NOTE: This editorial was submitted by Robert B. Deming, a candidate for Geneseo Village Trustee. The GeneseeSun.com does not endorse any candidate, our policy is to support all candidates who run for office. Candidates and elected officials are always welcome to submit emails to the editor.
Protecting our Heritage by Embracing the Future
The heritage of Geneseo provides our community with a unique character and spirit that has attracted families like my own…but the sustainability of our village, and our ability to preserve and protect it, is dependent on attracting and retaining residents and businesses.
Looking at the voter demographic of the last election, the least represented age group was 25-44, at 15% of voters. The challenge we face attracting new residents to start their families here is a systemic issue that will place an increasing amount of burden on our current homeowners. We have an aging infrastructure that needs to be replaced to reduce flooding and necessary improvements that need to be made to the water and sewer plants. In addition, we all have a wish list of upgrades for Main Street and enhancements to the Village Hall. With an increased tax base, we can selectively choose the timing and scope of these projects, without having to increase tax rates.
My approach starts with a thorough review and update of our Comprehensive Plan, which was originally set over 10 years ago. With a refined vision and updated strategy, the Village will be able to transparently evaluate all opportunities based on how well they fit within our mission. From an operational standpoint, the Village needs to move with a sense of urgency and proactively address infrastructure concerns before they become an issue. Our focus needs to be on innovative and sustainable long-term solutions that are the result of collaboration with residents, businesses and students, and leverage the latest trends in technology.
My name is Robert Deming and I have lived on Center Street for the last 5 years. I am a life-long Livingston County resident that grew-up in York, graduated from McQuaid Jesuit High School, and married my high-school sweetheart, Jodi. I have two kids, an 11 year old son and an 8 year old daughter, and spend most of my weekends at the ice rink coaching hockey.
I see the vacancy on the Geneseo Village board as an opportunity to preserve and promote the character and spirit of our village and I believe my background and experience would be a unique asset to the board. Professionally, I have a Computer Engineering degree from RIT and an MBA from the University of Rochester. I am in my third-term on the Board of Directors for the Livingston County Chamber of Commerce and currently a Vice-President at a software company in Victor, that I have worked at since a startup 15 years ago. Aside from my experience managing budgets, strategic planning, and executing those plans, I believe my most relevant skill is building consensus between groups with competing interests. I do this by keeping an open mind, giving everyone a voice, and offering transparency on my decision making.
Every candidate appreciates the challenge of preserving and protecting our heritage. What you are voting for on March 20th, is who has the plan and approach that is most likely to lead us to long-term viability and the sustainability of our way of life.
Robert B. Deming
Candidate for Geneseo Village Trustee
NOTE: This editorial was submitted by Robert B. Deming. The GeneseeSun.com does not endorse any candidate, we offer a professional outlet to deliver their message to the community. All candidates are welcome to submit emails as well.