MOUNT MORRIS – Lenny Palermo is running against Frank Provo for the Mount Morris mayor’s seat in Tuesday’s election.
Palermo says that the village is in a state of crisis and his nature draws him to difficult problems. He created the Unifying Party to run against Provo, who is running as a Republican and Democrat.
“I need to be elected mayor,” said Palermo. “If you ran your house the way the government has been run, you’d be living in my basement.”
Palermo, a self-proclaimed ‘math geek,’ said that his attraction to the office is due to his love of problem solving.
“I’m called on in at a crisis moment,” said Palermo. “I love to solve problems. You can always have a win-win-win solution.”
He identified four goals that he would like to address as mayor: “I want the water plant, sewer plant and roads in town built up;” “I want to fix our $5 million to $7 million debt;” “I need to know why certain fiscal choices are made;” “I want to run an efficient government, not one that’s in debt. Mount Morris is one of the highest-taxed villages in America.”
Palermo says he brings the right personal ethics to make those goals achievable.
“Brutal honesty,” said Palermo. “I say what I mean and I mean what I say. I’m not quite the politician. I just don’t care what people think of me when I’m doing a good job. […] There are two sayings that I truly live by. One is that no good deed goes unpunished. The other is that it doesn’t take evil men to do evil, it takes good men doing nothing.”
He says that this ‘brutal honesty’ is what makes him want to go after what he considers ‘ethics questions’ in the village.
“There are some ethics questions that I want to pursue,” said Palermo. “I grew up in this village. I can’t make any more friends and can’t make any more enemies. […] The Village hired an architect from Rochester and paid them $25,000 to design a nice facility, rolled up the plans and set it aside.”