As the owner of Good Life Tea, a store on Main Street, I understand the challenges of running a small business in the city of Canandaigua and bring a Main Street business owner's perspective to the City Council. A vibrant downtown is important to the character of the city. My wife, Nancy Wiley, and I have two children who are enrolled in the city’s schools so I also bring in the perspective of a local parent.
In Hudson, NY, I formerly served on the Common Council for eight years and during my last term I was Council President. Some of my major accomplishments include helping pass legislation to improve property tax collection to fund city operations and issuing bonds to build a new firehouse with new firetrucks. I steered major drinking and waste water projects by leveraging state and federal grant money to minimize water rate increases. The quality of the drinking water improved and water contamination of the Hudson River was drastically reduced.
Here in Canandaigua, I was elected as a Councilmember-at-Large and I serve on the Environmental/Parks Committee as well as the Ordinance/Charter Review Committee. If re-elected, I will continue emphasizing open government meetings that engage the public with dialogue and the democratic process.