Earlier this week, longtime resident Scott Steve launched a bid for city of Cortland mayor.
Among the topics he is focusing on most: Infrastructure improvements; quality of life issues; and transparency & accountability.
“For too long, taxes and fees have increased without sufficient transparency and accountability,” Steve said in his official campaign statement. “Many of our neighbors find themselves with property taxes higher than their mortgage payments.”
A county legislator from 2002-2005, Steve served two years as chairman of that body.
He is also an experienced small business owner, founding ‘Steve Scott Builders’ in 1985. This background in building and developing, he says, would help in managing the city’s priorities and spending.
“City residents may be unaware of the fees that get collected and how they are used,” he added. “We need fresh ideas on infrastructure projects that provide long-term savings rather than adding recurring costs.”
Steve is a Republican running against Democrat Bryce Tytler, who entered the race in March shortly after the city’s longest serving mayor, Brian Tobin, said his current fifth term would be the last.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 2.