OSWEGO – Amy M. Tresidder has announced her candidacy for mayor of the city of Oswego.
Currently serving the city’s taxpayers as a county legislator, Tresidder, a Democrat, has been dedicated to community service in Oswego for more than 30 years.
Her campaign is focused on efficient and accountable city government, stimulating economic development and revitalization of the city’s neglected neighborhoods and infrastructure.
If elected, Tresidder would be the first female mayor in the city’s history.
For more than five years, Tresidder has been the legislator for Oswego County’s 16th District, which includes parts of six of the seven wards in the city of Oswego.
Tresidder’s seat in the legislature is up for election this fall. She will be running for mayor and will not be running for county legislator; so she will be vacating her seat in the legislature at the end of her term, she told Oswego County Today.
Legislative committees she has served on include Economic Development and Planning, Finance and Personnel, Highway and Infrastructure, and Public Safety.
Tresidder feels this broad experience in government will allow her to hold every city department accountable to the taxpayers.
“I am prepared to take decisive action to revitalize our city,” she said, emphasizing that “every tax dollar must have a tangible return for city residents.”
In addition to her experience as a county legislator, Tresidder worked for Oswego’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and has volunteered with many local organizations, including the Buccaneer Boosters, the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals, the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Oswego, and the Harborfest Board of Directors.
She was recently honored for her community service by being nominated as a 2015 Woman of Distinction for State Senator Patty Ritchie’s program.
Having raised five children in the city of Oswego with her husband of 40 years, Ernest, Tresidder is focused on improving the quality of life for all of Oswego’s families.
“I have lived, worked and volunteered in this community for more than three decades. Oswego is my home. I care about this city deeply, and I am determined to make it better,” she said.
Incumbent Mayor Tom Gillen has indicated that he will seek a second term. However, he has made no official announcement yet.