Crowded Field Of Hopefuls For Watertown Council Seats

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Two seats are up for grabs on the Watertown city council.

And six candidates want them.

"I definitely wasn't expecting this when I first decided to run, back quite a while ago," said candidate Rodney LaFave.

Because so many are vying for a spot at city hall, a primary in September is needed to trim the race to four for November's election.

"I've heard a lot of feedback that our property taxes are too high, that we need to lower them, and I agree," said newcomer candidate Jasmine Borreggine.

"I think we're pushing business right out of the city," she said.

"I'm making it my mission to beautify this city and make it a place that people want to come and join our community," Cody Horbacz said.

"I want people to know that I'm running to address all the issues that we face," LaFave said.

Candidate Steve Jennings couldn't be reached for this story.

As for the incumbents in the race, they say past work speaks for itself.

"You just saw the state comptroller's report -- the fiscal health of the city is great, is actually an envy of many communities not only in New York State but throughout the United States," said council member Jeff Smith.

"Fiscal responsibility, making sure I'm available to the public, making sure that everybody's problems are dealt with, one way or another," incumbent Teresa Macaluso said.

Despite the different ideas and agendas, there is one thing all candidates can agree on: the race to the primary should be entertaining.

"I look forward to debates and I look forward to the media asking probing questions, and what the platforms of the other candidates are," Smith said.

"I've heard there's more people in the race now and that's exciting," Horbacz said.

It might seem exciting now, but come September, the candidates could have a different opinion.
Friday, August 1, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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