What is your favorite thing about Cortland?
I love all of the parks we have in Cortland and the City Youth Bureau. Cortland has a number of gathering spots for community members and there is comfort in knowing this is a safe place to be.
What’s one thing people in the community might not know about you?
While a good amount of people may know, some might not be aware of my passion for the sport of swimming. He began swimming at a young age and continued through college, using it also a great form of stress relief. I love competition and continue to share my passion with other swimmers as coach of the SUNY Cortland swim team.
When did you decide you wanted to be a mayor?
This decision was an evolution. As a member of the community, I was concerned about the lack of good housing. This was a big topic of interest for me, which led to running for city council for two terms. As a part of city council, I was part of the housing committee. Community members encouraged me to run for mayor. Now, after being elected to his second term, I really enjoy being able to give back to the community.
You just got reelected mayor, how to you plan to engage youth in the community?
I am starting back up the mayor’s youth council. I had the opportunity to go to schools and meet with students to find out there perception of the council. I feel it is important to give young people in the community a voice and engage these youth in the community efforts. The council will serve as on outlet to give the youth a voice and give them a platform to positively impact the community.
What is the best part of being mayor?
I think the best part about my position as mayor is “the opportunity to do things that have a positive impact on people”. Things like figuring out issues and turning them into positive outcomes is an example of the way his position give him the opportunity to benefit others.