grow. By lowering our taxes we can attract small and boutique businesses that will bring or keep customers in the village. We must make Mohawk Avenue more attractive to encourage businesses to move here.

Are there any ways the village could work with the Town of Glenville to achieve new cost savings?

Yes! We can produce savings almost immediately by combining services in the Highway, Parks and Recreation, and Water Departments with Glenville. In the future we can explore the possibility of a single police force with a central stationhouse.

Additional Comments:

First, the savings start with me. I will only accept one dollar per year for my salary. I don't want tax money for personal gain. I will serve as a civic duty, one that I am proud to accept. Next, there is an avalanche of debt being created in Washington and Albany that may soon crash down on local residents. Whether you're a home owner or a renter in Scotia, the ultimate burden will fall on us all in taxes and rents. We need to control costs and spend tax dollars more efficiently at the local level to be able to adjust for higher demands for money from those entities. We have to start now to control our village spending by combining services with Glenville and by entering buying co-ops with local communities to lower costs. As Mayor, I will save every dime that I can to benefit our village.""

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