Watertown City Council Candidates Talk Issues As They Vote In Pr

Watertown City Council Candidates Talk Issues As They Vote In Primary

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None of the five candidates for Watertown City Council want to be left off the ballot come November, but one will be.

As the candidates cast their votes Tuesday, we spoke with them about the issues.

Current councilwoman Teresa Macaluso brought up the conflict between city hall and the city's fire department.

"I am not against the fire department. I just want to find a way to modify the way we're spending," she said.

The other current member of council who's running, Steve Jennings, says he'll continue to push for improving housing in the city.

"I'm still an advocate for inspection and I'd like to keep pushing for that. But there's a whole host of other housing issues in terms of vacant properties and improving properties," said Jennings.

As for the challengers, Lisa Ruggiero also touched on dealing with vacant properties.

"Have them put that to use, put it up for auction. Have them put it back on the tax rolls. Right now we're losing almost $12,000 a year just in income tax," she said.

Cliff Olney highlighted the biggest problem he sees with Watertown.

"It's paralyzed with indecision right now and we saw that with a couple instances like 'Golfgate' and the sign issue with businesses, code enforcement," he said.

Ryan Henry-Wilkinson cast his ballot late Tuesday afternoon.

"I'll be looking to settle the fire department contract. I'd also like to allow for the election of a strong mayor to rebuild trust in our public institutions," he said.

Candidates will be spending the night watching results come in either from private homes or at campaign parties.

You can see all the results:

- at 10 p.m. on your North Country Fox: channel 2 on Spectrum cable and channel 28 on most other services

- at 11 p.m. on 7 News Tonight

- on this page: results will be available sometime after 9 p.m. The timing depends on how quickly votes are counted and then reported to the three county boards of elections.

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