Watch: Council Candidates On Role Of City Government
Judging by their comments, there are some shades of difference among the four city council candidates about how big a role city government should play in Watertown.
We put the puestion to incumbents Jeff Smith and Teresa Macaluso, and challengers Stephen Jennings and Cody Horbacz, at a candidates' forum held Friday night at Immaculate Heart Central school.
The role of city government has been mildly controversial in recent months; the now infamous "roommate law" and an ongoing dispute about a property fence on Mullin Street are two examples.
Click on the picture to watch our story from 11 pm Friday, and here's a transcript of what each candidate had to say about the role of city government:
Jeff Smith: "City government should focus on what services we provide now and try to provide them in the most efficient and effective manner, the best that we can, without an expansive role for city government."
Teresa Macaluso: "It's not that we don't want to help people in need, we do. We try to support the programs that provide that. But there's that fine line between what the taxpayers have to take on, what we can get accomplished and how we can support those groups."
Stephen Jennings: "I'm not proposing the city take over every function known to man. I'm saying we should set a course and a vision and we should work with many, many partners in the community to achieve it."
Cody Horbacz: "We have elections for a reason, because times change and new information comes about."
Sunday, November 29, 2015, Watertown, NY
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