Baldwinsville I have been a proud resident of Lysander for about two years after having lived and served the people of our northern neighboring county (Oswego) nearly all my adult life as both a police officer (in the city of Fulton) and county legislator. I am also the former legislature chairman of four years. My family chose Lysander because of its’ outstanding school district, its’ close proximity to Syracuse and the town’s consistently low tax rate, among other reasons. We are very encouraged about the future of this town because of its impressive past and strength in its current leadership.
What is not so encouraging, however, is the flair of this particular election season. It is eerily reminiscent of an old horror flick from which one bad demon’s demise only gives rise to another – all in the pretentious spirit of trying to prove why the incumbent should be removed. In this case, enter the candidacy of Republican Fred Burtch in his quest to unseat current town supervisor Barry Bullis in the September primary. Much like death, taxes and lots of snow in Onondaga county, one other thing you can surely count on every election year is the deep, dirty and mostly pathetic rhetoric that goes hand-in-hand with one particular candidate attempting to demonstrate knowledge of wrongdoing by simply casting the incumbent as an evil-doer who will surely bankrupt the town, you, your favorite pet and every living and breathing species on planet earth if re-elected. Seldom is there ever any credibility to such outlandish accusations though.
I do not know either of these two men personally. However, I have had interaction with Mr. Bullis on a couple occasions as it relates to the Whispering Oaks sewer district project. He has been proactively forthright and helpful whenever I have sought information. The current state of the town is absolutely fantastic, and I am particularly pleased with the work both Mr. Bullis and town board member Brian May did in putting the sewer project together and securing grant money to help offset the potentially exorbitant costs to the taxpayers. Thank you!
While it is not likely that Mr. Bullis will find himself as the feature story on America’s Most Wanted anytime soon, it is highly probable that if he is chosen by his fellow Republicans on Sept. 13, and then in the November general election by the people of this great town, he will continue to lead Lysander with a steady hand and we will all be better off for it. Mr. Bullis, I commend you for maintaining the high road in this campaign. You have my vote.
Russ Johnson is a resident of Lysander.